New Democrat (Monrovia)

Liberia: New Waves of Fashion for Young Women

Women in their droves all over Liberia and around the world are engage in enhancing their beauty either by changing the skin color through bleaching, braiding the hair with wig or attachment, planting artificial nails and adding makeup on the face.

Young women think that when they braid their hair using attachment, wig, and styling gel, they become more attractive to men, hence the competition is on to see whose can become the most attractive.

In a beauty chat with Chris Nimely, head of Under the Tree Saloon on Clay Street Wednesday, she stated most women in Liberia engage in braiding and weaving the hair because perm usually damage their hair leaving them bald-headed while others try to reduce cost.

She said "...when you plait attachment in your hair, it carry you for like six months, three months and one year depending on the hair style you plait, adding, during that time you do not have to worry about getting money to plait your hair, while the wig can carry you for only two weeks and it start getting rough ".

As for Catherine Davis, another beautician, most women get involve in braiding their hair because time do not permit them to braid their natural hair. She said if you are using your natural hair, you will have to comb it every morning or plait it every week, adding, time do not permit some women to even comb their own hair in the morning before going to work.

She maintains "some primary and secondary schools are even accepting students with attachment and wig in their hair, students and parents take advantage of this opportunity".

Ask whether it is appropriate for high school students to dress like a university student or an employee she said "I think it is not right but there is nothing I can do about it, adding, some people say they travel to other countries and see high school students braiding and weaving their hairs which is why some schools in Liberia are practicing it".

Parents braid their children's hair during holidays, celebrations and other historic events to make their children happy after they successfully pass their exams and are promoted from one class to another, she said.

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