“Jamaica’s importation of wigs and weaves is set to hit $1 billion in 2013.” (Jamaica Observer business article).
One. Billion. Dollars. That’s about USD$9.5 MILLION at the exchange rate at the time of this writing.
$9.5 Million United States Dollars – whew. That’s a WHOLE lot of HBO – “Hair Belonging To Others” (according to my cousin).
I tried to ignore the headline, then laugh about it, but then I had to face the truth: it bothers me. It really bothers me that we Jamaicans are spending so much of our money on wigs and weaves. And it bothers me because I have the sneaky suspicion that most of those wigs and weaves look like Caucasian hair. Asian hair. South American Indian hair. Chemically straightened hair. Chemically curled hair.
Any other kind of hair except black, kinky-curly hair in its natural state.