To the naked eye, the woman above looks like another natural sporting a droolworthy twist out. But she is actually rocking weave from the Heat Free Hair company.

The company is the brainchild of Ngozi Opara, who owns N-ZO Hair Studios in Washington DC. She states;

I have always believed not only in embracing your natural ‘kinks’ and ‘curls’, but also in the benefits of sew-in weaves as a protective style. At my salon, we call it ‘the ultimate protective style’. Being natural for almost a decade, I experienced my greatest length retention during my one-year weave challenge back in 2005. My hair grew over 8 inches! Since then I have maintained both my hair and the hair of my clients through customized regimens and protective styling. Whether you are transitioning without chopping, growing your hair out, protecting it for a period of time, or considering going natural, The Heat Free Hair Movement provides an option that will allow you to embrace your journey with confidence and style.

The hair is made from 100% virgin human hair and retails for $139 to $199 a pack. It is currently all sold out and there is a waiting list for the re-stock, a testament to the product’s high popularity.




Our recent style icon Jaqui, credited the Heat Free Hair ForCurls collection with helping her stay away from flat ironing this past winter.

Have you heard of the Heat Free Hair company? Would you rock this as a protective style?

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Sorry but what’s the point of growing out your beautiful natural hair only to hide it under a weave? Not me. I’m rocking my own curls and coils. If I need to give it a rest, i just rock a buns and twisted up styles.

nappy headed black girl

First of all, that first pic totally looks like a weave lol

Would I wear this if I were still loose? Sure, why not? I think it’s good that this company is expanding the weaving options. I’d much rather use this than 24″ yaki.

As for it being “just hair,” I don’t think that will ever be the case for the majority of black women. There’s too much history behind our hair, whether we like it or not. If it were just hair we wouldn’t have sites like this, IMO.


Agreed. Quite frankly it’s not ‘just hair’ for a lot of western women (or men actually) regardless of ethnicity. Hair is a big deal in this part of the world. It may be different topics (especially given black women’s history) but white women are having conversations/debates/arguments surrounding their hair just as are!


I’ve never really liked weaves… But I would rather wear a weave that looks like my hair texture then a virgin pakistani indian hair or what ever it’s called… It would be a way to protect my hair and to show that I accept my texture as it is… Plus, it could be a great alternative to those who just big chopped and can’t wait to have longer hair!


When will people understand its a moral failure to wear someone else’s hair. Poor people are manipulated and tricked to sell their hair for an obsecenly low value, to satisfy the vanity of others. The fact that it’s sold out means that a black market for this texture is on the rise, and criminal behavior will ensue. This is so wrong on so many levels. Come on people.

Ladies, PLEASE think twice before buying the HFHM For Kinks collection (The other collections seem to fair better with users)!!! The hair is absolutely gorgeous and does in fact match perfectly to my 4b hair – I have NEVER found hair that does that… BUT the customer service is beyond atrocious and the hair only lasts a week or two without matting beyond repair!! I did a review on my blog if any of you are interested… I have been spreading the word because it was just THAT BAD… just go ahead and save your money and the headache and… Read more »

Can you please give specific examples on the poor customer service and how this was a damaging hair routine? There is a difference in you not getting the service you wanted versus them actually having bad customer service. I am interested to know your experience other than you being upset.

Buyer beware

In my experience, I had to email several times before I was able to get a response. It took over 2 weeks to get a response and the response when it came was not helpful. For the price of the product you really do need a more responseive company. The processing time was almost a month from purchase, although I understand there are efforts to improve that

No reviews? Dude, all you have to do is google heatfreehair. It’s only been around for 6 months so of course you won’t see “that much” I just check instagram online and there are over 200 pictures of people who used this hair. There are three full pages on youtube of heatfreehair reviews, and there are over 7 pages on google from blogs. All i did was use google….where did you get your info from? Supporting this business is better than the 90% asian dominated black hair care businesses. There are tons of positive reviews. Maybe you got a bad… Read more »
i find this interesting that you noted that it only lasts a week without matting up, because if we’re talking about a product that truly mimics our hair, then how many of us natural women can honestly say that if we wear our hair loose for a week it WONT matt up? pls be honest. my hair matts like crazy when loose for ONE DAY, let alone a friggin week. that’s a pretty harsh judgment there, just sayin. maybe i’m jumping to assumptions here. but are you implying you didnt comb it out for one week straight and that’s what… Read more »
Buyer beware

