I've never considered myself to be a 'Creamy Crack' addict as I can go up to at least 4 months at a time without a re-up, but after watching footage from the Oprah Winfrey show with Chris Rock and Solange, I'm starting to think that maybe I do have a little problem.
If you don't know what I'm on about by now or are assuming that I'm a hooked Crack Whore, I'm on about PERM!!!!!
Chris Rock is about to release his film titled 'Good Hair' that has created quite a buzz amongst Black women and also white women exposing the truths behind the chemicals, and weave that we as women use, provoking deep thoughts, huge laughs and for some, Soul Searching quests, in an attempt to understand particularly Black women and the relationships that we have with our hair.
The documentary film sees Chris travel as far as India to find out where the real good weave comes from. He also visits a factory where perm "also known by its government name sodium hydroxide" is made, he also visits hair salons and 'ghetto' hair shows in Atlanta.
In the film Chris interviews quite a few well known U.S actresses such as Nia Long, Megan Good and Raven Simone, putting them on blast about their hair and the the choices they make regarding their hair.
For some women Weave is the way to go, for others it could be some of that 'Creamy Crack', braids, dreads, natural fro's, straightened or curled with straighteners or curling tongs.
Now not all of the above but most of the above styles that I have mentioned are damaging to our hair, so why do we do it??? There are a thousand and one different reasons why we poorly justify damaging our hair, but here's a few that some of us are too ashamed to admit....
"It's easier to manage than my natural hair","I want my hair to be able to move, with the wind and when I dance", "I think I look prettier with weave", "Guys aren't attracted to me with my natural hair and I don't feel attractive" and in the extreme but un-rare cases "I wish I was white" you get this gist.
Nia Long who was on the Chelsea Lately show on E! the other night promoting the film, also made some other valid points about the way women with weave, a fresh perm or a fresh do make it a piority to think through the daily activities of of their lives and how they're going to affect their hair. For example, sex!!!!..... Ladies is he really 'Weave Worthy'? Is his sex worth that much that you'll risk fuckin up you good weave for him? Or do you know when it's time to stay on top? Some women won't even go to the gym and keep fit regularly because they don't want to sweat out their hair!!!!
This is past Borderline ridiculous!!! I would fuck up my hair any day for some good exercise in the gym and in the bedroom too!!!!
Is it that important to look good? Or for some, to resemble the pedestal European look?
For those of you who follow Solange Knowles on twitter you'll know that the other month when she decided to take out the weave (yes for you naive ladies and men it was weave) and shave her hair to a really low natural do, people had a lot to say. In response to this Solange posted on her twitter page that..
"I am the was number three trending topic before Iran and some of you can't even locate it on a map. I just wanted to be free from the bondage that black women sometimes put on themselves with hair. This Phase of my life I want to spend the time, the energy and the money on something else, not in the hair salon."
Personally I think that what Solange has said and done with her hair is fantastic! A lot of people see it as controversial and have negative opinions. On the show Solange tells Oprah that she had a perm early on in life at the age of 4 years old! To have had a perm from such a young age and to now be able to not be dependant on 'creamy crack' or someone else's hair from India is a great achievement, as there are many women out there who feel paranoid with their own hair, never mind wearing someone else's.
After watching Solange on Oprah I read a few of the comments that people had left and I noticed that a lot of females we're defensive when it came to weave, and asked 'am I supposed to feel bad cos' I Wear a weave?' In response to that... No you're not, but you should really understand why you wear one (and also remember to wash it cos' it really is not about stanky weaves ladies!!!)
We live in a society where we black people are the underdogs in every way possible! As much as people may like to say that we're not, we are and I would not say it if I did not believe it to be the truth of others. Some black people have managed to rise above this and understand that being, and being perceived as the underdog is a state of mind, but there are a lot of black women not all (because remember I have a perm and I have acknowledged this) who are walking around with weaves down to their backsides, putting chemicals in their hair way to often and way too young, and bleaching their hair blond which is a whole other topic within itself, all just to fit it with what society sees as perfection, which sure as hell ain't a nappy headed negro female!!! (Just keeping it real). But what we also need to acknowledge is that there are a lot (again not all) of black men out there who are only attracted to women who make the effort to resemble European perfection!! Someone once told me that a black guy said that he doesn't go out with black women because because he can't run his fingers through their hair. LOOOOL!!!!sad, but apparently true.
I think that it's fair to say that these issues can not be doing much for the mind and the hair of the mis-educated black women and men of today's society!!
I'm not having a go at women who wear weave or perm their hair, as I and many of my family and friends are victims or should I say addicts to weave and Creamy Crack, so I guess that would make me a hypocrite right??? But putting all feelings aside towards me as a hypocritical bitch, I just think that it's important that we understand ourselves and our hair! And if I've struck a nerve, or you feel bad about wearing a weave or perming you hair....... well I would strongly suggest you do some 'cultural' soul searching.
I could go on and on all day long, but I think I've gone on enough!!!! This is an issue that sparks so many debates, so let me know what it sparks for you.
Love Sara (A 'Creamy Crack User'). xxxx
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