They’re so pretty, yet so damaging. We promise we’re not trying to spoil weaves for you – we’re simply bringing light to the potential damage they may cause. Love thy hairline; protect thy hairline…
1. ‘Weaves Will Make Your Natural Hair Grow Quicker’
Not necessarily true. Cornrow extensions won’t promote hair growth – they do not make your hair grow, your hair will grow anyways with or without cornrows. What cornrow extensions do, is protect the growth you develop during the time you have your extensions – i.e. the cornrows beneath your weave functions as a protective style that prevents new hairs from breaking. But despite that, what we’re not told is that weaves can also destroy your hair. A dependency on weaves can actually lead to balding – remember when those shots of Naomi Campbell’s receding hairline were exposed for the whole world to see? Yes? Well, that’s an ideal example of the kind of damage weaves can do. As Rollingout.com explains, ‘Hair is not supposed to be braided so tightly that it removes the hair [from] the follicle. When your head is in pain, the pain only stops because the nerve endings have [become] numb and [this causes] the hair follicles to come out of the hair shaft. That is why when you take your tracks out; your hair [comes] out with the braids.’
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On top of that, many women wear their weaves for too long. After seven to eight weeks, you need to take it out. Your scalp needs oxygen, and by keeping a weave in for prolonged periods, you’re simply suffocating your scalp and, over time, potentially creating the perfect environment for bacteria growth. Bacteria loves dark, moist areas (i.e. your scalp underneath those many layers of weave) and once bacteria develops and disperses, your hair will start to thin and eventually fall out – and no-one wants that to happen.
2. ‘We Can Relax Your Hair and Put in a Weave Straight After.’
Uh, no! Once relaxed, your hair will be in an incredibly fragile state from all those chemicals. A weave will end up pulling and breaking those newly relaxed and fragile hairs, and potentially cause hair damage, like bald spots. You need to wait at least a week before having a weave sewn in.
3. ‘You’ll Need to Buy a Weave to Create that Look.’
The biggest lie of them all. There are so many hairstyles we can achieve with our own hair – hairstyles that don’t even require the addition of weaves. Everyone is so reliant on weaves because we’re told certain hairstyles aren’t attainable without them. Remember Riri’s gorgeous black pixie cut? Well, I actually replicated that style in high school but I was told that I’d have to buy a short weave to recreate the look – which I did, willingly, but years later I came to find that that particular hairstyle could’ve easily been done with my own relaxed hair. Always ask more than one hairstylist for advice and keep in mind that the weave business is a big, money-making business, and most will try to sell you a weave, even when it’s not necessary.
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