Yesterday we posted a story about a woman who spent $25,000 on weave over the course of her adult life. Some readers felt that it was an attack on weave, and pointed out that it’s a great protective style.

We agree! And many of our favorite YouTubers use weave as a protective style. Weave can be a great tool for hair growth and development. But it’s certainly not a black woman’s only option to look beautiful or sleek or presentable.

Here are 3 YouTubers who have beautiful natural hair, but use wigs and weave from time to time to switch up their look, or as a protective style.

Jouelzy

We featured Jouelzy as a style icon in February. Her Youtube channel is dedicated to showing how to style and care for 4C hair, and includes helpful tips on how to install weaves without damaging your edges and how to select good quality weaves. Check it out:

Taren916

Taren916 often reviews the various wigs she tests and tries and even has a tutorial for how to create your own curly wig.

AfricanExport

AfricanExport uses the crotchet braiding technique to install her weaves, and even created a popular tutorial showcasing the technique.

These ladies are all great examples of how to use wigs and weaves within the context of a healthy natural hair regimen. What are your thoughts ladies? Would you try it?

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JoyoftheLordismyStrength

I LOVE WIGS I LOVE MY NATURAL HAIR!!!!:) EACH ONE HAS BEEN A BLESSING!AND I WILL CONTINUE TO ROCK BOTH!!!:)
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Hera

Yes, wigs and weaves is worth to invest because hair extensions and wigs can change your hair style at once without waiting your own hair growning. And using wigs and hair extensions is useful to avoiding harm your body because we both know that dying hair color on your head is harmful for your body.

Evey lady should try the wigs and hair extensions because they can change your life.

Rekiya

Lool this argument is so ridiculous. At the end of the day its all just hair. Hair is never this serious. It should be fun. Maybe you think naturals who are always weaved up aren’t really natural, maybe you don’t. They however aren’t asking or caring about your opinion. So why don’t we all enjoy our diversity of lifestyles and just support each other. Dude, its just hair. Seriously.

Chadette

Wigs and weaves are a great source of protection, as long as you follow the rules accordingly. If you’re looking for an undetectable wig, check out Hadiiyah Barbel. She’s an award winning hair designer and a favorite of Ciara and Wendy Williams. Oh and she invented “the crown”. http://un-ruly.com/ask-an-expert-any-tips-for-finding-the-right-wig/

Kim

Why go natural if you’re just going to cover it with a wig! My fav natural hair vloggers are BGPassions and LisavetVlogs !! =)

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NubianLockedPrincess
It is very interesting how we view ourselves and others through our hair. I had no idea there was a ref between women with natural and permed hair until I went natural. It was worst between women that locked.I did not discover this, until after I sister Locked. The negativity with some of the women I met that wore Sister Locks was ridiculous. That prompt me to blog and become anti SisterLock. I decided to TWA in 07. Two months later, I decided to get Sister Locks because of the potential styling. My locs were long and healthy. I rarely… Read more »
Rebe Hair

If the hair weave could make you feel more confidence,why not?:)

Natural Hair Styles 101

I love the versatility of wigs and weaves and I plan to incorporate them into my hair regimen more frequently! They definitely help me with my Hand in Hair issues! lol

VM

@Jesusinthecity…..WELL SAID my sister. Just Beautiful! I agree with you 100%. I was especially touched when you said that if you chose to get a weave again, it would be one that reflected your NATURAL TEXTURE…*tear*. Thank you for sharing your story, I really appreciate it, it inspired me πŸ™‚

Tink

At the end of the day…to each her own. I’m all about healthy hair. Weather its weave sewn on top, weave braided or twisted in, or your own hair coming out of your scalp that’s an inch or 20 inches long, tinted, dyed, bleach, flat ironed, pressed, Brazilian keratin treated or whatever. Everyone does what works for them. I like reading this blog to learn. I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion but people get on their high horses with a pointed finger ‘I wouldn’t…you shouldn’t….your not’ blah blah blah…lock your keyboard and shut up!

