Hair-volution

Deshanta Naidoo

The hair-volution will be televised. 

I am itching to cut my mane for months now but the hair salons were not allowed to operate during all the various lockdowns.

I have managed to grow out the highlights and if its true that hair grows at 1.5 cm a month then since the Pandemic started, I have gained 18cm of growth.

That’s why my ‘Hermione mop’ is looking good 😊 It is beautiful and au naturel – curly grombré, but it is heavy AF!

No pain no gain, right?

Well stay tuned. Salons hopefully open April 12th, and I smell a new do for the Summer 💇‍♀️

To cut short or not too short, that is the question…

In Msanzi, on several occasions, I was offered a lot of money to grow my hair so it could be turned into a weave for a colleague’’s wife or girlfriend. I turned down these inappropriate propositions because hair is a spiritual extension of the body in some cultures, including my own (I am Tamil). It is for this reason why profiteering on hair growth just didn’t seem like the kind of financial transaction I would ever want to participate in.

Hair is seen as gateway to the heavens and helps medicine women and community storytellers connect to the Universe and beyond. Hair is seen as physical wealth [aka wellness] so the length and condition of one’s hair signifies your ‘spiritual richness’ and is an outward display of the strength of your spiritual connection to the divine.

In Msanzi, on several occasions, I was offered a lot of money to grow my hair so it could be turned into a weave for a colleague’’s wife or girlfriend.

Now, I get that in India, Brazil, Peru and even in South Africa that people grow their hair for sale. And I understand why it is done too. Part of surviving in impoverished circumstances is to hustle hard and even give up your spiritual beliefs just to put food on your table. You do you, boo – I ain’t mad at cha.

I also am aware that there is a whole black market of stolen hair (offerings from hair sacrifice rituals) from temples in India that make into the wig and weave-making industry in Asia, Africa and the US. This doesn’t sit well with me because those offerings to the gods are part of the cultural practices of people who already have so little, and these people’s religious beliefs and faith are being exploited for profit.

So, if I get my hair cut,  you can best believe that I will donate my hair to those suffering from diseases that cause hair loss. I have done it twice in my life and it is empowering to know that it goes to help people who are suffering and need to feel beautiful too.

I hope whoever gets my hair is going to feel okay about having a unique grey streak. My sister says I still remind her of Rogue, played by Anna Paquin, from the early X-Men movies. But I think my hair is more like the depictions of the character Storm’s hair from X-Men. And since Storm’s origin story starts in Africa; I can get behind that 😊