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Perpetual Weaving as a “Protective Style?” 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Do It

• Mar 4, 2014

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By Irene of NaturalFantastic.com

Weave and wigs can work great as protective styles.  They allow you to leave your hair natural and enjoy the convenience of straight hair. No shrinkage to contend with, less detangling, protection from the weather and versatility. However, for some women it may be time to let their natural hair out, to shine in all its glory. Here are some benefits to doing this. Hopefully this will encourage you to take the next step and come away from being reliant on weaves and wigs.

So what are the benefits of ditching the weave and letting your hair out more often?

1. You will become better at managing your natural hair
As with most things practice makes perfect. The more you leave your hair out the more practice you get at managing it. You will learn the best techniques for maintaining it on a daily basis. This includes forming a hair regimen that suits your routine and lifestyle. You will also have the opportunity to eliminate products and techniques that do not work well on your hair. If your hair is packed away under the weave or wig cap every month, you many only see it once in a while. Some people only take their hair out of the weave to wash it, then they reinstall it all over again. If you wear your hair out regularly you will become familiar with it and learn the best techniques managing it.

2. You will be in a better position to assess the health of your hair
Detangling my hair this week made me realize it was definitely time for a protein treatment. Because I am familiar with my hair I noticed there was more shedding than usual. I was able to rectify this straightaway because I had access to my hair. When your hair is weaved you don’t have immediate access to it. If there is a problem you will not know until you take the weave out. By this time more damage may have occurred that could have been avoided. When your hair is out you can assess it regularly and decide what action to take, such as: a trim, a wash, a treatment or a moisturizing boost.

3. It is easier to moisturize
Many of us know that we should moisturize our real hair regularly when it is in a weave. How many of us actually do this though? I certainly didn’t.  It seemed too complicated at the time and out sight out of mind. I spent more time grooming the weave because it was the weave that was visible to everyone. I would take the time to style it with curling tongs or a flat-iron, moisturize it and blend it with my real hair so it would look its best. I would usually forget about my real hair underneath. If your hair is out more often you will know immediately when it becomes dry and be in a better position to moisturize it. You are also more likely to moisturize it on a regular basis and prevent it from drying out in the first place.  When it is hidden away under the weave, it’s easy to forget about it.

4. Others will become used to your natural hair
If you are concerned about the reaction friends, family and work colleagues will have to your natural hair remember that the sooner they see it the sooner they will get used to it. If people see you with your hair out all the time it really doesn’t become that much of a big deal after some time.  They also get to see how beautiful it is natural.  You may have to deal with comments and questions, some may be negative but you will be better equipped to deal with them after some time. Some people may not admit that they feel more comfortable with you when you wear your weave. The sooner they realize that you are not going to hide your hair away for their benefit the better.

There is also that dreaded feeling you get when you have to take your weave out and don’t have an appointment to get it reinstalled straightaway. You kind of feel naked or may not be sure how to style your natural hair in between weaves. Some of us dread bumping into people that are used to seeing us with our weaves. If you wear your hair out you will no longer have to deal with the dreaded ‘in between weaves’ feeling. What you see is what you get with natural hair.

5. You will become a hair styling queen
Styling your natural hair will become second nature to you. It’s like learning to play the guitar. If you never take it out of the case how will you ever learn to play it? Your natural hair is like a blank canvas, there are endless styling tutorials on YouTube and you may also surprise yourself  by inventing some styles and techniques of your own. Weaves and wigs are great protective styles but there are numerous protective styles you can try with your own hair that are elegant and appropriate for all occasions. These include two strand twists, buns, roll tuck and pins, French braids and various updos. Check out CharyJay’s and Fusion of Cultures’ YouTube channels.  They are protective style queens. If their styles seem too complicated, you can  adapt them to suit you personally. These tutorials should provide you with inspiration; you don’t have to follow them exactly.  Remember natural hair is very versatile so there is no reason to get bored or run out of styling options. Check out the series: The Versatility of Natural Hair.

