Yes I know. I can just see some of you screaming or rolling your eyes at the screen like “Just get off the wig thing already!” Don’t wig out now (gotcha!).
I was about to let it rest but after the “spirited” discussion generated on that anti-wigs PSA post, quite a few comments sparked a thought.
I’ve had this topic at the back of my mind recently: Is long hair of your own pointless when you can rock a weave or wig any time you want?
Just ask anyone who has dentures if they wish they still had their natural teeth. Nuff said!
Hair has always held a certain prestige for us. Irrespective of cultural or racial differences, the quality of hair has always been viewed as an indicator of health, fertility and beauty.
It is for this very reason that wigs came into existence. The big wigs of the day back then or the movers and shakers of the day were as vain as we are today or even more so.
They were the ones who set up an hierarchical system that determined your social and economic status depending on the type of wig you could afford to wear (Yep! that’s how the term “big wig” came into being).
Fast forward hundreds of years later and the wig and it’s more sophisticated cousin, the weave, are still staples of the fashion scene, so much so that it causes us to wonder if long hair is even necessary when wigs and weaves are so readily available and have been for so long.
Here are the reasons I believe long hair of your own is necessary in spite of the accessibility of wigs and weaves.
► Being able to grow long hair of your own gives you a psychological rush! Honestly, your strut is a little sassier when you know you don’t have to be totally dependent on some false hair. Your confidence in your appearance is multiplied since you can whip the hair you grow just as if it were a weave.
► You have a choice! Without your own long hair you are limited to simply buying a weave or wig to compensate.
► Growing your own long hair affirms your femininity. Sure we would like to believe that we have changed a lot since the Elizabethan era but the truth is that many of the ideals have seeped into our modernized little era. We – and our men in particular- tend to associate a woman’s ability to grow long hair with the picture of delicate femininity. Sure, he may take you with the weave but if you have some long hair of your own he will be even more thrilled.