Photographer Medina Dugger’s project ”Chroma”; An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere is an on-going series which celebrates women’s hair style in Nigeria through a contemporary lens.
This project was inspired by hair colour trends and by the late Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, who photographed over a thousand different hairdos in his lifetime, Dugger says.
Medina Dugger said the series,
Chroma is An Ode to J.D. Okhai Ojeikere (on-going) series that celebrates hair styles in Nigeria through a fanciful, contemporary lens. The images are inspired by hair colour trends and by the late Nigerian photographer J.D. Okhai Ojeikere, who photographed over a thousand different hair styles in his lifetime. African hair braiding methods date back thousands of years and Nigerian hair culture is a rich and often extensive process which begins in childhood. The methods and variations are influenced by social/cultural patterns, historical events and globalization. Hairdos range from being purely decorative to conveying deeper, more symbolic understandings, revealing social status, age and tribal/family traditions. Ojeikere’s approach was documentary in nature as he took inventory of hundreds of hair styles and amassed an enormous index spanning over 40 years. He began photographing hairstyles in black and white, following the re-emergence of traditional hairstyles which became popular again following Nigeria’s independence. Prior to de-colonization, wigs and hair straightening had become a commonplace practice, especially in urban areas of the country. The availability of colourful hair extensions and wools in local markets today has led to unique variations on threading and braiding techniques. Chroma is a celebration of traditional and contemporary braiding methods. The series recontextualizes some of Ojeikere’s and other hairstyles to highlight current and imagined hair designs, celebrating the art of Nigerian hair culture
Here are more photos from Medina Dugger’s Chroma series:
Documented by: J.D. Okhai Ojeikere
Hair designs: Ijeoma Christopher
Makeup by: @timibra.david