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Could this be the world's most elaborate hairdo?
Among many events, people, festivals, churches, and landscapes that placed the trip to Ethiopia among the greatest highlights of my life, I must not forget to pay tribute to the unarguably greatest diversity of hairstyles, hairdos, coifs I have ever seen. It is hard to choose among Hamar braids, Mursi geometrical shaves, the wild manes characteristic of Gondar, or the imaginative hipster coifs of the youth in Addis. Simply put, I have never and nowhere seen such a variety of hairstyles and such collective pride and care given to hair. No wonder Ethiopian stylists are highly prized abroad.
(It was quite hard to make this photo due to the play of shadows hostile to camera, and this guy would not budge - either I make the photo like this, or not at all.)

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  • Copyright: Tanja Al (tanjagari) Silver Note Writer [C: 6 W: 0 N: 77] (260)
  • Genre: People
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2020-01-14
  • Exposure: 1/28 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2020-04-20 3:36
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