Being raised, I had always asked myself and in some cases my mother why my woolly hair can hardly be tamed like those white little girls with pigtails I see from the movies. And anytime my mother would pull a comb through my kinks, I would personally cry and even find a hiding place so I would not have to endure the anguish from the teeth from the comb through my kinks. Often than not, to appease me, my mother would take me towards the hair dresser to relax my course hard- to- manage hair; in Africa this is known as the stubborn hair. But soon what was as soon as a full, fluffy healthy black cloud transformed into discolored strands falling lifeless from my head due to too wrong and too frequent application by my hair dresser. And So I lost all my crowning glory. And that was once i found my solution: The Hair piece. Today, I am just one of the African women that want to wear “hair-that-does-not-belong-to-me”. But, performs this justify our craze for brazilian virgin hair?
What baffles me is the rate in which African women nowadays have taken a likening to the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not focus on how expensive these extensions are today. Don’t get me wrong, I am just not against it because I myself go in for such hair extensions. I was recently talking to a male friend of mine and that he thought to me “Edna, It is possible to call me whatever you want and have the highest pity for my girlfriend but then that is what it is…. I will never purchase the fee for weaves, wigs or Brazilian hair of any type for my woman and that i is going to be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands carry out the same. Those activities are far too damn expensive”.
I remember when all of that the standard 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 in her full curly hair, I can only ask where those days go. Today, it’s almost unthinkable for a bride to walk down the aisle without hair extensions. Make that Brazilian Hair.
Some years back, a woman would only braid her hair before Christmas. Wigs were utilised with the rich and political figures who planned to look classy. Unfortunately, many at times ended up like Tina Turner on the bad hair day. For our own religious sisters who couldn’t stand the very thought of using what they called ‘the mermaid spirit’s hair,’ wool arrived in handy.
Genevieve Nnajis, Yvonne Nelsons, Yvonne Okoros, Nadia Buaris and Jackie Appiahs have done absolutely nothing to assist the situation. We percieve these stars at movie premieres, from the movies, on the shopping centers in reality 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 sorts of sort of hairs named by their area of origin.
Exactly what is even sad is that, all these weaves come from all the aforementioned places except Africa. African women even walk around with weaves starting from 8, 10, 12, 14,16 to 24 inches or even more from the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs in order to obtain that compliment, “Oooh girl, you possess good quality Brazilian hair there!” You realize we all have that friend. Meanwhile, they are doing not really know the distinction between these weaves.
I ran across a lady who walked in to a salon and wanted a big difference of hairdo. Mind you, she had on hair extensions given that the Nile which had been probably 2 weeks old and she bought 2 bits of 24-inch weave-ons. I had been a bit envious of her since she could afford to buy a fresh piece every 2 weeks and that i couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of a celebrity along with her hoping that this stylist could give her that same hair look . I expected her just to walk by helping cover their her pretty long hair. By the time the stylist was completed her, your hair on the head was half the size of what she’d bought. Amazing, she could afford to chop all that Brazilian hair all inside the mission to appear to be some celebrities who could afford more hair weaves than she could.
Unless my little analysis was flawed, I found that most natural-haired women save decent money in hair expenses when compared to frequent patrons of hair weaves, considering the inflated value of the weave, the charge to have it on, and the risk of not liking the outcome, taking it off a week later and putting on a different one. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends would be the ones with weeping wallets, because for that big hair spenders, as long as the funds keeps flowing they are going to still go on getting one Brazilian weave after another.