"Weave Loan Store" Commercial Makes Me Want To Puke!

Are we being serious right now? I saw a commercial today for a weave loan store. The commercial was so patronizing and so ridiculous that I honestly thought it was made as some joke video made by some racist or mean-spirited "gender war" participants. But nope, it is a very real business.

Although the idea of a weave loan shop in itself is a bit weird, I wouldn't have had such a huge problem with it IF THE COMMERCIAL WEREN'T AN ABSOLUTE DISASTER. Hey, if someone thinks there is a need in the market for a weave loan shop...... Whatever (I guess), do your thing.

But I honestly would like to interview the weave loan shop owner that thought a commercial of a ghetto-grammared, weave slanglin' black woman with blonde hair and green eyes was a good idea.

That's how you want to represent your business? As a ghetto mess? Is that how you want your customers to be seen? You might want to change your advertising angle. All attention is not GOOD attention.

Look, some women wear weave. No big deal.

But who in their right mind would walk into this "place of business" after the buffoonery they make out of themselves and their customers?
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Detailing The Foolishness In This Weave Loan Shop Commercial

I literally had to go to Google and put in... "Is the weave loan store commercial for real?". And unfortunately, I found out that, yes, it is very real. They even had a television news feature about them. This ridiculous weave shop commercial (which I have for you below), starts off with a black woman stomping her feet and crying because she can't afford to buy a good weave.

REAAAALLY?

Then, the "spokeswoman" speaks in her best "stereotypical black girl voice", saying things like "Don't worry girl... get a weave loan and GET YOU SOME HAIR."

ARE WE BEING REAL RIGHT NOW???

Then, check this out. Instead of using the word "we've" they replace it with "weave".

For example they write about getting a weave loan and say "WEAVE made it as easy as 1,2,3!" and talking about the need to become beautiful, they write "WEAVE got you covered!".

How clever.....(Blank stare.)

But over everything else, I think the most offensive part of their poorly thought-out, unprofessional, stereotypical, piece-o-crap commercial, was that they inferred that you aren't beautiful until you can get weave in your head. One of their tag-lines is "Now you can afford to be beautiful!".

Maaaaaaaan, I wish I was lying about this. I still can hardly believe this is a real business, but they clearly have a real website, a real phone number and a real physical address on 8 Mile in Detroit, MI. (Nice job shaming my hometown...)

Anyway, I have the commercial from Youtube below, please share this article & leave your comments below, tell me what you think about these "business owners" and what you think of this weave loan store commercial.
 

10 Natural Hair Stereotypes Ladies Have To Deal With

Yup, I’m going there. I’m taking about some of the stupidest, silliest, and downright insulting assumptions natural hair stereotypes that are made about natural haired women.

We all get them and what makes it so shamefully sad is that many of these assumptions or stereotypes come from other women, co workers friends and even family members.

There are countless things to say about natural haired women that are positive, polite and perfectly right but if you’ve been natural for a while those comments are not as prevalent as the ones we’ll be discussing. Without further ado here are my top 10 stereotypes that naturalistas have to deal with daily:

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Lee's Article Highlights:

Here are the 10 biggest stereotypes of naturals.
1. Natural are tree-hugging fanatics.
2. Naturals are political rebels.
3. All Naturals are vegan or vegetarian.
4. Naturals make all of their own products.
5. Naturals think women with relaxers are self-hating.
6. Some think natural hair is dirty (especially locs).
7. Naturals are hair obsessed.
8. All natural women love neo-soul or reggae.
9. All naturals are just fad-driven.
10. Natural hair is hard work.

♦ Some of these stereotypes are downright messed up (#6), some aren't that bad (nothing wrong with neo-soul and making your own hair products). But either way, you can't fit a whole group of people into a small box and that is often what happens. This was an interesting top 10 list of what some people think about when they see naturals. It goes without saying that people are often judged on their appearance, some more than others, so the way you choose to wear your hair will also be a factor. Some ladies won't care what people think and others will. But it never hurts to know what the leading perceptions (or misperceptions) are out there.

