8 Latest Shuku Hairstyles You Should Try Out Before the Year Ends

If you’ve been considering braiding your hair into cornrows in an updo fashion, shuku is the right hairstyle for you, and in this article, you will see some of the latest shuku hairstyles to make you more gorgeous.

What is Shuku?

what is shuku?

The Shuku hairstyle, otherwise spelled as Suku has been in existence for ages. This style involves braiding the hair to create a hump on top of the head. It has its roots tied to the Yoruba culture and literally, means ‘basket’ in Yoruba. Although the hairstyle was initially reserved for royal women to differentiate them from commoners, it has long become popular among young ladies, schoolgirls and married women alike. To cap it all, there are now tweaks to the hairstyle that make it more attractive, versatile and easy to maintain. One of such latest shuku hairstyles is the use of extensions of any colour to have the hairdo.

Types of Shuku

shuku high bun

Ancient statues of history prove that this hairstyle has been around for over 2500 years as some of the effigies wear shuku. Its types include:

  • Suku ologede
  • Suku elegbe
  • Suku onididi
  • Suku na poi
  • Suku fula
  • Twin suku
  • Suku sesema

Styling Tools

Shuku is simple to do and doesn’t consume time unlike other intricate hairstyles. It can be done with your natural hair or with attachments or any colour depending on your choice. You can also have the hairdo in any length either short or long. Traditionally, the styling implements needed to plait this hairstyle are:

  • Wide-tooth comb
  • Oya: a wooden comb with three teeth that is of various sizes.
  • Hair cream

Shuku is also a protective hairstyle for those with natural hair. It can be further beautified with beads, hair clips and flowers to achieve your desired look. It is stylish and can be worn with dresses of any neckline to complement your look.

Latest Shuku Hairstyles

Civilisation has brought about different variations to the traditional shuku hairstyle. These variations are the latest shuku hairstyles trending today and some of them have been curated below. Do feast your eyes and screenshot the ones you’ll be taking to your hairstylist.

1. High Bun Suku

high bun shuku

This involves braiding the hair into cornrows to have a bun at the middle of the head. This is the root of all shuku hairstyles and it can be made in any fashion such as a mixture of thin and thick braids.

high bun shuku - latest shuku hairstyles

2. Low Bun Shuku

low bun shuku

Contrary to the high bun, this type of shuku doesn’t have the hump at the middle of the head. The bun instead goes lower than the middle of the head.

shuku low bun - latest shuku hairstyles

3. Double bun

double bun shuku

Double bun shuku involves having two buns on the head. It is a beautiful hairstyle as you can have thick or thin cornrows made in this manner.

double bun shuku - latest shuku hairstyles

4. Shuku with Edges

unfinished shuku - latest shuku hairstyles

If you don’t want to stress your edges, you can have any of these latest shuku hairstyles while leaving your edges out. Then style them with a gel or edge control to further elevate the hairdo.

shuku with edges

5. Shuku with dangling cornrows and beads

dangling cornrows with beads shuku

This is one of the latest shuku hair styles that suit just any lady. Braiding your shuku and having two dangling cornrows by the sides of your head is lovely. It can only become lovelier when you add beads and other hair accessories to promote the hairstyle.

dangling cornrows shuku with braids - latest shuku hairstyles

6. Unfinished Shuku

unfinished shuku - latest shuku hairstyles

This shuku hairstyle is a very stylish one for ladies with pretty long hair. Weaves also can be used for this hairstyle to achieve a ponytail look. Here, you braid the top part of your hair into four or five shuku cornrows. They could be thin or thick braids or maybe in a zigzag form. After braiding, you pack it alongside your unbraided hair into a bun. The result is an eye-catching hairstyle that makes you the queen of the day.

pretty lady with unfinished shuku hairstyle

7. Colourful Shuku

colorful shuku - latest shuku hairstyles

To make your shuku colourful, you can use any colour of hair extensions to braid it. You could use gold, red, maroon, green, silver, blue or any colour that suits your taste. You can as well create an ombre effect or mix two colours at once to add more details to your hair.

bright colored shuku

8. Shuku and all-back

shuku and all-back

This involves having the top part of your hair braided into shuku while the rest are free-flowing cornrows that don’t have a bun (all-back). To make it more beautiful, you should use long attachments and if you want, mix colours too.

shuku and all-back - latest shuku hairstyles

If you don’t try out any of these latest shuku hair styles before the year runs out, you’d be missing a whole lot of fun. These hairstyles aren’t just beautiful, they give you a new look by promoting your facial features and framing your face too. So which of these latest shuku hairstyles do you prefer? Let us know by dropping a comment below.  

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Nelly Henshaw
Nelly Henshaw is an Applied Criminology and Sociology Graduate working in Youth Justice Service who equally shares a passion for personal wellbeing and everything to do with Lifestyle such as, Food, Travel, Art, Fashion, Hair and Beauty. She lives in London, UK.
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