Women of colour and particularly women with African roots can tell you numerous about their hair issues! We have more bad hair days than most, and yet, we appear to be those with probably the most choice! Weaves, braids, or simply going natural…it’s such fun to select and choose! I’m a fan of a great weave and yet every now and then, I just like the look which my natural (I mean permed, lol) hair gives me minus extensions. Also, in times of heat, I like me some braids or corn rows done in edgy, funky styles to make them stand out. So yes, I take full advantage of all the options available! However in terms of what’s right on your scalp and hair, it would be a good suggestion to seek out out just which style (weave, braids, perms) suits you best. It’s most important to at the least, have healthy, natural hair as a basic; the fixing in of extensions or weaves should always be an option, not a must!
Fine, light hair. If the hair in your scalp is light in texture, it could be best to avoid tight extensions that are near your scalp, for instance, braids or cornrows (for example “Ghanaweaving). These styles pull your hair back from your hairline and over a period of constant fixing, can actually lead to hair loss especially at the front. It can be best to simply fix a weave, but ensure that you simply apply hair treatment to your scalp regularly while the weave is on.
Coarse, thick hair. Women with thick, coarse and full hair find it can be a blessing – and a set back! It takes so long to repair in braids (for some it takes a whole day!). However, a healthy choice could be to do your favourite braiding styles be it half braids, pick-and-drop, or the total works. Thick hair is very versatile and might get away with quite a bit! The fundamental idea is, regardless of your hair texture, constant care may be very necessary. Investing in and regularly applying herbal hair treatments as well as the more pricey ones designed to your hair type, is the perfect bet. So even beneath a weave or with braids on, your hair and scalp stay well taken care of. Cut down on the perms, relaxers and focus more on regular shampooing (taking out the weave/braids every two weeks or so) ensures your Afro-centric hair stays clean, healthy and ready to go!