LOL@Allthestupidpeople….who’ve bought into the hype these days surrounding of all things; whether or not Black women have hair weave or not.
Is it your business? Did you loan somebody the money to go the beauty shop?
Psssst….For those who really are “edjumicated,” we all can tell you a little something that may shock some: Black women really do have naturally long hair. Ok. Is that clear?
I’m one of them. And I grew up in a community with women who had hair past their shoulders.
Why are people so shocked by this?
Even white folks look at Black women like myself funny when we have our hair curled and it flows–just like theirs. This reminds me of when I was in high school, my childhood friend, Inga and I went to the $1.00 show(remember those days?). When we paid for our tickets and then went to the refreshment counter; Inga whispered to me that she had overheard two white men that were in back of us making reference to my hair. She said that one of them had the nerve to say, “What’s a Black girl doing with so much hair?” I just stood there–honest to God, I really didn’t know what to say.
During high school, a girl actually wanted to fight me because I had long hair. She told someone that she couldn’t stand girls with long hair because…(in her words) “girls with long hair think they are cute.” Huh? Anyone here ever been accused of “thinking you were cute” by other girls wanted to be cute?” This still makes me laugh and all these years later, I still don’t know what the hell it means to “think you’re cute.”
But on a serious note, there was a girl I knew who actually was jumped by some girls because not only did she have long hair, she was light skinned too. That was a double sin back in the day.
For all it’s worth, the furor over good hair vs. bad hair is rooted in slavery and imagery. Black people were depicted in dehumanizing ways. Black women were always depicted as grossly overweight women, unattractive, badly dressed and domicile. These images were marketed around the world and Black people bought into them. The presumption was: Everything that was Black was ugly.
Anything that could make them feel and look beautiful–even if it was harmful, was employed.
And one of those things was hair. To have long flowing hair–like European women, that was the standard of beauty. So those women who could, they began to press…then later, they began to perm their hair. And then came wigs…then weave.
You sometimes have to go backwards in order to understand where you are and why things are the way they are.
Black women are the most beautiful women on earth, but the tragedy is not that many wear hair weave; it’s that they think that having long hair is all that you need in order to be a woman.
That simply is not true…