Tia
Just like @Jesusinthecity I too wore weaves for work. Although my hair was rekaxed, it was still difficult to keep on my head from daily abuse from heat and manipulation. My own hair underneath the weaves was relaxed every 6 months. What I found was that my hair grew a lot and I retained length. Now some may not call it a protective style but I certainly look at it like that now (I had no clue about that then) and because I had so much growth then, I would not hesitate to wear a weave now. Now I do… Read more »
Jesusinthecity
Thanks Tia (and Iva) for referencing my post. I have been thinking about it and I don’t think I would use weaves again as a protective style now for modeling UNLESS, I did use maybe natural hair weaves that were very very close to my texture (which is 4a/4b) hair, but that already sounds like a nightmare because its already hard enough detangling and managing my OWN hair! However, if it came down to it and my hair wasn’t grown out to my goal length yet, I would do it to prevent having my edges ironed on a regular basis… Read more »
kismetj
I’ve decided to put my hair in braids in January to help transition past a weird growth stage and to give my hair a break. At the suggestion of my sister I’ve been doing the Crochet Braid method as shown by African Export with the same hair this month (why is it called crochet when you use a latch hook?). I love it. I could care less if someone has an issue with my “Fake” hair. I don’t see them offering to come by on wash day and split, detangle and condition and condition and wash and twist and dry… Read more »
VM

The crochet protective style….that part in the middle is AWFUL. Is there any way of getting around that for a more natural look?
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JENNID

The women in the videos here are a good example of how FUN weave n wigs should be. Something to wear every now n then to mix thinhs up.All of them care for and proudly wear their own hair often. Wigs n weaves shouldn’t become a crutch because you hate what’s underneath. I’m anti weave n wig because too many black fall into the latter catagory without even given it serious thought. We’ve over used them so much that when we grow our own we gotta show proof that its real. That is messed up.

TRing

In response to the article, weaves are fine as protective styles as long as taken care of properly. I choose not to instal weaves or wigs myself only because I prefer a more natuaral look. But that’s me.

TWA4now
We need to go back and really reread her article! Wigs and weaves are fine if that is your choice ok great respect the choice! I get that. For models, well, you don’t even have to be a model to have spend $25,000 over a life time on wigs. Weaves, braids. And relaxers…that could be most of us on any given day! There is a deeper issue here beyond the simple a weave or wig style. There was a certain loathing of hair and body images in the article. She mentioned “sounding white” and having the slip or T-shirt over… Read more »
Jesusinthecity
I worked as a model for 10 years and wore weaves for more than half that time. I didn’t know much about natural hair during that time and wasn’t natural underneath for the vast majority of that time. I wore weaves because my agent requested that look to appeal to the most clients in the catalogue and beauty industry and at the time, I did book the most work wearing weaves (I also modeled for periods of time with dreads, a shaved head, a TWA, Bantu knot outs, short relaxed cut and a bob relaxed cut). Anyway, this is just… Read more »
Iva
I personally would love to hear your hair story if you are natural! And it seems to me that you were weaving for the sake of your work, if you can deduct it from your taxes, it’s a work related expense. But for most people who weave, I don’t know if that money is a tax-deductible expense. Jut because you *think* it’s a necessity doesn’t mean its actually a necessity. And not related to your post but yeah, if you see your natural hair only 3 – 4 times a year and you aren’t transitioning, a weave is not a… Read more »
Jesusinthecity
Ya, I definitely wasn’t implying that people should write off their weaves with their taxes! Haha! I was just saying that, as a consolation for spending so much money on my hair, I did, because it was for my job, get to write it off, which took some of the burden off of all the expense. I was considering today whether I would wear weaves again if I went back into modeling once we are done building our family and it was hard to decide. Just before I stopped modeling, I was straightening my hair with a Brazilian blowout and… Read more »
TWA4now

Did Anyone else come up with a number of how much they spent over a lifetime on wigs, weaves relaxers braids….etc? One lady said $30,000 Wow! Wow $17,000+!I do wish I could have written off my number. almost $12,000. :/

Again, I am NOT anti-wigs or weaves being a formal Remi weave addict…but a lot of black women use it as a clutch too much! GO ahead and give me a thumbs down IDC IT IS TRUE! THERE ARE MORE STYLE OPTIONS WITH OUR OWN HAIR IF WE JUST LEARN it for ourselves.

