Mia Speaks Out About Hair
I came to the United States when I was nearly five. That was the first time that I ever saw straight hair! At first I wanted my hair to grow long and silky like the hair of all the white models on shampoo advertisements. My mother worked hard at convincing me that my hair was beautiful. She made all kinds of pretty embellishments for my hair, and that worked for a while…at least until I was eleven and entered middle school.
As an adolescent I began clamoring for hair extensions and weaves. I quickly learned that hair extensions hurt, and weaves made a girl’s head itch like crazy. Having hair straightened was even worse. Straightening, extensions and weaves are tough on hair and made my hair thinner. Also, having them done professionally was very expensive.
Finally, at the age of seventeen, I came to terms with the fact that I was a black girl with nappy hair, or as my mother euphemistically called it, “Hair with sweet, itty bitty curls.” That is when I decided to keep my hair cut short and natural. That didn’t mean that I couldn’t toss my head and feel my hair sway about my shoulders, like the models on those shampoo commercials. I could achieve that effect with a wig.
I discovered that a nice human hair wig actually costs less than having extensions or a weave put in my hair. So I saved my money and bought a variety of human hair wigs. Now I can change my hairstyle as the mood strikes me. Here are two photos of me in long wigs, and two of me in my natural hairstyle.