Documentary Exposes Deceptive Practices Of Hair Weave Manufacturing Industry

October 14, 2015  |  

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A couple of bundles of quality 100% virgin hair extensions can cost you hundreds of dollars. Many consumers consider these purchases to be an investment, as the hair can last eight to twelve months. However, as in any industry, there are many hair companies who misrepresent their products only for the customer to learn weeks or months down the line that what they believed was virgin hair was actually a blend of synthetic and “fallen” or “dead” hair. Many of us have been there at one point or another—including Riqua Hailes, owner of the Just Extensions hair salon chain. A client purchased extensions from Hailes’ shop in Los Angeles and returned one month later with matted and tangled tresses. The entrepreneur ordered the hair from a supplier in China. She was apparently under the impression that she was stocking her salon with top-notch extensions and paid the supplier as such.

“I’m not going to pay $10,000 for $200 hair extensions,” Hailes told Refinery 29. “I picked up the phone, I told China I was getting on the plane, and then I went, and I brought the girl.”

That experience inspired Hailes’ Just Extensions documentary, which documents her six-week journey through China, Cambodia, India, Brazil, and Peru to learn exactly how hair extensions are sourced and processed. Her findings were equally intriguing and disturbing. For example, Hailes recalls watching as workers dumped “fallen hair”—split ends and dead hair that sheds from women’s hair on a daily basis—into buckets and proceeded to soak them in germ-killing solution before mixing them with synthetic fibers and creating extensions. Hailes had a similar experience in Brazil where she discovered that horsetails are being sold as extensions.

“I want them to know where their hair is coming from, so they can put a value on that,” she says. “I’m not saying you can’t buy fallen hair; there’s a use for that. However, I don’t want to pay $500 for that, and I don’t want you to pay $500 for it either.”

Hailes also recalled meeting women in India who shaved their heads for religious reasons. The hair was later collected to be auctioned off in China.

“To have so much faith that I’m going to cut my hair, cut my children’s hair, because I believe they’re going to be blessed by God — they have no idea where their hair is going,” says Hailes.

Hailes hopes that the documentary will not only inspire her clients but consumers across the country.

“Everyone in this salon has extensions,” she says. “That’s why I did this — so people who come to me know exactly what they’re getting.”

Just Extensions is now available on iTunes.

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  • garyjminter

    got to admit women look GOOD with the right hair….I don’t care where it comes from. Concerning our head hair, one of my friends came by last month and was totally bald. She was still sexy. But I do prefer long hair on women’s heads, at least when I first meet them I’m much more attracted to them….later on, it doesn’t matter so much, because when you get close to someone, you either like them or you don’t, and the little things don’t matter much. Women are clever enough to know how to attract men, and we men are suckers for attractive women, but in the long run, it’s personality, passion, sexiness, warmth, and love that really matter….but ladies, please show some self-respect for YOUR health and your man’s feelings and try to keep that weight under 400 pounds! And please put that cell phone down for a few minutes when we are making love!!!!! Jasmine, are you listening?

  • Mangy

    You handled all of that very well… 🙂

  • Mangy

    Yes, WOULDN’T IT? *smh*

  • Mangy

    Lol! Long time since I’ve seen that word too, Pretty! Ha! I hear Masterpiece, though. How do you parade around proclaiming how good you look and throwing SOMEBODY ELSE’S hair around? LOL! And black women that engage in this behavior have no idea everybody is laughing at them, especially white women. Ha!

  • Mangy

    “To have so much faith that I’m going to cut my hair, cut my children’s hair, because I believe they’re going to be blessed by God — they have no idea where their hair is going”
    I doubt these Chinese women care where the hair is going. Whatever happens to the hair once it’s shaved has nothing to do with the reason why it is shaved.
    So now that this stylist knows exactly where the hair comes from and how it’s processed, what’s the plan? To pay less for the hair since it’s not “authentic?”
    Maybe black women should try growing their own hair and stop relying on other people to “cover” them. Don’t we rely enough on other people? Just a thought…

  • Janet

    For me I’m more concerned about the packaging. If Its not 100% human hair, then don’t advertise it as such. Furthermore, the packaging should include the chemical contents as well. We demand that of anything else, why not weave. The bar for what can be considered human hair is very low.

    • Masterpieced

      Because no one cares about the number one consumer of this tacky hair.

  • Isis

    I get a sew in once a year to rock a style without cutting my real hair. Personally, the weave obsession is too much. Especially the silly amounts of money black women are spending on it. They even have a website where you can make payments on a hair weave. I meet too many black women who depend on the weave and don’t understand how to take care of their hair. It’s really sad. The hair is super expensive and half of the time it’s even 100% like they claim. I have a friend whose real hair I probably see once a year. I can’t see myself spending 300-500 for something Im only wearing for 6 to 8 weeks.

  • f

    I agree. I bet your hair is healthier and longer since you made a change in your diet. People don’t know the more kale you eat the longer hair you get.

  • Masterpieced

    Forget coming to the defense of the other races of women. Come to the defense of US and our self-esteem. How does putting on another woman’s hair make you feel good? Okay, next wear her dirty drawers.

  • Masterpieced

    Is the expense the only thing keeping you from a weave?

  • Lisa547

    In my view, all those who worship an unseen deity are being bamboozled, so who really cares if one person is getting bamboozled on Sunday during the tithe and another is getting bamboozled when they shave their head? If they were smarter they’d join the millions of women who profit from the hair and sell it, but if they were REALLY smart they would probably not be religious in the first place. This isn’t the first documentary to “shed light on the unsavoury practises in the hair industry,” nor will it be the last. As Westerners we are always willing to consume SOMETHING at someone else’s expense. History has shown that repeatedly. For instance, do you research every piece of clothing you buy to ensure it wasn’t child labour that produced it? Probably not, and few do. I can’t speak for everyone, but I know for myself in terms of worrying about my hair during a workout, it’s less likely to happen with a sew-in than my own relaxed hair, but either way I am going to the gym. Ultimately, the critiques are another case of Western hypocrisy. Because you can talk about the many ways our lifestyle inconveniences others (usually people are very self-righteous and selective when they do this), but I don’t see anyone getting up and moving to a remote part of Africa to avoid being part of the exploitative and environmentally destructive problem.

