Hairstyle and jewelry are used by the OvaHimba to convey age and social status within their community. One braided hair plait extended to the back of the head indicates a young boy, while two braided hair plaits extended forward towards the face indicates a young girl, as shown here. This style will remain all the way until puberty.
The eye gaze staring back at you, is something that seems embedded in the Himba people. I am continually awed at the power of the gaze combined with the overall expression. Not just this photo either, but across all my photos, I see it over and over again. Fret not, there were also plenty of big friendly smiles to go around too, but time and again, I find myself coming back to just stare back at these photos getting lost in the gaze.