I watched a fascinating documentary about hair this evening. It's Chris Rock's "Good Hair." The documentary was about black women's hair.
I don't profess to know much about the care and upkeep of black hair, other than what I learned from girls in high school. The girls I went to high school with kept jars of hair grease in their purses. I often found weave tracks in the sink in the ladies' room. I had one girl tell me that if she washed her hair too often, it would fall out (I don't know how true that is).
The documentary was a fascinating look into the world and culture of black hair, but it raised another point for me: women's beauty is often wrapped up in their hair.
"Jo! Your one true beauty!"Amy, upon discovering her sister Jo has sold her hair. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
"...if a woman has long hair, it is glory to her." 1 Corinthians 11:15
I personally spend more time and money on my hair than I do on make-up or clothing. Thinking on it now, I'm not really sure why. I have good make-up and I enjoy putting it on, but I seldom do. The time it takes to apply just doesn't seem worth it. I have good, nice clothing, but I spend most of my time in t-shirts and jeans.
In contrast, I comb my hair carefully (at least) twice a day and apply myriad of oils and creams to it every night. I spend a good amount of time on the internet looking at interesting styles to try. I watch infomercials on the "latest European technology" for hair styling tools (but never buy them.)
Although I've found shampoo, conditioner and treatments that work for me, I still try new things out, constantly looking for something better.
I'm wondering if all this time and energy spent on my hair is a good thing.
The idea of being vain about anything is unappealing to me. I value knowledge and personality over looks any day. I don't want people to see me as a vain individual and I'm starting to wonder if that's the way I appear.
Beauty is important, don't get me wrong. Without beauty, life would be pretty boring. Beauty can come from places within, as well, though. I guess I'm wondering if I should really be focusing on working on my inner beauty.
I'm wondering, too, if a decent cut wouldn't do me some good. I love my hair, don't get me wrong, but maybe it's time to come out from behind the hair.