  • Lisa547

    Actually, I love my hairstyle choices, and so do men. The women displaying the insecurities are the ones like yourself who come to an article advising women who DO wear extensions to better inform themselves and start telling them that they have to wear their hair as you do. If you’re so secure in your own hairstyle then why try to bully and guilt other women into submission? By the way, I already know the answer. 😉

  • Lisa547

    Perhaps not the article, but the comments are. Besides, you’re not just talking about yourself you explicitly said that you wish all black women styled their hair the exact same way you do. Your exact words were “I wish.” So I am asking you again: why you are so concerned with how other black women wear their hair? Is it really your concern how other black women want to spend their money or wear their hair?

  • fanstastic

    Many Black women look like drag queens these days-lifeless weaves and giraffe sized eyelashes.
    Is this look a response to down-lo black men seeking a partner or is it the “Doris” Day syndrome Grace Jones spoke of?
    Why can’t black women (without a health issue that affects their hair) look in the mirror and see beautiful with out weave/wigs? To me, that is the deeper issue. The look is so unreal (often hilarious) and it is sad they can’t see their real beauty without it. Good grooming is key to beauty, not plopping on a wig/weave/eyelashes …uggh I’ve seen girls 12-13 are wearing wigs.weave …mothers…wtf? The money they spend on this mess….insane!

  • Lisa547

    Why are you emotionally invested in another woman’s hair?

  • Lisa547

    I do not re-use a weave, ever. I will not spend more than $80 for one pack of extensions. I want new everytime.

  • hollyw

    I was fascinated with weaves for a quick second in h.s. when everybody andv they mama had them until I made the mistake and asked how much they cost…uhhh as much as some Jordans?!? Tuh, never got one, and spent the rest of my life fascinated with how everybody and they mama in the hood could afford such expensive hair wear. That is all. I stayed with a relaxer until I decided to save my money on that, too, and been natural ever since. Most cost-effective thing I ever did lol.

    • Mangy

      Lol! Right! 🙂

    • anonymouse

      lol most are doing what I do. buying $20 or $30 hair. Few people are spending $200 and $300 on some weave

      • hollyw

        Okay, buy some $20 hair and do what wit it..? Don’t somebody gotta dress it up lol??

        • anonymouse

          I usually buy curly hair, so the curls are set. Go on youtube and most of them are using hair like that…hair that cheap is mostly a blend of human hair. But some are cut into the styles you want with different lengths in the package.

          But yeah, it lasts for a few weeks and at most, you wind up only spending $50 on hair a month if you do installations on a regular basis.

  • Ms. White

    A BILLION dollars Industry, that is taken OUT of the black community and put into the Asia economy. FOH

  • MissJamaica

    If I ever wear weaves of any kind, I will not spend more than $25, $30 being the most if that b/c you’re right, it is way too expensive and the $ you using to but weaves w/can go on something else.

  • Tom Slick

    That’s right ladies keep struggling to look like white women.

  • hollyw

    Mmmm to me, it’s yes and no. I make a point to try to live and let live with the black community and try not to dictate as much as possible, but choose to be conscientious as I can with my own money. So, while I’ll support a black hair store by buying products MADE BY black haircare companies, I wouldn’t necessarily feel compelled to buy weave from them since, one, they didn’t make the weave themselves, and two, are basically hocking up the prices for Asian companies who literally collected these hairs for free, while also perpetuating some neg. ideals in the black community…imo lol.

    I feel the same way when chain restaurants e.g. Joe’s Crab Shack, Red Lobster, or “black-oriented” restaurants have opened up in Harlem, that are really just owned by white folks gentrifying the neighborhood and care nothing about it. However, they’ll make it a point to hire a black manager and servers to collect their coins for them and just to not immediately draw suspicion…but if folks like it, I love it *shrug* Point is, only way I know it’s from my folks is if it’s literally coming off my head, so I guess I’ll just keep sticking to that!

    • Masterpieced

      Still having the window employee is better than the Korean shops who hire Mexican to work in the their stores in OUR neighborhoods.

      • Mangy

        Haha! Every Asian has a “Mexican” somewhere! Lol!

    • Mangy

      Exactly 🙂

  • NOPe

    One of the low points is when the US Surgeon General (who was a Black woman) pleaded with Black women to choose their health over their damnn hair. smh.

  • dvine l

    How about wear your own hair and stop buying other ppls hair. I use to wear weave until I went natural and reading this makes me sick to my stomach. The amount of money spent to have someone else’s grade of hair cause u don’t want to deal with your own is just sickening..

    • Amy Falconer

      Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to look good with natural hair.

      • Masterpieced

        Press your own hair. Relax your own hair. Natural does not mean afro or braids or locs.

        • Amy Falconer

          I appreciate the suggestions; my hair is naturally very afro curly (I used to get teased a lot in school for being nappy). After three years of growing it out, it’s still only chin length. I hope to one day get the amino acid treatment to straighten it, but it’s going to be a long time before I can get it to a feminine length.

          Until then, I have to settle for extensions.

          • Masterpieced

            A feminine length? Huh? Lupin is VERY feminine. Halle is VERY feminine. Anita Baker VERY feminine.

            • Lisa547

              LOL the militants canNOT handle a contradictory opinion. I think your “hair” is ugly, wanna have a heart attack about it?

              • Masterpieced

                No, we militants cannot handle Uncle Toms and self hate.

                • Lisa547

                  You can call it whatever the hell you want, but you are not going to change how I do my hair. Get therapy and get over it.

        • hollyw

          Uh…it does mean not relaxed, though, most often.

