A Texas pastor has condemned women who wear hair weaves in his congregation, prompting a flood of controversy.
Pastor A.J. Aamir, 39, told other church leaders at Resurrecting Faith Church that he highly disapproves of women wearing hair weaves and that they are associated with women who lack self esteem, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Aamir said he thinks women should spend more time developing their minds than worrying about how they look, according to the Electronic Urban Report.
“Long hair don’t care. What kind of mess is that?” Aamir said. “I don’t want my members so focused on what’s on their heads and not IN their heads.”
He also commented on how expensive weaves can be and said they are a waste of money.
“I lead a church where our members are struggling financially. I mean really struggling,” he said. “Yet, a 26-year-old mother in my church has a $300 weave on her head. NO. I will not be quiet about this.”
The average age for the Resurrecting Faith Church congregation is 22.
"Our black women are getting weaves trying to be something and someone they are not,” Aamir said. “Be real with yourself is all I'm saying.”
Aamir cannot legally ban women from wearing weaves at his church, but he his public bashing of the hair accessories has caused numerous commenters to weigh in on an interview he had with America Preachers.
One commenter wrote that Aamir was right to encourage his congregation to not waste money.
"People that are struggling and who shoudl use that money for necessities of life should not be wearing hair they cannot afford!” the commenter wrote.
Another commenter said she thinks individuals should be allowed to spend their extra money on what they want.
"If you are paying your bills and handling your business first, you should be able to do whatever you want to with your money and that is none of your pastor's business,” the commenter wrote.