gapch

@TWA4now
as stated… i dont see the shock at the COST spent as most people spend at least a $1200 a year regardless of style choice or hair texture. i choose not to comment on the other issues as while i did read (obviously you selectively read) the article and understand the issues…. i like many others didnt have these horrific experiences growing up and honestly i have empathy and understanding but cant relate. so i did not comment on anything but the SHOCK of spending money on hair products

TWA4now
@ gapch I read the article and then some. PLEASE PLEASE Don’t assumme I just read what I wanted. I read the whole article.and viewed the 25 min. Youtube video. Thank you very much πŸ™‚ did you? It was sad and shocking it is more than wigs and weaves going on there! I was just wondering about my own numbers and did anyone else come up with their personal number since I don’t have $12,000 just sitting in my back account and either does the average black woman. It is shocking to me maybe NOT you…cool! It shows me how… Read more »
gapch
im did some quick numbers and im just confused on why everyone is so shocked on the numbers. say a person starts to get their hair professional done at 13. regardless – relaxed, weaved, natural, loced,… in a major city youre looking at a least $100 to $150 a month if you go every two weeks for someone to do your hair. multiply that by 12. so youre at $1200 to $1800 a year just for going to a stylist. thats $18k in ten years, $27k in 15 years, $36k in 20 years or by the time was 22, 27,… Read more »
TWA4now

@gapchb There was an article and YouTube post with an interview about Erikka Yancy–the model who spent $25k on wigs and weaves and she also talked about her low self-esteem…being called white…and the darker side to wearing wigs and weaves that most don’t want to talk about. For some, it goes beyond just the style and protective styles to hating hair and body image. Go back and read it. It is on the BGLH site…very enlightening and a REAL eye-opener too. THAT’S the big deal…it goes beyond style choice to self-hatred.

Iva

@Jesusinthecity.

Thank you for answering MY request and sharing YOUR personal story about YOUR personal story! For ME it was interesting to read about one of the people who was actually on the “I weave my hair for my work” side of things and not just someone who uses it as an excuse to justify whatever personal choice they make (comment is not directed at you).

So thank YOU!

(Admittedly there are no such things as private conversations on public websites)

Jesusinthecity

TWA4now; I calculated that I spent a very rough estimate of $17,500 on weaves over a five year period of time. That doesn’t include anything but weaves really. Thank God I got some of it back at tax time, but ya! It’s A LOT!!!

TWA4now
@Jesusinthecity This is a natural hair forum and most of us are quite aware of the whys for models/stars etc…and what they need to do for their hair, and I do appreciate your view on it as a formal model. Respect the choice been there and done that. Great! It is her choice. GOT IT! The average black woman isn’t blessed to even to write off all those weaves for tax purposes…so you VERY are blessed. There is a much more deeper issue than to protective style or not, relax or weaves, braids, or wigs here reread her article…she mentioned… Read more »
Jesusinthecity

The girl before me, Iva, mentioned that she’d like to hear more of my story, and my answer was in reply to her, specific to my original comment about natural hair vs wigs and weaves for modeling.

TWA4now

I was thinking how much have a personally spent on my hair(I was liberal with the numbers) for Jerhi curls, relaxers. Wigs. and Yes Remi Weaves. Etc…. (drum roll) $11,660 that is almost $12,000! I am NOT surprised relaxers for me were about $7,800 over a lifetime! Anyone else come up with a number?

TWA4now

Thank you. I UNDERTSAND AND HAVE READ MOST OF THE COMMENTS TWICE. In the BGLH ARTICLE ABOUT HER SPENDING $25,000 ON WEAVES AND SUCH, THERE IS A DEEPER ISSUE THAN STYLE CHOICE. IF WE DON’T UNDERSTAND THAT THEN WE MISSED THE WHOLE POINT.

Debra

Interestingly, the women with the longest hair on YouTube, natural and relaxed, don’t wear weaves.

