Going “natural” means embracing your natural self, loving your God given hair, and shaking society’s perception of beauty. For the first few months, it’s all about that freedom from the chemical relaxers and the weekly or bi weekly trips to the salon.
Everything is great, until that moment when you see the girl with the most perfect head of curls or the silky hair down her back in the most bomb color or you just get plain old tired of the same twist out everyday. Now you have hair envy and it’s like an itch you can’t scratch and you think of all the ways to get over it until you just break down and do it: Buy a wig or get a weave!
Wigs and weaves are great for use as protective styles but there is a proper way to do it so let’s break it down.
It is so easy to neglect the hair underneath your style. In short, don’t do that. But seriously make sure you continue your regimen. If your hair is braided underneath the style, you can still wash, condition, and moisturize your hair but take care to make sure your hair is not matting underneath which will, in turn cause breakage. When you wash and condition, massage product into your hair gently making sure they go down to your scalp. As for moisturizing, a spray bottle will be your best friend! Spray your braids and make sure you get all the hair. Caring for hair underneath a weave takes time and patience which most ladies with natural hair have learned so treat your hair with some TLC.
Don’t braid too tight. Remember when you were a kid and your mother braided your hair so tight it felt like your scalp was pulling back? That damages your hair and pulls at your precious edges.
If you get a full sew in, make sure to ask your tell your stylist not to pull your hair too tight. Also, it’s not necessary to grab all the baby hairs around the perimeter of your hairline. This will help keep your edges and hairline in tact.
Leave it be. This one is tough for me but if you’re looking to use a wig or weave as a protective style, you have to let it be for awhile. I know a few girls who get their hair done every 3-4 weeks. This lets your hair grow for the month but also prevents damage from leaving the style in for too long.
Let It Breathe. What’s the difference between let it be and let it breathe? They sound the same! I know, but this one means letting your hair breathe for a bit between installs. I know it’s nice to whip your hair back and forth when you have all of that hair but every once in a while let your natural hair see the light of day. While your hair is out give it a little extra love.
Glue Is a No No. Just don’t do it ladies! Natural hair is hard work and you don’t want to see all of it go down the drain because of some glue and a track.
Sew ins are the best option for weaves and if you want to go for a wig, there are glue less caps for lace fronts. If a stylist tries to come at you with some glue, run for the hills.
Consider Your Lifestyle. If your the type of girl who gets bored easily, try wigs because they can be taken off at your leisure. Weaves are great for long term transitioners or people who like wearing their protective styles for a long time. Also, there is no shame in working within your budget. You don’t need the most expensive virgin indian hair to look fly! Shop the hair that you can afford.
Have Fun! Hair is so not that serious. If you want a long weave with blonde ombre, go get it! If you want a big kinky curly wig like Diana Ross the boss go do that! As long as you’re being you.