By Cipriana of

Featured above are a few photos of me rockin a whole helluva lot of a weave years ago for an 8 page editorial spread for Vibe Vixen Magazine. Yes ladies, I am no stranger to the word WEAVE. Not only did I apply weave for aesthetics but to ease the shock and stress of losing 3 years of natural growth in one night from a self-applied texturizer gone horribly wrong. That would be the last time I placed chemicals on my hair.

The idea of wearing a weave was not new to me. Years before I had worn weaves during my modeling career to help mitigate the unhealthy hair care practices, turmoil and constant weekly usage of heat my hair was exposed to when I was in the industry. I never knew how much my hair would flourish until I actually wore a weave and saw the results for myself. Most of the fruitful results had to do with low manipulation of wearing weaves weeks and weeks at a time consistently for about two years. But as much as my hair flourished I suffered some serious drawbacks like temporary traction alopecia, scabbing and irritation, dandruff and extreme dryness which eventually led to breakage due to the neglect of my natural hair underneath the weaves.

Fast forward years later, I was now standing in front of the mirror about to embark on the weave trail once again but this time the idea of wearing a weave was a lot less frightening since I knew all the pitfalls to avoid. This time the results proved universally beneficial.

I am going to share the pros, cons and successful tips that will produce the most fruitful results for your natural tresses while wearing a weave.

Less Manipulation

This is one of the ultimate pros of wearing a weave. Manipulation of your natural tresses is drastically reduced which guarantees more length retention.

Easier Transitioning

The Big Chop can be a scary plunge if one prefers longer hair or is used to a certain look. True confidence comes from within but a weave can provide an easier transitioning period for a woman who may be debating eliminating straightening and chemicals and going through with the Big Chop.

Styling Versatility/Manipulation

Let’s face it, not everyone is completely satisfied with only manipulating their hair once a week. Many naturals want more variety during the week concerning hairstyles. Weaves can provide constant manipulation without the stress on your tresses. Weaves also provide a great option for a highly active lifestyle.

Developing Patience

Weaves can help you develop patience in the growing out process since you no longer have daily contact with your natural hair. It can help control the urge to grab a measuring tape every 5 seconds to assess new growth.

Protection from the Elements

Your weave can be a cloak of protection for your hair, shielding it from harsh elements such as weather, too much sun exposure, and clothing that can cause friction on natural strands. Also if wearing 100% human hair you now have the freedom to use heat based appliances without fear of damage to your natural strands.

Cut and Color Changes

Cut and color with ease. Experimenting with color and cut while wearing a weave is a safe and easy way to play around with different looks.

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69 Comments on "Pros and Cons of Using Weave as a Protective Style"

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Very interesting, Weaves don’t work for me, my scalp gets itchy and with track weaves, I hate that I can’t manipulate the style much. However my sisters hair flourishes under weaves, so maybe it’s different experience for everyone.

I would also like to see the pro’s and cons of braids, if it has already been done, paste the link please.