Spending More On Your Hair Than You Do Your Past-Due Bills? 10 Signs You’re A Hair Snob

December 26, 2012  |  

If you’re anything like me, when you can’t make it to the beauty supply store, you might take your chances scanning YouTube reviews before ordering from one of the many online hair vendors just to have some kind of heads up about what you’re getting into. What can I say? I take my sew-ins seriously. But for every legit objective hair review I find, there are at least five around-the-way girls in their momma’s basement talking about beauty supply store hair like it’s so beneath them. You can barely get a cell phone bill in your name, but you’re bragging about spending hundreds of dollars on virgin Remy? Maybe I’m getting old. Below are some signs of hair snobbery at it’s best from the horse hair jokes that accompany Poetic Justice-style braids to clearing your bank account all for that yaki down your back-y. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about finding what works for your personal budget and lifestyle.

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1. You’re too good to buy from the beauty supply for the low-low.

I say this with some hesitation as I watch the Remy I bought online shed in literal clumps every time I finger comb it. I actually bought this hair online, but it’s still beauty supply store quality, if not ten times worse. While I could have dropped big dollars, most of my paychecks were invested in my recent trip to Las Vegas, which was my priority over investing into some Indian woman’s hair. If you want to spend a small fortune on a stranger’s locks, feel free, but don’t talk about beauty supply store hair like it’s beneath you. At the end of the day, none of it’s growing out of our scalp anyway no matter how realistic it looks, and no matter how “high quality” you think it is.

2. You don’t “do” synthetic hair.

Synthetic hair is a hair snob’s kryptonite. They’re more likely to be seen bald.  But hey now, don’t think there isn’t a huge market for synthetic hair. Would I buy some $10 hair for a $100 sew in? Of course not, but if I’m in between styles and want to throw in a quick ponytail for a week, I’ll gladly let Alexander Hamilton represent me at the beauty supply. Just don’t expect it to last forever and PLEASE don’t leave it in to the point where it can create its own twitter profile.

3. If you do subject yourself to the beauty supply, your hair MUST be brought from behind the counter.

You bypass all of the racks of hair so you can specially request hair from the vendor’s secret supply. It’s bad enough you’re buying beauty supply hair, it BETTER be the best they have. Is it me, or is it not that deep? At the end of the day, it’s just hair, and I’ve found plenty of brands that can get the job done without me having to wait for a Korean woman to climb up a 6-foot ladder to present me something like it’s the holy grail. Be open-minded and keep in perspective how long you expect the style to last, as well as your financial limitations.

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4. You spend more on hair than you do on all of your utilities…combined.

Speaking of financial limitations, if you have $400 of hair on your head at any given time, but can’t keep the same Boost mobile number for more than a month, you have some seriously jacked up priorities. I’ll take into consideration a good YouTube review any day. However, how seriously can I take you if you talk about your distaste for Sensationnel and preference for Virgin Remy with a mattress on the floor and no sheets in the background?

5. You maintain your weave more than you do your own hair.

I recently brought some Virgin Indian Remy ONLY because I got a good deal and wanted to see what all of the hype was about. Maybe I’ll be a believer with a completely different stance once it’s installed. In the meantime, all I’ve heard about it is how I have to wash the weave like it’s my own hair, get it dyed if I want some color, etc. The point of me wearing weaves is for LESS maintenance. Just because you may have bought a batch of Remy doesn’t mean you can’t consider beauty supply store hair if your pockets ever come to a point where they aren’t exactly popping. You shouldn’t be defaulting on student loans because you’re trying to maintain an illusion.

6. You’re quick to point out a peek-a-boo track or new growth on someone else.

All weaves aren’t created equally, but it you’re obsessing over how shiny some girl’s hair is or an exposed track, you need a life, seriously. I will never understand why black women are so obsessed with what another sister is doing with her hair. Friends don’t let friends rock bad weaves, but if you’re not a friend at all, but a judgmental stranger, leave that girl alone! Besides, at the end of the day, there are more important things in life to stage interventions over.

7. You obsess about shedding and tangling like a maniac.

That real hair appearance that you’re trying to achieve will shed and tangle just like your real hair does. A few strands each time you comb is normal. These self-proclaimed YouTube gurus act like a few strands of hair on the floor equals a bad brand. All hair sheds and tangles. It shouldn’t look like the floor of a hair salon, but hopefully you have more to do than worry about sealing wefts, and holding every strand up to your laptop camera pressed to the palm of your hand.

