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 mom would pull a comb through my kinks, I might cry or even look for a hiding place therefore i would not have to endure the anguish of your teeth of your 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 after a full, fluffy healthy black cloud transformed into discolored strands falling lifeless from my head as a result of too wrong and too frequent application by my hair dresser. Therefore I lost my crowning glory. And this was once i found my solution: The Hair piece. Today, I am one of many African women who love to wear “hair-that-does-not-belong-to-me”. But, accomplishes this justify our craze for brazilian virgin hair?
What baffles me will be the rate from which African women today took a likening to the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not really 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 had been recently speaking with a male friend of mine and the man said to me “Edna, It is possible to call me what you want and notice the highest pity for my girlfriend then again that is what it is…. I will never pay for the expense of weaves, wigs or Brazilian hair of any sort for my woman and so i will be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands perform same. Those things are far too damn expensive”.
I remember when all of that the average woman had was her natural hair, and attachments were once-in-a-while luxuries. Checking out my mum in her own beautiful bridal gown, and the tiara on the full curly hair, I will 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 lady would only braid her hair prior to Christmas. Wigs were used by the rich and political figures who wanted to look classy. Unfortunately, many sometimes ended up like Tina Turner on the bad hair day. For our religious sisters who couldn’t stand the thought of using the things they called ‘the mermaid spirit’s hair,’ wool came in handy.
Genevieve Nnajis, Yvonne Nelsons, Yvonne Okoros, Nadia Buaris and Jackie Appiahs have done absolutely nothing to help the situation. We see these stars at movie premieres, in the movies, on the departmental stores 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 kind of hairs named by their part of origin.
Exactly what is even sad is that, all these weaves originate from all of the aforementioned places except Africa. African women even walk around with weaves starting from 8, 10, 12, 14,16 to 24 inches or maybe more from the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs in order to have that compliment, “Oooh girl, you have some terrific Brazilian hair there!” You realize all of us have that friend. Meanwhile, they do not actually know the difference between these weaves.
I came across a lady who walked in a salon and wanted a big difference of hairdo. Mind you, she had on hair extensions so long as the Nile that has been probably 2 weeks old and she bought 2 pieces of 24-inch weave-ons. I was a bit envious of her since she could afford to acquire a brand new piece every 2 weeks and so i couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of any celebrity together with her hoping how the stylist could give her that same hair look . I was expecting her simply to walk out with her pretty long hair. When the stylist was done her, the hair in her head was half the size of what she’d bought. Amazing, she could afford to chop everything Brazilian hair all inside the quest to appear like some celebrities who can afford more hair weaves than she can.
Unless my little analysis was flawed, I realized that most natural-haired women save decent money in hair expenses in comparison to the frequent patrons of hair weaves, thinking about the inflated price of the weave, the charge to obtain it on, and the risk of not liking the end result, taking it off a week later and wearing another one. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends could be the ones with weeping wallets, because to the big hair spenders, given that the cash keeps flowing they will likely still keep on getting one Brazilian weave after another.