I don’t know if this is a new trend or if I just started noticing it, but all I know is that everywhere I go, there are women – Black women – walking around with sleeping caps on their heads. These women can be found at Walmart, at the gas station, at the pharmacy, driving on the road, at the mall, and every damn where in between. What is going on???
You see, the thing about the sleeping cap is that it is actually meant for sleeping. What that means is that you put it on your head when you are about to sleep, and then, when you wake up, you take it off. You may wear it around the house, or leave it on your head when you walk outside to throw the trash in the dumpster, but please, let it not pass that dumpster. It’s like every single time I go to the store, I spot at least three women proudly walking around with colorful sleeping caps. And just to be clear, it doesn’t matter how colorful it is, it’s still a sleeping cap.
The picture above is nothing compared to the women I have been seeing outside with their sleeping caps. In this picture, the woman is very made up (not how any of us look when we’re going to bed or when we have just woken up), so this picture was clearly taken for marketing purposes. The women I see, however, have no make up on, and for the most part, are not dressed in any particularly nice way … which makes sense anyway. Who would dress up nicely and crown it with a sleeping cap?
I know and understand that sometimes, the time just isn’t there to style your hair and all that stuff. Or maybe you have rollers in your head that you’re not quite ready to take off. Or maybe your hair is still wrapped. It’s all good. There are scarves for that. And no, I am not talking about the satin scarves that are also meant for sleeping. I’m talking about regular good ol’ scarves.
So you’re thinking, what if I don’t want the regular scarf to touch my hair so it doesn’t break my hair? Well, first of all, don’t be dramatic. Using a regular scarf one day of your life for a few minutes or hours will not finish the hair on your head. But just in case you only have three strands of hair and you really, really want to preserve them, then you can leave the sleeping cap on your head and still cover it up with a regular scarf.
If it seems like I am overly touchy about this sleeping cap issue, it’s because I am. I just don’t understand why women do this. I used to think it was a Nigerian thing because every time I saw a woman outside with a sleeping cap on her head, she was Nigerian. But then, the good Lord opened my eyes up to the truth. It’s Black women of all nationalities. Nigerians. Africans. Americans. Everyone.
Please, stop eeeet! It is people like you that make men say they don’t want their women wearing sleeping caps to bed. And we all know what that will do to our hair. So please, next time you consider going out with a sleeping cap on your head, think about your fellow women. What will this do to them? Also, the next time you think about going out with a sleeping cap on your head, I want you to take a long, hard look at yourself in the mirror, and ask yourself this question: do I look stupid? If the answer is anything other than a resounding YES, please wash your eyes with hot water and cold soap. And then, repeat until you get a resounding yes and consequently not go out with a sleeping cap on your head.
Yours In Service,
Vera Ezimora for World Peace
P.S. This post also applies to those of you that have been going out with your pajamas and bedroom slippers. Stop eeeet!