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?

Black Girl With Long Hair

Leila Noel­lis­te, founder of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008). Social media, pop cul­ture and black beau­ty enthu­si­ast. bell hooks’ hair twin…

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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 :-)

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 by… 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 :) 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 self… 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 it.… 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 on… 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 style that… 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 for… 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 my… 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 with… 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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