Traditional hairstyles from Tanzania to Belarus and Nepal to Fiji and have been inspiring fashion stylists for decades--just check out fashion magazines from 20, 30, or 50 years ago. Drawing from the global hairstyles posted on Amazon Beauty’s Pinterest Go Global board (www.pinterest.com/Rahua/go-global/), we look at intricate, adorned, and shaped coifs from around the world.

The modern woman in our photo is wrapped in a colorful celebratory wrap used for Chinese traditional festivals. Her carefully styled do also dates back decades. Bangs became the norm in China during the Qing Dynasty, which lasted centuries from 1644 to 1912. Young woman wore them with a ponytail tied with red ribbon.

Matses Woman

The long, sleek, and oiled hair of women in the Amazon rainforest inspired Rahua’s founders to create the Amazon-made, 100% natural Rahua hair and body collection. Here a woman from the Matsés tribe, which lives along tributaries of the Javari River in Peru and Brazil, wears traditional dress and tattoos. The red facial mask is painted from dye derived from the seeds of the achiote shrub.

Tibetan Woman in with Traditional Hair

Rather than cutting their hair, Tibetan women have traditionally chosen to braid it. The number of plaits varied by region, age, and marriage status--adult women could boast several dozen braids on their head at once. The beads adorning the lovely women in our photo were are likely made of coral, which often joined agates and pearls as braid decorations.

Rastafarian Dreadlocks

Since the 1930s, dreadlocks have been associated with Rastafarians, the religion founded in Jamaica that believes in the divinity of Ethiopian Emperor Hailie Salasie I. But dreads really date back eons to the Egyptians and Hindus. Ancient mummified Egyptians with dreadlocks have been recovered from archeological sites and the Vedic Hindu deity Shiva sported dreads.

Intricate hairstyles have long served as ways to express one’s sense of self, religion, or status in a community. We encourage you to express your voice through hair, using Rahua natural, 100% plant derived and organic ingredients sourced and processed in accordance with traditional methods that have been passed down for generations in the Amazon.