♦ I don't think these misperceptions should discourage, natural hair is becoming more and more mainstream and understood (and loved). Rockin' your natural hair with pride and living your truth will only do good things as far as perception is concerned, because at the end of the day, your natural hair is a VERY GOOD thing that God gave you for a reason.

Many people have mistaken beliefs about things they don't experience or don't see for themselves. Having more and more natural-haired women "stylin' on em" in the workplace, on the streets and wherever else will only prove what the natural hair movement really is. It's beautiful women reclaiming their natural beauty. No more, no less (in most circumstances).

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Natural Hair Movement: The Controversial Anthem

This natural hair movement video carries a powerful message for women who have gone natural or those who are going natural. But Essence Farmer's video is also a bit controversial for some.

Although for the majority of women who viewed the video it's seen as highly-inspirational and it really communicated to them the fact that their natural hair, as well as themselves in totality, are naturally beautiful and MORE than acceptable. Some women had issues with the strong words in the natural hair movement speech.
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Some women who are not interested in going natural have said that they were a bit turned off by the video. One woman said that she feels the naturalista in the video is preaching bias against women who choose not to go natural and in her opinion, that's equal to what "euro-centric society" is doing to black women as a whole. Making them feel not worthy of being seen as beautiful.

Well, I personally liked the message of the video and thought Essence did a great job with her anthem/poem. But I'll admit she does kind of "go in" on women who like to perm their hair and chemically straighten it. Check out the video...

I'll also say that not everybody thinks of women who don't go natural as weak or naive. Some women like what they like and that's it. Tell me what you think, does Essence's natural hair movement poem go to far? Or is she dead on?Let me know what you think below in the comment section.

How Important Is Hair Length To You On Your Natural Hair Journey?

This is going to sound like blasphemy to many in the natural hair community, but I really don’t care how long my hair is. Seriously. I’ve been natural since before the web was invented and I can honestly tell you, I really don’t care.

Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against ladies who track their hair’s progress by checking their locks’ length now and again.

I also don’t have anything against long hair. I definitely think that natural hair needs special attention, but so does the rest of my body and being that my hair grows from my body, I don’t think about one without the other. I think that’s why I’m not worried about...

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Lee's Article Highlights:

  • Although overall this is a well-written article, I can't agree with a lot of it. Maybe there are a few "special" cases of women who desire short hair, but it's not normal. Just like some men may want to be short instead of tall, they'd be the exception to the rule.
  • I do recognize that the overall gist of the article is that the health of your natural hair is more important than its length. That I can wholeheartedly agree with, but it's not an "either or" situation.
  • The author highlights that the health of your scalp is just as important if not moreso than your ends because it’s what your hair grows out of, a great point, much more focus needs to be placed on scalp health.

What do you think? Is your hair length very important to you or is it no big deal? Comment below and let me know.

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Black Girls Rock! Give Us Your BGR 2015 Review!

Black Girls Rock had Twitter on FIRE!!! Everybody was talking about the great performances, Will Smith's loving speech towards his beautiful wife of nearly 20 years, Jada Pinkett-Smith.

The ladies were loving how Fantasia was tearing the house down with her powerful voice and Michelle Obama repeating for a second and for emphasis, that "Black Girls Rock!".

I couldn't even keep up with all of the reaction and feedback on twitter. They are talking about it on the new Natural Hair Facebook Group, you basically can't go anywhere without hearing about the Black Girls Rock award show gala.

Black Hair OMG was on top of it all, and we expect a lot of reviews to be coming out all this week from just about everybody with a voice.

But we want to hear what you had to say? Specifically, what was your favorite moment of the night?

What do you think about the controversy and backlash over the event? Do you think an event like this is needed?

