Have you noticed the staggering amount of sistas sporting weaves? It seems like there is a vast majority of women who are opting to sport weaves and wigs instead of tending to their own head of hair. What is equally amazing is that this trend is so pervasive and systemic, that it affects women of color from every socio-economic, age bracket, and educational background.
Chances are, if you are a female who wants to transform her appearance, then that transformation is more than likely to start with one’s hair. Some women have become so addicted to weaving, that they do not feel comfortable out in public unless they are wearing a weave (even if it looks shabby). They seem willing to endure whatever the implication or consequences for this universal look and a lot of them are very defensive with folks who oppose their choice.
That makes me wonder:
1. Do women feel that their own head of hair is less attractive without a weave?
2. Have they been properly taught to take care of their own hair, and by whom?
3. What is bad/unhealthy hair and what is good/healthy hair?
4. Is having short or kinky hair unattractive and unmanageable?
5. Do women feel that having long, fine hair is superior to all else?
6. Does hair type determine someone’s position in society?
7. Do women actually receive more recognition when they sport a weave?
8. Do women assume that men prefer women with weaves?
9. At what age is appropriate to start weaving?
10. Why are weaves considered so convenient?
11. What (magazines/media entities) & who (entertainers) is influencing this trend?
12. What factors makes it so challenging to maintain one’s own hair?
13. If the up-keeping your hair has always been both a challenge and labor intensive, how does one maintain a positive mind-set when its time to have it done?
14. On average, about how much time should you spend on your hair every day?
15. Do you have issues about exercising or swimming because of your hair?
16. Is beauty something defined within or externally?
17. How does the way you wear your hair define you?
18. Aside from the convenience, are there other benefits to having a weave?
19. Do women conduct themselves differently when they have a weave?
20. If an outsider objects to your hairstyle, does that have an impact on how you wear it?
21. Are women more confident (cocky) with weaves?
22. Are your expectations about your own hair realistic or idealistic?
23. Are you as comfortable without a weave as you are with one?
24. When men aren’t allowed to touch or play in a woman’s hair how can they sincerely bond?
25. What would it take for a woman to reduce how often she sported a weave?
26. Are women lazy when it comes to maintaining their head of hair?
27. Do women know how to seek out an experienced beautician who offers constructive hair care counsel?
28. What other hairstyles can women sport aside the weave?
29. Is having long hair attainable for all sistas?
30. Where do they go for quality advice about hair care?
Do you recall the time when black folks were wearing the infamous Jheri Curls? It was such a popular style back then because it professed to make hair more manageable by changing its texture. Nevertheless, the hidden truth was, maintaining Jheri Curls was quite expensive, time consuming, messy, and sadly, at the outset, it caused severe hair damage. Jheri Curls did not only ruin one’s hair, but it stained anything it made contact with. Until its decline, folks didn’t seem to worry about the damage this product caused. For many, it was a small sacrifice to pay for the illusion of “Good” hair.
Eventually, it went out of style because the product’s chemicals caused baldness and it severely robbed folk’s hair of its own natural moisture, and that caused much more harm than good.
Although weaves are different from Jheri Curls, the premise is strikingly similar, as are the consequences.
One common aspect involving hair weaves and Jheri Curls is that people are obsessed about having it. It’s a bit surprising too because in the past, weaves were chiefly associated with women in the entertainment industry, the sex industry and the wealthier types. Nowadays, everything is blending it is no longer restricted to them.
Overall, I think people’s objections towards weaves and wigs are derived from what it implies about the black woman’s sense of pride and beauty. Their objections also stems from the fact that not all weaves look good, and they surely do not fit every personality.
If women considered some of the questions listed above prior to their transformation, perhaps they would have a different relationship with their own head of hair.
But to each, their own… I guess.
Its unbeweaveable, yet true.
By Ernesto Johnson 5/2012