There was a time when celebrities were the only women who wore -- or could afford to wear -- hair weaves. Back then, the fact that the hair on their heads didn't actually grow out of their scalps was a hush-hush affair.
Not anymore! Today, many women experiment with hair additions in every length, color and texture. Instead of simply being a way to add inches and volume to your style, hair weaves have become a way to introduce variety to your style repertoire. Plus, there are some useful benefits to wearing hair weaves.
1. Low Maintenance
Maybe you don't have a lot of time to spend styling your hair and are looking for low-maintenance options besides a short cut. Wearing a hair weave will allow you to style your hair in a hurry, perfect for time-crunched mornings. Synthetic hair comes pre-styled, so all you really have to do is fluff it and go. Human hair weaves offer more versatility than synthetics, but are still generally easy to care for.
Weaves are good for vacation-hair. You can relax and enjoy your getaway without spending precious minutes or hours on hairstyling.
In the case of sewn-in hair weaves, hair is typically braided close to the scalp and extension hair is added in wefts. The extension hair takes the daily wear-and-tear, so your natural hair is protected from the elements and styling practices. Your hair won't have to suffer the heat from blow dryers, curling irons, flat irons or hot rollers. It won't be affected by harsh weather or cotton pillowcases. Your hair will be protected from all of those routines and outside influences that can slowly split the ends and dry it out. It's one of the protective styles that will do your hair good, with proper care while you wear it.
3. Low Commitment
Weaves are designed to be worn for a short amount of time, anywhere from one day to a couple of months. Unlike a haircut, which you have to wait on to grow out, hair weaves are low commitment options. If you're not crazy about how your weave style looks on you, you can either ask your stylist to change it up or remove it. You're not stuck with a weave forever, which is perfect for women who like to switch things up often.
Want a new color? Or see how you look with naturally kinky locks? How about trying an ultra-short cut without having to snip your long tressses? Hair weaves can do all of this and much more!
Now you can experiment with color without worry of damage to your own hair. This can be especially helpful to women who have to be careful about the types of chemicals they use on their locks. Platinum blonde is a particularly harsh shade for black hair, so being able to weave it in, while your hair stays protected, is a great benefit for those of you who've always wondered if blondes have more fun.
This experimental benefit also works for natural-haired women who want a straight look without applying heat or relaxers.