Most women you see today are walking around with some type of hair extensions. Please don’t be alarmed or surprised; and don’t start going around looking for the telltale signs of weave, because that will be a sure-fire way to get you side-eyed, cussed out, and in a major conflict. Although women today are not ashamed about their hairpieces or hair additions, most still consider it a personal matter and generally don’t go around broadcasting it like the daily news. For those of you who don’t wear extensions and for the many men don’t understand why women opt to do so, here’s my attempt to shed a little light on the “WHY hair extensions”. I will also attempt to shed some light on “WHY NOT hair extensions”. Everything ain’t for everybody, so by the end of this blog, you will hopefully be able to determine if it is right for you.
Weaves and extensions are not taboo! I repeat they are not taboo! They serve a purpose beyond vanity (yes, for some it is vanity for sure). But contrary to popular belief, hair extensions are the only reason some women (and men) still have hair at all! I will explain.
Over the past few years the younger generation coined the term, “protective styles” and actually they are onto something. If it is done correctly, at the right time, on the right head of hair, and by the right person, weaves and extensions are exactly that–protective styles. Some hair goes through extreme changes due to the natural elements around us as well as the rigors of daily styling. Even when we sleep, our hair can experience breakage and damage that is not easily corrected. Medications and even hormone levels can also cause breakage to hair. If you sweat in your head due to menopause or working out, this can cause a major disruption to your hairstyle as well as breakage. So, covering up the hair with weaves and extensions (when done correctly) will protect the hair and allow it the necessary time to restore itself. These are just a few reasons why weaves and extensions can be considered protective styles.
If you have the kind of hair that does not do well under these conditions, in my opinion, the best thing to do is “put it up”. This means covering your hair up with a protective style. While some women wear added hair for vanity and glamour, my clients are more protective style based or have experienced real hair issues. Whether it is for vanity or necessity, one thing about weaves and extensions is the convenience that it provides in not having to tackle the daily grooming process of dealing with your own hair. Wearing weaves and extensions will save so much time when you have a demanding lifestyle that leaves little personal time. After all, we still want to look good with minimal effort.
Here are reasons for “WHY WEAVES”:
- Weaves allow you to give your hair a break; I most recommend weaving in the winter months.
- Weaves are convenient especially when you have a demanding lifestyle with little time for yourself.
- Weaves, when properly installed, will enable you to see the growth of your hair as it has been dormant for a period of time. After each 3-month period, there will be obvious growth.
- Weaves are excellent option when you are going through any transitional hairstyle (growing out a cut, going natural, or damaged hair).
- And, of course, weaves are for glamour, vanity, and/or exaggeration. Nothing will exaggerate your look more than a head full of hair that is not yours!
Although an alternative to weaving include wigs and hairpieces, some women do not like the idea of something being on the head that does not feel as secure as an actual attachment. The only other problem I personally have with long-term wig wearing is that the material and bands can do a lot of rubbing on the hair and hairline, thereby causing damage.
“WHY NOT WEAVES”:
Weaves are not the best option when your hair is too soft or fragile to hold the added hair. In some rare instances, no matter the foundation (braid or braidless), the hair is just too soft for any additional hair to be added.
Weaves are not good when they are braided too tight. Some people really do have a heavy hand at braiding and are used to braiding for braid extensions. This is a different process all together; and the braids for weaves should not be tight at all.
Weaves are not the best option when you want over 3 bundles of hair added or more hair added than the natural hair can handle. Typically weaves should be about 6-8 ounces of hair. When you start to double and triple that amount, it is best to wear a full wig or some kind of unit that will take the extra weight off your hair.
Just like all things, nothing lasts forever. Therefore, unless you have a condition like hair loss or some other extreme situation, I do suggest that you treat your weave as an option and not a permanent attachment. There are real reasons to wear weaves; there are real reasons to not wear weaves. And equally, there are reasons to give them a break.
If you guys feel that this information is helpful, please let me know! If you would like for me to elaborate more, let me know that as well! I love hearing from you, so please give me more feedback on how I can serve you!