This summer, hair weaves are taking a turn for the kinky, the curly and the wavy.
Why is this news?
When black women first started sewing hair onto their scalps during the 1990s en masse, the resulting shoulder-length bobs were as much about achieving a smooth texture as it was about having length. Fabulous hair was defined as long and straight.
However, as more black women have come to terms with their natural curl pattern, store-bought tresses are trending toward the fuzzy rather than the flat-ironed. Robin Givens’ Boomerang straight has given way to Cynthia Bailey’s The Real Housewives of Atlanta wavy.
That’s progress — well kind of.
“African American women are giving up their relaxers, but they still want long hair,” said Ellin LaVar of New York City’s LeVar Hair Designs. LeVar is a weaveologist to the stars whose client roster includes Oprah Winfrey and Naomi Campbell. As for their embracing of curls, from a practical standpoint, women are tired of muscling their kinky hair into submission — a requirement for a straight weave to look natural. And natural locks — or the appearance of it — are gaining acceptance.…
“They found the bone-straight hair didn’t match their hair texture. This shift in packaged hair from straight to curly is definitely due to the natural hair trend.”
But weave wearers argue their actions aren’t about self-loathing. In fact, the new generation of black professional women, like publicist Carmena Ayo-Davies, insist they love their natural hair. Ayo-Davies doesn’t use a relaxer, but she does have to constantly blow out her hair, especially because she regularly goes to the gym and gets photographed often. By purchasing hair from Richardson, she gives her own hair a break, saving her time from daily dillydallying.
Beckett, who wears her hair past her shoulders, has similar reasons. Her weave curls back up after washing, and looks like her natural hair. But unlike her natural hair, she doesn’t have to consistently subject it to the heat of hair dryers and flatirons. “I can work out and do all the things I do without having to deal with it,” she said. “It’s low-maintenance.”
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