6. You will not have to worry about the negative aspects of weaves, wigs and hair extensions
Many of us gasped in shock when we saw the first photos of Naomi Campbell’s receding hairline. The damage to her hairline was believed to have been caused by years of wearing weaves or hair extensions. In an industry that promotes a certain standard of beauty you can imagine the pressure she was under as a black model to look a certain way. Over the years more photos of her have come out highlighting the same problem that only appears to be getting worse. It is as if the fake hair on her head is taken care of more than her real hair underneath. Traction alopecia can occur if your hairline is constantly put under pressure through sewing, braiding, glues and tight comb attachments.

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Naomi Cambell

Naomi Campbell

The problems associated with weaves are unlikely to affect women who simply use them once in a while for diversity. They are going to have more of an impact on those women who rely on weaves for everyday use. Another negative aspect is that sometimes weaves look awkward, we have come a long way in ‘weave technology’ but it still isn’t perfect. Sometimes you see people’s tracts showing, your hair doesn’t blend well, or you have hair that sheds like crazy. I don’t consider any of this easier than having my natural hair out. You will also save a lot of money. We seem to be the only race that wears hair texture that doesn’t match our natural hair. Some of us don’t even wear weaves that match our natural afro texture when it is straightened (Yaki).  The silky textures seemed to be preferred.  I’m glad to see more black owned companies introducing afro-textured weaves that compliment our natural hair.

Even Beyoncé has experienced downside of lace front wigs

Even Beyoncé has experienced the downside of lace front wigs

7. Natural hair only gets better with time
The more you learn about managing your natural hair the more it will thrive. Most of us had to deal with negative comments from family members when we first went natural. However, the more time that passes the fewer and far between these comments become and we even start hearing more compliments from the same people. Carefully managing your natural hair will result in growth, better styling techniques and overall healthy hair. Like wine, natural hair only gets better with time. Don’t hide away behind fake hair, week in, week out. This is choosing second best to the beautiful hair on your head already.

No one should feel that they have to wear a weave to have presentable hair; a weave should be a conscious styling choice, not a crutch”

~ Audrey Davis-Sivasothy~

Do you prefer weaves to wearing your hair out? Share your thoughts below.

Irene is the creator of NaturalFantastic.com. A UK girl of Nigerian descent, she is now living in Australia. She created NaturalFantastic.com to encourage other women to embrace their natural hair and to share some advice on going natural, and staying natural.

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68 Comments on "Perpetual Weaving as a “Protective Style?” 7 Reasons You Shouldn’t Do It"

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Pat
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No, never wore a weave. I’ve heard some that wear them say that their scalps itch alot due to the cornrowing to hold it up so I knew that wasn’t for me.

ida voyder
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I’m a “see me as I am” kinda girl. Have never worn a weave, but have seen many with it — long story short doesn’t look pretty with the receding hairline to behind the ears, that was the postal lady that delivers mail in my area, also a former co-worker with the same problem. In that case my former boss would compliment her telling her how beautiful her hair looked, but she was missing her hairline. I never said anything because I figured she had mirrors at home, and there were also mirrors at our workplace. Sad to say I’ve… Read more »
Love
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A lady I work with wears weave and wigs and she has no edges. She said she wears the weaves and wigs because she has no edges. I suggested the weaves and wigs maybe the cause therefore how could they be the solution? She said what is she supposed to do walk around with nappy hair and no edges smh and lol

Jae
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We should all be self aware about what we do personally with our hair, but still be very careful how we express our opinions to others. For every reason we shouldn’t wear weaves and wigs, we have the same amount of examples of women who have successfully worn them and have healthy hair. I am one of them and enjoy the versatility mostly because I would be bald with the number of colors I utilize. I appreciate this article as a guide only and not a rule to myself and those who choose to wear weaves and wigs even “natural”… Read more »
Kelly
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When I wore my hair loose, I didn’t retain as much length as I have wearing braid extensions off and on. I most like them because I swim and exercise. Also, when I wore my natural hair loose I worried over it too much — products regimen, length retention, etc. Now I moisturize and go and I do scalp massages. Also, braid extensions have been a part of African and Black American culture for centuries; so I don’t think it’s a negative or odd cultural hair practice. While I don’t believe extensions should be installed too tightly on incessantly, I… Read more »
TINA
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THROW THE DAMN WEAVES IN THE GARBAGE YOU PHONEY. WHO ARE YOU TRYING TO FOOL. FULL OF INSECURITY THAT YOU NEED TO GLUE, TACK, SOW SOMEONE ELSE’S HAIR INTO YOUR HEAD. THANKS ALOT FOR GIVING THIS DISPICABLE PRACTICE BUSINESS

