…That is the question. There are many advantages to wearing a weave; then again, there are quite a few disadvantages to wearing a weave, as well. Below is some information on weaves and how they are applied in everyday life.
- “Quick Fix” – Now, I don’t mean that it will take only a second to wear the weave. Putting a weave in your hair can take a few hours. However, once it’s in, you don’t have to do too much to it for the weave to look good. But with your own hair, you have to do more to it daily for it to look good.
- Change Your Hair Color – Adding a weave to your hair gives you the option of changing your hair color and style. If you had dark brown, curly hair, your weave could be blonde and straight. Or, if you’re a red-head and wanted a change of pace, you could go for a black, wavy weave. The possibilities are endless!
- Hair Length – Do you have short hair and you want long hair, instead? Get a weave! Instant length! Or, if you have long hair and want something different, go for a short, stylish weave. Either way, you’ll be looking good!
- Protect Your Natural Hair – Believe it or not, having a weave in your hair allows you to give your natural hair a break from styling it, heating it all the time with a curling iron, hair dryer, flat iron, etc.
Of course, with the advantages, come the disadvantages. Having a weave isn’t all peaches and cream. Below are some disadvantages to having a weave:
- Can be Painful to Add to Your Hair/Scalp – If you have a sensitive scalp like I do, you’re particular about who’s pulling on your hair strands and follicles. Sometimes, adding a weave can be a painful process that some people don’t necessarily want to go through.
- Weaves are NOT Cheap! – Want a really nice-looking weave in your hair? Well, be prepared to spend some cash. Depending on what you’re going for, many quality weaves will be in the hundreds of dollars. Of course, as the saying goes, you get what you pay for, so if you want a high-maintenance-looking weave, you’re going to pay a high-maintenance price for it.
- Don’t Use Too Frequently – Allow your hair and scalp to relax and go back to normal before putting another weave in your hair. If you quickly add another weave into your hair after taking out a previous one, you run the risk of pulling your natural hair out, and damaging it (and your scalp) over time. Be careful not to get too “weave-happy” in your quest to look your best.
- Don’t Forget to Care for Your Hair – Even though you’re wearing a weave, don’t forget to wash your natural hair, too. Having a weave doesn’t mean you don’t take care of your natural hair, as well. Keep in mind, your natural hair is still growing underneath that weave, so you still have to keep it up. Make sure you care for your natural locks while sporting that stylish look.
Hopefully, this information will help you decide on whether or not you want to try a weave for a new look this year. Whether you get one or not, it’s something to consider if you ever choose to change your look or hairstyle. If you DO decide on a weave, make sure you consider all the factors before taking the plunge. A weave can provide you with weeks and months of pleasure, but only if properly cared for.