Effects of female hair braiding on selected facial Anthropometrics

Sunday G. Obaje(1), James G. Ihotu(2), Orji E. Bernard(3), Finbarrs-Bello Elizabeth(4),


(1) Alex Ekwueme Federal University
(2) Alex Ekwueme Federal University
(3) Alex Ekwueme Federal University
(4) Dave Umahi Federal University of Health Sciences
Corresponding Author

Abstract


Objective: Effects of heavy hair braiding on facial anthropometrics have raised concerns in recent times. These concerns arise from the potential impact on cultural practices and the implications for physical appearance and self-perception. This study aimed to investigate the effects of braiding on the soft anthropometrics in face and head among students in Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike, Ebonyi State, Nigeria.

Materials and methods: A total of 503 healthy participants, aged 19 to 25 years, were randomly recruited from an institution. Measurements of total facial length and face width were taken. A structured questionnaire was used, that contain anatomical, theatrical, and socio-psychological questions to evaluate the effects of braiding on the face and head. Participants responded using a Likert scale.

Results: Mesocephalic shape was the commonest classification of the skulls based on cephalic indices. Relationship between age and facial parameters of the study population showed significant positive correlation (r = 0.17, p<0.05). Majority of respondents agreed that face type/facial structure determines the type of braid (n = 138) and braid can pull the forehead backward (n = 102).

Conclusion: This study will contribute to understanding the influence of braiding on facial and head anthropometrics among Nigerian students. This information can inform discussions on cultural practices and their implications for physical appearance and self-perception.

Keywords


braiding, anthropometrics, facial measurements, hair treatment

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