Kelly

That’s true, Debra. Longhairdontcare2011, Kimmaytube (like her or not), Sera2544, Naptural85 – no weaves. LonghairdontcareLLC’s daughters have waist-length hair, too. Mom didn’t put braid extensions or anything in her daughter’s type 4 hair to get it to that length. But to each her own. One has to be sure that you one knows how to care for their natural hair while wearing and while not wearing the weaves, wigs, and extensions.

gapch

for many women there is no correlation between weave wearing and length. ive worn weaves/ wigs of shorter lengths than my natural tresses. most people i know get it for variety, fullness and convenience nothing more nothing less

Bobby

What I find fascinating is MOST long hair naturals were long hair relaxed ladies…in other words going natural didnt “make” their long they always had long hair!

bsbfankaren

That’s actually not the case with Longhairdontcare2011, as she has a video that show’s what her hair looked like after long term relaxing. She had the same issue many of us have had in our lives with her hair being broken, thin and short, and I know of a few more with the same issue, including AliciaJamesmusic.

TWA4now

Some did have long hair most didn’t. If it is long already, they may have transitioned for a long time. Most did a b/c of some form….there are a few who have been natural all their lives. It just depends….just sayintg:)

Vee

They don’t anymore, but most of them will state that at the beginning and middle of their journey, they did in fact wear weaves and braids. (Only speaking to those of natural) So yes, most of them did at some point wear them, and now that their hair is long enough for them to like it twisted or braided and like the length, they don’t wear extensions.

msboogee

How can you attach the hair oof another to your own. Fake haairvis disgusting. Black women need to do better

keeks
And not everyone has the privilege of having a full head of hair. It doesn’t necessarily matter why you may have a wig or weave. I’m all for historical perspective and sociology but you needn’t badger people about the choices they make in order to make them feel bad about themselves. People love to make fun of black women and their hair. But understand that people like cancer patients and women with severe alopecia do benefit from these forms of hair technology just as much as women with natural hair. And wigs and weaves on their own can be style… Read more »
Temple

Black women don’t need to justify wearing weave just because other races of women do it… Some wear weave because they can, want to and it is their bodies & hair. It’s no one’s business but our own and those who we choose to share with. I’m tired of this “white women do it, too so it shouldn’t matter”… Okay and???? Sheesh.

Clara

Women in other cultures wear weaves too yes, but their weaves are more like their own hair. The reason why we get so much flake for it is cause we wear hair that such a polar opposite to our own hair (mostly). Anyway I like weaves for me they are a style of choice and also a good protective style since I have a hand in hair syndrome. But each to her own

Ellie

….women of all races wear weaves and extensions. Everyone wants that length I guess, lol.

Kayla

Not only black women wear weave. Also, spell check wouldn’t have hurt.

Kayla

For some reason I feel like the comment section is going to become a heated debate really soon so I’m just going say this: weave is great as long as you don’t hate yourself. I think we can all agree on that.

Kelly

Very well stated, Kayla – one of the best comments posted. I agree.

SJ

COSIGN. I don’t know why the first comment on this thread was to analyze why women wear weave. So long as you love your hair and take care of it, then a woman should be able to wear a weave or wig as long as she wants to without being labeled. Period.

bsbfankaren

But let’s be honest here. If people are calling a style “protective” aren’t they labeling themselves?

lalala

so only naturals can protect their hair is what you are saying? A Protective style is protecting hair from manipulation and covering the ends correct? you can do that natural relaxed with 2inchs of hair of 22inchs

SJ
Why do you care what other women call it? Have you ever heard people say “When I wear weave, my hair grows soooooo fast”? Well, I’ve been hearing women say that long before natural hair was a popular thing. They didn’t know it at the time, but the reason they thought their hair was growing so fast was because they kept their hair in a low-manipulation protective style that helped with length retention. I knew women women who would go and get weaves for this reason alone. So even if they didn’t know it was protective styling, it was still… Read more »
Stace

So were you ever able to overcome the low porosity issues? If so how? My aunt and cousin are struggling, even with wigs and weaves.

