Growing up, I had 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 mother would pull a comb through my kinks, I would personally cry as well as locate a hiding place thus i will not have to endure the pain sensation from the teeth of the comb through my kinks. Often than not, to appease me, my mom would take me on the hair dresser to unwind my course hard- to- manage hair; in Africa this is called the stubborn hair. But soon that which was when 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. Therefore I lost all of my crowning glory. And this was as i found my solution: The Hair piece. Today, I am just one of many African ladies who love to wear “hair-that-does-not-belong-to-me”. But, can this justify our craze for brazilian hair?
What baffles me will be the rate in which African women nowadays took a likening towards the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not even focus on 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 used to be recently talking to a male friend of mine and then he thought to me “Edna, You may call me everything you want and experience the highest pity for my girlfriend then again that is what it is…. I am going to never buy the expense of weaves, wigs or Brazilian hair of any type for my woman and I is going to be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands carry out the same. Those ideas are extremely damn expensive”.
I remember when everything the standard woman had was her natural hair, and attachments were once-in-a-while luxuries. Checking out my mum in their beautiful wedding gown, along with the tiara on her full wavy hair, I will only ask where those days have gone. Today, it’s almost unthinkable for any bride just to walk along the aisle without hair extensions. Make that Brazilian Hair.
Some yrs ago, a girl would only braid her hair right before Christmas. Wigs were utilized by the rich and political figures who planned to look classy. Unfortunately, many from time to time finished up like Tina Turner on the bad hair day. For the religious sisters who couldn’t stand the idea of using whatever they called ‘the mermaid spirit’s hair,’ wool started in handy.
Genevieve Nnajis, Yvonne Nelsons, Yvonne Okoros, Nadia Buaris and Jackie Appiahs have performed nothing to help the situation. We notice these stars at movie premieres, within the movies, at the shopping centers in fact 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 form of hairs named by their section of origin.
What exactly is even sad is that, every one of these weaves come from each 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 in the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs simply to get that compliment, “Oooh girl, you possess some good Brazilian hair there!” You realize everyone has that friend. Meanwhile, they actually do not even know the difference between these weaves.
I came across a lady who walked right into 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 bits of 24-inch weave-ons. I used to be a little envious of her since she can afford to buy a new piece every 2 weeks and so i couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of any celebrity along with her hoping how the stylist could give her that same hair look . I expected her simply to walk by helping cover their her pretty long hair. As soon as the stylist was completed her, your hair on her head was half the duration of what she’d bought. Amazing, she can afford to chop all of that Brazilian hair all within the pursuit to appear like some celebrities who can afford more hair weaves than she will.
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, considering the inflated value of the weave, the price to have it on, and the potential risk of not liking the end result, taking them back per week later and wearing another one. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends is definitely the ones with weeping wallets, because for the big hair spenders, as long as the money keeps flowing they may still carry on buying one Brazilian weave after another.