Story by Misturah Ibiwunmi Tairu and Bernice Gift Nicholas, Edited by Segun Otokiti.
Plenty of issues are occurring at this time to make technology of the late final century seem to be these in the Stone and Iron ages. To the brand new technology, the final one is archaic, simplistic and out of tune with present improvement and civilization, even when repulsive.
Things normally thought of shameful and morally unacceptable are at this time the vogues. And hair styling as practiced as of late are a part of the vogues. From improvised dreadlocks, tinting, girls going in skin-cut to heel-length braiding and different bizarre kinds, at this time’s technology has given a fully whole definition of how hair kinds needs to be worn.
The transition, nonetheless, doesn’t come with out believable causes. Ladies, based on a few of them spoken to by our reporters, are dropping their well-known lengthy hair fashion for merely low cuts with splashes of tainting in latest years.
Cost and simplicity are the key causes driving this pattern that’s historically related to males, in accordance to people who spoke to our reporters.
To some, it makes them look horny and trendy, whereas to others, it’s low cost to keep up and makes their hairs wholesome for a longer time.
Oluwabukola, a designer at Clem Road, Ijaye, Lagos stated all alongside she was not comfy with lengthy hair touching her physique, which made it simpler for her to change to low reduce. She stated additionally that her scalp was fragile and made lengthy hair fashion harm, subsequently preferring to have her hair in low reduce than to plait it.
She added that having haircut can also be much less time consuming as she had no time sitting in the salon simply to make hair.
To have a new haircut, she stated she solely wants to go to the salon for as soon as in two weeks whereas she would add a tint to the hair in to look completely different from the conventional male fashion.
Like a regular male haircut she stated she added tint to the hair color to spice it and makes it lasts as much as 2 months earlier than it fades off. She confesses nonetheless that tinting does have opposed impact on her hair because it causes the hair to interrupt as soon as in a whereas.
Mrs. Bukola stated haircut is straightforward to keep up because it provides her the privilege to wash from head to toe on a regular basis in addition to afford her to brush and apply gel afterwards to make it curly and good.
Another girl from Delta State, Precious Bolu additionally shared to us that haircut is one thing she likes and makes her really feel extra engaging. Besides, she acknowledges the truth that she will get water in her hair with out having to fret for itch or scent.
Bolu stated she’s acquired a fairly small stature due to which she at all times provides a tint so folks would know she’s a little bit of an age. “Also it makes me look trendy as I gained’t have to put on wigs all the time. Nigerian actress, Nancy Isime is an instance,” she acknowledged.
She complained nonetheless that how tinting makes hair unhealthy and not grows nicely. According to her, the issue is that the tint lasts as much as over a month and that one might want to wait for the tint to fade off fully earlier than with the ability to chill out the hair, therefore it’s going to trigger the hair to interrupt out excessively.
For Mrs. Olarewaju Khadijah, a telephone service provider in Ijaye, Lagos, her personal story of getting low reduce is a results of not with the ability to care for her hair for a number of months which triggered it to interrupt out excessively and making her look ragged. She stated she barely had day off her enterprise to go to salon and subsequently determined to have haircut with tint to make it trendy.
If some girls do hair reduce willingly and freely, it’s a completely different motive of apply for Mrs. Rachel Soyinka. In her case, it’s her husband, Mr. Oluwole Soyinka, an educationist, that had his spouse doing low reduce. Mr. Soyinka stated he had watched his spouse depart her hair unkempt for weeks making him uncomfortable it. He stated it was then he urged she ought to begin barbing it if she felt uncomfortable along with her hair dangling again, the excuse Mrs. Soyinka gave earlier when her husband commented on how tough the unkempt hair made her look.
Mrs. Soyinka disclosed that she felt glad on the suggestion and her husband took it upon himself to get her each barbing device wanted to get her a wholesome haircut and its upkeep.
MEN TOO ARE MAKING WAVES
The girls people shouldn’t be alone in the change of haircut convention. Its counterpart males people can also be making waves in the apply, maybe extra assertively.
Before now, males on dreadlock had been both considered having it from beginning, the standard ones being known as dada in Yoruba land, or had been mentally challenged people whose hairs grew to become dreadlock from lack of bathing and combing because of their psychological sickness. But unusual and humorous sufficient, the consequence of psychological sickness on victims’ hair has at this time change into a passionate style patronage by younger and grownup males.
A dreadlock stylist in Mushin, Lagos State, Muhammed Oladapo spoke to our reporters of how costly sporting dreadlock could possibly be. According to him, it prices 16,000 naira to get a contemporary hair dread and N5,000 to relock, which is to be achieved each two weeks .
Explaining that a new dread takes two to a few hours to make, relying on hair kind and progress degree, he stated it takes lower than an hour to relock dread. “One can have a dread on for a longtime as the sweetness grows for so long as it’s being maintained,” Oladapo declared.
According to him, among the clients have their dread on for weeks, months and even for couple of years. He stated the older it will get, the extra it appears to be like like pure dread. He defined that when a person desires to alter from dreadlock they’ve it reduce off, irrespective of how lengthy the dread grows.He added that some preserve the hair when reduce whereas some sells theirs.
Oladapo believes dreadlock is impressed by celebrities who put on them and their followers are inclined to comply with swimsuit.
Mr. Maleek, an proprietor of a telephone tech firm at Ojokoro, Lagos, took us by way of the journey of his dread which is a yr previous now. “The identical means I see myself on a low reduce is identical means I see myself on dread,” he acknowledged. When requested why he selected to go on dread he stated it’s the identical means a girl feels sporting a new hair to have a new look. He disclosed he’s on dread as a result of he wished to alter his new look, explaining that it took him about two hours to get a new dread on.
Maleek stated it’s costly sustaining dread hair as he goes to his stylist twice each week to scrub and deal with the hair and to keep away from it from wanting tough or much like a mentally deranged particular person.
An undergraduate, Olaleye sheriff residing in Igando, Lagos was seen on dread and when requested concerning the inspiration behind it, he defined thus, “I’m a music artiste and the dread is a pattern in my type of work”. He defined that dread looks like their regular picture as a music artiste and one with out it on is regarded not in vogue. He went so far as including bead decoration on his such that one would mistake him for a feminine. He stated all of it’s pattern that makes him distinctive.
Olaleye defined that his dread has been on for greater than a yr and that he treats it at salon weekly to keep away from itching or smelling. He maintained that he would proceed the routine for so long as he feels fed up of getting the dread on.
To one Olowu adewunmi, the identical means ladies have a tendency to alter their coiffure is how he feels to go on dread at time. Against in style motive, he stated he didn’t do dread for traits to alter his look from common low reduce. He countered that there is no such thing as a want for the weekly upkeep as he carries dread on for minimal of three weeks and most of two months.