Why can't my hair be real?
March 24, 2016 at 12:30 am
*Cue the record scratch*
What, are you serious?Now don’t get me wrong, I have no problems with women who wear weaves, add extensions, don wigs, dye their hair or other types of hair enhancements. Plenty of women of ALL races do and/or wear all of the above. Also, this is not a criticism of my acquaintances either. Their curiosity was innocent, and I understand that. My issue is with the default assumption that my hair (black female hair) is fake or that if a black female is wearing long hair, it must be extensions or not her own. This clearly isn’t the case in many instances and generally isn’t a question that should be asked. Many black women I know take exception to questions surrounding the realness of their hair, most likely because, for the most part, no one asks other women whether they have hair extensions or are wearing a weave/wig. Admittedly, many black women do use weaves, wigs and extensions and have even taken it to the level where black hair has become an art form. There are many reasons why women opt to wear/use fake hair. Chief among these reasons is the fact that hair enhancements look good, and once in place are relatively easy to maintain, allowing more time to focus on other more important daily life activities and responsibilities, instead of on primping and preening. However, despite the prominence of the usage of hair enhancements by black women, that doesn’t mean black women should face more scrutiny or flak for doing so, or are somehow more open to being questioned about their hairstyling choices. Bottom line? Take pride in your appearance, check your assumptions at the door, and don’t ask inappropriate questions like “is that your real hair?"
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