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An Awesome Plastic Hairstyle

“Heeey!” we heard as Millicent and I made our sweaty way through Sogakope’s outdoor market.

It was YCC staff member, Dorcas, who we hadn’t seen since she fell ill several weeks ago!

“Ehfoah?” Dorcas asked us in Ewe, shaking our hands and snapping our middle fingers together with a “POP.” “Are you fine?”

“Ehhh,” Millicent and I responded with twin grins. “Yes!”

We confessed why we were in the market: ever since experiencing the high of getting a $15 custom-made dress, I had become rabidly hungry for a second one. Dear Millicent had agreed to accompany me, for the very reasonable fee of a single Fan Ice.

“Ooh,” I cooed, “your hair looks really nice, Dorcas!”

“Thanks!” sang Dorcas, modeling her glistening onyx– wait a minute… I peered closer…

“Is that… plastic?” I asked, amazed at the superhuman sheen atop her head.

“It is!” affirmed Dorcas. Sure enough, her natural hair had been neatly divided into sections, then wrapped tight with shiny plastic thread. “The style is great,” explained Dorcas, “because you can wash it easily, it is cool in the breeze, and it lasts for months!”

Ingenious. I glanced around the market and realized that a small smattering of other ladies were also sporting the same style.

Very, very cool! Literally. When we reached the seamstress (clutching not one but TWO luscious new fabrics), my thick brown hair was dripping with sweat, despite being twisted up into a bun.

You’ve got a good head on your shoulders, Dorcas!


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Derek T

Wednesday 18th of November 2015

Plastic hair sounds really convenient since it dries fast with the air cooling it down and it lasts for a month!

Jenifer Jackson

Monday 28th of April 2014

Very interesting article for plastic hairstyle. Like it very much.

Jacquelyn Estela

Wednesday 18th of December 2013

I wouldn’t really have to wear that plastic hair unless I had really short thick hair.

Qiyin Y.

Friday 15th of June 2012

That's so cool! I like to feel my hair through my fingers so that style is not going to work out for me. Do they do that in the US. coating the hair with plastic?


Friday 15th of June 2012

I've never seen it here, but maybe it will be the hot new craze next year!

Genesis Lumahan

Thursday 23rd of June 2011

Woah. That's weird but cool. It's so shiny. Is her plastic hair hard or soft?


Thursday 23rd of June 2011

I didn't touch it (felt awkward enough photographing her pretty head), but it seemed like it would be hard, plastic-y thread.

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