When did weave get to be in style?

Back when I was a little girl, I envied women with long hair. I watched music videos, tv, commercials and read magazines displaying African American women with long luxurious hair. I hated my dry, over processed, short hair and prayed that one day I would magically wake up with long hair down my back.

Then in the early 90's there was a weave explosion. There were the ponytails and glue ins that were popping up everywhere. Wearing a weave was a huge secret and women were mortified if anyone found out what was draping down their back did not grow out of their scalp. Weave wearers were constantly made fun of and degraded for not wearing and growing their own hair.

Fast forward to the 21st century....Everyone and their Momma wears a weave. We glue it in, sew it in, pull it in a ponytail, and sport braids.
Its no longer a big deal and now women embrace their weaves. Celebrities that followed the policy of, "Don't ask don't tell" now flaunt the fact that they wear a weave to, "protect their hair from constant damage from styling".

Celebrities that I used to envy now have their secrets revealed with the lace front wigs that drag queens embraced for many years. Now little girls that want hair down their backs, no longer have to wait years to grow it...a couple of hours at the salon will achieve the lengths that was so desired.

And to think, I wasted all that time hating my hair.

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