Wednesday, May 12, 2010
I have had a nickname for years as a result of my hair. It is....Bumbum Poullet. That is, the back end of a chicken. As in, the hair on my head is so thin and feathery that it resembles the hair on the butt of a chicken. For the most part, I have learned to live with it. In my childhood, I looked on in silent, grieving envy as classmates showed up to class on Monday sporting the weekly hairstyle. I said nothing when my "suku" (cornrows in a bun) did not quite make it into the scrunchie or when my "kolese" (cornrows facing forward) never fell over my face and instead stood like a row of pimples on my shiny forehead. I endured it all because I knew my time would come.
For it had been written that once I graduated from secondary school, I would be allowed to whatever I wanted with my hair. I could put in a perm, extensions, straw, sand or anything that I wanted to make up for my lack of natural, thick, fast growing tresses.
And for the most part I did. Had so much fun. Thought I was the sexiest thing ever.
Then I moved to the United States.
And doing my hair was the same cost as some kid's school fees...
So i tried to learn to perm my hair myself. Lost 1/3 of it.
Then I got a friend to braid it. Lost 1/3 of it.
Got a professional to braid it. Got some of it back
Put in extensions with glue. Lost 1/2 of it again.
Then I cut it all off. So lost most of it.
It grew and I permed it back.
Then I put in a few weaves... the whole front of my hair left me when I took the weaves out.
Put in braids....
And now they must come off.
I am now faced with a few scenarios:
As I have not permed my hair in donkey months, most of it is back to its natural stat. However, I have no hair line. At this rate, I can join the Balogun Market chapter of Lagos Market women and fit right in with my hair line that starts from the center of my brain.
Should I take out my braids, perm my hair and cut it into a style so there is no weight on the front of my head?
Put in another round of braids...pick-and-drop with curls
or a full head of weave...so i don't have to put in any more chemicals and I can just keep my head natural.
The costs vary, the out come varies...but the hair remains poullet-esque.
I have been eyeing the Victoria Beckham cut for a while...
What say you, my dear friend?