Anyhoo, this week, these are just a few of the questions sizzling on my mind, which proudly resides under barely a smidgen of hair:
Did you know that black women in the U.S. are supporting a $500 BILLION industry of weaves, extensions, wigs, relaxers, beauty products, styling tools, and appliances?!
For a little more perspective, $500 BILLION — also known as a half TRILLION — is double the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Greece — a country!
And did you know that the women on the Dark Continent are shelling out another $6 billion for the same?!
A half trillion. (I have no idea how you write that with a dollar sign.)
Seriously, how are black women here and on the Dark Continent paying for all this faux hair and its upkeep?!
Well, get this: In Detroit, Michigan, The Weave Loan Store really wants to help “the cause.” They will give you a loan [PAUSE] so that “you can afford to be beautiful!” Sadly, this is not a fracking joke! See for yourself:
Clearly, black women’s hair acquisitions and the subsequent care of it is colossal business, here and abroad.
I won’t bore you with what has already been said and written on this matter, except to ask that you please consider these notable points:
- In the U.S., black women make up just 13% of the population.
- And that the poverty rate among black women in the U.S. is 28.6% (13% for white women; 10.8% for Hispanic women).
- And that there are reports that the average black woman’s net worth in the U.S. is a whopping $5 — yes, that bill. The one that sequentially follows the $1 bill and features a portrait of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln.
So again, I ask: How are black women paying for all this faux hair and its upkeep?!
And one last question: Why, why… is it that black people love to be trendsetters in every other area of life — music, art, language, clothing, food — except one: Hair?!
Obviously, women of other races also buy weaves, extensions, and wigs, etc. Whatever. That fact still does not make one single thing said here any less true.
Plus, for black women the internal motivations are different or at the very least more extreme.
Finally, please let us not engage in a fruitless argument about the numbers.
Because even if some of the statistics provided above aren’t exact, all we have to do is look around in our real lives, on TV, and on the Internet, we can see that when it comes to black women and their hair that there is definitely a scary, hairy problem.
NOTE: If you think I’m nuts, don’t get mad. Instead, give me the total ignore you think I deserve.
Ladies, continue to spend your life resources on whatever you wish and try, try, try to please an audience that does not want to appreciate you.
And, men, continue to embrace your narrow concept of beauty and shrug it off as a preference.
Call to action: Am I the only one who thinks this is beyond incomprehensible? I would love to hear your comments.