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Lace Fronting: Wigs And Weaves
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!