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8. You spend too much time trying to get the hair of someone else.

Since Virgin Remy hair descended from the heavens, chicks on Youtube will have you thinking it is the holy messiah of manes and worshiping any other will buy you a first classic ticket to hair hell. But in my personal opinion, every look isn’t great on everybody. If I see one more “Kim Kardashian” inspired hair or makeup tutorial, I am going to hang myself with Kanekalon fiber. Kim Kardashian doesn’t even look like Kim Kardashian at this point. There’s a big bright world of curly afros, box braids, Senegalese twists, and cornrows out there. Do what works for you.

 

 

9. Your motto is, “If you’re not dropping a stack, your hair will be jacked.”

Just because a third of your paycheck went to getting your installation at some fancy salon doesn’t mean it will look any better than a style created in Shaquita’s Basement Beauty Shop. Weave is one part product and three parts talent, including styling and professional installation. Just because a shop offers you organic tea and a massage while you’re getting your hair tossed doesn’t mean the stylist knows what he/she is doing. Sometimes the best weaves come in humble packages.

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10. You assume that hair extensions = self-hate issues.

There are plenty of hair articles that go into detail about all of the insecurities of natural hair snobs, but I will just say that liking to wear weaves doesn’t mean you want to be European or have self-hate issues. It could mean you’re a lot like me: Lazy with little patience to thoroughly devote to hair maintenance and you get bored easily. Just because you’re rocking a mini fro doesn’t mean you’re an Angela Davis in the making with unquestionable allegiance to black culture. True sistas understand solidarity and the importance of embracing the diversity of black beauty inside and out.

Do you take your sew-in’s this seriously?

Toya Sharee is a community health educator and parenting education coordinator who has a passion for helping young women build their self-esteem and make well-informed choices about their sexual health. She also advocates for women’s reproductive rights and blogs about everything from beauty to love and relationships. Follow her on Twitter @TheTrueTSharee or visit her blog Bullets and Blessings .

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  • The shade of it all. While I am guilty of a few of the things discussed in this post I have to agree that some young ladies do take some things in “weave culture” far too seriously. I like virgin Brazilian hair but I REFUSE to spend more than $200. It will NEVER come down between bills and hair. That’s not an adult decision.

  • I go back and forth, I am pre-menopause and my night sweats are murder on my hair, I wake up almost everyday with drenched hair, I wrap it at night only to have to wash it because it is short and I have to look professional when I go to work, so I have decided to go back to the weave. I am starting to hate having to stand in front of the mirror for so much on a daily basis.

  • Its just hair!!! if you can afford remy virgin hair than good for you just dont hate on those that rather spend their money on other things that are more important to them! Aint nothing wrong with beauty supply store human hair for much less. wear it proud since u know ur bills are paid!

  • chanela

    omg # 8 was SPOT ON!!!!!

    i’m so tired of folks acting like kim kardashian invented wavy hair. are you serious?!!? how is that inspired by her?!?!

  • chanela

    i’m sorry but i can’t help but cringe when i see chicks with effed up weaves. i mean… WHY?! do you really think that a full blown afro and bone straight hair go good together? blend it or wear a hat dammit!!

    i notice that it’s mainly non black women who have the worst weaves in the world. heffas would have hair as short as rihanna’s with ONE cot damn track sewn in…. REALLY?!?! one thin a$$ track? or their hair would be a honey blonde color and they’ll have some bleach blonde shiny 9 cent store bootleg “barbie” doll hair extensions in. yuck!!! they started getting their hands on lacefronts too. lawddd it looks a mess!!

    • BlueCornmoon

      ROFL !! You should see some of the heffas in black neighborhoods I’ve been thru. Weaves on top of wigs , all different colors, hair down past their butts, fake eyelashes a mile long, makeup put on with a trowel in a shade too light or just plain wrong, low rider skinny jeans about to fall off their huge behinds with elaborate tattoos above their butt cracks. Wait! Don’t bend over ! OH NOOOOOOOOO!

  • My name is Kay, and I’m a hair snob.

