In fact, many of their reasons are usually the same as mine – to protect my real hair from the stress of styling, ease of care, and to save time.
I’ve always sympathized while reading interviews where it is obvious a celebrity feels it necessary to defend their use of extensions* with saying “My real hair is actually [insert positive adjective of your choice here]. I wear extensions* because it is just easier in my line of work.”
The truth is the line of work is irrelevant – for most weave wearers also on HHJ’s, part of the reason we opt for that style is to give our hair a break and protect it.
While celebrities feel their appearance is a part of their job, how is that any different than any other employed woman? I can’t go into my job looking any type of way either!
However, I do understand their desire to explain their styling choice because it is the same feeling I have when someone after seeing my real hair asks “With all that hair, why do you even wear weave?”
I have no idea why it is said with such disdain…almost as if because my hair is neither short, damaged nor broken off, I don’t deserve to wear fake hair!
With the popularity of Twitter, celebs are taking it a step further tweeting photos of their “real” hair and it is obvious from the accompanying text that they do so in effort to prove that they actually HAVE hair, that it is indeed well cared for, healthy and in most cases long.
While I enjoy seeing black women in all roles disproving so many age-old myths that black hair cannot, does not, or will not grow, I am beginning to find this entire process a little sad and a bit juvenile.
I’ve been on my healthy hair journey for three years and am finally enjoying a bit of success but I’ve never felt compelled to post a length check photo to my personal Facebook to prove anything!