@Dawn. I followed the instructions on how to take care of the hair to the letter. Which involved co-washing, detangling with conditionder, twisting up at night. All of that. It still matted. I understand that people would want to be careful not to judge too harshly but its very important to take the good and bad feedback into account.


Who wants to spend that kind of money on a product that mattes in a week which will require you to remove it and possibly throw it away? In that case, I would much rather spend it on the much cheaper synthetic hair that will last longer. I actually like the look of the hair and would love to use it but one week? I don’t think so…

Buyer beware

I agree completely with Asia. I had the same problem. After a week it was matted so badly you couldn’t run a finger through it. Their customer service is also atrocious. I love the concept, I think its amazing but please please do your research. I wish someone like Asia spoke up sooner but they do have some real issues with quality.


You know what I believe you 100%! The words “atrocious customer service” did it for me. Coming from a similar background to Ms.Ngozi (based on her names)that is the number one reason why I dislike patronizing “my people’s” establishments the customer service is beyond terrible




Really, really amazing. So after your long rant against this company, you provided not one link to your “blog” stating your experience. Where are your receipts? SMH

Wow really? What do you mean? I don’t post links unless asked. I think that is a courtesy to this blog’s owners.. but that is just MY opinion. I have been doing hair for 15 years and have been natural for 4. I love the natural hair community that has been formed and am involved in local groups in my city, meetups, 2 businesses, online groups, etc. I have NO reason to be on the internet bashing my people for no reason. So you need to chill with the implications sis. I was sharing MY experience and warning others because… Read more »

can we have a link to your blog please.


And yet, a link still hasn’t been provided! LOL…


im into it! I have near bra strap length fine 4c hair. It is so hard to achieve a volunimous look! Like damn near impossible. I am happy with my hair for the most part, it is shiny, healthy, soft, and has good length, but sometimes a girl just wants a little volume. If you are willing to pay for it, and take care of it, you should do you!

Miss T

I have fine 4c hair as well, how long have you been natural? Whats your regimen? What practices have retained you the most length? Just curious if you dont mind me asking, my hair is so fragile and my ends give me so much trouble.


won’t mind this, with my busy schedule this would be a relief. I was even thinking of buying normal straight weaves and add texture myself. i have seen post here on how they change barbie dolls straight hair to textured, maybe on a crazy day i might try the same…


could be cool,for special occasions. some naturals have length but lack fullness. * fine-haired natural here.

linda codrington

Deedeemaha I love your math. The cost should be a big consideration. If you socked away the cost of weaving in a 401(k), the amount that would be saved for a nice retirement is a better investment. This especially since our natural hair without the weave up is such a beautiful thing—the kinks and curls are so much fun. HOWEVER, however, it is a personal choice!


I Love it! Sometimes you just want to change it up. And weave can be a great protective style. I’d much rather wear the kinky coiling weave than Brazilian or super straight hair. To me it’s the same as getting braid extensions.

I LOVE THIS!! Finally, our beautiful texture is a commodity on the marketplace. Weaves are a great solution when one has an extremely busy schedule and has very minimal time to style their own hair. As a natural myself, I hate that most of my options for extensions are euro-textured (i know, not a real word…lol). Additionally, when discussing hair styling, length is of huge importance for majority of women. The Heat Free Hair company gives natural hair beauties, whom are at the beginning of their hair journey, the option to explore length utilizing hair that most mimics their own.… Read more »
Amma Mama

Girl this was deep! I like what you said and how you broke it down 🙂


Awww…Thank you! 😀
Nothing but all love here.


That’s pretty cool! I’m not a fan of weaves my self, but still that is cool.