Elle
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Beautifully written! I “perpetually weaved” 15 years ago when I stopped perming my hair. I avoided my perimeter, had talented stylists and achieved amazing and healthy results. I did this for years. My reasons however were fear, insecurity and lack of styling know-how. Fake hair was an attempt to hide. But I grew. It was a long, hard and euphoric process — and it’s not over, but I now know and love who I am. I no longer hide anything, Lol! Over the years I’ve shaved my head bald at least 4 times, worn pretty TWAs, routinely wear ‘undefined’ hair,… Read more »
Zhana
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Hmmm Idk. I wear wigs to protect my hair during the winter. I apply castor oil to my braids and scalp everyday and do the baggy method every other day. Also i takeout my braids on the second week and wash, oil rinse, condition, detangle,deep condition, apply leave in and seal oh and also was my braids in between. My hair has been growing and breakage is minimal or none.. But that’s just me..

Tamia
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I’ve vowed to never wear a weave. Although I’m only 16, i speaks as if not sure. I only would consider getting them on special occasions such as graduation, by the ill be 2 years post relaxer, currently transitioning, and that’s even far fetched. I’ve heard they help your hair grow but then if you don’t take care of it, there’s this.
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Zhana
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This is horrible, this girl was veing foolish for leaving in her weave that long.

Miss T
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This was an excellent article, natural hair is like any loving relationship, you have to cultivate and get to know it and be hands on, you can’t do this being prisoner to a wig or weave. I’ve heard those “imposter naturals” say things like, “my hair isn’t managable”, or “natural hair isn’t for me”, but literally live in wigs and never touch their own hair. I’m not anti-wig and weave, but for me personally I think wigs, weave and makeup is for playing dress up not for an everyday look, I would lose my mind if I felt like I… Read more »
Kami
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I think that both weave, and natural hair can be a good thing or a bad thing. That’s why I’m the type of girl that can’t make up her mind. Even though I am only 16 I’ve tried many types of hair styles.Dyed it blonde gotten tracks, singles, twisties,and recently took my hair out of dreads a couple months ago(yes its possible to take out dreads). From my experience I’ve learned it all depends on how you take care of your hair being a young black girl. After all I think out of every race are hair is the most… Read more »
lioness14
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I love weave! I think it’s a great protective style. I wear natural texture weave so it’s not that I’m hiding underneath it, I just want the length while I am retaining length, you know? I’m not ignorant about it either, leaving it in for long periods of time with out proper washing and moisturizing. And I only do it about 3 or 4 times a year. It’s fun because I can flat iron it sometimes or color it with out worrying about damaging my own hair. weave=versatility just like natural hair=versatility

TINA
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I LOVE WEAVE!” PATHETIC.… WHAT A BLASPHEMY UNTO THE LORD

Stace
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loved the quote at the end of the article. I don’t understand how people who hide their natural hair perpetually claim to be natural in the first place. Some of these same so called naturals then go about bashing women with relaxers. When the irony is that the relaxed hair is actually theirs, but the weave on your head is some indian persons. SMH. Honestly I don’t care what anyone does with their hair. Just don’t like the hypocrites. Even the natural textures weaves. My sister was on a site where she thought she was viewing beautiful natural hair. Only… Read more »
LBell
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The whole time I was reading this I kept thinking that the seventh point should be “Perpetual weaving could be a crutch preventing you from learning about/accepting your own hair.” And then I hit the bottom of the article. 🙂 I also agree with you about honesty and hypocrisy. I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve worn hair that wasn’t my own. My experience is limited to Kanekalon braided into my real hair but I had no problem telling people exactly what it was. I’d like to think in 2014 we could be honest about what’s… Read more »
Stace
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yea maybe not represent but embrace.…I too don’t feel its necessarily about ethnicity, but really black people can’t seperate their hair experience from their ethnicity, so I decided to include it.

imani
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I think weaves are ok when u have a health image of ethnic beauty.if u think ur hair isn’t ideal so u weave it up 24/7..that’s a red flag.if u have diva-licious& just like to rock various styles that reflect u attitude that’s soo cool. If u suddenly decide to view anything not smooth & fierce isn’t beautiful& make neg comments abt women who go natural..then u have issues! I’ve never had a weave.I’ve worn drawstring ponytails but a waeve felt like the ultimate fake to me.plus I ain’t got time for maintenence & I itch a lot so id… Read more »
KP
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I kind of wonder sometimes. Why bother with medium or long hair (relaxed or not) at all if your going to be under a wig or weave all the time anyway?

