The natural hair movement has been in a full stride and women everywhere are deciding to embrace their natural texture. Many of these women cite God as their motivation with examples of wanting to present themselves in the image he created them.
This has also prompted a sort of natural hair hierarchy between naturals who wear their natural texture, those that choose to use heat to straighten their texture and those who keep their hair under weaves and wigs.
But this recent article truly represents this dark side of a movement in my opinion. Pastor A.J. Aamir of Resurrecting Faith in Waco, TX has instructed his leadership staff not to wear weaves in church because he feels “they present a false image and are associated with women who have low self-esteem”. He also cites that women are walking around with expensive weaves, yet struggling financially.
*insert deep sigh*
Let me first say this. A grown adult women has a right to control her body, her looks, her finances, her household according to her own conscience. For someone to insinuate that I love myself or my Savoir more now that I am natural then I did five years ago when I was relaxed is ridiculous. A hairstyle does not make someone a better or worse Christian.
Secondly, let’s talk about the levels of misogyny present. This leader called out women and their spending practices. I am sure there are many women in his congregation who are struggling and have expensive weaves. But what about the men with their equally as expensive Jordan shoe collections? And what about women suffering from hair loss, are they not allowed to wear wigs to make them feel more comfortable? And what about the brothers around town with their Steve Harvey-esque toupees, is that outlawed too? Banning weaves doesn’t make someone more financially responsible, finance classes do.
Next he stated that women should be more concerned with “what is in their heads and not what is on them” you know because wearing a weave negates whatever good sense the Lord gave you along with any additional knowledge you acquired. Weaves are similar to wearing tin foil hat in the 50’s so the aliens couldn’t take over your mind [satire]. This type of behavior only feeds into stereotypes that the way you look determines who you are. Considering the source, I would think a pastor would know better.
Wearing tight clothes does not make you a slut. Taking birth control does not make your a whore. Wearing a weave does not mean you are less genuine, have low self-esteem, have poor money management skills. Being natural does not make you smarter, more responsible or a better Christian. These are just stereotypes and playing into them further adds to the divisiveness that has plagued our community for centuries [like paper bag test] and avoids the actual issues. I understand that a pastor’s job is to lead his flock I would hope this one would focus more on their hearts and less on their hair.