Growing up, I had always asked myself and often my mom why my woolly hair can hardly be tamed like those white little girls with pigtails I see from the movies. And anytime my mom would pull a comb through my kinks, I would cry and even locate a hiding place and so i will not have to endure the anguish of the teeth from the comb through my kinks. Often than not, to appease me, my mom would take me to the hair dresser to unwind my course hard- to- manage hair; in Africa this is called the stubborn hair. But soon that which was as soon as a full, fluffy healthy black cloud transformed into discolored strands falling lifeless from my head as a consequence of too wrong and too frequent application by my hair dresser. Thus I lost all my crowning glory. And that was after i found my solution: The Hair piece. Today, I am just one of many African women that love to wear “hair-that-does-not-belong-to-me”. But, performs this justify our craze for brazilian virgin hair?
What baffles me may be the rate in which African women currently have got a likening for the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not even speak about how expensive these extensions are today. Don’t get me wrong, I am just not against it because I myself get in for such hair extensions. I was recently speaking to a male friend of mine and he said to me “Edna, It is possible to call me whatever you want and notice the highest pity for my girlfriend then again that is what it is…. I am going to never purchase the cost of weaves, wigs or Brazilian hair of any sort for my woman and that i will probably be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands perform same. Those things are way too damn expensive”.
I recall when all that the normal woman had was her natural hair, and attachments were once-in-a-while luxuries. Taking a look at my mum in the beautiful wedding gown, as well as the tiara on the full wavy hair, I will only ask where those times go. Today, it’s almost unthinkable to get a bride just to walk on the aisle without hair extensions. Make that Brazilian Hair.
Some in the past, a woman would only braid her hair right before Christmas. Wigs were used through the rich and political figures who planned to look classy. Unfortunately, many sometimes ended up being like Tina Turner on the bad hair day. For the religious sisters who couldn’t stand the very thought of using anything they called ‘the mermaid spirit’s hair,’ wool came in handy.
Genevieve Nnajis, Yvonne Nelsons, Yvonne Okoros, Nadia Buaris and Jackie Appiahs did absolutely nothing to help the situation. We see these stars at movie premieres, in the movies, with the shopping centers the truth is everywhere flaunting their good Brazilian hairs. Now, African women walk the streets of Accra, Lagos and Johannesburg with weaves of all kinds in the Brazilian hair, Malaysian hair, Indian hair, Bohemian hairs and all of type of hairs named by their region of origin.
What is even sad is the fact, all of these weaves are derived from all the aforementioned places except Africa. African women even walk around with weaves ranging from 8, 10, 12, 14,16 to 24 inches or maybe more inside the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs simply to have that compliment, “Oooh girl, you may have good quality Brazilian hair there!” You know we all have that friend. Meanwhile, they do not are aware of the difference between these weaves.
I came across a lady who walked in a salon and wanted a big change of hairdo. Mind you, she had on hair extensions so long as the Nile which was probably 2 weeks old and she bought 2 pieces of 24-inch weave-ons. I found myself a little envious of her since she could afford to get a brand new piece every 2 weeks and so i couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of any celebrity along with her hoping the stylist could give her that same hair look . I expected her to walk by helping cover their her pretty long hair. By the time the stylist was done her, the hair on the head was half the duration of what she’d bought. Amazing, she can afford to chop all that Brazilian hair all inside the pursuit to seem like some celebrities who could afford more hair weaves than she will.
Unless my little analysis was flawed, I found that most natural-haired women save good money in hair expenses when compared to the frequent patrons of hair weaves, with the inflated cost of the weave, the charge to get it on, and the potential risk of not liking the actual end result, taking it away a week later and putting on yet another one. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends could be the ones with weeping wallets, because for that big hair spenders, given that the amount of money keeps flowing they will still carry on getting one Brazilian weave after another.