To weave or not to weave………..

In this day and age pretty much everybody wears some type of hair extensions. Whether it’s for volume length or just fun, it is something women and men wear. In my personal life I love weave. I wear weave as a protect style for my natural hair. Since my hair is natural, it means I do not put any chemicals to change my hair texture (i.e. perms, relaxers) in my hair. With this it is often hard for me to maintain and take care of my natural hair while in college. Thus this is the reason I wear weaves. Although I personally believe there is nothing wrong with wearing them, some people go against this. Some of the common misconceptions’ I hear about weave are the following.

1. Girls who wear weave, wear it cause they have no hair.

Contrary to popular belief a lot of women who wear weave like myself have long flowing hair. Many like I said before wear it as a protective style. African-American hair is a lot different from Caucasian or straighter hair textures. Therefore it does require a lot more attention on a day-to-day basis. So for someone like me who doesn’t have the time to get up every morning to do my hair. Or have the money to go get my hair done every two weeks having a weave is a great alternative.

2. Weave will break off your natural hair.

This statement is partly true and untrue. First off there are many types of ways to weave in hair. Some of these include, clip ins, sew ins, glue or bonding or u-part wigs. With all of these different methods it is possible to keep your hair very healthy and maintain your style. But also it is very possible to damage your hair. My motto is to never forget you have hair under your hair. Although having a weave is convenient and easy to style. You still must wash condition and moisturize your hair. Also taking out your weave in a timely manner is important. For sew-ins (which is how I weave my hair in) I recommend not having it in for  more than 2 months. For glue I recommend 3-4 weeks. With Clip-ins and u-part wigs this varies due to the fact that you can remove them at any time. But the key is not to sleep in your clip ins and to braid or wrap your hair before putting on your wig.

3.  Your fake for wearing a weave or your ashamed of your hair.

This is probably the most annoying misconception. Wearing weave is a personal choice, so how does something that I decide to do with my hair make me fake. This assertion is as stupid as saying some one who wears heels is a liar; cause heels make them taller than they actually are. Also just because I wear a weave does not mean I’m ashamed of my hair. Like I’ve said I wear weave as a protective style due to college. So wearing a weave does not mean I’m ashamed I am just trying to protect it.

In all wearing a weave has its benefits. It gives you the chance to wear your hair short, dye it blond or make it blue if you would like. There are no limitations when you wear a weave. So if you feel that maybe you want to try to wear one see a stylist for different options. Remember it is always your choice to do what YOU want with your hair.

-Kendra Jaz-