National Geographic : 1934 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by A. W. Banfield SOME "PERMANENT WAVES" IN THE YORUBA MODE Ingenuity is given free rein among the native belles of Lagos. Seven different designs of hair dressing are shown by the members of this group. Photograph by James C. Wilson THE LAGOS "BEAUTY PARLOR" IS THE SIDEWALK Kneeling on the ground in front of their houses, Yoruba matrons gossip over their daughters' heads while braiding the woolly black hair into intricate patterns. Hairdressing, even for little girls, is a laborious process. The fashionable coiffure consists of dozens of tiny plaits, very neat and tight.