I decided to get my hair and nails done before the baby is born because I know I won’t have a chance to afterwards. I used to actually work in this salon on Newbury Street so it’s always kind of fun to go back and see everyone.
I mentioned to my stylist that one of the other stylist had gorgeous long hair. She told me they were hair extensions. She called the girl over so she could show them to me. I know this may seem weird, but hair extensions aren’t really common here in Boston. We are kind of down to earth, so I was a little curious about them.
The other stylist gave me her card. She told me that they cost between $600 and $1000. As soon as she left, my own hair stylist turned to me and said, “And if you ever get them, I will stop being your stylist.” I asked her why, and she said she saw an HBO documentary about where hair extensions come from. According to her, roving bands of hair bandits tackled girls on the street of Calcutta and cut off their hair.
I looked for this documentary, and I wonder if she isn’t confused. What I found was the documentary below where the Indian girl is sacrificing her hair to a god at a temple ceremony. Unbeknownst to her, her hair is going to be sold to a hair broker for a lot of money. Still pretty appalling. At any rate, I am pretty sure I can keep a promise not to buy $1000 hair extensions. Really, not a problem.
Update (5 minutes later). The more I think about this, the more this pisses me off. I feel like women are always being manipulated either by religion or love to sacrifice things of value. Then other people profit from it.
Dammit. I really mean it. No hair extensions.