Having always had an overwhelmingly giant batch of hair with a mind of its own, I’ve thought about going pretty short and getting a weave so it’s not quite as, ehm, antagonistic (I swear, it sees me as The Opposition). Many women and men love having weaves because they like the look, the texture, and the ability to totally change their style within just a couple of hours and without the same commitment that comes with, say, bleaching and dyeing their hair. So, with all these lovely benefits, why is a pastor in Texas banning them from his church?
According to A.J. Aamir, pastor at the Resurrecting Faith church in Waco, Texas, fake hair equals fake person. Though his churchgoers’ average age is 22 — thus leading to my naive assumption that it’s a bit more progressive in its views — Aamir feels that weaves are just one big den of untruths that sit atop your head.
“Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not. Be real with yourself is all I’m saying.”
He also takes issue with its perceived budget-unfriendly nature.
“I lead a church where our members are struggling financially. I mean really struggling. Yet, a 26 year old mother in my church has a $300 weave on her head. NO. I will not be quiet about this.
And he hates rhyming!
“’Long hair don’t care.’ What kind of mess is that? I don’t want my members so focused on what’s on their heads and not IN their heads.”
Fight the weaver, buddy! No, wait, just kidding — this is totally ridiculous. This is the equivalent of saying, “Hey, you know how you put new shoelaces in your sneakers? You are bad at worshipping God now.”
We have the right to treat our bodies however we want to — and that includes its appearance. Perhaps Pastor Aamir should take a page out of his own book and recognize it is he who’s focused too much on what’s on these women’s heads rather than what’s in their minds.