Friday, August 10, 2012

Fit for a Queen

Rachel Bolaji is just coming from the hair salon.

Her neighbor admires the new style and calls her over for a chat.


"It must have taken forever!" she exclaims, admiring Rachel's threaded coils.


"Yes, Glen had two naps and the hairdresser pulled my hair so hard I'm getting a headache," Rachel admits.

"Still I think it will be worth it."

"She said it would help my hair grow," Rachel adds, turning to show the other profile.

When Debbie Garrett featured Taofik Okoya's Queens of Africa dolls on Black Doll Collecting last month, I fell in love with the threaded hairstyle one of the dolls wears.  Okoya says the doll's hairstyle was very popular in Nigeria in the 1970s and indeed, back in the 70s I had a classmate from Nigeria who would periodically show up at school with her hair threaded. 

It took a couple of tries and some tedious hours wrapping the hair with thread to make the wig but I think the end result is fit for a queen!

À Bientôt


  1. You did a fabulous job! I am sure Taofik Okoya would be very honored that his doll inspired the determined creation of your wig. Fabulous... just fabulous!


  2. Hello from Spain: Raquel is very pretty. Her look is awesome. I like the windows your created. Great entry!! Keep in touch

  3. Wow! Great job on her hair Limbe dolls!! It looks like a lot of work went into creating this hair style. Love your dio and mini photo story. The baby is adorable.

  4. You did a great job and it does look good on her.

  5. Interesting and complex hairstyle. Congrats to Rachel for receiving it ;-D

  6. Thanks all for your encouragement!

  7. Hi...Love the hair and the picture story.
    Very impressive....well done.