Why do women wear hair extensions (i.e, weaves, tracks)?
This question has been asked many times before by both men and women (predominately men). As a woman who "chooses" to wear hair extensions a few times out of the year, I felt the need to address those with inquiring minds and to downplay the stereotypes especially as it relates to women of color. Maintaining and caring for hair extensions takes work so all of the talk about women being "lazy" is a little far fetched. Don't get me wrong there may be some who choose to just get up and go however the average woman wants to look decent from head to toe before heading out into public especially when it comes to our hair. Some of our favorite celebrites wear hair extensions yet, we still love them!
A few of my past hairstyles that included hair extensions.
Ok so back to the question at hand "Why Do Women Wear Hair Extensions?"
I reached out to Yannize Joshua, Marketing Assistant for Indique Hair for a more in depth answer to this question:
"Hair is as much as a statement piece as a bag, shoe, or any other accessory. With that being said, women, if they are going to invest in hair extensions, should do just that: INVEST. Find an amazing stylist and use premium hair that you can reuse multiplie installs that will stand the test of time over and over again. Do your research and invest in yourself; don't be afraid to splurge on YOU.
With that being said, hair extensions are supposed to enhance who you already are, and not be a crutch to be someone that you are not. As long as you have a secure sense of self, you will be an amazing, gorgeous woman with a bald head or 24 inches of waves flowing down your back."
Personally, I don't have a lot of time during the week to do my own hair because I'm BUSY! To have to get up every morning to flat iron or curl my hair is simply out of the question not to mention the excess amount of heat which can lead to damaged hair. I like diversity, so I tend to switch up quite often one day it may be straight, the next day it may be curly, long or short. Some women with natural hair may choose to wear hair extensions because it is a protective maintenance style. A friend of mine says she wears "weaves" because it helps her to maintain her hairstyle after working out at the gym which would have otherwise ruined her natural hair. Some women don't always have time to sit in the hair salon for 3-7 hours for a hairstyle that will last 2-3 days, after that then what? While wearing hair extensions I visit the salon weekly or bi-weekly for a wash, condition and style and get it tightened every 4-6 weeks as needed until I'm ready to have it removed. I've been able to maintain my hair extensions for up to 3 months in the past. Wrap it up at night, unwrap it in the morning, scrunch it with some curl serum if you're donning curly hair, tease, spray and go. Wear a sain scarf, bonnett or sleep on a satin pillow case. Get up & go beauty!
More reasons why women wear hair extensions:
- Protective maintenance style
- Working out
- Hair loss
- Busy schedule
- Natural hair transition
- Giving hair a break from chemicals, heat, etc.
Last but not least women wear hair extensions because we CHOOSE to and we have that right! If you don't like it, that's cool you're entitled to your opinion but don't bash those who do.
Peace, Love & Lipgloss,