Growing up, I needed always asked myself and often my mother why my woolly hair can hardly be tamed like those white little girls with pigtails I see inside the movies. And anytime my mother would pull a comb through my kinks, I might cry or even find a hiding place and so i would not have to endure the pain of your teeth in the comb through my kinks. Often than not, to appease me, my mother would take me to the hair dresser to rest my course hard- to- manage hair; in Africa this is known as the stubborn hair. But soon what was when 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. So I lost my crowning glory. Which was when I found my solution: The Hair piece. Today, I am just one of many African ladies who 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 at which African women today have got a likening on the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not focus on how expensive these extensions are today. Don’t get me wrong, I am not against it because I myself go in for such hair extensions. I was recently speaking with a male friend of mine and the man thought to me “Edna, You are able to call me what you want and have the highest pity for my girlfriend but that is what it is…. I will never pay for the price of weaves, wigs or Brazilian hair of any sort for my woman and that i is going to be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands do the same. Those things are extremely damn expensive”.
I recall when everything that the average woman had was her natural hair, and attachments were once-in-a-while luxuries. Checking out my mum in the beautiful bridal gown, as well as the tiara in her full wavy hair, I could only ask where those times go. Today, it’s almost unthinkable to get a bride to walk down the aisle without hair extensions. Make that Brazilian Hair.
Some years back, a girl would only braid her hair prior to Christmas. Wigs were used with the rich and political figures who desired to look classy. Unfortunately, many sometimes ended up like Tina Turner over a bad hair day. For your religious sisters who couldn’t stand thinking about using what they called ‘the mermaid spirit’s hair,’ wool arrived handy.
Genevieve Nnajis, Yvonne Nelsons, Yvonne Okoros, Nadia Buaris and Jackie Appiahs have done nothing to help the situation. We have seen these stars at movie premieres, from the movies, on the shopping malls the truth is everywhere flaunting their good Brazilian hairs. Now, African women walk the streets of Accra, Lagos and Johannesburg with weaves of all types through the Brazilian hair, Malaysian hair, Indian hair, Bohemian hairs and all of sort of hairs named by their region of origin.
What exactly is even sad is that, all of these weaves originate from all of the aforementioned places except Africa. African women even walk around with weaves including 8, 10, 12, 14,16 to 24 inches or even more from the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs just to get that compliment, “Oooh girl, you might have some really good Brazilian hair there!” You understand we all have that friend. Meanwhile, they generally do not even understand the distinction between these weaves.
I came across a lady who walked in to a salon and wanted a big change of hairdo. Mind you, she had on hair extensions given that the Nile which had been probably 2 weeks old and she bought 2 pieces of 24-inch weave-ons. I found myself a bit envious of her since she can afford to get a fresh piece every 2 weeks and so i couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of any celebrity with her hoping how the stylist could give her that same hair look . I expected her to walk out with her pretty long hair. By the time the stylist was completed her, the hair on her head was half the size of what she’d bought. Amazing, she can afford to chop everything that Brazilian hair all in the pursuit to seem like some celebrities who could afford more hair weaves than she can.
Unless my little analysis was flawed, I discovered that most natural-haired women save decent money in hair expenses when compared to the frequent patrons of hair weaves, thinking about the inflated cost of the weave, the cost to obtain it on, and the potential risk of not liking the end result, taking it away weekly later and putting on yet another one. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends could be the ones with weeping wallets, because for the big hair spenders, so long as the amount of money keeps flowing they will likely still carry on getting one Brazilian weave after another.