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?

Black Girl With Long Hair

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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 hap­pened? cuz… 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! :D
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 enough.  PS:… 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 else because what… 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 blonde… 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 own… 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