Here is an interview with the creator of the Black Girls Rock Even, CEO Beverly Bond and two young women she's mentoring, Sage Adams and Kathie Duperval. They join Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC to talk about the Black Girls Rock awards show on BET and why affirmation and representation are so crucial for black girls and women.

The interview above touched on some important points. It's good to hear affirmation of your worth when you have been neglected and disregarded for so long. The ladies are not trying to slight anyone else, they just feel it's important to encourage those who have been lacking it for so long as a group.

If you haven't seen the Official BGR Pledge, check it out below....

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Ok, so again... What was your favorite moment of the night?

What do you think about the controversy and backlash over the event? Do you think the Black Girls Rock event is needed? Comment below right now.

Fired Weather Woman Rhonda Lee Has New Job & No Regrets After Defending Her Natural Hair

Rhonda Lee had long been told that she needed to make her natural hair "more pleasing to a wider audience," she told HuffPost Live on Thursday, but she never expected her hair style to actually compromise her job.

Lee, an African American woman who currently works as a meteorologist for WeatherNation TV, recalled how comments she made in response to Internet vitriol targeting her hair ultimately led to her being fired by her former network.rhonda lee natural hair


Lee's Article Highlights:

  • Rhonda says it's a blessing and a curse that people can say exactly what they think about you at any given time on social media.
  • It's amazing to think people consider statements about your own hair "controversial", as Rhonda said, she didn't consider her hair to be controversial but something that grows out of her head.
  • Rhonda Lee was told on her job interview at KTBS 3 News, an ABC affiliate in Shreveport, Louisiana, that it was seen as "the white station" in town, later she was told she might want to change her hair to appeal to a "wider" audience.

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Are Non-Black Women Flaunting Their Hair Or Just Being.... Women?

It's like they automatically assume all black women are jealous and bald. My hair is to the middle of my back and I'm currently rocking a press. When I straighten my hair most people assume it's a weave and these women at my college are a hot mess.

They will literally keep running their hands through their hair then look back at you, like you're suppose to be upset. This is way to common and very annoying. Just had to rant, I know others have probably noticed this as well.


black women vs white womenLee's Article Highlights: This was an interesting mini-rant I noticed the other day on the lipstick alley forum. I honestly have never heard of this "phenomena" (as one forum member called it), my first reaction is to think the original poster is being a bit over-reactive. Women fuss with their hair, it's what they do. Just because someone with different hair from you fusses with it around you doesn't mean they are trying to make a statement. There really is no statement to make.

I did take note that many of the other forum commenters didn't notice this or think anything sinister was going on. Sometimes people need to worry about themselves more and not look for reasons to get upset. Don't get me wrong,

I'm sure it has happened before, but to assume a woman flipping their hair is directly against you is as crazy as saying that every woman that flips her hair around me "wants me" (which some guys actually think, lol). Fussing with their hair is a what women do. No need to read more into it.

  • Many women in the forum thread said that they played with their hair all the time so they aren't taking offense to someone of another race doing so.
  • Not to be discounted, many women identified with the mini-rant and said that they noticed this going on.
  • One of my favorite comments in the entire thread was " LOL. To be honest I don't typically pay attention to other women's hair regardless of race. I prefer my natural hair so even if another woman was trying to flaunt her hair I wouldn't have noticed because I wouldn't have cared." That's what I'm hollerin'!

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Porsha Williams' Natural Hair Is BOMB - and Hidden

Hairstylist Kellon Deryck shared the same photo and added, "@porsha4real got hella hair but it's time to put that #flawlessillusion back in"

So what exactly is Williams using to get her hair so grand? What do you know, she has her own hair extensions line. Her high-fashion hair line is described as "premium quality virgin human hair extensions," the products promise to give any women that Real Housewives style.

