7 Reasons Why Weave Gets a Bad Rap

Published On November 2, 2015 | By Aishia Strickland | Hair

I remember when weave became a trend back in the 90s.  Women were spending the better part of their Saturday’s in salons around the country having hair strategically placed on their scalps to seamlessly blend in with the rest of the hair.

Fast forward to 2015 and you have a number of techniques to install weave into anyone’s head. In addition there are countless YouTube DIY vids that allow people to believe they can do anything they put their mind too. And while I think that all the options and choices are great, I can confidently say that only about 30% of the weaves amongst us are actually done flawlessly.

And, it’s because of bad weaves that all weaves get such a bad rap.

So, let me share the 6 reason’s why weave gets a bad rap…

1. People don’t know what real hair looks like anymore


I can’t begin to tell you the number of times I’m asked in a week if this is indeed my hair.  Sometimes I don’t know if I should be insulted or excited that my hair resembles weave.  There are even instances where people engage in a debates discussing the hair authenticity of another…it’s rather sad cause honestly it doesn’t matter!

2. Some women don’t even bother to comb their hair


I’m not sure why women think weave equals no comb but that is the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.  In actuality you need to comb it more because a lot of times that hair tangles up and a lot of women who buy the more expensive hair want it to last.  If you don’t take care of it, it won’t make it past 6 months.

Funny the same can be said about your regular hair…the irony.

3. Some women won’t be caught in the streets without it


Weave dependency/addiction is REAL. But c’monn ladies, gI’ve it a rest, even Beyonce takes a break from her wigs and things when she’s not performing.  There is no need, outside of a medical condition, to wear weave 365 days a year.

4. Poor installationimage

I’m so tired of seeing y’all’s exposed tracks…the whole point of weave is to give an illusion of it being your own.  But instead, some y’all’s best friend’s cousins got y’all exposed and visible for the world to see.

5. Terrible quality hair


Whatever is that shiny stuff that they sell at thebeauty supply store, for the love of God and ALL his glory could y’all please stop buying that mess.  It looks awful, sad, pitiful and poor.   Some of you ladies look like Jermaine Jackson and I’m pretty sure that’s not the look you were going for.

6. Some women look overdone/underdoneimage

I’ve either seen women looking like Drag Queens or women who have invested so much in their hair that she’s done nothing with her face, lip, eye or nothing.  Outside of Halloween, women should never look like overdone Drag Queens.

For those that appear underdone a little gloss, blush and eyeliner never hurt nobody.  It looks like you started but you never finished..

7. Hair damage


Hair damage is the main reason I am not a fan of weave.  Between women leaving out sections of hair for sew-ins, the tension used to braid the hair, the friction between the thread and the hair, the constant tugging that occurs when brushing/combing of the sew-in, women wearing their installs past the suggested period, women constantly glueing hair to their scalp/retacking their quick weaves and women wearing weave in excess hair damage seems to be inevitable.

Let me be clear I think that weave is a great option, but I also think that it needs to be used responsibly, in moderation and installed properly and flawlessly.

My hope is for more women take the time to listen and pay attention to their own hair.  I hope that going forward more women base their hair decisions off their hair’s current condition as opposed to their current mood.


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