          • Masterpieced

            Yes, but I am not critical when a sister relaxes her hair. It is the weave that I detest.

  • Angiemama=samboandvisaversa

    Yeah I too don’t wear weaves, wear my hair natural and eat organic food and haven’t ate fast food for years. I know of people who look down on me for eating healthy because I won’t go indulge in ‘guess what it is’ fast food. The mindset is weird.

  • NYC Gal

    I think women should get the clip in weave. It’s easier on your natural hair because you can take it out everytime you come home and it allows your own hair to breathe. The sew-ins will take your hair out the longer you leave it in.

    • Lisa547

      I used/use a sew-in to rebuild my overprocessed hair. It was a godsend. When I took it out my own hair was stronger and longer. Because I curl it (process it) it everyday otherwise.

  • hollyw

    …but who’s surprised, though.

    I knew when I watched Chris Rock’s “Good Hair” that that whole virgin shaved hair scheme seemed suspect. Ain’t no way that today, these chicks still don’t know where their hair’s going…and these Chinese folks still sweeping it up for free?! Tuh!

    • Masterpieced

      Worst, sisters do not know what they are putting not their heads. Yuck

  • Femmebott

    Chris Rock covered this in his documentary “Good Hair”….

    • Masterpieced

      That documentary was a joke. It made us look so silly.

  • Vdub2014

    If you really think it’s that many women overseas who are going to harvest their hair for weaves then you’re delusional lol Weave is a multi-billion dollar business and it’s all about profit. Go natural! But then again now every manufacturer is making “organic” natural hair product. We as black women love our hair so it’s no surprise there is shady business to get our $$$

  • bigdawgman

    Didn’t Chris Rock do the same thing in his documentary?

    • BK Brawler

      Black women that wore weaves didnt watch it!

      • Lisa547

        I watched it and I have extensions.

  • Petty Levert

    I am rolling my eyes at these articles about hair that you guys post. I’m so SICK of these articles. Let people be with their hair. LET. THEM. BE. Weave, relaxer, natural. Mind your damn business.

    • cryssi

      Are you bothered by the article or the critical comments?

      I think the article was just trying to make people aware so they don’t get ripped off paying the price for a golden egg that’s actually a store bought egg painted gold.

      • Petty Levert

        It’s the replies, however the people that run this blog know exactly what they are doing when they post articles like this.

        • Masterpieced

          So, you have weave…

          • Petty Levert

            I wear a weave , I wear braids, I rock my natural, I rock a blow out so what’s your point?

            • Masterpieced

              You have a weave. That is my point.

              • Petty Levert

                God you guys are lame. So bored you have nothing better to do than hang around a women’s blog offering your worthless two cents. Begone dustmite.

    • Serenity Aveda Day Spa

      I don’t understand the men comments to extension wearers… If you don’t personally like it, it’s completely fine… But stop the bashing…

      • Masterpieced

        Women wear weaves because think men like it. LISTEN they do not!

    • Masterpieced

      Soooo, we should not expose that we spend that kind of money to other cultures to look like other cultures?

  • JUICE

    Carpe Omnia, I proudly wear a sew-in weave. My hair was badly damaged by a hack Stylist and I hated wearing wigs. I pay $36 and some change for my human hair tracks (Remi Virgin supposedly. The first weave I left in for 3 months. I treated it as if it was my own hair. I washed it regularly, blew it out with a cool dryer setting. I didn’t have to curl it because I brought the curly hair. When my Stylist took it down. We both were astonished with how much my hair had grown and it was so thick. My stylist charged $130 and I bought 2 packs of hair.
    I have been going to the same Stylist for over 2 years now and have kept my weave — mainly to just watch my hair grow, and grow, and grow. And it’s so soft I can’t describe how soft it is, but I have no chemicals in my hair of any kind.
    You have to take care of a weave and if you are not the type to go to a salon every weekend (I’m not) you do it yourself if you know how. I had my last weave longer than I wanted to keep it because my Stylist is facing a serious health challenge and I did not want to go to anyone else. I wanted to give her the money. When she took it down last Saturday, we both, again, were astonished and she repeated what I said it’s how you take care of your weave and hair. It does not feel anything like a wig. I can feel the breeze get to my scalp. You can’t with a wig.
    As far as the natural look (that I call the nappy head look sometimes when I see versions of it), to each his own. But I have such a beautiful head of hair now, I have been thinking of rocking my 60’s afro may one day. But I just love the freedom of not having to fuss with my hair in the morning and being able to sleep longer.

    • Lucinda Pruitt

      Hair grows regardless if you’re wearing weave or not.

      • JUICE

        I know that dummy! You must be one of those kinky nappy head cultist.

        • Mrs0507

          She’s subliminally implying you’re better off not wearing weaves. Learn to grow your hair without it.

        • Lucinda Pruitt

          Please get some help. If you knew that, you wouldn’t have typed that weave makes your hair grow. Black women prior to 70s had long hair without weave. Stop with the excuses and admit it’s about laziness.

          • JUICE

            You obviously cannot comprehend what you read so “Go Away Little Girl”. There is nothing new under the sun. What you are wearing has been done before (Even By Me!).

            • hollyw

              …and for whatever reason, it didn’t work for you, and who’s fault is that? You chose a different route, and that’s your choice, but spreading misinformation and negativity doesn’t prove your point to anyone here. Your bias is very transparent. Just like if ignorant comments about weaves on here get to you, you have a choice to provide facts, or not. Much success.

            • Lucinda Pruitt

              You’re obviously not confident in growing out your real hair. Lol, keep your lace fronts that eat your edges up.

              • JUICE

                As I said, Lucy, you obviously cannot read or comprehend what you have read. Where did lace fronts come from? DUMMY.

                • Lucinda Pruitt

                  You’re slow. Keep justifying wearing your cheap weaves as a means to “grow” hair. I really don’t care what you do, so stop wasting my time.

                  • JUICE

                    Bye, Lucy.