I think I just prefer being able to change my hair style on my time, but then again, sometimes I just get lazy. None of this I’ll just let it be for 2 weeks. Tangle-city!

Deedeemaha
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I say let’s have a WigWeaveless Holiday, and see all this healthy hair. It could be a celebration for, husbands, boyfriends, to buy gifts and take you out to dinner, take photos and celebrate WigWeaveless. I think guys would like this holiday. They could finally unwrap the present (hidden under wigs/weave) they have been given but told they could not touch or see. Some have been waiting for years to unwrap their presents. It would be good for those who perpetually wear wigs. Some have not seen their hair for years, only their stylist who turn them away from the… Read more »
Dananana
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You got downvoted, but I know your comment was tongue-in-cheek, and I giggled a bit…because there are certainly folks who abuse weaves/wigs like that.

I personally tend to agree with other commenters upthread: Every once in a while to change up your style or give yourself a break is cool, but all day, every day, all year? If you’re not covering up alopecia from an underlying medical condition, why? Versatility is a bunk reason because our natural hair is already pretty versatile…

debra
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I will not have a weave placed on my head. It is directly opposite of the reason why I stopped perming! I wanted to be real. I use products to keep it soft and moisturized. If people don’t like my natural look, who cares! If the motive for a weave is short term protective styling, fine. However, what I have seen is a substitute from perm to weave; (one fake look to another) thus under those circumstances, the person is not dealing with the real reason for the weave. (social peer pressure, laziness, apathy.…)
Faye
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If people don’t like my natural look,who cares!”

Debra, I like you. A lot 🙂

MahoganyJones
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I’ve been natural since 2010. I’ve rocked a baldie, a wig, grew out a medium afro, and have worn weaves. Is it that serious to say, “Don’t wear a weave because XYZ?” I like and accept how I look in every situation. I liked the learning curve of caring for my hair WITH a weave. I liked giving my hair a break from styling while wearing a weave. Maybe lots of chicks wearing weaves are in my boat.

*shrug* Maybe it’s just not that serious to me.

Gigilicous
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Well it all depends on the person, technique and how they feel about themselves. I’m going on 3 years natural and in the beginning, when I hit the awkward length stage, I perpetually wore weaves as a clutch. I’ve now matured a bit and while I do love my hair and wear it out, this winter has been brutal to my strands so yep, i’m weaving it again. Does that mean I don’t love myself? HELL NO. I’d rather rest my hair than manipulate it to the point of destruction just to prove to anyone that i’m “truly natural.” It’s… Read more »
Brittany Lingard
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These are all so true especially the one where it says you & and ppl around will get use 2 it

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Caray
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#8 It caused extreme breakage for naturalista Jenell Stewart and she had to “big” chop again and start over after years of being natural!

kris
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This article made valid points.. the hair that grows from your scalp is the most important rather it be relaxed, natural, or whatever. I am natural and I’m not opposed to wearing weave. Everyone has an opinion but the only one that should matter is your own. Self image is everything!

