Weaving alternate hair realities

2009-12-18 14:03

LIKE most little girls who grew up playing with dolls I have always wanted long hair. This was more so ­after seeing those cool hairstyles ­Barbie could get away with while I couldn’t style mine to match.

I have never been bothered about holding onto my natural hair. That is the hair you find on the “conscious” sisters who prefer their hair dreadlocked, in an afro, short or shaven off.

What’s a girl to do when she learns to relax her own hair by the time she is nine years old? I religiously did it every time I spotted some “growth” underneath my straightened hair, with the hope that it would eventually reach shoulder length.

I would also braid my hair into a pony tail using longer hair pieces. However, as soon as I could afford to buy my own 100% human hair pieces for my weave I realised that I didn’ have to work so hard to make my hair longer. I could just pick a weave that was the ideal length for me.

Most of my friends have kept their natural hair and have grown massive afros. I always tell them if they relax their hair it would be way much longer. Sigh, what a waste!

I’ve been wearing different kinds of weaves for five years. Some turned out fantastic and expensive while others were just plain horrible and still expensive.

The one thing my family ­laments about is the fact that I can stay with the same weave for a long time, which is not ideal. By the way that is a lesson I learnt the hard way ­after keeping a weave on until it ­literally stuck to my own hair and probably my scalp as well.

I can tell you that having to cut it from the bottom and go bald was not one of my finest moments.

I would stay without a weave on for a week or two to give my hair-pores some breathing space before piling on a new one.

The last weave I had on went off my head a month ago and now I am ­having a new love affair with my own hair.

I realise that I have loads more money in the bank – a good weave is very expensive. Also I don’t miss the weaves much at all and most people can’t recognise me without them on so I have to reintroduce my au-naturel self.

Vanity aside, I have received many a compliment about my natural hair, with some people even asking if its really my own hair.

I have taken to styling my short hair like Rihanna’s before she changed to her current freaky fringe period and it suits me just fine.

Just recently I had a couple of guys come up to me to tell me that my natural hair makes me look younger and cute while the weaves make me look like a “serious Sandton kugel”. Hmm ... interesting, no?

I doubt any woman would want to look older than she is so I’d sooner look younger and cute than older and serious.

So as much as I love weaves I have decided to stay on with the natural look to 2010 and beyond!
 

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