Weave or No Weave Part Two

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

A hair weave is a very general term used to describe human or artificial hair used to alter one's natural hair appearance by adding additional hair to their natural hair or by covering the natural hair all together with human or synthetic hair pieces. Source Wikipedia hahaha (Everyone who knows me knows how much I hate Wikipedia)

For me this definition really struck a chord with me, "human or artificial hair used to alter one's natural hair appearance". This to me means that women use weaves to alter or change their own hairs appearance. Weaves are not only used by black women, loads of this white female celebrities use weaves and extensions to make their hair look or appear thicker. Case in point Cheryl Cole in the L'Oreal Elvive ads.

I shall now give my experience of weaves, As a woman who likes diversity I was interested in sewing a weave to my head in my 3rd year of University. I decided what the heck, lemme see how this video vixens feel with fake hair on their heads. Off I went to Ibrahim's to buy my fake hair then to the salon to have it sewed on. I had my hair straightened, corn rowed and the hair pieces sewed on. As soon as the Lady finished sewing it on, I had this burst of pain from my forehead, Woman! had sewed it on too tight and me being too shy to say anything just kept quiet. Ladies you know when the hairdresser gives you a mirror to check if she did a good job, How I hid my pain and disapproval I do not know. I hated the thing that had now occupied my scalp and shared this with Mary as soon as we hooked up after getting my hair done. She tried to tell me that I would get used to it but deep down I knew I never would. The weave made me feel normal, like I was just another woman with a weave on her head. I was actually pretty upset but I sucked it in and moved on. My family hadn't seen me with the weave on my head and when my older brother saw me first thing he said was "You look like this Jamaican girls you see on the high street" at the time I was in England. My mommy absolutely hated it.

The traumatising bit came when I took off the weave. I only managed to last 3 weeks with the weave on. I cut the thing off my head and went off to wash and detangle my hair, as I did this, my boyfriend at the time had a huge cry from the bathroom and wondered what was wrong. My hair was coming out in clumps and my tears pumped out.I lost a lot of hair and my hairline kinda receded. I was so upset and at that moment vowed to never get a weave again. Thats my own decision but I think women have many reasons as to why they don weaves;
  • To not have to deal with your hair, its easy to put on a weave or wig and just forget your hair. However healthy hair practices should not be ignored when in a weave; cleanse, moisturise and seal your hair. Kinky lockz a devoted reader and commenter said it well"VARIETY is nice BUT it bugs me when extensions or weaves/wigs are used ONLY as an excuse to be lazy... they should be utilized to avoid over-styling and maintain length. yes, we have chill days (we aren't paid to look good yall and nobody's a video girl 24/7). on the other hand, one should still moisturise and cleanse their hair and scalp especially. as far as weave or no weave: rock the look that matches your swagger and fits your lifestyle and keep it polished"
  • Weaves change up your look especially straight hair weaves especially as a natural haired lady who doesn't wanna straighten her hair
  • Weaves can be used as a protective style and keep your hair protected as it grows.
  • Weaves can give you a temporary Nicki Minaj Image...hey dont knock it
For women, weaves provide what men may never understand but I think we can all agree that different strokes for different folks, but Ladies if your gonna rock a weave....go ahead and rock the baddest weave you can find. Invest in some human or at least human looking hair in black or brown....I will not even go into rocking a blonde weave.

Happy hair growing.


lordvinie said...

There's a lot of "stuff" we do to our hair be it ladies or gents. Being a naturalistic I can definitely say without contradiction, all we do is mess up our beautiful natural scalps that's the foundation to good full bouncy hair. People take heed and love your hair for a brighter and brilliant hair future.
Happy Natural hair growing.

Anonymous said...

I know how you felt, i had a weave on once for a day, it was horrible. Everyone thought it was really good, but i just couldn't stand the un-natural look it gave me.

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