Growing up, I had always asked myself and quite often my mom why my woolly hair can hardly be tamed like those white little girls with pigtails I see in the movies. And anytime my mother would pull a comb through my kinks, I would cry as well as locate a hiding place thus i would not have to endure the pain sensation in the teeth of your comb through my kinks. Often than not, to appease me, my mom would take me to the hair dresser to chill out my course hard- to- manage hair; in Africa this is called the stubborn hair. But soon that which was after a full, fluffy healthy black cloud transformed into discolored strands falling lifeless from my head because of too wrong and too frequent application by my hair dresser. And So I lost my crowning glory. And that was after i found my solution: Your Hair piece. Today, I am one of the African ladies who want to wear “hair-that-does-not-belong-to-me”. But, does this justify our craze for brazilian virgin hair?
What baffles me will be the rate at which African women nowadays have got a likening to the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not talk about how expensive these extensions are today. Don’t misunderstand me, I am just not against it because I myself go in for such hair extensions. I had been recently talking to a male friend of mine and the man believed to me “Edna, You can call me what you want and have the highest pity for my girlfriend but then that is what it is…. I will never pay for the fee for weaves, wigs or Brazilian hair of any kind for my woman and i also is going to be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands perform same. Those ideas are too damn expensive”.
I remember when all of that the typical woman had was her natural hair, and attachments were once-in-a-while luxuries. Looking at my mum in her own beautiful bridal gown, along with the tiara on the full wavy hair, I will only ask where those days go. Today, it’s almost unthinkable for the bride just to walk down the aisle without hair extensions. Make that Brazilian Hair.
Some yrs ago, a lady would only braid her hair just before Christmas. Wigs were utilized by the rich and political figures who wanted 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 arrived handy.
Genevieve Nnajis, Yvonne Nelsons, Yvonne Okoros, Nadia Buaris and Jackie Appiahs did absolutely nothing to help the situation. We notice these stars at movie premieres, from the movies, in the departmental stores actually everywhere flaunting their good Brazilian hairs. Now, African women walk the streets of Accra, Lagos and Johannesburg with weaves of all kinds through the Brazilian hair, Malaysian hair, Indian hair, Bohemian hairs and form of hairs named by their section of origin.
What is even sad is, each one of these weaves are derived from every one of the aforementioned places except Africa. African women even walk around with weaves ranging from 8, 10, 12, 14,16 to 24 inches or even more from the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs simply to have that compliment, “Oooh girl, you have some terrific Brazilian hair there!” You know all of us have that friend. Meanwhile, they actually do not understand the difference between these weaves.
I stumbled upon a lady who walked in a salon and wanted a change of hairdo. Mind you, she had on hair extensions as long as the Nile that has been probably 2 weeks old and she bought 2 items of 24-inch weave-ons. I was a bit envious of her since she can afford to acquire a brand new piece every 2 weeks and that i couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of a celebrity along with her hoping the stylist could give her that same hair look . I was expecting her simply to walk out with her pretty long hair. Once the stylist was completed her, the hair on her head was half the length of what she’d bought. Amazing, she could afford to chop all that Brazilian hair all within 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 good money in hair expenses compared to the frequent patrons of hair weaves, thinking about the inflated value of the weave, the cost to get it on, and the chance of not liking the result, taking it well per week later and using a different one. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends could be the ones with weeping wallets, because for that big hair spenders, as long as the money keeps flowing they will still continue getting one Brazilian weave after another.