              • Masterpieced

                Eat up edges and look ridiculous. The first time I saw a lace front, I knew SOMETHING was off. I told my friends: I saw two girls with “cool-like” hair in the forehead area. She laughed and school me on the ridiculous idea of the lace-front.

                • Lucinda Pruitt

                  Lol you can actually see the pace. My coworker wears blonde lace fronts and they look so ridiculous even clients stare at her in awe.

          • CaramelK

            When the hair’s under the weave you don’t fuss with it as much with combing, styling etc and as such, it has the time to grow faster and healthier (protected by the weave, in fact). So in essence @JUICE has a point. I’ve tried it and noticed the difference, than when I had my hair out and left it to the elements day to day.

            • Lucinda Pruitt

              You don’t need fake hair to retain the length or grow out your real hair.

              • CaramelK

                Obviously not. But protective styles do exist for those who choose to use them. It’s about choice, period. Can’t force people to see things your way which is my point. Some choose to use weaves, some don’t. Let’s not make a disaster movie out of it.

                • Lucinda Pruitt

                  No they don’t and again, I was natural for 3 years with my hair to my bra strap. Never wore a weave or whatever nonsense you guys day. Now I’m relaxed with a pixie as I cut my hair. My hair is still growing. I don’t need weave or some silly protective style for long hair…that makes no sense.

                  • CaramelK

                    Good for ‘you’. ‘You’ went natural, never wore a weave, now ‘you’ are relaxed with a pixie etc as ‘you’ cut your hair. That’s you.

                    Others can do whatever they want with their hair without you people feeling all superior as if you’re ‘better’ for going ‘natural’ (yeah right, natural indeed).

                    Let me tell you, I love weaves and I also love my own hair, which curls naturally when wet and if I don’t comb out when dry (and it’s thick a.h.), I can rock it curly like that if I choose. So I’ve got the best of both worlds. Others can choose a no-weave policy for personal reasons like hygiene or comfort. But women of ALL colors have had fun styling with extensions and weaves.

                    • Lucinda Pruitt

                      Please stop trying to make me see things they way you want to. You don’t need weave to grow your hair out. That is my last comment so have a good night.

                    • Lisa547

                      Men normally choose us women over the naturals so they want to eliminate us as an option so men have no other choice if they want a BW. That’s really all it comes down to. And when it comes to the men who criticize, watch what they do, not what they say. Notice how you never see a certain type of man who criticizes black women for wearing extensions with a ‘naturalista’ on his arm? He’d sooner date another race than do that!

                    • NOPe

                      No woman is ever going to be every man’s type, yet that’s how a lot of women seem to think of themselves.

                    • Lisa547

                      Napfros are rarely any man’s type. That’s why I always see them alone with no man but a baby in tow. That’s fine, but they’re not going to bully me into joining them with their cult-like mentality.

                    • Masterpieced

                      Eliminate? THEY CAN JUST GO GET A WEAVE TOO! They do not want weaves! They do not want any man who likes weaves!

                    • Mangy

                      No one has had more fun than black women, though, and a lot of people have had even more fun laughing at black women pretending the hair is THEIRS! That’s the most fun of all! Haha!

                  • Mangy

                    I hear what you’re saying, Lucinda. These women simply don’t know how to care for their own natural hair, so it’s easier to care for someone ELSE’s hair, because that hair is what? 1a/b? 2a/b or whatever how it goes. Anyway, I knew someone who wore a weave for about 3 years or more and her natural hair was between BSL and shoulder-length. Now, I’ve been semi-natural for about 10 years so at the time, my hair was fairly long. Always cared for it myself, no problem. This person got rid of the weave and she was hoping to wear her hair the way I wore mine. Lol! The thing is, she is not the nicest person, and she is a kind of person you keep at “arms-length”. Always needing/wanting something but has nothing to offer. She didn’t DARE ask me about my styling techniques and products I used to make my hair “curl-up” and was pi$$y because I didn’t offer an advice to her. She eventually cut off all her new hair and went back to short cuts! I cracked up! 🙂

                    • anonymouse

                      none of your business but cool story.

                • Masterpieced

                  Cant force people to love themselves either.

            • Masterpieced

              Protected by the weave? Liar. If that is so why weave STRAIGHT hair? Weave afro hair.

              • CaramelK

                Straight, curly, whatever, does it matter? And no, when we wear weaves, we don’t all ‘pretend’ it’s our hair. It just looks nicer when it’s not so OBVIOUS that it’s not. It’s called being presentable. And who the *** are you to call me a LIAR? I don’t ****ing know you and vice versa. Thanks.

                • Masterpieced

                  So straight hair is more ‘presentable’?

          • Lisa547

            I have spent an hour daily curling my own hair (relaxed) so yes, to be able to reduce to 10 minutes from 45 minutes to an hour with the extensions once in awhile, sure, call that ‘laziness’ if you like. But I was accused of having extensions with my own hair as well because of the effort put into styling so clearly you “not lazy” women have trouble grasping that some of us are perfectly willing to invest the time… we just don’t want your hairstyle. Maybe get over it?

            • Lucinda Pruitt

              I don’t have natural hair. If you dislike my comment, then you need to get over it. My hair is relaxed and I used to be natural. Like I said, I have no issue with weave but stop lying about it being about protecting your hair because I was BSL before I cut my hair short. All of those are excuses and you don’t need fake hair to grow your hair out. Miss me with that and own up to your own laziness and excuses.

              • Lisa547

                I curl my hair every single so it’s not about laziness. My hair doesn’t grow much longer than my shoulders due to breakage. Having it (well, most of it as I always leave the front out and continue to process it) underneath protects it from processing everyday and DID allow it to grow. Keeping your hair in a ponytail like you are probably doing is a lot different than heat styling it everyday in terms of the amount of damage your hair accrues and it is a documented fact that black hair is more prone to breakage. You just want to look down your nose at someone but sorry, not having extensions does not make you a better woman and it certainly doesn’t make you more attractive or get you more attention from men of all races. Get off your high horse.

