To Weave or Not to Weave

Summer is here and the temperature is steady rising. Most women are contemplating many things especially how to wear their hair. Yesterday as I surfed the internet (mainly Facebook) I noticed a lot of people were posting their before and after hairstyle pictures.

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I could not help to wonder what I was going to do to my hair for the summer! A weave?! Yes a weave. I had no clue that the black haircare industry is a $500 billion industry (Opiah, 2014). Nearly six out of 10 Black consumers wear a wig, weave or extensions (Opiah, 2014). So what are the pros and cons of wearing a weave?

Advantages

1. Experimentation & Versatility

Wearing a weave can allow you an opportunity to try a variety of styles, colors and lengths to your hair without using your own natural hair. This experimental benefit also works for natural-haired women who want a straight look without applying heat or relaxers (Sandeen, 2015). A weave can be worn (with the proper care) as long as you want to. The decision is up to you! No more green hair when your hair color goes bad or wrong. Become a blond or red hair in a matter of minutes. Women who want to experiment or add versatility to their hair can explore the different types of hair weaves (London, 2015). Whether you wear one for a special night out, or you wear one for an extended vacation, hair weaves are just another tool women can use to try different looks (London, 2015).

2. Self- Esteem Booster

Weaves can help people who suffering from baldness (e.g. alopecia areata totalis) cover up their baldness (Hairfear, n.d.). Baldness can lower a person’s self-esteem and cause depression. A weave can help some with balding issues to maintain a normal lifestyle and appearance.

Disadvantages

1. Skin & Hair Problems

Weaves require consistent maintenance to help prevent tangling problems. Too much tension on new growth increases your chances of traction alopecia (Quann, 2015).  Professional stylists suggest no more then 6-12 weeks Quann, 2015). Sometimes germs and bacteria may collect among the weaves (Hairfear, n.d.). Therefore skin/scalp problems can occur. The woven hair is more brittle as it does not get nutrient supply from the scalp making it dry (Hairfear, n.d.).

2. Budget

The initial investment or constant upkeep for a weave can be costly. If you are thinking about a weave calculate the figures for a year and see if it is an investment you are able to afford (Quann, 2015). Based on some of the hair salons I visited a weave can range from $300 to $1000 depending the hair texture, length and type of weave. In Detroit, Michigan you can obtain a weave loan. Who needs a car loan when you can get a weave loan!

 

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A few factors to consider when making a decision when it comes to getting a weave.  Happy Summer!

References:

Sandeen, D. (2015). The benefits of wearing hair weaves. Retrieved from http://blackhair.about.com/od/colorenhancements/tp/hairweavebenefits.htm

London, Z. (2015).The advantages of hair weaves. Retrieved from http://www.ehow.com/about_5395095_advantages-hair-weaves.html

Hairfear. (n.d.). Advantages and Disadvantages of Hair Weaving. Retrieved from http://www.hairfear.com/hair-loss-products/1100-advantages-and-disadvantages-of-hair-weaving.htm

Quann, C. (2015). Pros, cons & successful tips when wearing weaves while natural. Retrieved from http://urbanbushbabes.com/pros-cons-successful-tips-when-wearing-weaves-while-natural/

Opiah, A. (2014). The changing business of black hair, a potentially $500b industry. Retrieved from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/antonia-opiah/the-changing-business-of-_b_4650819.html

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3 Responses to To Weave or Not to Weave

  1. Jessica says:

    I struggle with issues like this that pertain to beauty because on one hand, I totally agree that it’ll boost self-esteem and be a positive, so its well worth the money. On the flip-side, I think that this could prevent positive self-esteem because it’s a facade and why should we hide? I think ultimately, its more positive than negative.

    Obviously I am not alone if it is a 500 billion dollar industry. For being such a lucrative industry, now that I think of it, it is very rarely advertised. I wonder how that happens, how the market advertises and what the thought process is behind it.

    This topic reminds me of a documentary I saw about weaves, very funny. Its called Good Hair and features Chris Rock. It’ll definitely make you think twice about any hair you put in! But a weave loan?! That is amazing!

  2. Caliah says:

    What an awesome and relevant post! As someone who just finished my first attempt at a protective hairstyle for summer…Havana twists…I can relate to the all the advantages listed in your post!

    Anyone who knows me personally knows I change my hairstyle as easily as a purse or any other essential accessory, but what kind of messages do you think are being communicated to women to encourage us to change our look? Is the hair industry any different from the cosmetics industry in general? From personal experience, I have found some people to find a MAC makeover to be more palatable than a few extra tracks or a false ponytail to add volume or enhance your look. Fortunately, over the years I think popular opinion has become more accepting of hair extensions, but we don’t see hair commercials like we see CoverGirl, Maybelline and NYX, so I’m wondering what is different…

    Again, great post!

  3. Tedria says:

    Hi Marjon –

    Great post! Essentially, I believe women are drawn to extensions because of the convenience. In obtaining a weave, I have seen women develop this mindset that they don’t really have to do anything to their hair because they have extensions.

    Personally, I believe having a weave is more tedious than wearing your natural hairstyles. What women fail to realize is that the up-keeping of extensions is vital and you still need to take care of your hair that is underneath the base of the extensions – it like doing two heads of hair. However, obtaining a weave definitely has one major advantage – it decreases the heat damage that occurs when using a curling iron too much. Other than that, women could really do without them.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Tedria