Rachael

Thank you! I didn’t see your post before I made mine. Thumbs up!

bsbfankaren

So let’s just be honest here. If a woman is wearing weave consistently year after year, she’s not doing it for length retention. She’s doing it because it’s the style she prefers. There’s nothing wrong with that, but it is a question of simply owning up to a fact. IJS

AC
bsbfankaren you are alright with me. I agree 100% with you, idc what another woman does but if you want to talk about it let’s talk about it, don’t get mad if I say something you don’t want to hear, calling me a natural nazi or whatever will not make my day any shorter. If you wear weave 24/7 365 what are you protecting? Not them edges and most definitely not the rest of your hair in that suffocating hair style! A few weeks, months.. cool… but 365 for years? What is the real issue here ladies, lets talk about… Read more »
Tia

My hair was healthy, long, thick and my edges were the same with a weave and now without. Regardless of your hair style choices, healthy hair should be a goal. I would wear weaves again; matching my natural texture or not and I consider them a protective style. I think as a woman, secure in herself, I’ve earned to right to make those choices.

AC
Since you responded to my comment I’m going out on the limb and assuming you wore weaves all of the time? Well if you grew and maintained a healthy head of hair while wearing weave year round that’s amazing and indeed your choice. I personally prefer my hair over any weave and I would like my younger relatives to prefer their hair as well instead of being 10 years old with a full head of weave because that’s what big sis/cousin has so my motives are a little more loaded as to why I wear my hair naturally most of… Read more »
Tia
That’s great! I love my natural hair and my weaves and my wigs. No I did not wear weaves all of my life but I did for about a 3 year period for work. I too want my daughter to love her hair and she does. She loves to see her natural hair curl up especially after our weekly shampoo/conditioning. She has seen her mother rock and embrace all types of styles throughout the years and has come to understand it has dress up or re-inventing oneself not self hate. Because I love me, I have no problem trying new… Read more »
SJ
I never called you a derogatory term. I first stated that I don’t like the term “natural nazi” but people know what I mean when I use it. Secondly, I said to not be that; I never specifically called you that. But I don’t like it when women police other women, especially when the idea of embracing natural hair is about escaping the pressures that many of us experienced when we were relaxed. I think it’s pointless to psychoanalyze someone based off of a hairstyle; it seems silly. I don’t know if you came on BGLH to critique people based… Read more »
bsbfankaren

Calling me a “nazi” no matter what word you put before or after it, is indeed calling me a derogatory term. If that’s your way of blessing me, them I’ll choose not to accept it.

Nisha

I’m with you bsbfankaren. I mean, this is an article and this is a discussion board, lol. Also, I hate when people use the term ‘nazi’ in regards to something trivial. And yes, this is trivial compared to the 6 million people that suffered, were tortured, and murdered by real nazis.

Shahidah

bsbfankaren-
Totally understand your point of view and agree with it 100%
it drives me crazy when someone comes off with the TIRED ASS LINE “why do you care” I don’t but when you bring it up in a discussion or its on a message board being DISCUSSED I have an opinion and my opinion happens to mirror yours at the moment. If I see someone walkind down the street with a weave I could careless what her reasons are but if the reason is being discussed in a forum I’m going to question and express my thoughts.

SJ

This is in response to bsbfankaren.

bsbfankaren
I think I started my post by saying that people should do what they want with their hair. If you missed that part, since it’s right on top, you should be able to find it. Call it what you want to, but if women are going to talk about why they wear weave, they should at least be honest about it, as their motives truly are no one’s business….until they choose to talk about it. AT that point their motives are open to speculation. I get that you don’t like that, but it is in deed a fact.
SJ
WHYYYY do you care so much? What I mean to say is that this is one of the things that feeds into the stereotype that naturals feel the need to monitor what others are doing; don’t be a natural “nazi” (although I don’t really like that word, you understand what I mean when I say it). If women want to call it a protective style, let them! If people want to call it a hairstyle, let them! If women want to call weave their own hair because they bought it, then let them! Why do you care? Call your own… Read more »
bsbfankaren

The real question here should be, Why you are choosing to personalize this discussion. I don’t know you, can’t see you and therefore have absolutely no idea how you choose to wear your hair. Calling me a derogatory and destructive term doesn’t make this discussion any better. I stated my point of view, just as you have. Therefore, the next question should be if you don’t want anyone to tell you how to wear your hair, then why post about it?

