Friday, June 29, 2012

Natural Hair Wigs, Weaves or Extensions: Would you try it?

We all have natural hair envy. In fact, many natural hair blogs have special features on their blog to highlight natural hair envy "I want her hair". Solange Knowles (Read: Hair Stories & Secrets: Yaya, Solange & Corinne) admits that from time to time she rocks an afro wig...and who wasn't blown away by Brandy's new hair at the Billboard awards (Read: Mad Hair Monday Model: Brandy at the Billboard Music Awards). Let's face, if you can't grow it buy it, right?

I know that the whole purpose behind 'going natural' is to embrace the natural you but let's face it. There are benefits to giving your hair a rest for awhile.

The benefits of wearing weaves, wigs or extensions: 

  • The hair is protected from UV rays and other environmental chemicals.
  • Less manipulation equals less breakage and damage. Length! Length! Length!
  • Versatility: allows you to change up your look from good girl to bad girl. 
  • Low maintenance. Less styling required equals more time to do the things you love. 
  • Since you're not washing and shampooing weekly, knotting and shedding is minimized. There is a danger of having excess build-up, lint and matting that can cause serious problems. Try to at least rinse the scalp every 2 weeks. 
Tips when wearing weaves, wigs or extensions:
  • Opt for a hair texture that is close to your curl pattern. Wearing straight hair can damage your curls due to styling with flat irons and curl irons. 
  • Expose as little hair as possible. The more hair that is protected the better. 
  • If the hair is too tight, for instance if your eyes are now squinted then the hair is too tight and may cause permanent damage. One of the main causes of hair loss in African American women are as a result of tightly sewn in weaves or braids. 
  • Try to keep the style in for as long as possible. The longer you keep the hair in the more length retention. A period of 3-4 weeks or longer is good. 
In doing some research, I found a site that has all the looks from Beyonce to Rihanna. Click Here.

Have you tried a natural hair wig, weave or extensions? What protective styles will you try this summer?


  1. Haven't tried one yet but I will. I'm going to use hair from the Janet Collection and make clip-ins as opposed to a sew-in. As for right now, I have in kinky twist braids that have been in about 1 month and I plan to keep them in about 2 more weeks before I do some crotchet braids. Yes, I have my hair on a schedule!

    1. Thank you for your comment. I would love to see pictures of your protective styles. Crotchet braids sound really cute. I am currently on the kinky twists schedule, where I re-twist my hair once a week and wear it in an updo.

  2. I am in such an early phase in my natural hair journey and I am assuming I am going to hit that awkward phase by early fall. I am dreading the thought of what I am going to do. I am not a wig kind of girl (they seem itchy) and I don't want to get a straight weave so I think I am going to explore a natural weave. Then again I saw a lady today with a "natural weave" and let's just say it din't look too natural.

  3. I have my own Remy hair weaves at home and its cute. Thanks for the tips.

  4. I always wanted to try a weave that was similiar to 'Natural Hair' so I did crochet braids in March and LOVED IT!! It gives me the fro I've always dreamed of! lol I wear it for about 3 or 4 weeks and let my hair breathe for at least a week before I do it again. I would recommend it as a great protective style if you want all of your hair covered.

  5. Can you tell me if that 2nd pic is a wig and where to get it? Or is that the woman's hair?

  6. you look so beautiful, your hair looks amazing, thanks for sharing

  7. Natural hairs are better then extension. They give a natural and glories look

  8. I'm a transitioner, about 1.5 yrs. now. Initially started with the curly weaves, close to my hair texture BUT then I was introduced to wigs. It's my new addiction!!! I was wonderinig if you could tell me what wig/weave the models are actually wearing? Thanks

  9. First of all I would like to Thank for publishing such a great blog that include tips to wear the wigs and benefits of its usage. Now a days wigs are available in different colors and looked like original hairs. These are not only protect our hairs from external factors but also give us good looking. The best wigs for me is wigs canada.

  10. Exercise is very important as well because it increases blood flow to your scalp and results in a much healthier head of hair.

  11. One of the advantages of wearing a wig is that it gives the wearer versatility. People who wear wigs can change hairstyles frequently. One day you can wear a short wig and the next day you can don a longer wig of a different color. It gives the wearer options. Brazilian Peruvian Hair

  12. I absolutely loved your wig and am planning to get a similar one. I've looked for several online stores and found a few in the stores of Elevate Styles... Thanks for the post.


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