          • Masterpieced

            Laziness and self-hate

            • Lisa547

              Have fun dying single while the man you like hits on me.

              • Masterpieced

                Hits on you. Marries others.

                • Lisa547

                  Yet you are single as can be, Napfro.

                  • Masterpieced

                    Girl, push your mama over so that he can screw both of y’all tonight.

                    • Lisa547

                      Angry single black woman alert. I can tell you chase after Tyrones.

        • hollyw

          She literally just plainly stated a fact, you went super-hard in your response, but SHE’S the cultist…

          O.O

          • JUICE

            YEP!

        • Masterpieced

          Wow–self hate!

    • Vdub2014

      Natural hair provides that freedom of not fussing in the morning. Wear the weaves to give your hair a break from chemicals. I rock twisted braids down to my butt in the summer. But I love how I no longer have to go to the salon unless it’s for a trim to the ends. Just be cautious of putting in the weave for too long because you can lose your edges not letting it breathe. Naomi Campbell is the extreme example. It’s similar to men balding from wearing hats all the time and not letting their scalp breathe.

      • JUICE

        This is the first sensible reply I have received. I rocked braids for a long time also (love to have choices). And you are right about leaving braids and weaves in for too long, because your hair will start to mat, and break.. My edges are fine because I do not let them braid or apply my sew-in too tight in that area.
        I usually don’t engage ignorance, but ever since women have returned to wearing their hair in its natural state, there has been women bashing other women who have made other choices for their hair, I just had to say something to these experts. They seem to think this is some new thing. As I said, been there, done that back in the “60’s. This is nothing new. Wear your kinky hair. Just make it look like something. More power to you! GOD!

        • Vdub2014

          Absolutely! I may go back to a relaxer next year. I just like the versatility and flexibility of our hair! It’s all about making sure it’s healthy in the end. Some of those “natural warriors” are hypocrites because they rocking a fro but have fake eyelashes and contacts in with a face full of make-up.

        • Masterpieced

          So, do you think all weaves look ‘like something’?

          • Lisa547

            Yep, you probably look like Boomquisha who just rolled up out of the welfare office. Some of us have respectable jobs; you wouldn’t know anything about that.

            • Masterpieced

              “Rolled up out of” —very good …. No, I have a career, not a job.

    • Lex

      My goodness. Why are you so upset? Do you know how to get your point across without being so nasty? Who raised you???

  • Lele215

    You know what’s better than doing a documentary on sourcing hair extensions…not wearing hair extensions and learning to appreciate the hair that grows out your head.

    • Lisa547

      Why read the article if you take no value from it? Just to troll? You coming here with your sanctimonious nonsense is not going to change how I do my hair. Mind your own business.

      • Lele215

        Defensive much?

        • Lisa547

          You liked someone’s comment saying that the way somebody else does their hair makes them sick to their stomach and you have the audacity to question why I tell you to stop trolling? I’m happy for you that you have your napfro, but I don’t like it, it doesn’t look good on me, my partner is high-value and attractive (same as the majority of my exes) and I have never met a man who liked kinky hair. Not once in my entire life though several have told me they actively DISlike it. I’m not trying to please you, I am trying to please myself and my partner. So again, just mind your own business.

          • Masterpieced

            If your partner likes straight long Indian hair, look out. He will leave you for one who was BORN with it.

            • Lisa547

              Is THAT why black women and white men have the lowest divorce rate in North America next to arranged marriages? Because white men leave us? Yeah, no.

              • Masterpieced

                You are SO Very in love with white men. Are you sleeping with step dad?

                • Lisa547

                  Do you English, napfro? Keep your napfro and your broke hotep men who claim to like it.

                  • Masterpieced

                    They love it.

                • Annamuffin

                  Hey now don’t hate on the swirl….

              • Annamuffin

                I’m with a white man, and he encouraged me to go natural he even purchase hair products for me as gifts. Being natural is a personal choice… Also I agree white male and black female realtionships have the lowest divorce rate.

      • Masterpieced

        Intelligent folk read and then they form opinions. That is why she read the article. smh

    • Amy Falconer

      I appreciate the sentiment, but some of us just don’t look good with natural hair. I’ve tried and it’s not pretty. As much as Eurocentric beauty standards suck, I look much better with hair extensions :

  • Harlemite

    That is so spooky to wear someone elses hair

    • JUICE

      Not spookier than looking at some of these kinky nappy heads walking around here thinking they represent something! I’ve seen some very becoming natural hair styles and I have seen some that look like I said — kinky nappy heads that need to be introduced to a straightening comb.

      • COGal

        Lol..u tried and FAILED

      • hollyw

        Nope. The naps just gone keep coming. Stay scared, negr0.

        • JUICE

          I’m starting to feel sorry for you. Stay in school and get an education. And study a little harder, child!

          • hollyw

            LOL I’m pretty sure the feelings are mutual with everyone here who’s seen your comments aaand trying to condescend to me won’t make you sound smh smarter, but good luck with that!

      • dvine l

        Ignorant mentality. Cause paying to wear someone’s hair makes perfect sense. I rather desk with the kinky hair that grows out my scalp.

        • JUICE

          “I rather DESK with the kinky hair that grows out my scalp”. Learn how to spell. (You were so far from the word “deal.”) And deal with the kinky hair that grows out your scalp. Please make it look becoming though. Because I’ve seen some pretty sad kinky heads.
          The nice part about this for me is people have choices and I’ve made mine. Have a nice day “Ms. Kinky Divine!”

          • Masterpieced

            You sound so sick.

      • Masterpieced

        Have you ever seen a bad weave?

  • YoungJ

    Burn Weaves! Natural Hair OR ELSE!

    • Lisa547

      Cult member.

      • BlacKingJ

        Hair Hatted Hooligan

        • Lisa547

          Definitely a black man. I can tell by the fact that you have no respect. Exactly why I have never dated one, and never will.