  • mia

    I’ve spent $40 on a wig and had people ask if its Brazilian or my real hair.
    On the flipside, I’ve seen girls rave on and on about how their hair is Cambodian, Peruvian or Indian, meanwhile I could’ve mistaken it for Milky Way.

    It all comes down to how well you rock it, not how much you spend. But that idea is foreign to blacks in general, not just in regard to hair.

  • mac

    Lol I’m so sorry but what I find funny is when ducks buy this expensive hair and think it makes them fine or “bad”. You’re still a duck…just in overpriced “Brazilian” hair.

  • Sorry, but I’m not handing over my hard earned money so some korean can drive around in a BMW and throw shade at my black a$$. They own the black hair industry, and spit on us at the same time. Thanks but no thanks, I’ll wear mine with pride, but if you want to rock your Remy……. more power to you.

  • Numero Uno

    I always find it ridiculous when I hear women spending crazy amounts of money on weave. When I used to wear a weave, I had absolutely NO problem buying the cheaper beauty supply store hair. And my hair never looked cheap. You just have to be sure you find one of the cheaper brands that actually looks good. Everytime I would do my weaves, people would literally argue me down telling me that it MUST be my real hair. It looked that real. And all I used was a $20 bag of hair. What’s funny is that I’ve seen women that use the more expensive hair and I can still tell it’s not their hair. So what was the point. But to each their own. I just know I will never go broke or miss a payment trying to purchase somebody else’s hair.

    • chanela

      right! you have to know how to blend the hair and take the necessary steps to make it look real. those “invisible part” messes are horrible! there is an art to it : )

  • d_smiless

    no matter how much you pay it’s fake. FAKE.

    people like this should get a grip…no man wants to snuggle with weave in his eyes and go to feel your hair and feel tracks instead…or pull your wig off!

  • Amija James

    I wish I would spend $400 on some hair. I see chicks talking about their expensive weave like they’re doing something and will have the nerve to be snobs about bss hair. In my head I’m thinking how phucking stupid they are.

  • I personally prefer to not date a woman who wears weaves, extensions, etc. Not only do I not go in for the “longer/more elaborate the hair the better” nonsense, I resent the amount of money spent on the stuff.

    • Nope

      That was my preference too when I was dating. Not that men really pay attention to a woman’s hair to begin with, but if it looks like it’s doing too much or took too much, it’s a big turnoff. First thing that comes to mind are all of the activities that we probably can’t do together.

    • Lynn

      Do you think it’s a form of self-hate or snobbery I know plenty who put weave in their hair for themselves and not for anyone else, what kills me about black people is these so-called enlightened beings who yet still look down on others for how they adorn their own damn bodies. Yes there are some women who are trifling with the weave, but there are countless others who just doing what they feel is best for them and the upkeep of their hair, do you take in consideration if some of these women have a medical or mental disorder, no you just place judgement and contempt should approach every woman with an open mind because your being close minded is short changing yourself.

  • Kimberly Bush

    Woooowwww! See this is just a sin and a shame but maybe if women invested just as much money and time into THEIR own hair instead of buying wefts of an indian woman’s hair then they would not NEED the weave. Is that not common sense? lol just saying. Sorry but this isn’t something I can relate to as I maintain and wear my own hair and have NEVER worn a weave in my life. Black hair industry is worth $9 billion dollars and less than 10% of black people profit from it and most of the hair involved is not even our hair…hmmm..and people wonder why I play for #TeamNatural. Sorry to say this but this is just one of those things that make me say “Hmmmmmm” I love my black women but really????C’mon we have to do better than this…

  • Ooh La La

    I prefer virgin for the exact opposite reason. I’m not a snob at all and use to rock BSS hair frequently, but when your hair is no good after a few weeks that repurchasing adds up quickly. I wear virgin hair now and what I have has lasted me well for months. Larger up front cost, but huge long term payoff.

  • IllyPhilly

    More on hair than bills? Snobby? Do you mean like live cheaply since your hair is your life? That falls into trifling IMO Maybe I read way too much into that or I didn’t.

  • Kellz

    Uuummm thats not fair!! Who wears synthetic hair. Itll catch on fire!.lol

    • MsSunshyne77

      “human hair” catches fire too, duh!

    • lmao what hair DOESNT catch on fire? please let me know!!!

  • Miss_Understood

    Funny how there is a Remy hair ad right above this story lol

    • That ad is very funny! Talk about product placement.