 


Natural For a few Seconds Porsha Williams Shows Off Her Real
Lee's Article Highlights:

  • I'm loving that Porsha's natural hair is looking so beautiful, Natural For a few Seconds Porsha Williams Shows Off Her RealI'm hating that she only shows it as a teaser to the next weave. I agree with Porsha's stylist, the constant weave is an illusion, I'd disagree that it's flawless though. The flaw is acting like your own hair isn't acceptable and not good enough to be seen in public.
  • Porsha looked naturally beautiful in her shortly-lived natural hair moment. Genuinely beautiful, but.... She feels the need to... Ahhh forget it. Do what you wanna do Porsha.
  • Porsha Williams is definitely a weave queen, it'll be interesting to see if that changes one day. Sometimes I have to wave the white flag and hope for the best, this is one those moments.

 

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When Trying a New Salon Goes Horribly Wrong - Hair Just Gone!

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Red flag number one was when I sat down at the wash bowl and the woman started washing my hair aggressively with shampoo that was in an unmarked bottle. What exactly is in that bottle? No one knew.

They just knew that it was shampoo. Next, a different woman asked me if I wanted a deep conditioning treatment. My response was, ABSOLUTELY! The lady put a thin and runny conditioner on my head and sat me under a dryer. I already knew what was going to happen next.


Lee's Article Highlights:

  • The author (Portia Cole)feels that many hairstylists don't give two hoots about the customer's opinion about what should happen to their hair.
  • It was interesting that the author says she usually doesn't go to Dominican salons because something usually goes wrong. I'd like to know more about that.
  • After Portia got her hair done, she may have wanted to "turn up" on somebody (and many lesser women would have) but she kept it ladylike. Slappin' somebody wasn't gonna bring her hair back.

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Teacher Changes Student's Unkempt Hair & Posts Pics To Facebook

Would you feel,"some kinda way" if your daughter's teacher took it upon herself to change your child's hair because her hair appeared unkempt?

What about if she posted before and after pics to her Facebook account?

There’s a picture (to the left, to the left...) going around the social media world right now of a young black girl who had her hair done (quite beautifully, I might add...) by her teacher in class because her hair had lint in it and it looked a bit uncared for.

It seems that the child's teacher had her heart in the right place, she wanted the little girl to look good and feel good about herself.

She decided she would give the little girl a new "do" and brighten up her day. But if she had permission to do so or not is not very clear. And if she did have permission to do it, did she also have permission to post pics of the child on social media?

I'd think that would be more than a little bit embarrassing for the parents, even if they were happy about the hair help. Check out the Facebook post below.

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teacher does black childs natural hair at school facebookI have serious doubts that the little girl's parent would take kindly to the description of her hair when she entered class, even if the description was somewhat accurate. She writes:

So one of my students came to school today with he hair full of knots, lent [sic], and ridiculously tangled. It looked like it hand’t been touched the entire holiday break…so my classroom became a salon. The photo on the left is before and the right after . It just broke my heart so badly that I refused to let her leave school today the same way she came. When I finished she looked at herself and said “aww so pretty”…the beauty is that she is normally non-verbal. So now I’m crying lol. My day has been made!

Do you think this teacher was out-of-line or just being a good-hearted helper to the child that couldn't resist doing something nice?

I personally think she did a nice thing out of kindness when she did the girls hair, BUT, if she didn't have permission she still was out-of-line. Even so, it was nice for the little girl, and probably very embarrassing to the parents.

Especially after it went viral on the net. At least the teacher didn't show the girl's face though.

In the end, the teacher should not be villianized for her actions, but she may want to be more conscious of her boundaries with other people's children. And maybe the girl's parents will be more conscious of getting the lint out of that baby's hair before she goes into public.

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UPDATE! 11:45 AM 1/11/2015

Although we still have not heard anything from the parents, one woman is claiming to know the teacher and be a part of her Facebook group. She claims that the teacher had permission to do the girl's hair as well as post pics of it online. This is just one woman's claim, so take it for what it's worth.

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What do you think about this situation? Comment below.