Oddly enough I started reading up about hair gel and its history when I found a blog post on www.kinkycurlyweavehair.org called “The hair gel phenomenon”. Don’t ask me was I looking for this particular topic – it’s a whole different story but I ended up discovering kinky curly weave hair extensions. As a guy I’m not really into hair extensions, weaves and kinky curly weaves. I’ve been aware that hair extensions are popular among women to some extent but had no idea the effect it had on the African American women sub culture. Using hair extensions, especially popular ones like kinky curly weaves, are very common among these groups of women.
I started thinking whether using hair weaves had any negative effect on a person’s health or his/her hair health to be more exact. I would imagine that an overuse of hair products ranging from mouse to gels and what have you can have a negative effective on the health of your hair. That being said grooming and keeping their hair healthy is almost a daily ritual for most women. I’ve seen women use a whole range of products to make their hair look shiny and healthy – a lot more than I would expect.
Getting back to the issue at hand, does the use of hair extensions lead to negative effects of hair health among women? Urban Bush Babes wrote an article about the pros and cons of hair weaves called Pros, cons & successful tips when wearing weaves while natural.
Using hair weaves do pose some negatives and possible health risks but after reading the article from Urban Bush Babes I can see why some women like using them. Using hair weaves gives a woman a completely different look without having to wait for her hair to grow or place a lot of stress on it. Besides that women tend to save a lot of time wearing hair weaves and best of the entire can easily wash these weaves or color it. It sounds weird but in a sense wearing a wig or weave can even end up protecting their natural hair.
Setting aside the pros let’s take a look at some of the negative effects:
- Hair weaves can lead to temporary hair loss known as traction alopecia
- Women can start neglecting their natural hair which can to a dry scalp and all kinds of nasty things growing under that weave.
- Like natural hair a weave needs constant maintenance and isn’t cheap
That being said the point mentioned above weren’t from a scientific resource so please use at your own discretion. However it seems that using kinky curly hair weaves or any hair weaves for that matter does have its benefits and negatives. It’s pretty safe to use a weave, just remember to still keep taking care of your natural hair when doing so.