Ok, so I did a little math quickly so i may be off. Lol Hair on average grow 1/2 inch a month = 6 inch a year (no cutting) Weaving the hair for 1 year you got 8 inches. I’m assuming no cutting. Great results! Ok. So let’s do the math on cost to weave. Minimum 2 packs at $139.00 = $278.00 x 6 (cause I don’t keep them in longer then 2 months no exception) = $1,668.00 for 1 year weaving. $199.00 x 2 = $ 398.00 x 6= $2,388 For 8 inches. No Thank You. 6 inches is… Read more »

That IS a lot of money. However, you are ignoring the cost of products and your time in maintaining your own hair which results in the 6 inches a year. Also, the convenience of only having to get your hair done 6 times a year is HUGE, right? I’m just saying, I don’t think it’s that simple.

Go Girl!

Can’t a black person just make money off of the Black Hair industry?
If you use it, fine.
If you don’t, that’s fine too.
But don’t knock the hustle and turn around wondering why Blacks aren’t creating jobs! JEEZE.

I’m happy for her, and want to recommend this to all my natural friends to decide for themselves if they’d like to try it!

Go Girl! makes an excellent regarding building wealth and proprietorship in the black community. I don’t see any fault in marketing this product as long as it is done so ethically. As for affordability, that is relative. This hair is not for the market segment (aka consumer) that fall below certain income levels. However, individuals that are categorized in upper-middle class to upper class can comfortably afford this hair. And that is absolutely ok. Spending $3,000+ a year on hair is feasible for some. Some individuals spend $1000+ a month on a car note. Usually these people are investing their… Read more »

If you’re paying that much for hair it should be quality so that you can take it out and reinstall it more than once…

I have hair I purchased from Arjuni that’s almost two years old and it’s still going strong. I’m willing to pay for quality hair but it needs to last more than one install…

I’m also not willing to be a tester, I’d love to see some reviews on the hair from women who purchased it and tried it already.

Amma Mama

Alex of the “The Good Hair Blog”, that is also the name of her You Tube channel, did an informative review on this hair and her installation {which was done by the founder Ngozi). She answered a lot of questions. Check out her channel:-)
I would link it but I am at work and You Tube is blocked :-/


not to sound negative but why cant we just accept our hair the way it is? why do we have to put weaves in it? makes me sad 🙁

Yes wearing wigs and weaves can be effective for protecting hair, and yea it’s fun to change it up texture-wise every now and then…but seriously how many women with straight or loosely wavy hair do we see wearing afro-textured wigs and weaves on the regular or even occasionally?? They tend to wear hair that mimics their own texture or is very similar, something that you do not see black women do as often. Maybe it’s because there are not nearly as many kinky-curly options in the quality weave/wig market. I kinda wonder how many black women will actually buy this… Read more »

I don’t understand why black women are the only demographic stereotyped to wear weave. I watch the Hills and Laguna Beach a lot (it’s my guilty pleasure) and all of those white girls wore weave. And suprise, suprise I could one girl’s tracks. We need to realize that black women are not the only ones funding the weave business.


So you’re really going to sit there and play pretend? Black women don’t disproportionately make up the bulk of weave wearers? Stores selling weaves/wigs only aren’t on damn near every black neighborhood?
“They do it too” is so played out RME It’s “just hair” after all so why the need for this pretend game?


The girl that plays Lydia on Teen Wolf wears the most obvious half-wig.


Because white women haven’t made weave a million dollar business. Also 90% of the time black women are buying hair that doesn’t mimic their OWN texture. And black women buy the most weave out of any other race of women on earth.


I just want to see the statistics for that one. I grew up in a white neighborhood and the beauty supply didn’t stay in business because of five black families.

Also, go to Japan, wigs and weaves are quite prevalent. So to repeat myself, why are black women the only demographic to be stereotyped to wear weave.