lablooplah
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I wore weaves from the time i was 14–21 for the sake of convinience. I had just come from Kenya where hair salons were everywhere, and styling was cheap to america where you have to drive an hour to the nearest black saloon, and its expensive. So for my mom, a weave seemed like a good investment. Gotta say tho, i’ve been wearing my hair natural for about 2 years now, no weaves, and i feel much more beautiful with my hair than i ever did with a weave. I dont even have the desire for a weave at all.… Read more »
Neicy
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I wear weave mostly in the winter because even being crazy moisturized the hat and things tend to break off my hair. Plus, for me its easier to cover the bald spot caused by a stylist who chemically burned my scalp with a super relaxer. I’m not insecure in the least I will show you what my natural hair look like. I also tell my story and why many women should return natural. I actually love my natural hair and never got a sew in until after my scalp was burned. So the whole fake insecurity bit they try to… Read more »
Jacky
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I stopped wearing weaves and have been wearing and taking care of my natural hair for the last seven months with the exception of one week where i wore a weave in December but soon took it out because 1. I had grown fond of my natural hair and i missed rocking it and 2. I, my friends and even people of other race preferred my natural hair so i fully agree with the points stated in this article and can honestly say that not only will you get used to your natural hair,love it and take good care of… Read more »
Zaza
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I have always been natural but after a few years of heat abuse and discovering my hair was damaged and ear/ neck length, I wore my quick weave (3 different pieces of mesh with hair attached with clips) for 2.5 years. I am student so did it all myself and always wore a very thick type of hair that resembled my own but no matter the compliments I got from time to time, I always new it was fake. I could detach this hair whenever I wanted to and wash my own hair but this was back when I was… Read more »
VeeVee Brown
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Interesting article. I don’t wear weaves. For twenty years I wore my natural hair in small micro braids. During that time I did suffer hair loss around my hairline and bald spots but the hair always grew back. Despite not really taken care of my own hair. I guess like so many black women I was more concerned with how my braids looked than the health of my hair. Anyway last autumn (fall) I had a bad case of hair loss around my hairline due to the braids, as well as a bald spot in the middle of my hair.… Read more »
lexi
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I used to wear half wigs all the time and they totally killed my edges. After noticing the damage that the clips on the half wigs did to my edges, I switch over to full wigs. The full wigs help my edges grow back. I think if anyone wants the weave look go for a full wig. You have full access to your natural hair and you are able to remove that wig at night or when you are not in public. lol

Commonsense
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I don’t get the weaves or the wigs. I cannot understand why so many women are hiding their hair. What is wrong with your own crowning glory????? Have we assimilated so much that we are ashamed of the hair on our heads? What is up????

Vee
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There are times when I want a straight hair style, or colour in my hair. I am not going to put a hash ass chemical in my hair, or have potential heat damage for one style that I will only want like that for 1 week, that seems insane to me. A wig is a perfect way to still get the style of straight, wavy, or coloured hair, without hurting my own natural hair. Same with weaves (done correctly). With proper care, a wig can last 6–10 years, so I pay what 150–200 for a good wig that will last… Read more »
Vee
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harsh*

Muhindii
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LOL come on don’t act as if you have not worn a fake hair on you’re head before.

Well Sis
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But why is it wrong to wear weave to protect your hair? Not speaking for all weave wearers, but not everyone who wears weaves or wigs hate the natural state of their hair, it is no different than wearing braids as a protective style. It can also be a way of switching up your style. You can put heat on weave, dye it, what have you and your hair is safe from all of that underneath.

Christina
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I agree, I am a full time student and work over 30 hours a week. I wear marley twist because they work with my schedule. As much as I would like to devote hours washing, twisting, and conditioning my hair each week, I cannot. I take care of my hair underneath, I moisturize daily, I do not hurt my ends, and my marley twist resemble my natural hair. Actually, I can get away with leaving my ends out and twisting them naturally for they simply fade in. I receive complaining from naturals who discredit my hair because it is in… Read more »
fjkel
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I’mma do what I want to do.

Danielle
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For some reason people seem to think wearing wig/weaves mean you have some self-hate issue going on. For some hair is like changing clothes, nothing more. I personally wear weaves most of the time, that I sew in myself, that way I can control the tightness of the brads and thread. I had been natural for 7 years before relapsing to a perm, which I soon after cut off and went natural again, that was 3 years ago. My weaves are kinky, as my nastiral hair os underneath. I don’t do straight styles. I love natural hair styles, big, natural… Read more »
happyhair
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There is a good and bad side to everything.Wearing weaves ALL the time and wearing your hair out ALL the time can be damaging. I now wear wigs as a protective style. I decided my hair needed a break and some tlc. I am careful of my edges, I take it off soon as I hit the door and take exceptional care of my own hair. I am not hiding, I have never had a perm. The wigs are about keeping my hair healthy. I believe the author was playing a little devil’s advocate about the concept of protective styles.… Read more »
VeeVee Brown
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I agree. I’m wearing wigs for the same reason. After years of wearing my natural hair in braids my hair was weak, damaged and thin. And my edges had been eaten away. So wanted to stop the damage and wigs wear a great option because they give me access to my hair. They are also a great way to switch up your look which I never did when wearing braids. Over the last few months I have noticed a difference in the health of my hair and my edges are growing back which is a huge relief. At the end… Read more »
Mika
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Hair weaves to far more damage then good. I don’t want to abuse my edges and hair follicles and damage my hair with some extensions constantly pulling on it. You must not like your hair at all if you think this is ok. You must have serious self-esteem issues to want to wear fake hair. Sorry but I call it like I see it. Get braids instead of wearing another race of women’s hair on your head. (and yes curly hair weaves are made from Asian hair as well; I would never want to give these people making money off… Read more »
Reba
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Wow, you women who thumbed down Mika’s comment are sick in the head. The truth hurts. Women who wear weaves are SICK IN THE HEAD. Get professional help instead of taking your issues out on your hair!

