The word “weave” elicits eye rolls and furrowed brows from most people of color. But the reality is weave wearers enjoy a plethora of benefits that make it hard to walk away from hair extensions.
For one, there’s the versatility weave provides. Studies have proved that women love switching up their hair and weave offers a viable way to try a haircut, a color, and even a new texture without committing long term.
There’s also the convenience of doing minimal upkeep, when compared to the time and effort it takes to maintain actual hair. And for the record, I am well aware that not all weaves are created equal and many women have yet to perfect the art of blending. But for those that do, weave is a favorable alternative to hours spent styling hair in the bathroom or sitting in a salon.
Furthermore, when my hair’s not at its healthiest, I can slap in a weave and in less than two hours, my “hair” is more shiny, luscious, and full than it’s ever been. In fact, the more damaged my hair becomes, the more I rely on weave. Extensions are an easy way out of a hair emergency. Instead of struggling to tame strands compromised by heat or chemicals, I can braid my hair up and sew in a beautiful weave. Crisis averted.