1) I’d love to know where you found these statistics.
2) Maybe black women aren’t buying hair that mimics their own texture because there hasn’t been many options out there for kinky sew-ins and this natural hair movement is still young.
3) Once again… these statistics you’re throwing out there…


It’s really not that deep. It’s not a matter of acceptance. Wearing weave can be a way to protect your hair. It can also be simply a change in hairstyle. There are many reasons to wear weave that have nothing to do with self-acceptance.

@anonychick it is actually that deep. this is a global trade we’re talking about. issues of class, race and gender are very much at work here. whether it’s the market demand created disproportionately by black women in wealthier countries for the hair of poor women/girls in other poor countries or the continued isolation of black owned beauty supplies who may not have access to an asian owned/protected natural product whose value we have created and increased…this is very deep. not to mention the constant drumbeat of inherent inferiority this nurtures among many black women and the simultaneous elevation of someone… Read more »
I got sense!

Everything you just said applies to both genders, every country and every ethnicity. If hair is that deep then so is everything else because everything has a cause and effect on the economic, political and social sphere.


@I got sense!

what you’re saying is a total strawman.

but it is true that everything we do has consequences and that’s what people of good conscience try to be mindful of how their actions impact others.

and that’s the point.

if you wanna say, you’ll bow out of this issue – as in in this instance, a certain set of morals and principles might go out of the window because you really want your weave – then go right ahead.

i guess we all choose which things we want to care more about and act on.

your assertion is still a strawman, imo.


so now we can’t wear hair that mimics our own? interesting…


@merry- not sure what you mean ” you’re still wrapped up in the same dialectical argument that brought you to that point”.
I have rocked synthetic puffs and my own hair puff depending on the day. I prefer my hair but sometimes im lazy. My hair is fine, not sure if these are like tracks, but if so I could see rockin’ these for for an effect. The pt is, I see as another option, not better than my hair just different.



at the end of the day, you can do whatever you want.

i think this is still hair from nonblack women that is made to look like ours. while it looks better (imo) because it looks more like your natural, you’re still wrapped up in the same dialectical argument that brought you to that point, imo.


I don’t understand why black women are the only ones that need to protect our hair. what is the purpose of that? if you’re going to spend money to cover up your natural hair for years at a time, why not shave it off and wear wigs? I will wear a weave once every blue moon if I have a special occasion other than that, I rock my fro every day and have very healthy hair.

Honestly, there was a time when I agreed with you. And then my natural hair got long. And I don’t have that sort of texture that allows for wash-n-gos. I love my hair and all that it does, but it’s been three years since I’ve straightened it, cut it (short of trimming), had braids or twists and I just want something DIFFERENT. Three years of dealing with it basically every morning that I get up and I just want a change. Women (of all types) change our hair, it’s just what we do. I could cut it, or dye it… Read more »

Um, I definitely know more White women who wear wigs and weaves. The difference is we don’t make it a point to know what’s going on in their scalp.

Hell, I even know this Indian girl who puts in clip-ins. Yas gurl, the ethnicity whose hair we buy and sell. Even they invest in the weft.

J. Nicole
Now that you mention it, I think the amount of white women I know who wear wigs exceeds the number of Black women I know who wear weaves. I say to each is own. Wearing a weave doesn’t mean a woman is brainwashed into believing European beauty is the standard no more than the assumption that wearing a TWA means she’s down for the cause. I find it funny how some naysayers are so against a weave yet are OK with box braids or sister locs. I say if you’re going to wear a weave, may as well support your… Read more »

Because afro textured hair is the most fragile of all hair types. If one is interested in length retention, then the most effective way of achieving that is by keeping the hair moisturized AND protected. You can opt to protect by doing protective styles with your own hair (plaits, cornrows, buns, etc), or using wigs or braids. There is absolutely nothing wrong with wigs at intervals to help with protection and retaining length.

Lillian Mae

Where does the hair come from? Are women w/ afro textured hair cutting off and donating their locks, as they do in India?


my best guess would be that they get straight virgin hair (possibly from Indian women still)and then add texture to it by some process unknown to me….?

Kaila P

I believe they get it from black women who cut off thier hair


Lol!! Good one! ^_^


I was just thinking that