Hair today, gone tomorrow

This is something someone should say something about.
Someone else though, not me. But until then…

I don’t understand why there is so much fake hair here. And it’s not cleverly hidden fake hair.

It looks like Nigerian women have taken the bold step of no longer pretending like the straight luscious hair is theirs. But they haven’t come full circle to accepting their own hair as it is or accepting hair styles that fit African hair.

So they no longer try to mask the crude tracks or the disjointed connections between their real hair and the fake add-ons.
Everywhere I look, there is a beautiful woman wearing a lie from China on her head.

If you confront them, the Nigerian female populace always reacts defensively. They will never directly say they wear fake hair because they think it is nicer than their own African hair. Instead they’ll moan and say, “It is easier this way! You don’t know how hard it is to maintain African hair.”

Oh boohoo! If your hair is so hard to maintain, then cut it.

What type of culture do we live in where long straight hair is considered attractive even though we don’t naturally have it? So we buy hair from people of other races and plop it on top of our heads for beauty points.
Is it the same culture that led us to believe light skin was better and drove entire generations of us to buy skin bleaching creams?

If I was part of a tribe of dwarves and I thought tall people were attractive, would I wear a set of stilts to feign being taller?
And if I was a female dwarf, would I be drawn to a male who was walking on stilts when I know the stilts are not his real legs and he wasn’t really tall?

Ok, maybe that is too far-fetched. But most girls would mock a short guy wearing high-heeled shoes. Even if he said he was wearing it for a practical reason like ‘it makes it easier for him to reach high things without using a stool.’

We are black. We have curly hair that doesn’t grow out or very long. It’s the way we are made. We don’t have Indian hair or Brazilian hair.
A lot of beautiful things can be done with the hair we have. It would be stupid to suggest that you need foreign hair to look tush.

At the end of a lifetime of perms and other harsh chemical treatment, the old Nigerian woman’s hair is lost or damaged beyond repair so she retires to fulltime wig-wearing.

What a payment for a life of hard work and vanity.

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12 thoughts on “Hair today, gone tomorrow

  1. African hair grows, if you invest in it. I’m not sure who started this thing that our hair doesn’t grow. Biko it’s hair….and that’s what healthy hair does; it grows.
    I love my natural hair and I like my weaves to. Some months I rock my natural hair and some months I rock the weave. I like the different looks I can get by changing it up.
    Hate on the mentality or try to study the mentality of weaves, don’t hate on weaves 😀

  2. Being a fellow African and understanding the somewhat skewed reasons for the weaves and braids and wigs, I find it more interesting that black American are embracing the natural, God given, African hair. Little do the Americans know that not even the Africans wear their hair natural. Being one of those natural hair girls, you have to decide that trying to make your hair something its not tends not to work. Alas, my mother is 50 and still doesn’t get it.

  3. only today I discovered a black chic wiv 26″ natural hair. mine’s 10″…obviously I am now inspired to grow this 2 at least 18″. if I need a weave or 2 to help me along the way so be it. *sigh* but by jove I’ll grow this hair!

      • Lol! It better be gold plated & shii…so I can sell it on ebay! Hehehehehe…
        Yeah I figured there was no better way to spend a Saturday than catch up with u…I didn’t regret it. 🙂 Infact I liked it so much I recommended u to someone else! ;D

    • 😛
      Interesting side story (that is only interesting to me, but I’ll tell you anyway) That wasn’t the original line and weeks after I posted it, I would wake up obsessing about a word I used there, until I changed it. Weeks, I tell you!

  4. ‘If I was part of a tribe of dwarves and I thought tall people were attractive, would I wear a set of stilts to feign being taller?
    And if I was a female dwarf, would I be drawn to a male who was walking on stilts when I know the stilts are not his real legs and he wasn’t really tall?’
    Food for thought.

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