TashaT
I don’t understand why folks care so much either. It’s almost as bad as the heat trained vs. heat damaged debate. I wear my hair in a bun most of the time… is it a protective style or my style of choice? Guess what… it’s both. What’s the big deal? I’ve never worn a weave and never will (been natural since the mid 90’s)… it’s simply not something I’m in to. I’ve seen some I’ve thought were really cute and well done, but just not for me. I do think everyone is losing sight of what the author was really… Read more »
bsbfankaren
I have no issues with wigs and weaves and protective styles and believe people should do what they want with their hair. However, some people are using the term “protective style” rather loosely as they were wearing weave long before natural hair became a focus of conversation, and simply continue to do so. Therefore, it’s not a “protective style” for those ladies, but simply a style choice. What I don’t get is why those women don’t simply own the fact that they only see their own hair a few times a year, and then only when their weave is being… Read more »
locedup

Thank You. What are you protecting if you don’t wear your natural hair on a regular basis? I have locs and whenever I get a style that requires flat twists or a braid out so they will be curly, the strain of my hair being in those styles is not very comfortable for long. So how can braiding your hair tightly, then sowing in a weave that is to be worn for weeks on end, protective? The scalp is tightened and smothered. Protective??????

Kelly
I agree, locedup. Actually I’ve seen some people (not everyone with locs, of course) with gorgeous long locs and bald sections, receding hairlines and thinning. This is not only because of tight updo’s but the hair is palm-rolled or latch-hooked too tightly at the roots then flat twisted, braided, bound up, or pulled into too tight ponytails over the tightly rolled and latched hair. All in the name of having every frizz or stray hair in place. What’s the point in being natural if you can’t even have one hair out of place? My mother has had pipecleaner-sized neat locs… Read more »
Tia

For me, braiding and sewing kept heat out for one and it was is a state of rest. Because my hair was protected from heat, manipulation and the elements, it grew like crazy, was thick and healthy. I went to a professional who stressed health hair maintenance as well. This may not be the case or option for everyone but for me, it worked tremendously. I would not hesitate to use weaves again as a protective style even now for my natural hair.

gapch

is having locs really being natural? i just find your judgement difficult to accept. for me having locs and being natural are not the same movement or journey…. but everyone has their own opinion

cacey
hm.. that’s pretty thought-provoking. and a dance with devil’s advocacy… i’d never thought about it before, but that’s a good question. are locs natural? i guess it depends on how one seeks to define natural. if we define natural as chemical-free (dyes notwithstanding), then yes, they fit the bill. but i think a lot of women, for the same reasons for which they would perceive heat trainers as being non-natural, probably would be inclined to throw loc wearers in the same group,if you think about it, because neither of the two have to deal with the characteristics of natural hair… Read more »
T.

Huh? I don’t understand what definition of natural hair you have that doesn’t include locs. And not everyone who has natural hair has the same movement or journey (or even views it as a movement or journey), so I’m not sure how the movement/journey things is relevant to a definition of natural hair. I find your judgement on loss difficult to accept, because I think it’s stupid.

gapch

i mentioned journey and movement solely in response locedup comment. i dont see nor have i ever considered those with locs to have the same experience as those who are natural. i am fully aware that most people arent on a journey or are part of this “movement” as i dont claim to be myself having been natural for 98% of my life. as i initially stated we all have different definitions and considerations for all of these terms. i stand by mine and respect others … its just an opinion…

gapch

its not stupid. its simply an opinion. i dont classify locs and being natural as the same thing. if you include locs in your definition thats fine. some people do many people myself included do not.

T.

Oops, typo. Your judgement on *locs* is what I meant to say.

Nisha

Yes, having locs is still being natural. One might not experience the same journey as a person with loose hair, but it’s a natural journey all the same. I’ve had locs twice and loose natural hair and believe me, there are many shared experiences and practices.

gapch

we all have different definitions of natural. the question was rhetorical as i dont consider having locs as being natural….

bsbfankaren

If the locs are the person’s hair, and the hair is not chemically treated, how are locs not natural?

Jesusinthecity

I, personally, think of locs as natural (I had them for 4 years A LONG time ago and grew them from teenie weenie locs to a little shorter than arm pit length).

My husband, on the other hand, has argued with me that locs are not natural because people’s hair doesn’t naturally grow that way out of their head. They have to manipulate it in some way to get it grow that way, so he doesn’t see it as natural.

