My hair, if it could talk my goodness what in the world would it say? Actually, I am a little afraid to find out. Why? Well, because my hair does not have a perm, relaxer or a texturizer. So? You’re probably saying. So? Really? Let’s talk about this for a minute. Please give me a moment while I get on my soap box for leverage. – Okay I’m ready now. My hair, my hair is probably talking about me at this very moment. It’s probably calling me some names that I have never even heard. And some that I have heard and will never repeat in my lifetime. Any who let me explain why I say this about my hair or why hair is not my best friend for the moment or maybe not ever. Sorry no more BFF’s here so stop looking!
First, let me start by guessing some of the things my hair might be saying about me or might say about me. The first thing I am sure is ‘when are you going to perm me’! Or maybe even ‘can we get a straightening come up in here, PLEASE’! If not that then ‘a blow out comb hairdryer, weave, something anything. Just stop making me wear my hair ‘Au natural’.
What’s wrong with Au natural or rather its natural texture? If my hair has a natural curl and I don’t mean the natural curl of someone with need I say “good hair.” Me and I my hair have never truly been BFF”s. How many people truly love their hair? My hair most of the time has it’s own agenda regardless of what I say or what I do. So with that I’ve decided, me not my hair, that I want it to do what I want it to do. What is so wrong with me wanting to sport what God has blessed with me NATURALLY? Obviously, there must be something wrong, if there wasn’t there wouldn’t be a need for so many advertisements for perms, weaves and braids. Don’t get me wrong I am not knocking those who choose to perm or weave their hair. This is just my personal opinion.
Let me digress for a moment here please. In this day and age where many African American women are either getting dreadlocks (dredlocks) two strand twists, flat twists, kinky Afro’s and any other natural styles be it for financial reasons or just wanting a change. For whatever reason women are doing it my question is this; The magazines that are designed to target African Americans or minorities, Where are the advertisements that are directed toward being keeping your tress’ naturally? You would think magazines such as Ebony, Essence or even Jet would have a one page maybe two pages of advertisements that target this growing market. Why not a column directed toward this subject? Maybe that’s to much to ask. Maybe they figure you can use the same products for relaxed or perm hair that you can for natural hair. If that’s true then why make and advertise products directed towards hair weaves and wigs? Maybe the answer has to do with money. There is, I am sure, probably more money to be made from such ads that are directed towards long luxurious hair from weaving or perming than being naturally kinky.
I am amazed at myself. Never would I have thought I would be sitting here blogging about natural hair. Yes me, perm having, weave wearing, braid having junkie. Well, now a former junkie. Then again I am not sure if I was true addict. An addict is someone who is in constant need of something and I wasn’t in constant need nor feigning for a perm or weave. But there was a sense of being on locked down with my hair. It controlled me. It told me when I needed a perm. It told me when I needed a weave. It told me when I needed to put extensions, rather braids in. Oh please, you’re saying to yourself. How in the world can your hair tell you what you needed to do and when you needed to do it? Well for you disbelievers out there its true and I did it ! Let me splain (that’s short for explain). When my hair would grow when I had a perm it would say ‘you can see your roots it doesn’t match the rest of us in straightness’. Or something else like ‘it would be nice if you could comb us it as nicely (or as easy) as you did when we first got the permed’ . My hair would send me constant reminders that it’s been 4 to 6 weeks, time to get us done. They were all in cahoots! The strands that is. Plotting against me. You would think the some one would stand up and say something like ‘hey they are apart of us why do we have to convert them to be straight like us’? Yeah, okay that only lasted but a minute. And so begins the journey or should I say more like an episode of Survivor-Hair salon first season.
First step, you have to call your girl or guy, to see if she /he has anything available hopefully within the next week. If not you must wait. That wait can sometimes be up to 3 weeks (for some I’ve heard longer!) before you can get tan appointment. Man that’s crazy, but that’s reality. Next, you’ve got your appointment and your all set ready to go! Finally, you arrive and with excitement you might even arrive early! Does it matter that your early? Well, that depends on how good or bad your stylist is. If their any good they will have at least three other people ahead of you. And if their bad, then there will still be at least three people in front of you! Three hours later you might still be under the dryer or with some good fortune behind you, you might be done. Sooooo, now after all that you step out of the salon with your hair looking fierce (I hope). Now here comes the real challenge, keeping it that way!
My dilemma was always how am I going to keep my hair in this style? Let me just say that I am a wild sleeper. I can tie my head up or down, at night with scarfs, stockings, do-rags and satin bonnets. You name I have probably have it or have used it. Come morning I wake up wiping sleep from my eye with my hair looking like I never went to the salon. Crazy! .It looks this way because I am not the type of person to tuck myself into the bed so I don’t move an inch while sleeping just so my hair would still be fierce in the morning. Never that!