VeeVee Brown
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That is not true at all. Most protective styles can cause damage if you do not look after your own hair. My mum suffered from thinning edges because she would cornrow her hair too tight and put it in sleek buns which caused tension. My mum’s hair is completely natural and she’s never had a relaxer, wore a wig, weave or braids. Proper maintenance is key to healthy hair. With regards to braids you do know that human hair for braiding is available and is popular. Also women of other ethnicities wear extensions too. Too be honest there is about… Read more »
Mika
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Wow someone thumbs me downed. Sometimes I laugh at how pathetic some people can be. Black women wear weaves more than all the other races combined. Nothing would change my mind that women who wear weaves suffer from serious self-esteem issues no matter how much denial they are in, even if they like their own hair. I COULD, and WOULD never; I love my own appearance and hair to much to degrade my self to wearing a weave. Open your eyes!

Danielle
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So not true, Mika! Please check you facts and realize who started this trend before you post. Are you a troll?

VeeVee Brown
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I think you should stop acting like a fascist. You are being extremely intolerant of others and their choices. However, It’s your opinion and you are entitled to it but please don’t present your opinion as fact.

BB
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Mika I think you have low self-esteem.… you keep writing these long paragraphs about women not loving theirselves because they wear weave and talking about trolls…but you fail to realize people are still going to do what they want to do your opinion doesn’t matter in someone else’s life and you must feel some type of way to even try to make anyone feel guilty about the choices they make that makes them feel more beautiful so I think I say this for everyone shut up or go eat a dick because noone cares what you think baby girl

Anitra
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First of all, to Mika, in the event that you were not aware, which appears to be the case, there is no “one race” that wears weave more than the next. Other races and cultures wear their weaves installed in different ways, so it’s harder to tell than it is with black women. Another thing about what you said, I wear weaves and wigs not because I have self esteem issues, but because it holds up for longer periods of time. I am in the military, and when I deploy for 6–12 months at a time, I don’t have the… Read more »
Mika
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Actually you should check your statistics. Black women are 7% of the population but wear over 80% of the weaves. I do not know any white women who wear weaves; I’ve only known 2 who wore hair extensions maybe once or twice. It was exactly like their hair except they wanted it longer. They weren’t your “average” white girls either, they were your typical mudshark or loud mouthed wiggers. Most black women I know wear hair weaves and white women look at them like they’re crazy. I don’t care what your reasons are for wearing a hair weaves. You are… Read more »
Mika
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But I guess because a few white women and white celebrities wear hair weaves it saves the black women from criticism! Whatever. You people are as Nuts as your weaves. Stay deluded if it helps you sleep at night!

Anitra
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I could continue to go back and forth, but it’s easy for people to comment on what they don’t know. So more power to you for maintaining your natural hair.

