19 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?

back view of  black and white shuku hairstyle

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 shuku hairstyles is the use of extensions of any colour to have the hairdo.

Types of Shuku

lady rocking 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
  • Onididi suku
  • 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

Civilization has brought about different variations to the traditional shuku hairstyle. These variations are the 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

back view of a high bun suku

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.

side view of high bun shuku

2. Low Bun Shuku

lady rocking 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.

smiling lady rocking suku low bun

3. Double bun

picture grid of a lady wearing 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.

picmix of a lady wearing double bun suku

4. Shuku with Edges

lady wearing unfinished shuku with edge control

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

pretty lady rocking shuku with edges

5. Shuku with dangling cornrows and beads

lady rocking dangling cornrows with beads shuku

This is one of the latest shuku hairstyles 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.

beautiful lady rocking dangling cornrows shuku with beads

6. Unfinished Shuku

lady rocking unfinished shuku

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

fair lady wearing brown suku hairstyle

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.

lady wearing bright red suku

8. Shuku and all-back

lady rocking suku 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.

smiling lady rocking shuku and all-back

If you don’t try out any of these latest shuku hairstyles 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 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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