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Lace Fronting: Wigs And Weaves

Updated on December 19, 2011
A wig on a baby?! Now I've seen everything!
A wig on a baby?! Now I've seen everything!

Wigs and Weaves

An interesting phenomena in my culture is the propensity for black women to cover their natural hair with wigs. I will reserve my opinion on the subject and proceed writing this hub with disaffected intrigue. Growing up in a household with an older sister that delights in hairstyles, it was not uncommon to find hair extensions or wigs strewn limply across the bathroom counter like some poor life-less critter. In fact, black hair care products are part of a mult-billion dollar industry, so I am confident that this is not an isolated incident.

I will not pretend to understand the emphasis women put on their hair or on beauty. I think natural beauty comes from with in and begins with self acceptance. Natural textures of black hair may be taboo in our society and the source of anxiety for black women. Our culture may project images of women with flowing straight hair as being the idea of aesthetic attractiveness. This may present a point of turmoil to anyone possessing a head full of course, kinky, nappy or curly hair. Some women may hide their "shame" beneath wigs designed to imitate and perpetuate European norms regarding hair.

I am a fan of fair and representative advertisement and consider some women's beauty products to be a bit deceptive. Today, you may see a lovely woman with long hair, manicured fingernails, and curvacious body parts: tomorrow, the same woman may be unrecognizable with out her wig, press-on nails, body slimming under-garments, push up brassiere and butt pads. While some may find these enhancement products to be unnecessary and even ridiculous, they are an everyday part of many women's lives.

I have developed a keen eye for spotting wigs and extensions, and generally notice even well installed hair accessories. I like to be able to run my fingers through my ladies hair with out feeling any tracks on her scalp. Short hair cuts provide a realistic alternative to wigs. Also wigs and weaves are often expensive, so keeping one's hair done consistently can be a costly endeavor. Do whatever makes you happy just remember that you are beautiful either way!

P. S. Wilkinson IV

p.s. I wrote a poem on the topic. Enjoy!

Lace Frontin'

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      Innuentendre 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      I think Mr. Rock put together a classic documentary on the topic. Thank you Brittany, I look forward to learning some of your other facets. Paschal IV

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      brittvan22 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      lol. nice hub. I must confess that I up until Chris Rock's documentary on good hair, really didn't think people wore weaves as much. I personally have always wore my own hair. My hair is curly naturally and I prefer to straighten (thank God for the instyler) because when moisture hits my hair curls back. I do not feel my hair defines me, there are so many other facets to Brittany. Nice article though.

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      Innuentendre 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Yes, we are conditioned loulou2..pun intended. I have been blessed with an older sister that made me painfully aware of black women's hair care products. It is ironic that the very things we may wish to enhance we end up destroying. Good luck with your journey, and I look forward to your hub.

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      loulou2 6 years ago

      I am on a journey to grow my natural black hair and I am sincerely proud of myself...i had never realised how conditionned we were to believe that our hair could not grow...now seeing a man write about this even surprises me...i found it quite funny because it's the plain true......my hair is growing...nobody taught us how to take care of our hair...I have researched and learning boy I am going to write a hub about his....my hair has grown from neck legth to shoulder length in just about three months from a good care regimen...did you know that most products out there for black women are made so that our hair breaks and fall out consistantly is such a way that i't almost impossible to keep our hair out?...products containing mineral oil and petrolaum are the one most companies use for african hair, without telling us that it just dries the follicules in the long term...thus us running to the hair salon for some cover up...i am not sure they are doing it purposedly but here is an important fact....thks for talking about this issue... good hub...

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      ScRuTTy 6 years ago

      I will try my best to persuade her! Natural beauty is always the best :)

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      Innuentendre 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      It sure does ScRuTTy.. She could be richer and prettier in one swoop. Remove her cap of shame immediately!

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      ScRuTTy 6 years ago

      interesting topic..my best friend is South African and she is constantly wearing weaves, its hard work and she spends a lot of money. I prefer her hair when its natural but she feels uncomfortable with her natural hair. It just show how the media has a big impact on our lives.

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      Innuentendre 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Absolutely KrystalD! Yes,very blessed people! Thank you for reading!

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      Krystal 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I love that you wrote this. The information is clearly relevant for a huge population of women. I prefer natural myself but I think Black women are blessed with more options for their hair choices than other women. I guess that kind of makes up for the over sexualization, degradation, masculinization and every other "ation" we battle.....NOT. Seriously, I appreciate you representing this population here and it well written as well!

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      Innuentendre 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My pleasure Carlon Michelle! Glad you liked it and thanks for your feedback!

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      Carlon Michelle 6 years ago from USA

      What a well written article on a sometimes, for black women at least, very touchy subject. I spent many years changing my hair seaming every 2 weeks. I finally found what works for me and yes short wavy curls that grow naturally from my head is my best look and one I generally stick to. Thanks for sharing your take on one of our cultural phenomenons. LOL Smile!

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      Innuentendre 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      That is funny Billrrrr. I know something about the pomade! Thanks for reading sir!

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      Bill Russo 6 years ago from Cape Cod

      Very interesting take on a topic not often talked of.

      I was born into an Italian-Irish family and as a young (white) boy had the tightest, kinkiest hair you can imagine. After constant teasing, I used pomade and whatever grease I could find to straighten it....finally nature took over. The hair fell out and I was bald by my 40s.

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