By David F. EFFIONG
I love it sincerely. Back in the day, it was simple though.
For me it’s about creativity and the 21st century burden.
Hair is a protein filament that grows from follicles found in the dermis , or skin. Each strand of hair is made up of the medulla, cortex, and cuticle .The innermost region, the medulla, is not always present and is an open, unstructured region. Hair provides thermal regulation and camouflage for many animals; for others it provides signals to other animals such as warnings, mating, or other communicative displays; and for some animals hair provides defensive functions and, rarely, even offensive protection (cf. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair).
No doubt the human hair trade in Nigeria is budding and the market now offers a wide selection of gorgeous tresses at cheaper prices, however, it is important to be careful while making your selections of these premium hairs which come in form of wigs, weaves, extensions and attachments (cf. https://travel.jumia.com/blog/ng/4-things-to-consider-before-buying-human-hair-in-nigeria-1478) One would now ask, “where did human beings get this idea from?” Is it really to be called hair revolution or the rebirth of myths? Myths such as ‘Medusa?’
Medusa (guardian and protector) was a monster, a Gordon, generally described as a winged human female with a hideous face and living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazers on her face would turn into stones, (cf; wikipedia. org/wiki/medusa . She was originally a golden-haired, fair maiden, who, as a priestess of Athena, was devoted to a life of celibacy; however, after being wooed by Poseidon and falling for him, she forgot her vows and married him. For this offence, she was punished by the goddess in a most terrible manner.
Each wavy lock of the beautiful hair that had charmed her husband was changed into a venomous snake; Seeing herself transformed into such a repulsive creature, Medusa fled her home, never to return. Wandering about, abhorred, dreaded, and shunned by the rest of the world, she turned into a character worthy of her outer appearance.
In her despair, she fled to Africa, where, while wandering restlessly from place to place, young snakes dropped from her hair; that is how, according to the ancient Greeks, Africa became a hotbed of venomous reptiles (cf. https://www.greekmythology.com/pictures/Myths/Medusa/). The question for the ladies is, “is that hair a curse?” Lol.
Behold our new Medusas!
Photo credit: Nigerian braids and wikipedia/medusa_pictures.