Pretend Hair, Actual Hair, Who Cares?

Okay, so think about my trepidation once I walked into PAX final week and was assaulted on strategy in entrance of employees and clients by the chef (earlier than even getting the possibility to order my sandwich) who boldly requested, “Is that every one yours?” At first I puzzled what he was referring to and whether or not he was even chatting with me, however then I noticed his eyes have been fixated on my hair – Properly, my lacefront wig that’s. Shocked, I then discovered myself unconsciously stroking my bouncy mane of F427 streaked, curly tendrils whereas I fished for the fitting reply. I imply, how does one actually reply that query? Technically, it’s all mine since I paid for it and in any case it’s being worn on MY head, however does it really develop out of my scalp? hmmmm, No. So, do I inform him the reality? If I say “sure”, it will solely be slightly white lie, however I am actually not one for mendacity, and what if he sarcastically (with my type of luck) bumps into me subsequent week once I’m carrying my very own pure mane that’s the shade 1B, and far much less shorter and fewer thicker? I made a decision to go together with the reality, so I answered “No, it isn’t”. His eyes opened in amazement as if saying “No method!!” and I rapidly tried to vary the topic by trying to order my sandwich. He then mentioned “You seem like try to be on the duvet of {a magazine}”. Relieved by his seemingly non-disappointment or disapproval in my selection of faux hair, I smiled and mentioned “thanks”, paid and left.

That complete incident had me considering. To begin with, I by no means would have anticipated a query like that to return from a person and one who does not even know me at that. Why would he care about whether or not my hair is actual or not? However then I remembered all of the boyfriends I’ve had who have been obsessive about my hair for some purpose. All of them dreaded my wigs and weaves and hated the concept I even preferred to put on extensions. One in every of them mentioned to me, “It makes me suppose, what else is faux?”. After ditching my wig for a relaxer and bone straight coif, one other even mentioned to me, in essentially the most relieved tone, “I believed you did not have any hair”. I imply actually?? Is is that severe??

I’ll admit, I was a type of ladies who swore up and down that I’d by no means put on a weave a lot much less A wig! “That is for the ghetto ladies!” I’d say. Essentially the most I used to be keen to do nonetheless, was put on a “piece” and that was it! All that modified once I participated within the Miss World pageant in 2004. That was my first publicity to the actual world of extensions. All of the contestants have been carrying it. I, except solely a handful have been the one ones who weren’t flaunting a full head of lengthy flowing “pageant hair”. So once I was advised that I’d be going to the Miss Universe Pageant the next 12 months, my pageant director and I made a decision to step our sport up. He contacted Clem Lue Yat, a grasp hair weaver in New York to improve my hair for the pageant and that is once I was launched to fusion hair. That is the addition of tiny strands of hair to your individual hair by the usage of the “fusion technique” normally glue or micro cylinders. I couldn’t consider the outcomes. I might wash, fashion, shade and lower my hair as I usually would, with out even the slightest detection. The hair moved and regarded similar to my very own.

From there, it was no turning again for me. I began carrying weaves, half wigsclip-in hair and fusion hair regularly and ultimately upgraded to lacefront wigs. Although I take advantage of them interchangeably, relying on my temper, funds and occasion, extensions have turn into part of my way of life and is the most effective factor that has occurred to me for these very sensible causes:

1. My very own hair will get a break from damaging chemical substances

My very own pure hair (sure the one which grows from my scalp) is the healthiest and doubtless the longest it has ever been in my life and that’s as a result of I’m able to relieve my hair from damaging relaxers whereas utilizing wigs or extensions. I now solely loosen up my hair someplace round each 4 to six months as a substitute of weeks. Many people particularly these with black hair, do not realize the injury that’s being executed to our hair by the chemical substances present in a lot of our hair merchandise in the marketplace in the present day.

2. It provides me versatility and freedom

That is notably true of lacefront wigswhich you should purchase in numerous kinds and colours and just about change your look on a regular basis if you happen to so select to. It is usually a fast repair for these instances when unsuspecting, unplanned occasions could pop up which does not provide the time to get to the hair salon.

3. It provides me a special feel and look

The great and unhealthy factor about hair is that it may possibly decide your temper. Ever discover how your temper is all funky if you happen to’re hair is not wanting proper? Carrying extensions lets you go away your own home with nice hair and an excellent angle with out stepping foot right into a hair salon.

4. It saves time

For these of us, like me, who dread spending hours on the hair salon or an hour within the mirror styling our hair within the mornings, carrying extensions or a lacefront wig eliminates all that point you’d normally spend in your hair. Now you need to use that point to do different issues like spending extra time with the children, or getting some nicely deserved additional sleep-time within the mornings.

5. Saves you cash

That is my favourite half! With my very own hair, I’ve to see my hair stylist at the very least as soon as every week or I will be strolling round with flat, lifeless hair which is a “No-No”. Carrying extensions or A wig nonetheless, is a one-time shot buy that may final for months!

So a phrase or two for the man I final dated, who insisted that I didn’t have to “impress” him by carrying faux hair, I say: “It is not about you!” and it by no means was, as a result of I put on my hair to go well with me! Extensions have come a great distance through the years (They’re virtually undetectable if executed and worn nicely) and ladies of all walks of life and ethnicities put on them. That is proper, it isn’t only a black lady factor, nor am I going through an identification disaster. All girls even the white and latino put on extensions. My goodness all of the celebrities do, even Beyonce and Rihanna are rockin’ extensions and lacefront wigs all day, on a regular basis. Joan Rivers even eliminated hers on dwell television throughout an episode of the Wendy Williams Present.

Extensions have turn into a way of life as a result of it is handy and value efficient and the most effective a part of all, it makes us look and feel nice! So do not choose us as a result of we select to put on A wig right here and clip some hair in there. Our hair doesn’t outline us, so whether or not it’s “actual” or “faux” shouldn’t matter. We have to lose the taboo. In protection of my fellow black extension carrying divas and to the remainder of you daring, daring girls on the market who’ve embraced this excellent world of hair extensions I say: “You go ladies!”

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