An Otter’s Opinion: Fake hair. Fake me?
April 17, 2017This 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!
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!