Since citing reasons for the necessity of growing long hair of our own despite the availability of weaves and wigs in a previous article, we have thought about how you decide what is a necessity and what is not.
We probably had you thinking: “When did something as simple as long hair become a necessity? After all, its just hair.”
With all the resistance to natural afrocentric hair, society might be a bit impatient with our efforts to attain health in a bid to retain length, while manufacturers of relaxers are feeling the pinch since some relaxed women are choosing to stretch their relaxers for that very same reason. No doubt some of them are wondering what is with our obsession with growing it long.
Lucky for them, the weaves and wigs* manufacturers do not have to pay behavioral psychologists to get to the root of the matter since their sales have not been shaken.
Yet, it begs the question: Is it necessary for us to grow long hair while ready-made alternatives are available? For this reason we decided to delve into long hair psychology: the reasoning behind the necessity of long hair of your own.
Necessity implies an absolute essential for existence such as food, shelter and clothing; therefore, you may argue that when it comes to hair, it’s certainly not necessary for the preservation or sustenance of life or existence.
Okay then, I’ll let you hold on to that for a second and for a moment there, I thought of re-wording the topic with the word “preferable” being inserted as the operative term, but hold your horses because I’m not willing to concede just yet.
In Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs the definition of need that you would cite would correlate with basic needs, yet there are four other categories of needs cited in his model which would classify our psychological needs (bingo!).
Maslow’s model shows us that we have need of social, esteem and self-actualization fulfillment!
The social need speaks to our need for participation and acceptance, esteem speaks to our need for attention, glory, fame, appreciation, dignity, status and confidence.
When this is not fulfilled we develop self-esteem issues and inferiority complex. Finally, there is the need for self actualization; the state of realizing personal growth and motivation.