It Ain’t Even Real…
Y’all look at this picture…and tell me…what is wrong with this picture?
I saw this on AOL, Wednesday, in a slide show that was talking about how you should know your hair and understand what it’s trying to tell you. Each slide featured a different hair fact such as things about the hair structure, growth cycle, scalp issues and such. Also each slide had a different straight haired model that was attempting to depict something about each hair fact. Most were white. One that I can remember was Asian. And low and behold the last one was of this young lady. And what are they talking about…hair thickness. I’m like screaming… you gotta be kidding me? She’s freaking wearing a weave or a wig. It reminded me of that scene in Spike Lee’s movie School Daze when the Wannabees and the Jigaboos have the confrontation in a doorway, just before the big dance number at Ree Ree’s Salon. Tisha Campbell tosses her light-blond, long-haired weave back and Spike Lee’s sister’s character says (I think it was her anyway), “It ain’t…even…real.”
“What?” she says. “You heard me,” says the other girl. “You weren’t even born with blond hair and blue eyes.” At that point all she can say is, “You better watch it.” Alright, don’t dog me if I don’t have all this quoted from memory as it went down exactly in that scene. But I think y’all get the point. Come on y’all. Look at that picture… They got this girl brushin’ a wig and talkin’ about hair thickness. Are you kidding me????? ***Sigh*** “It ain’t …even…real.”
This isn’t the first time I’ve seen this type of thing. You see it in a lot of the black hair magazines where they’re talking hair care routines and regimens, especially for the stars, like these women are actually dealing with their real hair. I mean dang, it ain’t even their PERMED hair. Ya know?
It makes me wonder, when people (the buying/viewing) public reads this stuff, do they really equate what they’re looking at to black folks’ real hair. OK, what I’m trying to say is, when they tell you how Janet Jackson maintains her beautiful tresses, do people read that and actually think that Janet is really doing all that stuff to maintain her own hair or her LACE FRONT WIG??? Do the editors HONESTLY think black women think that? Shoot maybe they (the editors) don’t think their audiences really believe what they’re reading, and they just don’t care. Soooo many black women want long hair and the illusion of long hair soooo badly that it doesn’t even matter that you have to suspend disbelief to read these hair articles sometimes…cause these mags obviously make lots of money. I mean, show me Alicia Keys, Vanessa Williams, Mariah Carey, Tracey Ellis Ross, and talk about THEIR routines, and I’ll lay odds that they’re talking about hair care as it relates to their REAL hair. But Janet, Tyra, Angela Bassett, and the likes of ’em ain’t gettin up every morning and shampooing, blow drying and frying their wigs and weaves to get it on point. And I ain’t sayin that wearing them wigs and weaves don’t involve some kind of maintenance, cause they do. But don’t take the tone, like so many of these articles do, that these women are maintaining their real hair by doing hot oil treatments and using the Motions product line — cause they’re not.
Now getting back to that slide show, white folks might be fooled into thinking the hair sitting on that woman’s head is real. But I ain’t buyin it. And with all the wiggin’ and weavin’ that black folks do, I just can’t believe that they would be taken in to believe this is her actual hair. Would they?
I’ll tell ya, I’da nevah even blinked twice if they’d have used a black model sporting her own hair…even permed…no matter the length. But these days, even that’s not good enough.