Short hair dont care

2 Dec

An interview with a Congolese singer Alicios Theluji, on why she choose to have natural short hair.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself , I can see that you sing?

Yes i sing, I live for music… I do it more off the camera. Appart from that i’m a business woman, a full time good student and i take student jobbs here and there every now and then.

 Have you always had short hair or you just decided to cut it off?

Well from the age of 1 to seven i had no hair. It was not allowed to have hair in my school both in Kinshasa and in Goma (Congo).

I remember one of my best moments as a little girl was when I was rehearsing for a performance with my mom, I was about 5, my mom had spoken to the teachers if I could let my hair grow, but after that performance with my mom, I had to cut my hair off.  I remember, that I was crying while my hair was cut off .
I started growing my hair after moving to Nairobi, and I loooved having my hair long like every other girl:)

 Where did you get the inspiration and the courage from to cut your hair?

I basically did it to make my cousin feel comfortable with their hairless heads, they were bold, the reason that they were bold, is that its not allowed in most schools in Africa to have hair in school. Every time I visited them, coming from Nairobi, I would have long hair, and they couldn’t stop envying my hair.

This I cut my hair off a week before my video shoot of my debut single, mpita njia. I Thought that I would have a wig on in the video, but then I felt in love with the short hair because it showed my face, my face wasn’t hidden behind fake hair.

I look at short hair differently now. Its natural first of all, and it brings out the beauty u never thought u had.

Life is very easy with short hair. I can colour my hair in any colour now without being scared that it will destroy my own hair, because I cut it off every 2 weeks any ways… Its fresh, and it simply reminds me of where I come from, and what the kids go through, because every little girl, wants to be a princes, the question is can a princes have short hair? It depends on what picture we show them as adults.
This makes me think of cancer victim’s …  Shouldn’t they still feel beautiful without hair?

What was your family and friends’ reaction when you cut your hair?

Every one kept on telling me that they thought short hair looked nice on me,  but that I wouldn’t dare, to have it for a long time… Or you have the head for short hair,  but still your are not keeping it.
Some told me ” mwanamke ni nywele” meaning, a woman is her hair.., and i told them i’m a complete woman without hair, in fact I’m every woman.
My mom was a big fan of my short hair but now she is like, ok u made your point, now grow you hair back… We r starting to forget what u looked like before…

Do you feel beautiful with short hair?

Absolutely
I do feel very beautiful in my short hair, if i didn’t I wouldn’t have short hair in my first video.
It has its beauty just like most other hairstyles, and  you  save alot of money and time, and u see your beauty in a different way, there is that look every woman has, when they have short hair, that u cant imagine … U can only see it if you have short hair. .

What do you think about the statement “I’m not my hair”?

Iam not my hair”
Lots of women tend to forget that…

The song says “.., good hair means curls and waves, bad hair means you look like a slave. At the turn of the century, ITS TIME FOR US TO REDIFINE who we be…” Redefine the meaning of having natural afro- hair, long or short, in braids or locks.
I have nothing against weaves, wigs, relaxers and all that, i just hate the fact that some sisters actually believe they cant show their faces outside without these things …

Alicios Thelujji debut single, Mpita Njia feat Ugandan superstar   Juliana

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5 Responses to “Short hair dont care”

  1. katumba diane daisy December 2, 2012 at 13:33 #

    Wow i like her so much.and now she has inspired me to be with my short hair too for the rest of my life.she is a beautiful young lady with a sweet voice.i love her song with JULIANA K to an extent that i losten to it almost everyday via Youtube

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  1. Rem - December 18, 2012

    I love love her hair.

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