Being raised, I needed always asked myself and quite often 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 and even look for a hiding place therefore i would not have to endure the discomfort of your teeth from the comb through my kinks. Often than not, to appease me, my mother would take me for 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 turned into discolored strands falling lifeless from my head as a consequence of too wrong and too frequent application by my hair dresser. Thus I lost all of my crowning glory. Which was when I found my solution: The Hair piece. Today, I am one of several African women that like to wear “hair-that-does-not-belong-to-me”. But, does this justify our craze for brazilian hair?
What baffles me will be the rate from which African women currently took a likening to the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not actually talk about 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 found myself recently conversing with a male friend of mine and the man thought to me “Edna, You are able to call me whatever you want and feel the highest pity for my girlfriend however it is exactly what it is…. I am going to never pay for the fee for weaves, wigs or Brazilian hair of any kind for my woman and that i will be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands carry out the same. Those ideas are extremely damn expensive”.
I remember when all of that the normal woman had was her natural hair, and attachments were once-in-a-while luxuries. Considering my mum in her own beautiful bridal dress, as well as the tiara on the full wavy hair, I could only ask where those times have gone. Today, it’s almost unthinkable for the bride just to walk along the aisle without hair extensions. Make that Brazilian Hair.
Some in the past, a female would only braid her hair before Christmas. Wigs were used through the rich and political figures who wanted to look classy. Unfortunately, many at times wound up like Tina Turner on the bad hair day. For our own religious sisters who couldn’t stand the very thought of using anything 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 assist the situation. We percieve these stars at movie premieres, in the movies, in the shopping malls actually everywhere flaunting their good Brazilian hairs. Now, African women walk the streets of Accra, Lagos and Johannesburg with weaves of all sorts through the Brazilian hair, Malaysian hair, Indian hair, Bohemian hairs and sort of hairs named by their area of origin.
Precisely what is even sad is the fact, all these weaves originate from all the aforementioned places except Africa. African women even walk around with weaves including 8, 10, 12, 14,16 to 24 inches or maybe more from the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs only to have that compliment, “Oooh girl, you have some good Brazilian hair there!” You realize everyone has that friend. Meanwhile, they generally do not really know the difference between these weaves.
I stumbled upon a lady who walked in a salon and wanted a big difference of hairdo. Mind you, she had on hair extensions given that the Nile which was probably 2 weeks old and she bought 2 pieces of 24-inch weave-ons. I was a bit envious of her since she can afford to acquire a new piece every 2 weeks and I couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of a celebrity along with her hoping how the stylist could give her that same hair look . I expected her to walk by helping cover their her pretty long hair. By the time the stylist was completed her, your hair in her head was half the length of what she’d bought. Amazing, she can afford to chop all that Brazilian hair all in the quest to look like some celebrities who could 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 compared to the frequent patrons of hair weaves, with the inflated value of the weave, the cost to obtain it on, and the chance of not liking the result, taking it away per week later and using a different one. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends could be the ones with weeping wallets, because for your big hair spenders, provided that the amount of money keeps flowing they are going to still continue getting one Brazilian weave after another.