Monday, February 11, 2013

Black Women in Hair - Christina Jenkins - The Weave

It's always interesting to learn more about our hair as black women. Especially that we are still struggling to keep and be proud of our own hair identity to this day. 

As a mother, I am coming into my own so that I can encourage my daughter on how to embrace her whole self. Even as a very young age, she is into the  beauty subject. The hair subject is a constant one these days. 

It was fun to learn about hair weave today:

An African American lady by the name of Christina Jenkins invented the hair weaving process in the nineteen fifties. She received a patent in 1951 for this process of hair weaving. Although people were wearing wigs and hair pieces for thousands of years, Christina came up with the weaving idea. She was married to a jazz musician named Duke at the time and lived in Cleveland Ohio.
Christina and Duke Jenkins formed their company Christina’s Hair Weaves in the early nineteen fifties. People were so in love with her weaves and method of applying them that they would pay her to come to their countries and teach them how to sew in hair weave. Before she invented the idea to sew the weave onto the hair, people were putting the weave on with pins placed on the scalp.
Hair weaves back in those days were stiff and pretty bulky. Mrs. Jenkins technique at first looked the same once done. What she did for the hair extension world was created a way for it to be applied and  stay for a while. Her technique at that time was very time consuming. In the nineteen fifties the way she would do a weave sew in is you would first sew the hair on a netting, then of course you would have to braid your hair into cornrows, and then from there you would sew the netting to the hair.
Christina Jenkins maiden name is Thomas and she was born in Louisiana. She graduated from Leland College in nineteen forty three. That same year is when she married well known Jazz Pianist Herman Duke Jenkins. Sadly she passed away in December of 2003.
Now you know who invented the weave for hair and in what year. In December think of her as well and give thanks as you wear that cute weave you have on your head. Mrs. Christina Jenkins has done a great service to us all by inventing a way for us to turn our short locks into long ones without damaging our natural hair.

Sensationnel Synthetic Weaving Kanubia Easy 5 Elysee Wave
Do you wear weaves? 

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