          • BlacKingJ

            Why do y’all announce who your not going to date? NOBODY CARES

            • Lisa547

              OK, back to the ghetto for you.

              • BlacKingJ

                Back to the abortion clinic for you

                • Lisa547

                  Interesting. They now have wi-fi in prison.

                  • BlacKingJ

                    And Gov assistance pays for yours. Are you on your 0bama phone?

                    • Lisa547

                      I don’t need government or police assistance. I don’t live near black men. Low risk of robbery or rape.

                      Have a nice evening, Lamar!

                    • BlacKingJ

                      Sleep well Quandanaquisha!

                    • Masterpieced

                      This country is headed by a black man.

          • Masterpieced

            Ok, your daddy left you, now we get it.

            • Lisa547

              First of all, that’s actually the norm when it comes to black males, and second of all, my mother divorced the cheater (also very common among black males) which is a good thing because I ended up with a wealthy stepfather from infancy.

              • Masterpieced

                Yes, he got wealthy from his granddaddy’s slave trade.

                • Mangy

                  Wow, what the he11 did I just walk in on? LOL! Lawd ha’am mercy…

                • Lisa547

                  Nope. Born poor in Europe and actually worked and studied for a living. Try again.

  • jazmine

    I would be shocked if you could get pure 100% human hair from someone’s actual hair for 200$

  • Carpe Omnia

    I’ve never worn weaves/extensions/tracks, etc. I thought about trying it when I was transitioning to natural hair, then I found out it would cost me like $300! I was like hęll no! And how the hęll do you wash that mess?! Just looking at women pat their heads makes my head itch. Then it starts looking bad after like 2 weeks, and forget sweating and working out. There’s just too much that turns me off about weave. Lastly, it just irks me that most Black hair stores aren’t owned by Blacks. I’m sorry, but I’m not putting Ming Lee’s kids through college so I can run around with some smelly, itchy, unconvincing, edge-ruining hair helmet. If other women want to support a market that does nothing for the Black community, and contribute to the aesthetic degradation of our culture then that’s on them. I’ll just continue to confidently rock my natural hair.

    • q2k15

      My nephew who is black owns a hair store in New Orleans. He is the first and only black to own a hair store on Canal St.

    • BeeJayGee

      Black Girls Divine Beauty Supply and Salon located off of Church Avenue in Flatbush, Brooklyn

      • Lucinda Pruitt

        I’ve heard of them.

      • hollyw

        Ikr I was just gone say, then she must not ever enter black neighborhoods, then. I don’t buy weave, either, but the hair sites where it’s sold are the same ones that sell hair care products and the owners def be black. What does it matter, anyway, though?? The HAIR still ain’t black lol, so who cares who’s selling it?!

        • BeeJayGee

          Unfortunately a good portion of product for our hair is not made by Blacks – probably why the natural hair industry has blown up – there are so many natural oils and butters where we can make our own – as for who cares who’s selling it – as much money that’s in the Black Hair Care industry it’s a damn shame that we are not getting a piece of the pie – at least not enough of us and that’s on us – no one else’s fault.

          • hollyw

            I’d probably argue that it realistically is “someone else’s fault” to an extent, just like it’s way easier for non-black business owners to start a business in black neighborhoods than black folks due to discrimination in business loans…but I get your point 🙂 You’re right, though, I only know the three biggest haircare lines; Carol’s Daughter, Jessie’s, and Shea, and all three of them have ridiculously sky-rocketed their products, like Pantene Pro-V didn’t start making “shampoo for natural hair” yeeears ago. Tuh! I’d love to support black, but they need to realize that not everybody can afford that stuff daily!

            • BeeJayGee

              And you notice Carol’s Daughter’s prices also skyrocketed the minute she got “corporate backing” – L’Oreal owns it now – we can’t keep nothing for ourselves – once it gets popular we go and sell it – BET comes to mind.

              • hollyw

                You sholl right, cuz I remember them going bankrupt a minute ago…hmmm, I wonder why?? I tried getting my hair done at their Harlem salon, just a wash and set, and they said it’d be $150+… o.O I had to apparently buy an entire routine and take-home products…that was the beginning of the end for me and them. In that regard, I agree; nobody but ourselves.

                • BeeJayGee

                  Which is why I learned how to do my hair myself – our people are at times our own worst enemies – go to the Dominicans they charge $15 for a wash and set $5 extra for deep conditioner. Go to a Black salon they want to nickle and dime you for everything…I’ll pass, went natural and do it my darn self.

                  • hollyw

                    YES! *sigh* I do my own, but by no means am a professional and still haven’t mastered any of the “natural” hairstyles past just letting it hang by itself. A natural hair salon around the corner from me would charge me maybe $50 for some kinda rodding/twist-out, which ain’t a lot…buuut the Dominican salon above me would only charge me $20 for a blow-out =|

                    It’s a shame it costs less to straighten my curls than help me bring my curls out smh. It’s becoming fall, anyway, I’m trying to master these headwrap styles *shrug*

                    • Masterpieced

                      I love a head wrap but when you are free on a weekend just sit in from of a mirror with some good wine and PLAY with your hair.

                      My sisters friends all get together monthly for hair parties. They bring in new products, and have big fun.

              • Masterpieced

                Famous Amos cookies too. I do not buy them anymore.

                • BeeJayGee

                  They taste nothing like they used to.

        • Masterpieced

          In my community there are zero black owned shops. We should care who is taking our money.

    • jewelz

      I feel you. We need to learn to work with what we have and stop running to all the fake stuff out there that is bad for us.

