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article imageTexas Pastor bans women from wearing hair weaves to church

By Yukio Strachan     Aug 23, 2013 in World
Waco - While many churches tell people to come as they are, one Texas pastor has added an exception to the message — women, leave your hair weaves at home.
Hair weaves, also called hair called "extensions" — which come in different lengths, colors and textures — are "weaved" into a head of hair in order to lengthen or thicken it. It ultimately gives women more versatility in hair styling.
Once the domain of only the rich and famous, women can now have long hair for as little as $200 or as much as $650,
For Pastor A.J. Aamir of Resurrecting Faith in Waco, Texas, this poses a problem.
Aamir, 39, says his church is made up of a congregation of members that are dealing with financial hardships, but he notices they will go out and buy $300 weaves.
“I lead a church where our members are struggling financially. I mean really struggling,” Aamir told America Preachers. “Yet, a 26-year-old mother in my church has a $300 weave on her head."
"No, I will not be quiet about this,” he said.
Neither did social media. The reaction was swift and severe.
"Btwn a pastor banning weaves at a black church on women & a dean banning locks and cornrows on men at HBCU- black hair ain't safe no where," MichaelaAngela Davis tweeted.
"So Pastor.. if Women cant wear weaves, why do the deacons get to wear toupees?" Brandale Randolph tweeted.
As a child being raised in the Islamic faith, Aamir was raised in a strict household.
“Women wearing weaves presents a false image of themselves and are associated with women who have low self-esteem,” Aamir told America Preachers.
Although the pastor did tell members of his leadership staff to leave their weaves at home, he also acknowledged that he cannot legally prohibit women from wearing hair extensions in church, American Preachers said. Still, he said he will never approve of them.
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