I Forgot The Original Color Of My Hair
By Misgana Damir ERPR I didn’t meant to be sneaky but it was in the beauty salon that I overheard a young lady talking about how damaged her hair was; and that it has been long time since it grew. The hair dressers and some concerned clients after hearing her problem started giving her advice, from what they have heard or tried. And here I was, cu- riosity killing me to turn and have a glimpse. Yeah!! She’s right; her hair’s damaged. And no wonder it is damaged because it doesn’t even look like a hair any more, it looks like a color choosing catalog. Her hair was dyed with a color I can’t even tell what kind; it looks ob- noxious. I am dead sure when she was dyeing that color she even didn’t intend to look like that.
Even though our hair is made of dead cells, we seem to forget that it needs taking care; dyeing color is definitely not in the category of taking care. Hair dye is color- ing your natural hair color. There could be so many reasons for this: it could be to cover a gray hair, it could be to restore your natural hair color, if it had been damaged by heavy sun; but most commonly it is in the desire to look fashion- able and attractive. We, Eritreans, have great hair; what could be the need for us to dye a color that’s not even going to suit us. I mean, can you really see a brown skin girl with a blond hair? Or worse with yellow?! Once again we are being victims of fashion.
Ever wondered when and how hair coloring started?
It was in 1860s hair dying first started and it was with herbal treat- ment. The most known was henna, indigo, and sienna. Hair dye can be categorized in to four: tempo- rary, semi temporary, permanent and semi permanent.
If you are planning on dying your hair, it’s good to know the risk you are taking. Hair coloring involves the use of chemicals ca- pable of removing, replacing and/ or covering up pigments naturally found inside the hair shaft. Use of these chemicals can result in a range of adverse effects, includ- ing temporary skin irritation and allergy, skin discoloration and unexpected hair color results and typically hair breakage. Hair that has been damaged by excessive exposure to chemicals is consid- ered over-processed. This results in dry, rough and fragile hair. In extreme cases, the hair can be so damaged that it breaks off en
tirely. This is especially true for Afro-Caribbean hair, especially if used in combination with relax- ers. Treatments are available but the only real solution is to stop the use of chemicals. Additionally, there is ongoing debate regarding more serious health consequences of hair color usage, including lead poisoning and also shows that hair dying could double the risk of leu- kemia and bladder cancer. Wikipe- dia.com
It was last month that I read a story about a girl who confessed that she couldn’t even remember her true natural hair color any more. I know! How unbelievable. Unfortunately, if we keep color- ing our hair, its natural hair color will soon wear away to the point we can’t remember how it used to look. Yes, people fear change but what is most fearful is the inability to retreat to what you were, once the change has come.
Those materials we use to dye our hair are made to suit for white people and clearly they and we have a different type of hair tex- ture. What is worse, there is less carefulness in reading instructions. The instruction is telling you how many minutes you should apply it because applying it more than that specified minute, will damage your hair and you taking longer so that it would hold the color better is beyond doubt hazardous.
Another attempt most girls nowadays use to fashion their hair is using hair extension. Looks like no girl left with a real hair. Forget girls with the short hair, even those with medium hair they seem to do it in regular basis. If you have a very short hair, wearing an exten- sion might be an option for you, when you want to look more girly, but you can be as fashionable and attractive as you wish with your short hair; it is all about finding your own style which will make you confident. After all how con- fident can you be when at any time your extension can fall and you can be ashamed in collecting your hair. However our society made us believe long hair is attractive; but let’s not fail to remember, not all our admired superstars have long hair.
You may think that hair exten- sions will make your life easier with regards to styling time, but this is not true. In fact, it needs more time because you will need to shampoo, condition or oil it than you usually would, in order to make it look like it is your hair. You will be forced to consider that your new longer hair style will make you look not you and you will need more time to brush or comb or done it in the hair dresser.
In addition to this, it’s really close to look not clean and to give a wrong image about us. If you were thinking you could just get up and go in the morning, with your fake long hair, think again. Longer hair requires extra work and you need to make sure you are prepared to maintain the hair if you are going to get extensions or artificial hair put in.
Artificial hairs can in some cases cause neck strain or head- aches. This is because you won’t be used to the extra weight of hair. It is worse, if you have decided for braided sewn-extensions as these cause extra tension to the scalp if the braids are done too tightly. Moreover you can become so used to hair extensions your confidence will be remove with them if you take them off. If you have worn them for several months you may feel like your natural hair is too few and quite flat once you re- move or take it out. Lots of girls rave about the ben- efits of hair extensions but you don’t very often hear about the disadvantages. If you are think- ing about having hair extensions, it is important that you know both sides of the story before going ahead. So here are a few of the disadvantages to be aware of. The biggest disadvantage of hair ex- tensions is the potential damage that they can do to your natural hair and scalp. Of course all hair extension and coloring companies claim that their methods and prod- ucts do not damage the hair and in most cases this is true. However, all it takes is an inexperienced or careless stylist during the applica- tion or removal process to cause serious damage.
Other thing that got me think- ing is that hair extensions are not cheap; and its clear-cut the price differs with the quality, and the expensive once are the better, and you must throw it after some month and change a new one. If you are planning on saving money, they are not helping either. One of the biggest idealized wrong concepts about black hair is that it doesn’t grow or grow as quickly as other types of hair. All hair grows an average of 1⁄2 inch per month, but it’s how you treat your hair that determines how much it can grow. Some women use dif- ferent kind of relaxers commonly known as Wella, while others cut their hair now and then, hoping it will help it grow. There’s no mum- bo-jumbo involved in hair growth. All that’s required is your commit- ment to healthy hair practices and treating your hair with great care. Fellow a healthy life style. Since your hair grows directly from your body, what you eat and drink have a lot of effect on your hair. Try to rely on gentle styling methods, as much as possible stay away from heat, occasionally you can use flat irons and curling irons as long as the heat isn’t too high .Get trims (removing half an inch of hair) whenever you think is necessary, get rid of the dry, damaged and split ends. Since black hair is dry by nature using a moisturizing product are must do. Relax your hair with care; chemical abuse is the biggest cause of hair dam- age, so avoid it. Mostly keep your hair clean, shampoo and condi- tion in a regular basis. Wear gentle style, too-tight pony tails and tight braids worn for extended period of time will lead it to breakage.
Hair styling should never be painful and prickly! Please be kind to your hair and choose hairstyles and stylist cautiously.
After all your hair style says a lot about you.