Just taking a stab at an explanation of two different points of view.

Jesusinthecity
I totally agree with your comment, in theory, it really doesn’t make sense, HOWEVER, when I did wear weaves for usually 10 weeks at a time (we’re talking, my hair cornrowed tight and small, then a net sewn over that and hair sewn in all around on top of that and sometimes with a closure piece in the middle for authenticity) my hair grew and retained length. It just did. On the other hand, one thing I would NOT want to go back to with weaves is the pressure on my poor scalp that first 3-5 days, having to scratch… Read more »
TWA4now

Castor has some anti-bacterial properties in it. That is where the itchiness comes from. Glad what your are doing is working for you. Congratulations on having another child soon too. I will consider making my own products. It really isn’t that difficult so I heard and have seen. Have a HHJ.

TWA4now

BTW: Castor oil may help those bald spots.

Jesusinthecity
Thanks TWA for the advice! I tried it in the past and while it was ok for my hair, for my scalp I got A LOT of itchiness and no progress with the spots. Right now, I believe I’m beginning to see a few sprouts and I think it’s due to my strictly natural, home-made regimen, as simple and bare bones as possible. The only thing I use not made at home is my shampoo bars, from Chagrin Valley, one is an herbal one and one is a butter bar that I use for conditioning. I use a Shea mix… Read more »
Kelly
Well stated, bsbfankaren. I don’t have a problem with using weaves, wigs, or braid extensions as a protective style, but I see your point. In a society where straightened hair or weaves is the norm on Black women and naturals are the minority – albeit a growing minority – it takes a certain amount of courage, security, and a little bit more work to show off your natural hair at EVERY stage. All those stages from TWA, neck length, armpit length, bra-strap length, every curl in place, Afro puff, twist-out, twisted updo, and a braid-out that didn’t braid-out are beautiful… Read more »
PatienceB
Credentials: Hairstlyist/ colorist, locs for 13years. Many of my clients are transitioning if not all natural. Those who have always worn weave and those who havn’t. Extensions are truly another hairstyle. If a woman sits in my chair and has self esteem issues with her natural that is understandable…it is a big difference…change..and of course we all love changes! Therefore we may blow it out straight or do extensions until they feel comfortable wearing their hair. The demographic I’m talking about is really 40 and up. Eventually they wear their natural and get compliments and begin to love it. I… Read more »
TWA4now
@ Patience B thank you for your perspective as a stylist. Let’s ReALLY talk about it! Let us bring up the bald-head stepchild from the basement and really talk about the other low side of wigs and weave. To be honest, she doesn’t even need to be 40 or 50 to have low self-esteem issues with her natural hair. Who is willing to chat about the darker side to wigs and weaves? Why do or did we spent so much on it? Why is it I don’t know what to do with the hair under the weave? Why did most… Read more »
Patience B
@TWA4now…Luckily we have forums like BGLH to show us what to do with our naturals and we have people sharing. It is unfortunate that you don’t know what to do with your natural hair…however many of us didn’t’ know what to do with our relaxed hair. I work at a very high end salon where I also service white clients and those white clients that have curly hair don’t know what to do with theirs either. Until the 2000’s there were not product lines like Kinky Curly, Carol’s Daughter, Mixed Chicks, DevaCurl…and so on…so many women are learning how to… Read more »
TWA4now

Thanks for sharing! Now, I know how to do my hair thanks to YouTube and sites like this.

Who else has a story about the not so great side to weaves and wigs? Why do we spend so much on them why don’t we wear our natural hair out. What is so wrong with natural hair?

bsbfankaren

Agreed.

Rachael

If its there hair- it’s their business right? So what difference does it make to you as to THERE reason for wearing wigs or weaves? Too many females worried about the next chick. SMH as if there is some specific timeframe a woman has to point too just to make sure the next natural chick can be satisfied with her protective style of choice or hair style of choice. Stop with the NaturalistaMafia.

bsbfankaren

O.K. so it seems you missed the discussion, and that’s O.K. When someone chooses to post in an open forum about their choices, then they are asking for comments. If they don’t want anyone to say anything about their choices, then all they have to do is not post about it. It really, really is that simple.

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