By Chinwe of Hair and Health
When I wear my hair loose (which is rarely) it is big, kinky, … and foreign to other people. I have had the occasional stranger’s hand in my strands. I have had individuals approach me asking, “How do you do that?”
Many of us have had similar experiences to the above mentioned. We have had all sorts of people indirectly tell us what our hair means to them. However, what does our hair mean to us? What does your hair mean to you? Here are four of many perspectives:
1. Your hair is your crowning glory.
Your hair is your most beautiful feature. You treat it like the finest silk. Health and length are top priorities on your list. Expensive products are not off limits. Your hair reflects all your hard work and care. It is your crowning glory.
2. Your hair is just an accessory.
Your hair is like a bag or bracelet – something that adds to your overall look. You do not mind wearing it long or shaving it short. You do not mind dyeing your hair or putting in highlights. You can texturize it tomorrow and then big chop next month. You are not concerned about length but about style. Your hair is an accessory.
3. Your hair is a statement.
Your hair sends a message – be it that “you are proud to be natural”, “you are your own person”, or something else. When you style your hair in the morning, the look you choose is more than just a “look”. It is like your bumper sticker; it says something loud and clear. Your hair is a statement.
4. Your hair is an extension of you.
Your hair is an extension of your identity. To dye it or fry it would be to deny a part of you. To texturize it or to perm it would be akin to wearing a mask. Your natural curls, coils, or kinks are here to stay for as long as you are here. Your hair is an extension of you.
What is your hair to you? Is hair really just hair?