Ok… I’ve had a huge problem with this phenomenon for sometime now. I completely disagree that black women should wear weaves (or any woman, for that matter). My primary reason for my position on this is that it’s almost as if we’re saying, that even; “WE don’t like our natural hair”! And it totally disproves the “front”, that we are “being real”. How can we “be real”, when our hair is fake? Why aren’t we embracing how God made us? In the late 60’s and 70’s, it was completely accepted by us to wear our natural hair– but now we seem to brag about wearing fake hair. This “front” of being “real”, is not only a bad message for our young daughters and the sons that they will eventually grow up and date, but this “fake hair wearing” is also very bad for your scalp. Naomi Campbell is bald because of the many years of wearing fake hair! I personally think that she could pull off the bald look well, but she, like many other black women have been conditioned to think that a long fake weave/hair, is best. What a shame. Oprah was told yesterday on her show, from apparently, a black audience member, that they loved her weave. She showed the picture below to disprove that assumption. I’m so glad she did that too.
I (unfortunately) had a perm for most of my life, but when I found out how truly bad the chemical components are for our natural hair and scalp, I’m proud to say, that I’ve not had a perm for more than 5 years. What I do know without a doubt, is how to properly care for my natural hair now, versus what our mothers knew. They only did what they were taught and information today is not what it was back then. My hair now grows like wild fire! I’ve always had fairly long, thick hair, but the difference now is immeasurable. My hair looks alot like Oprah’s when not straightened. And I would never wear a weave. Now… some people I know have said I’d feel differently if I wasn’t born with a huge head of natural hair. Well, to that (as I’ve said amongst my circle of friends), I would absolutely work with what God gave me. I don’t think He got it wrong by any stretch of the imagination. Plus, you can do so many styles with short hair these days too. I’ll add this too… wearing weaves, is NOT convenient as this process usually takes (from what I’ve been told) several hours to complete a “good” illusion. So let me round this up by posing this… why don’t black women love their natural hair? Do you really think that God was sipping on libations when he created black people or something? We here, at Whyowhy, want to know your thoughts. No insults will be posted under comments—we want to entice a healthy debate/dialogue with your responses. So let us know. To weave or not to weave… that is the question.