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An Otter’s Opinion: Fake hair. Fake me?

April 17, 2017

This article was written by Brittany Glassman

The false correlation between personality and beauty enhancements

Let’s get one thing straight; I have “fake” hair, and I absolutely love it! My hair extensions are like my children. The sixteen-inch golden-blonde locks make my hair long and voluminous. The fountain of fake hair matches mine perfectly in color, making it very hard to differentiate the “real” from “fake”. From my perspective, the hair is mine – I bought it, so it is REALLY mine . The perfect strands are clip-in, and can be added and taken out whenever I please.

Let’s get one thing straight; I have “fake” hair, and I absolutely love it!

Brittany Glassman shows the difference
between her extensions and real hair by putting
the extensions in only on the right side, while
also proudly holding a strand of the extensions.

My hair extensions are something I wear solely for myself, to make me feel good. I am not one for a full face of makeup. I usually just brush my eye lashes with mascara and call it good for the day. Extensions are a way for me to express myself and have fun, much of the same way women use makeup. I usually only sport the locks on evenings out, when I want to get all dolled up.

On a recent night out I was definitely feeling myself, with the lengthy locks curled to perfection, accenting my outfit. Compliments of my “beautiful”, “healthy” hair filled my ears all evening. At the end of the night I briefly disappeared to unlatch the locks. When I resurfaced one lady definitely noticed. She looks at me with confusion, leans in toward me and asks; “Did you not have longer hair earlier?” I smiled and responded, “Yes, I wear extensions”. She responded, “oh, I just thought you were so pretty,” with disappointment (as she was one of the admirers from the start of the night). She then digs herself further into a ditch by saying, “I think fake hair is for fake people.” With that comment I just about lost all composure. What is she trying to say? Was she really calling me fake because I had a beauty enhancement much like her full face of makeup? Is she insinuating that I am not beautiful without the luscious locks? I was so confused by this woman that started the night by commending my beauty and ended the night by shaming it.

Society has conjured up this idea that without beauty enhancements, like makeup, fake hair, and fake nails etc., a woman cannot be beautiful, but with them the woman is fake.

Society has conjured up this idea that without beauty enhancements, like makeup, fake hair, and fake nails etc., a woman cannot be beautiful, but with them the woman is fake. It is seen in the many memes that talk about taking a girl swimming for a first date to see what she really looks like. I’m here to tell you that the idea is absurd. Just because a woman wants to add things that she likes to her look does not mean she is all of a sudden a fake person. There is this stigma that a woman with beauty enhancements are somehow bending the truth (so to speak) about what she looks like. Instead people should recognize that women with beauty enhancements show appreciation for themselves and their image. Most might even be like me, who choose to enhance solely for themselves!

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    • Wow! Thank you so much for reading & responding to my story!
      Please contact me through my email, bglassman@csumb.edu
      Hope to hear from you soon!
      Thanks,
      Brittany Glassman

  • This whole subject is more complex than one might think
    If you are enhancing just for yourself, then just imagine if there was an ‘Armageddon’ type situation and you were the only person left, would you still enhance?
    Having said that, as a guy I love it that women like to enhance their natural beauty, however, when about 85% of women have ‘blonded’ hair it sort of cheapens the whole idea of ‘enhancement’
    I could say that I would prefer no false hair and no makeup, but then I had a thought – taken to its correct conclusion then it would also mean unshaven legs, which I don’t think I would get used to!
    In the end, I suppose it’s a matter of degee like many other things, and where the line is drawn obviously has to lie in the hands of the individual

    • Thank you for taking the time to read my article and respond! I appreciate it, take care!

      Thank you,
      Brittany Glassman

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