    • stopit

      Black business owners do the same thing as well so u most likely a black man complaining about weaves then come out the pocket to get a black woman hair done professionally and even then it will still be issue everyone doesn’t have to go natural we don’t live in a time like that we stay in America if a black woman wants to wear weave or make up y does it bother u when u ninjas r ok with black women being overweight and unhealthy your body is a temple and that’s what black men should be considering instead of a weave when black men wear weaves and make up and r overweight themselves

    • Lucinda Pruitt

      My stylist charges $300 to see in a weave. That’s too much money and she charges $100 to wash your hair under it.

      • Carpe Omnia

        Wow. I didn’t even know there was a wash-your-weave service. $100?! Smdh.

        • Lucinda Pruitt

          Yes she washes the weave and your hair under it. I don’t wear weaves personally but the other customers get the services done lol.

          • Mangy

            LOL is RIGHT! LOL! Omigod! Whew!

      • MissJamaica

        Yeah them salons are not cheap and then what I hate is they overcharge you and do a sloppy job

    • LeeLeeC

      I found a black owned one in Germantown MD….Clopper road….give her my business every time.

    • dvine l

      Black owners but China still supplies the product..

    • MissJamaica

      Exactly I agree w/you totally b/c I been saying this forever and why would you pay that much money for someone else’s hair and it only lasts for 12/mo. That’s insane and if I’m gonna pay that amount I would rather it lasts for at least 3 years or much longer. The $ spent on weaves can be used for so many other things. What I really hate is to hear those women brag on how much $ they’ve spent for someone else’s hair to make themselves look good and all they’re doing is making these foreigners rich and sending they children off to college while they are getting poorer.

      • Mangy

        Yep, all day long. Sad, really. Sad attempt to ‘mimic’ those other people and stay broke because of it and LAUGHED at by those same people. You think Asians like blacks? Ha! Think again!

    • Ms. White

      Preach.

    • Mangy

      Right on, Carpe! I’m lovin’ your post! 🙂

  • Electric Relaxation

    It’s great that she actually cares enough to follow up and do the research about the product she sells or installs but it seems like if more people just wore their own hair the problem would solve itself.

    • LaBella

      The problem is when black women wear natural hair, we are put down for it more often than not. It is entirely possible to not be hired because you have natural hair, or to be fired when you decide to go back to natural hair.
      Look at the commentary, a black woman wears dreads, and you have the media saying all I could think was I smell pachuli.. but Mylie cyrus wears them.. nothing.
      This is a constant thing.
      Oh, and white women coming up and wanting to pet your hair like you’re a dog, and getting mad when you say no when they ask can I feel your hair…It’s always white women too, I have never seen spanish women do it,

      • Electric Relaxation

        I’m black and I wear my natural hair and if people don’t like it, whether they are black, white or whatever you know what? Fxck em. Lol. I’ve worn all kinds of hairstyles and managed to get and keep a job. I have loose natural hair now but I’ve had relaxed hair, dreads, a weave, wigs, I rocked a bald cut, a twa, braids but out of all the ways I’ve ever worn my hair I feel the most confident when I wear my own hair. I love my hair. I love the versatility. I’ve experienced white people wanting to touch my hair or reacting negatively to my hair but most white people love my hair. But you know what? I really don’t give a damn who does or does not like it because I love it. Anyone who has a problem with me or my hair is more worried about me than I ever am about them.

        • Mangy

          BAM! 🙂 No one has asked to touch my hair and no white woman would anyway because she can tell from my facial expression that she is persona non-grata in my mind… so, no… 🙂

  • NOPe

    Fake bootee, not okay. Fake hair, still okay. Makes perfect sense…..

    • CC88LDN

      Fake bootee is okay …look at Kim K – people just choose who its okay for…usually everyone except black women…same with weave.

      • NOPe

        Kim K. is also famous. Why do regular people keep comparing themselves to outliers? Kim K. is also very attractive regardless of her bootee or any plastic surgery that she may have had. Why do a lot of very average looking (at best) women compare themselves very attractive women? There are levels.

        • RafiqaS

          Sorry I have to respectfully disagree but if you take away the weave, the make up and all the work she’s had done she just average at best Armenian-White woman. And people always compare themselves to famous people because they’re famous and in the public eye. Unfortunately what CC88LDN is saying is very much true. Women of various races wear weaves and extensions but Black Women get consistently called out for it and if a non Black Woman has a booty whether is be real or fake she is praised and damn near worshiped when Black Woman naturally have booties.

          • NOPe

            Kim K. gets criticized for dolling herself even though most women do it. But she looks better than most with it and without it. And a lot of women that are strangers to the gym are usually the first to talk about other people’s plastic surgery. That baffles me. Fat and lazy people don’t have a legitimate dog in that fight.

            Who calls Black Women out for your bootees? I don’t think Black men do, most of us love them. But we love bootees in general and Black women certainly are not the only ones with them. If it’s other races of men calling out your bootees, why do you even care? I’m honestly confused. One minute a lot of Black women complain about being objectified, yet complain when other women are objectified for “Black features” (which aren’t solely Black to begin with).

            IMO, women talk way more about women than men do, including bootees.

            • NOPe

              And I’m going to go ahead and take it there, but most Black women are also overweight if not obese. That’s a statistical fact. I think men that like bootees also prefer them with flat stomachs and overall athletic bodies.

              • RafiqaS

                I don’t see what weight has to do or not do with the topic of conversation at hand but yes obesity is an epedemic in our community but there are plenty of underlying factors for that that are bigger than us.

                • NOPe

                  Attractive (even if dolled up woman), bootee, no gut >>>>>> Attractive (even if dolled up woman), bootee, with gut

              • Snugglz

                Nope. It has been proved that even with a 20% increase in weight. black women/ people are typically more dense in terms of muscle/bone. If you equate fat to fat; it would be those of Anglo and Hispanic decent would have much higher instances of obesity.

                I do agree with being healthy and being responsible in terms of your diet and exercise; we should not fully judge as you do not know what is going on under another persons skin.

                I am considered plus size in certain things at 5’7, 136 lbs, 26I bra size and generally I wear a size 28 in jeans or 4 in dresses.

