Growing up, 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 in the movies. And anytime my mom would pull a comb through my kinks, I might cry or even find a hiding place so I will not have to endure the anguish in the teeth of the comb through my kinks. Often than not, to appease me, my mom would take me towards the hair dresser to chill out my course hard- to- manage hair; in Africa this is called the stubborn hair. But soon what was once 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 all my crowning glory. And this was when I found my solution: The Hair piece. Today, I am one of many African ladies who want to wear “hair-that-does-not-belong-to-me”. But, can this justify our craze for brazilian hair?
What baffles me is the rate at which African women these days have taken a likening for the Brazilian, Peruvian, Malaysian, Indian hairs. Lets not discuss 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 found myself recently speaking with a male friend of mine and that he said to me “Edna, You may call me everything you want and experience the highest pity for my girlfriend but then that is 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 so i will probably be extremely proud if my sisters’ boyfriends and husbands do the same. Those activities are too damn expensive”.
I remember when everything the typical woman had was her natural hair, and attachments were once-in-a-while luxuries. Taking a look at my mum in her beautiful wedding gown, and also the tiara in her full curly hair, I can only ask where those days have gone. Today, it’s almost unthinkable for any bride to walk on the aisle without hair extensions. Make that Brazilian Hair.
Some in the past, a lady would only braid her hair right before Christmas. Wigs were utilized through the rich and political figures who desired to look classy. Unfortunately, many occasionally ended up being like Tina Turner with a 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 came in 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, in the movies, on 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 from your Brazilian hair, Malaysian hair, Indian hair, Bohemian hairs and sort of hairs named by their part of origin.
What exactly is even sad is the fact that, every one of these weaves result from every one of the aforementioned places except Africa. African women even walk around with weaves which range from 8, 10, 12, 14,16 to 24 inches or maybe more in the hot sweltering African sun. Some are installing these hairs just to obtain that compliment, “Oooh girl, you possess good quality Brazilian hair there!” You understand all of us have that friend. Meanwhile, they generally do not even understand the difference between these weaves.
I discovered a lady who walked in to a salon and wanted a big change of hairdo. Mind you, she had on hair extensions so long as the Nile which had been probably 2 weeks old and she bought 2 components of 24-inch weave-ons. I found myself a little bit envious of her since she can afford to purchase a fresh piece every 2 weeks and I couldn’t. She brought a 33dexjpky of a celebrity with her hoping the stylist could give her that same hair look . I was expecting her just to walk out with her pretty long hair. When the stylist was completed her, the hair on the head was half the duration of what she’d bought. Amazing, she could afford to chop all that Brazilian hair all from the pursuit to appear like some celebrities who could afford more hair weaves than she can.
Unless my little analysis was flawed, I saw that most natural-haired women save good money in hair expenses when compared to the frequent patrons of hair weaves, taking into consideration the inflated cost of the weave, the price to get it on, and the risk of not liking the outcome, taking it off every week later and using another one. I suppose some husbands and boyfriends could be the ones with weeping wallets, because for the big hair spenders, provided that the amount of money keeps flowing they will still go on buying one Brazilian weave after another.