Natural Entrepreneur Creates Weave that Blends Perfectly With Natural Hair Types

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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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Leila, founding editor of Black Girl with Long Hair (April 2008), social media and black beauty enthusiast. When I'm not here, I'm moderating a Facebook group for black mothers called Black Moms Connect.

  • Anie

    Good stuff. I just wish they had used models with natural hair, so we get an idea of how the weaves would looks on

  • Sabrina Antoinnette

    Innovation = great
    price = mild drawback
    accessibility = drawback (how temporary?)
    look = fabulous

    Overall it seems like a good investment if weaves/wigs are your go to for protection. It’s getting hard to tell what’s real or ‘in addition’ these days that ad looks very real! Of course there are more economical ways to achieve the same look, but more power to those that have the extra coin to spend for the quality. In my experience with weaves,you definitely get what you pay for.

  • ViV

    This collection seems amazing! A great option for women who have lost their hair due to illness, or adverse reaction to a medication, and who still want a head full of natural hair. I salute the Sister who founded this company!

  • gigi

    I’m not sure *why* because all the positives seem to add up nicely, but something about this whole venture smacks of deceit & redundancy… even the models they’ve chosen for each texture of hair is trying to communicate something that just isn’t accurate… yup.. nah, mine does this for free. Good luck

  • Island Beauty

    The hair is beautiful, but I cringe when I think about the women whose hair was cut and sold for this and under what circumstances. With Indian women, they are usually observing a religious custom when they shave their hair. Other people gather it and sell it, but, unfortunately, they probably don’t make money off it themselves. Then, there are thousands of other women who do cut and sell their hair to earn money to feed and clothe their families.

    My point is, a woman is very attached to her hair, in more ways than one, and consider it to be her crown and glory. Unless she’s cutting it for religious reasons, a charitable cause, a new look, or a medical issue, the circumstances are probably highly desperate. Anyone saw Les Misérables? For these reasons, and these reasons alone, I would feel terrible about wearing another sister’s lucious locks. I get chills when I think about it! I would rather wear a sinthetic kinky-curly weave, but to each her own.

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  • Ntshebo

    Hi, I’m from South Africa and I’d like to know where in SA I can get this weave???

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  • SC

    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 :(

    • AnonyChick

      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.

      • NCchick

        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.

        • FeeFee

          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.

        • Nana

          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 own opposed to sending a family of Koreans to college!

        • Kira

          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 blonde or straighten it — but all those things are abrasive & counteractive to what I’m trying to do which is maintain a long head of hair. Plus — I really hate long term changes and would regret cutting if all off or coloring. So weaving it up is perfect. I can straighten weave, pull knots out and do all sorts of real-life no-nos without worrying about the long term damage to my hair. It just gives me a little break, which I didn’t need until my hair got to this length.

          Plus, my hair and cold weather just DO NOT mix so I am actually thinking about having a sew-in for this cold New England winter this year. No worrying about my hair snagging on scarfs or hats = +20.

      • merry


        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 else because what we have simply doesn’t work.

        as always, our spending choices have economic, political and social ramifications among each other and on others around the world.

        this is not just about hair. yep, it is quite deep. we just prefer to ignore it.

        • kb1908

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

          • merry


            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.

          • kb

            @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.

        • 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.

          • merry

            @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.

    • Mai

      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.

      • lily

        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.

        • MJay

          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…

        • Mai

          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.

      • Nana

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

      • Carlyfanjaxfan

        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?

    • Aiych

      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 stuff though, even if they would pay the same price for some pin straight virgin remy as a protective style.