Hair weaves under attack from men

An African American woman stitching on a hair weave
An African American woman stitching on a hair weave
                    An African American woman stitching on a hair weave

As the natural hair movements gather steam in the black & African communities, men are speaking up about their distaste for all things fake as it relates to black women.

It’s no secret that black women are the largest consumers of hair weave products. Black men yearn for the days when they pulled their women’s hair during sex and the hair didn’t come off in their hands.  Weaves are viewed by many as a sign of inferiority complex by black women who seek to have soft flowing hair that falls on their shoulders like the Europeans.

World famous Jazz musician and trumpeter Hugh Masekela is known for his stance on women and weaves very clear during his performances and in the media. Masekela does not allow any female fans wearing weaves to pose with him for photo ops during his public appearances, something that has pitted him against angry female fans who have made their sentiments known via social media.

As reported by Africa Review,  South Africa’s legendary musician Hugh Masekela’s has had to hire ‘weave police’ to stave off women with weaves and hair extensions from getting close to him for photos.

His conservative stance when it comes to dealing with female fans and their appearance is well documented in South Africa. But his fans felt he took it a bit far when he allegedly requested tighter security at a Durban show last weekend to keep women with weaves far away from him. Venue owners confirmed this while Masekela insisted he needed no help to shun the women.

Masekela defended his approach saying he sought to restore culture and identity.

“As someone who runs a foundation that seeks to restore culture and identity, I refuse to take photos with people with weaves. And I tell them that.”

He is not the only man and public figure to openly make his thoughts known on weaves. In a recent appearance on the Jeff Koinange Live show, business man Chris Kirubi had some rather unsavory remarks to make about his distate for women who adorn weaves.

He said and I quote,

I hate Kenyan ladies who wear dead people’s hair. That I hate. They take take from the burial in India, they cut from the women when she dies to bring it and sell it to Kenyans.

His sentiments unlike Masekela’s were a bit undiplomatic  but he made it very clear his stand on weaves.

A few months ago, RnB singer Chris Brown took to his twitter page to throw a jab at black women on how they look after removing their hair extensions due to too much sweating at the club.

There is a cross section of Kenyan men online who go under the tag of M.A.W.E (Men Against Weaves)  who, through their tweets advocate for Kenyan women to do away with weaves or Mbalas as they refer to them. The very word, Mbalas is derived from the fact that a lot of early weaves were from horse hair hence the term..

The debate on natural hair vs weaves is one that has been raging for a long time and the following 2 questions always come up

Is wearing your hair natural “better” than wearing extensions? What exactly gets everyone so riled up when a woman chooses to wear fake hair?

Christina Brown of held a fake hair debate with various women and one of the responses to her question  on What’s your stance on women who wear fake hair? was;

“I think it’s a personal decision. The one thing I do like about it is that it gives women options. With hair extensions, women are no longer confined to one particular hairstyle and can try different things without (or before) making a permanent change.

I do believe that women should love themselves as they are, but I don’t have a problem with a weave. Hair extensions can be viewed as an enhancement similar to fake eyelashes or other beauty enhancers. I’m not a fan of unkempt extensions! But besides that, the only thing I don’t particularly care for is that due to their popularity, some people automatically assume that everyone is wearing extensions.”

Should men have a right to tell women to stop wearing weaves and it OK for a man to tell his women if he is uncomfortable with her wearing weaves? What are your thoughts on this subject?


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  1. Modern Mom Reply

    If it is your man telling you, then yes. He has every right. But the decision is the woman’s at the end of the day and to be honest, weaves are a convenience most cannot avoid.

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