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Weave and a Black Woman's Commitment to Expression

Updated on March 5, 2014

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Weave and a Black Woman's expression Of Commitment

"Weave and a Black Woman's expression Of Commitment"

Have you ever casually seen a woman walking down the street and admired her hair? Well, if the answer to the question asked is yes, than perhaps you should ask yourself another. In the world of pop culture today the most blatant form of self expression through hair has easily become accomplished through weaves. In giving my last few sentences ample through the grand daddy of all questions here remains; How committed could you become for the cause?

Black hair has always been a complex subject to be discussed and when one adds weave to the equation things become even more fuzzy. Black hair in general has often been a controversial subject as it is. Perhaps due to the fact there are are so many vase variations of textures alone. Once upon a time way back in the 80's when weave popularity busted unto the seen "the weave" as many fans and critics refer to was seen traditionally in America as a "Black woman thing." Aside from the huge shift in cultural trends with mainstream acceptance of weaves as a staple in American society. Many people choose to believe misconception on motive when they see a Black woman wearing a weave due to the fact that they don't know the true history of it's cultural dedication to Black hair. However, looking over at a fellow Black woman wearing a long silky wavy weave. I got to thinking about weave and the weight of commitment that needs to be carried out by the individual.

Is a weave wearer a sign of a fully committed woman? And how does the weave wore indicate deeper details on the depths of their internal commitment levels within their personality? Weave's have become a both social and even a cultural expression that shines bright as a reflections of the times. When I look at a woman wearing her wear I see a committed person who has taken a task that though may seem easy to do can be difficult. Not only is weaving a process that often takes no less than three hours to endure but during the few times that I myself have added extensions I often find myself wanting to let go of the "new me" within days due to discomfort. Everything from the tight braids holding it all together to my instant paranoia that I will wake up with a receding hairline simply because I can't see my edges has me refraining from traveling down this path to often.

But in order to understand the depths of one Black woman's commitment to hair I dug a little deeper in terms of research in an attempt to find out where weave's and wigs come from? Who invented this form of artistry as well as self expression? And could weave really be considered a traditional staple of Black subculture? What I found out was mind blowing to say the least. Once I Googled the topic I stumbled upon this article {} and found out the weaves and wigs were indeed created by the Egyptians first dated back in documented form in 3,400 B.C as a way to relocate body hair from other reigns of the body back to the one place these ladies and gentleman wanted it, on the head.In fact the Egyptians wore sewn-on headpieces used resins,braids, and (yes, what we still use in American Black hair culture today) beeswax to attach extensions. Of course the weaves of the time much like today were bought, sold, pulled and traded. But beyond the misconceptions that Black women were the only one's using pieces to accentuate themselves it turns out the Black men of the time often out shone the creativity and dominance of the Black woman's ideals of hair."Human hair was of great importance in ancient Egypt," writes Egyptologist Joann Fletcher, Ph.D., for Egypt Revealed magazine. "Rich or poor of both genders treated hair—their own or locks obtained elsewhere—as a highly pliable means of self-expression."

With that being said one should also take into account what I like to call the laws of commitment from her hair to her personality. With any given weaver one should allow themselves the freedom of possibility to see them as the following type of woman despite the fact that intimate relationships don't always have same affect on ones personality. Perhaps if a man is as loyally attached to a woman as her weave is, he may reap the benefits of strength similar to the bond which she may hold to her weave. A weave is as followed low maintenance (in demand), giving her roots a clear sense of protection, experimental (exciting), requires only a securely stable commitment and reflective directly of the effort and care in which she put into it. If a man were to look at it as if to say, I'd love to see the day when I can live to love her in a deeper than(sense) bond she and her weave share perhaps Black love today could be seen from a completely different set of eyes.

Growing up every-time my hair happened to be in a dysfunctional state my mother often said "your hair is your beauty. Your hair is much like the crown people use to distinguish you." If a man were to see a woman in this regard, perhaps their could be a great deal of lessons men could learn about being that subliminal crown to a woman. If he tired he may be able to help the rest of the world truly see her essence through his unconditional love and open heart alone. He could reap the benefits of being reflective.{ I'll treat you like I treat my weave, all I ask for is that you do the same so your texture may never go out of style in my lifetime. After all if he's been partnered up with a good solid braided foundation, oil feed, tended to,stroked,and held tight what else could any man ever really as for?}


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