To weave or not to weave

BLACK women in Namibia are estimated to spend millions of dollars each year in the pursuit of beauty by purchasing hair that was shaven from the scalps of far-off strangers, unconcerned about whether the hair is from the living or the dead. With some black women preferring to show off their natural hair and be seen as proud of their black identity while others do not, this trend has sparked heated debates on whether altered hair and long-haired wigs reinforce notions of cultural imperialism and hegemony. While a few hair gurus believe that wearing natural hair is a way of validating the notion that black is beautiful, many have argued that women should be allowed to style themselves in any way they wish to, even if it means wearing long silky hair.