Q: I was curious to know your opinion on hair weaves? Are they good or bad for your hair? I’ve been natural for a year now, and I find that when I take my sew in out my hair is SO hard to maintain. I have to do a wash n’ go like everyday just to get my curls right! It’s somewhat tedious cause my hair is still in that in between stage. Not long enough for a ponytail when curly…just complicated!
A: Well, I’ll be honest, I have never had a weave in my life, and the reason why is because I have an obsessive need to “check” on my hair. Putting it away where I can’t really see it for months concerns me. But no, I do not think that weaves are bad for your hair – in theory. When worn properly, weaves are a great protective style because your ends are tucked away in order to prevent hair breakage. I think the issue many women have with weaves is that they do not attempt to care for their own hair in any way while it’s weaved up, so when they take the weave out, their hair is very dry. I shudder at the thought of not moisturizing my hair for two months. Also, there is the excess tension on the scalp if the braids are done too tight (yes I am aware that a good stylist alleviates this issue), and sometimes women get straight weaves and leave their natural hair out in the front and flat iron it to go with the weave, then wonder why they only have heat damage at the front of their hair. If you are having issues with your weaves, perhaps start wearing wigs instead (I like wigs because I can take them off at the end of the day and moisturize my hair and make sure my edges are lubricated), or re-evaluate your regimen for caring for your hair while it’s in the weave.