Mimi
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Ladies, for the past 5 and 1/2 years I have been wearing a wig. After washing, I braid it back 8–10 cornrows and keep it moving. I have religiously moisturized and applied protein to my hair on weekly and monthly basis. I’m not a fan of the BC, nor am I a fan of wearing my natural hair and manipulation involved on a daily basis. No bueno!. Don’t feel like it and will not do it. Call it lazy, well yes call it lazy. Anyway, my NATURAL hair is a little past MBL. This past December I went to the… Read more »
Renee Hudson
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I feel like this article addressed the main issues with wearing a see in. But honey… Clip ins and wigs are a naturals best friend! You can make your own clip ins and wigs to make sure they fit custom to you. Or you can buy them clip ins are the best choice from a financial aspect! I recommend kinky curly (at least 16″) or an Afro curly (at least 20″) hair on a track to make home made clip ins for really cute buns! They are so easy and you can take them out at night and moisturize your… Read more »
Renee Hudson
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I feel like this article addressed the main issues with wearing a sew in. They are too expensive and bad news for our attention loving links and curls But honey… Clip ins and wigs are a naturals best friend! You can make your own clip ins and wigs to make sure they fit snug and have the fullness you desire. Or you can buy clip ins which I believe are the best choice financially speaking. ******* I recommend one pack of kinky curly (at least 16?) or an Afro curly (at least 20?) hair on a track to make home… Read more »
Ari
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Why does there have to be such an uproar over wigs and weaves? Yes I am aware that many women who wear weaves wear them as a result of having unresolved issues with Eurocentric ideals of Beauty, however that is not always the case. I grew up in a household in which hair was seen as an accessory and how the term “good hair” in it’s usual meaning in the Black community was negated. My mom would often say “the only ‘good hair’ is healthy hair”. I’ve seen my mom wear all styles from an afro to straight…she even shaved… Read more »
L A
Guest
This is a very non factual post. I have thick hair I’m a black woman by the way when I started wearing weaves four years ago it was to simply leave my hair alone and grow it out. My hair is now honestly longer than the 17–18″ weaves I started off wearing. My edges are still very thick and my texture is still the same. I think it depends on the person and their hair. But my hair beautician has grown my hair very long. I’ve never experienced thin edges or ripped edges from a weave. Only hair growth!!! And… Read more »
Vicky
Guest
Mika I couldn’t have said it better myself. You took the words out of my mouth!!!! The problem is that when you try and tell (some) people things that they don’t want to hear, they get defensive and belligerent. You’re right these other countries are cleaning up on others’ insecurities. They can say it til the cows come home that “oh it’s just a protective style” “I’m not insecure, etc.” “It’s just so much easier to care for my hair” You get the picture. I call it laziness and lack of pride. If they really loved their hair so much,… Read more »
Cords
Guest
I am a college student and I work part time. I get home around 9.m. (EXHAUSTED) and I still have to do homework, study, house chores, etc. I used to wear my natural hair out all of the time, but I quickly realized that it would take up hours that I could’ve used SLEEPING. I go to bed around 2 am every day only to wake up promptly at 6:30 for school. Call it laziness, excuses, whatever, but weave is my best friend. Its been a year since I started using it and my hair is SOO thick and healthy.… Read more »
LadyDulayne
Guest
Just wanted to add that for some of us, wearing our own natural hair out and exposed to the elements, no matter how well you care for it and moisturize, will cause some damage and is not always so healthy. Years ago, I wore weaves for 3 years straight while in college, leaving my hair underneath in braids which I re-did every 3–4 weeks. I started with collar-bone length hair and when I stopped, my hair was mid-back. This past 1.5 year and now natural, I was wearing twistouts ALL the time (I don’t care for many updos) and I… Read more »
Dee
Guest

I completely agree! I can do all the legnth retaining methods suggested and nothing allows my hair to grow better than some weave! I can clip my ends, DC, Alternative Poo methods, still breakage. I “protect” it and let it breath 2–4 weeks every 2 months.

Abby
Guest

That’s not true.. it all depends on how well you take care of your hair. I’ve been wearing weaves for like.. 10 years now? My hair has only gotten longer lol.

Check my latest video on youtube btw.. I did a review on the BEST weave I’ve ever tried. Seriously, I’m not going back to the regular silky weave!

http://youtu.be/P6NMuxPBnTg

ebony
Guest

I was wearing wigs everyday 5 months ago. Now that I’m pregnant, I just want to wear my natural hair out. Glad i took the chance to step out. I love it so much

TWA4now
Guest

Doing too much of anything CAN’T be good. It depends on how well YOU take care of your hair weave or not.

Unkown
Guest

I’m just so scared to wear my real hair out. I feel as if I’m being judged . How do I get over this anxiety ?

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