                As for what men like; different strokes for different folks. There are A LOT of men that in general like bigger girls, and there are those that like them fragile and frail. That actually don’t make either one any more or less healthy.

            • RafiqaS

              Kim K. gets criticized because her claim to fame has been a sex tape and acting ditzy on her reality show otherwise what talents has she offered the world? Also the reason she looks halfway acceptable or attractive is because she has a team of make up artist hairstylists and wardrobe people dolling her up everyday so it’s unfair to compare her to most average everyday women. I don’t see what fat or lazy people have to do this with conversation but people criticize people everyday for various reasons.

              And Black Woman in History have always been criticized and objectified for their bodies. I highly encouraged to look up and research Sarah Baartman and go from there. I think the issue some Black Women have is that they’re criticized for wearing fake hair, for gettign botty shots when they don’t need them or anythign when other races of Women do the same but are not called out or criticized in the same way

              I’m not sure if you ever had the pleasure of studying anthropology or genetics but certain genetic traits are predisposed to certain races. Kinkier hair, broader noses and wider lips are African or Negroid features. Slanted eyes and slender bodies are associated with Asian People just like thinner lips and thinner noses are European Features.

              I’m inclined to agree with you we as Women can be our own worst enemies

              • Mangy

                Rafiqa, you were BOMB yesterday! I agree with everything you’ve said. Talk about GOING OFF TOPIC! Lol! You rocked it, girl! 🙂

                • RafiqaS

                  Hi there Mangy thanks for the kind words and I was just speaking from the heart and mind not throwing shade or putting anyone’s opinion down but yeah funny how that happens on Madame Noire LOL but God Bless and Happy Reading in the Future hope to see you on more articles!

          • ZeNA

            Amen.

          • Masterpieced

            Because other races weave in their own hair texture. Sisters do not weave in Afro hair. THAT is the difference.

            • Mangy

              Yes, that’s a huge difference and usually and, from what I understand, other races use weave to make their hair thicker, not necessarily longer, although, I have seen longer too, but these same women also don’t wear extensions/weaves on a daily basis like black women do.

          • Mangy

            Right, Rafiqa. Ordinary, everyday non-black women can flaunt hair weaves; implants; fake nails, etc. but if a black woman does ANY OF THE ABOVE, she’s castigated and ridiculed until she wishes she was back in Africa. I’m glad I never played into that BS and I wish other black women would follow my lead and the lead of others. Grow your own damn hair; grow your own damn nails and if you don’t have a big a$$ and big t*ts, be happy with what you do have. Outside of having my teeth fixed (bucked) and wearing contacts, I work with what God blessed me with!

            • RafiqaS

              Exactly! See someone besides me gets it LOL. It’s so sad but so true it’s pretty much damn if you do damn if you don’t. I’ve been blessed to be Natural all 27 years of my life and not play into Western/European standards of beauty and on occasion for protective style purposes will install crochet braids or Senegalese twist. And you’re right be blessed with what you have God makes no mistakes after all

        • hollyw

          fake “bootees” is an outlier within itself, ESP. in the black community, one, and two, you can’t even help yourself w/ not-so-lowkey shade on the “average looking(at best)” comment, like you know what anyone on here looks like lol smh. Barely stayed on-topic just so you can add your two cents troll comment, than you, and you can go now.

          • Mangy

            Lol! Yea, she socked black women in the face with the “average at best” comment… I was like, wwwuuhhh, hhhhuuuhhh… lol!

            • hollyw

              Tuh, that commenter is a known male troll lol smh. You can expect the same content from him 85% of the time.

        • hi-liter

          Thank You! Google Kim K ten years ago and see what she looks like……average. Surgeries, makeup and weaves make her. Celebrities don’t have to even workout hard because they got personal trainers to help them lift and squat, and nutritionist s to help them eat right. Kim K would be basic as heyull if she didn’t have money.

          • NOPe

            Regular people have access to the gym and healthy foods. A lot of them just chose to remain fat and lazy.

            • LaBella

              We do? I’m sorry, but I don’t have 50 dollars a month to spend on a gym. The only organic fresh foods I can afford to eat is the food I grow myself (seriously.. grow zucchini if you can’t grow anything else… it is the best, it is amazing, and it has huge yields, enough to freeze, can, you name it, I’m going to try growing it in the house over the winter).. When you live in the city, you often have what they call a food desert where the closest grocery store is NOT easily or readily accessible especially if you don’t have a car, and many people don’t have the time to go shopping at once of these larger stores more than once a month.
              Myself.. on the death of my mother last year, I inherited my extremely disabled sister who cannot be left alone. She is also non verbal, so I cannot leave caretakers with her without putting in nanny cams because of she is hit or abused she cannot tell me.
              She also freaks out when she is in the public…
              So… If I had the 50 dollars a month for a gym membership, when am I supposed to go there?
              Let me point out, I am not fat and lazy. I admit I have gained weight in the last year, but fat? No, and Lazy? lolol. You take care of a 2 year old in a 33 year old body and tell me how lazy are you. This is aside from my own dogs,that need to be walked, and my mothers dogs who I also inherited. Who need to be walked.
              Remember, my sister cannot be left alone. Oh, and both of her feet are clubbed, making it difficult for her to walk. So after getting her dressed, I have to sit her on the porch and walk the dogs up and down in front of my house, and the neighbor’s houses so she stays in my line of sight.
              Several times a day.
              But yes, it’s very easy to blame things on people being lazy. Very easy. It’s so easy that you can immediately paint a picture of lazy, which means you don’t have to be compassionate or understanding.
              You can look at me and say I’m fat and lazy, because I don’t and can’t travel to go get fresh foods on a weekly basis aside from what I grow. Because I can’t and don’t really go anywhere.. Because in the last year of my mother’s death, I did turn to comfort eating.. You know, being the oldest child and the one that everything then fell to, and not being able to properly grieve…
              Yes, it is very easy.. and lazy of YOU, mentally.