It’s Ok to Have Fake Nappy Hair,
But who in their right mind would want the real deal?
Today, I took my hair down and decided to try something different. The top was styled as usual in about 18 flat twists, which I pull back and tuck under like a bun. Then the back is in regular two strand twists.
Well it was time for those bad boys to come down. I’ma try to make an appointment to get my hair shampooed this week, but in mean time, I was kinda hard pressed to figure out what to do with my hair. Then I decided to take about what had been three separate flat twists and make one big loose flat twist. I did that until I had five jumbo flat twists going across the top of my head. Then I put the back in jumbo double-strand twists. Put a clip in the back for decoration. Looked at it in the mirror and thought. Yeah…that’s really cute. It’s soo puffy you can’t even see the parts.
So I go out to run some errands and end up at the beauty supply store. I’m standing in this isle looking at some product, and this woman comes up to me, really kinda excited and asks, if I have kinky twists.
I’m a little puzzled cause I think, surely she can tell this is all my hair…but then obviously not. So I smile and say “Oh…no it’s all my hair.”
And I kid you not…she took one last good look at my hair, and then said “Oh,” and just started to walk away.
Soooo, I turn around and ask, “Why, where you thinking about getting kinky twists?”
“No, my daughter is,” she says.
“Ah,” I say. “Does she has a relaxer?” I ask. “Oh yes.”
“Oh, and you can put kinky twists in relaxed hair?” I ask. Now honestly, at this point, I could really care less, but I’m just trying to conclude this conversation politely.
“Uh huh, and it’s cute too.”
I nod and say something like I’m sure it will be, and we both go our separate ways.
Ok… now let me give you my take on this conversation. I swear, (but I could be wrong) that she seemed utterly disappointed that my hair wasn’t done up with fake kinky hair. Sorta like it would have been cool if my hair had been fake, but her “Oh” was too much like “ewe” to me. I’m usually not one to be overly sensative but, really, that’s the way she came across. However, another possiblity is that had it been fake, maybe she would have inquired about who had done it, how long it had taken, how much it cost, etc., etc., etc. Anything’s possible I suppose. But her reaction, including her facial expression and body language when she found out my twists were real was almost one of…disgust?
I say that with a cause I don’t know quite what to make of it.
Now lest you think this was an isolated incident. It happend again less than 15 minutes later.
I frequent this location as a customer enough that I stop and chit chat with a young lady who works there and desperately wants to go natural. She almost always has her hair in extension braids and today was no different. I always catch her staring at my hair, so I ask her about hers. She tells me her mom burned her badly with a relaxer and it ate her hair line out. She lifts a section of microbraids to show me a bald spot. That’s why she doesn’t want to get relaxers anymore she says.
I tell her if she’s serious, to let me know, and I’ll help. We keep talking until I see some customers coming toward her counter. So I say my good byes and let her get back to work. I turn around and end up face-to-face with a woman who asks me if I teach people how to do that. Now by “that” I assume she’s talking about twisting my hair.
So I say, “No, but I could show you I suppose.”
Then she asks, “Is that kinky twist hair?” Again, I’m perplexed for a split second. “What? Again?” I think to myself, but I say, “No, this is my hair.”
“Oh…well then…never mind then,” she says rather dismissively. And I swear there is a slight, ever so slight hint of annoyance in her voice. Now y’all, I tell ya at this point I’m quite incredulous. I turn to walk away and look down at whom I assume is her daughter. “Boy you have some beautful [natural] hair,” I tell her. She giggles, grins and says “Thank you.” I smile and leave the store.
Alrighty then…let’s digest this shall we?
What the HECK? It’s ok to have fake nappy hair, but it’s not ok to have real nappy hair. I swear, every time I go to this place, I come back with something to write about. When I run out of ideas for my blog, all I have to do is visit Mid K’s the neighborhood Korean beauty supply store. What a riot.
But really, I’m just speechless. What do y’all make of that? As usual all commentary and remarks welcome. So let’s hear from y’all.