Being raised, I had always asked myself and sometimes 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 mom would pull a comb through my kinks, I might cry and even look for a hiding place therefore i will not have to endure the pain sensation of your 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 once a full, fluffy healthy black cloud turned into discolored strands falling lifeless from my head because of too wrong and too frequent application by my hair dresser. Therefore I lost all of my crowning glory. And this was after i found my solution: The Hair piece. Today, I am just one of several African females who want to wear “hair-that-does-not-belong-to-me”. But, can this justify our craze for brazilian virgin hair?
What baffles me is the rate in which African women today took a likening to the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not really talk about how expensive these extensions are today. Don’t get me wrong, I am just not against it because I myself go in for such hair extensions. I was recently speaking to a male friend of mine and he believed to me “Edna, It is possible to call me everything you want and feel the highest pity for my girlfriend however it is exactly what it is…. I am going to never buy the price of weaves, wigs or Brazilian hair of any kind for my woman and I will probably be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands carry out the same. Those things are far too damn expensive”.
I remember when everything that the normal woman had was her natural hair, and attachments were once-in-a-while luxuries. Taking a look at my mum in her own beautiful wedding gown, along with the tiara on the full wild hair, I will only ask where those times have gone. Today, it’s almost unthinkable for the bride to walk down the aisle without hair extensions. Make that Brazilian Hair.
Some years ago, a female would only braid her hair before Christmas. Wigs were utilised through the rich and political figures who wanted to look classy. Unfortunately, many occasionally wound up like Tina Turner with a bad hair day. For our religious sisters who couldn’t stand the idea of using what they called ‘the mermaid spirit’s hair,’ wool arrived handy.
Genevieve Nnajis, Yvonne Nelsons, Yvonne Okoros, Nadia Buaris and Jackie Appiahs have performed nothing to help the situation. We percieve these stars at movie premieres, inside the movies, at the departmental stores 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 part of origin.
What is even sad is the fact, all of these weaves come from every one 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 inside the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs simply to have that compliment, “Oooh girl, you possess some good Brazilian hair there!” You realize all of us have that friend. Meanwhile, they do not even be aware of difference between these weaves.
I came across a lady who walked in to a salon and wanted a big difference of hairdo. Mind you, she had on hair extensions so long as the Nile that was probably 2 weeks old and she bought 2 items of 24-inch weave-ons. I was a bit envious of her since she could afford to acquire a whole new piece every 2 weeks and i also couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of the celebrity along with her hoping that the stylist could give her that same hair look . I was expecting her just to walk by helping cover their her pretty long hair. When the stylist was completed her, the hair in her head was half the duration of what she’d bought. Amazing, she could afford to chop everything Brazilian hair all in the pursuit to appear like some celebrities who could afford more hair weaves than she could.
Unless my little analysis was flawed, I saw that most natural-haired women save decent money in hair expenses when compared to frequent patrons of hair weaves, taking into consideration the inflated price of the weave, the fee to get it on, and the risk of not liking the actual end result, taking them back weekly later and wearing another. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends will be the ones with weeping wallets, because for your big hair spenders, given that the money keeps flowing they will still carry on purchasing one Brazilian weave after another.