I love weave! I mean I live and die by my weave and extensions if you know what I mean lol! As far back as I can remember, my hair has been in some type of weave. My mom was a very talented woman, but when it came to doing my hair as a child she didn't quite know what to do. She got me my own hairstylist when I was 7 (can we say spoiled) her name was Vera (Heeeey girl).For the most part she braided my hair, she did great but it would be so tight! Do you remember getting your hair braided and having to sleep a certain way because it hurt so much lol #thestruggle. Every time Vera finished my hair she would have me shake it out and recite "More hair, More hair", as to say, once I take these braids out my hair better grow! Over the years Vera kept doing my hair and I kept reciting "More hair, More hair", but more hair wasn't coming. In fact at time's my hair would break after taking my braids out. I thought there was something wrong with me.Year's passed and I kept my weave game strong, every 2 weeks I had a new style of some sort. Still my hair wasn't growing the way that I wanted it or thought it should be.
I decided to go natural as I mentioned in my co-washing post, and have been using weave's as a protective style. I was hesitant at first, thinking will my hair actually grow if I put weave in it? My past experiences it didn't. One day I decided to do some research. Come to find out the issue I was having was that the majority of the weave I was using was made with synthetic hair. Apparently unbeknownst to me, synthetic hair can aid in the breakage of your hair. For a girl with sensitive hair this made complete sense. I have listed below a few reasons why you may want to think twice before you purchase that synthetic hair at the beauty supply store. I know it can be cheaper then using human hair or a human blend but cheaper isn't always better. Con's of Synthetic Hair For Your Scalp
Synthetic hair is often made from plastic, nylon or synthetic fibers (Hence the term "Fake Hair"). These hair fiber's can be harsh and abrasive to your scalp causing your hair (especially natural hair) to break.
Synthetic hair causes your hair to become brittle and irritates your scalp.
Many times you can't wash synthetic hair the way you would be able to wash human hair, causing unwanted dirt and oil to build up on your scalp.
Con's of Using And Styling Synthetic Hair
Because synthetic hair is not made with natural fiber's like our natural hair, it is not easy to use heat on the hair. Many times the hair will burn or even melt.
Synthetic hair does not last as long as human hair does.
Synthetic hair can be itchy after a few day's of having it in.
Synthetic hair sheds a lot more then human hair, and becomes tangled and knotted a lot faster (these knots are impossible to get out)
Synthetic hair has an unnatural shine to it, causing it to look super fake - VS - Human hair that looks au natural!
Like anyone I love a good deal, but finding this out I have definitely stepped my weave buying game up to better quality hair. If I do happen to use hair that is not 100% human I always protect my natural hair first.
SOUND OFF - What kind of hair do you use? How do you feel about synthetic hair or hair that is not 100% human? Let me know in the comment's below!