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Celebrities are masters of illusion. Whenever we see famous women killing the carpet or a cover of a magazine, we never know just how much of that beauty to attribute to good genes, good docs, Adobe Photoshop, makeup artists, or hairstylists. When it comes to the latter, though, we’re not mad at it. Most times we just want to know how we can get our hair to look just as good. That’s why we often run to beauty salons with pics of our favorite celebrity and are puzzled when the beautician tells us we’ll need 18 inches of weave or a wig to pull off the look we just knew was their real hair.
To illustrate this point, we’ve rounded up a list of ladies who’ve been rocking some very coveted and convincingly real hairstyles. When it comes to their fab tresses we just don’t know if it’s their real hair or a real good wig or weave. You be the judge.
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Ci Ci brought the bob back to life this summer and though she’s rocked it at varying lengths, many have speculated that at least one of them is her real hair length.
For all the ladies that love a luscious weave, entering a posh and swanky salon that promises top-grade hair extensions is a pleasure. But when you live in a city that’s known for financial hardship, these sorts of treats can seem out of reach.
Malesa Plater, and her 23-year-old daughter Miranda, are opening a luxury beauty bar in Detroit today, Limelight Extensions. For Detroit, a great city that filed for Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy in July, it’s an extravagance that’s missing from the landscape. Despite the city’s fiscal crisis, Malesa and Miranda saw a void in Detroit that needed to be filled. Where are the beauty shops catering young, chic women? Expanding on an online enterprise, the owners of Limelight Extensions say they “[intend] to operate four sites in the metro Detroit area within the next two years,” DBusiness states.
Madame Noire spoke with Malesa to get the scoop.
MadameNoire: What about Limelight Extensions qualifies as “luxury”?
Malesa Plater: We make sure that the hair is always going to be shiny, bouncy, no shedding, no matting. When you walk out at night, you know that your hair is going to get you a lot of attention. You can dye it red, green, any color you want; the hair will draw attention to you… [W]hen you walk into the door we have this huge chandelier. We have granite countertops. We spent a lot of money on the exterior and the interior as well to create a posh setting.
MN: Most black women are seeing dollar signs in the natural hair industry. What made you decide to jump into the hair extension business instead?
MP: If you actually take a poll and look around you, I think more of the mature woman are going with natural. But the younger generation, which we’re going after, ages 18 to 34, they’re still doing the long, luxury, Hollywood look. If you look at Hollywood, everyone is wearing extensions — long, beautiful locks. Especially in Michigan, where people spend a ton of money on hair extensions. I wouldn’t compare natural hair to [hair extensions] because it’s just not that big of a market yet. Extensions are still ruling the market. It’s a $13 million business!
MN: Limelight Extensions was once just an online enterprise and now you’re expanding. Tell us your secret to business growth.
MP: We didn’t go into the business crippled; we had money. We spent a lot of money on a PR team and a branding/marketing firm. So we knew what we had to do – this is a competitive market. Extensions are nothing new so we went out and we spent the money on media and an entire team to get the word out.
MN: Many businesswomen look to YouTube hair gurus to advertise their products on their channel. Have you done the same?
MP: We’re doing that now as we speak. We have a group called the “Limelight Ladies.” We choose a female and a market that we desire and we send them the hair and work with them to get the word out. They review the hair and share their thoughts. Our Instagram numbers have grown pretty fast!
MN: Why would you choose Detroit, a bankrupt city, as the prime location for Limelight Extensions’ first store?
MP: That’s what you see from the worldview. I travel the world and everywhere I go, when I tell them I’m from Detroit, they automatically say ‘Oh General Motors! [which had a role in Detroit’s fiscal slide] Detroit! Bad place!’ Even if they don’t speak [English] very well. But Detroit put America on the map; great minds came from Detroit. We are going to get back to the glory, we won’t give up on it. I know [business] people are moving to LA and New York, but the brain source is still here. And with young people like Miranda, and others that work under us and with us, they’re staying here and fighting for their city.
We took [our business] here because Detroit still spends a lot of money. There’s some areas I would never go to; I’d be crazy to tell you that I’d set up shop in certain areas. I live in the suburb,s but downtown Detroit is still a beautiful place and people are beginning to move back.
Detroit is starved for businesses because people have passed us over. They’ve forgetten about us, but we keep fighting. Whole Foods just opened up in midtown Detroit. You got a Papa Joes, which has a very high-end, upscale market, that’s opened up in downtown Detroit. So it’s coming back. So those who are on the cusp of Detroit’s return will ride the wave and be successful. There’s going to be a tsunami here soon.
In case you were looking to try out another reality TV star-branded hair extension line, look no further. Real Housewives of Atlanta star Marlo Hampton recently celebrated the launch of her new hair line, Select Extensions, this past weekend in Atlanta.
Celebs like Marlo’s Real Housewives of Atlanta cast mates, Tameka Raymond and Funky Dineva were in attendance of the event, which took place at Atlanta’s My Fair Sweets. According to FreddyO, some drama also went down between Marlo and one of NeNe’s estranged sisters. The nature of the altercation is unclear, but witnesses say that Marlo was unhappy about the sister attending her event and eventually hair went “flying.” NeNe’s sister was eventually escorted out of the party.
What’s interesting, however, is the fact that Marlo’s hair pieces were being showcased on wooden hangers. Currently, there aren’t many details available about the line, but according to attendees, the outspoken reality star showcased multiple premium pieces from the collection.
This is not an anti-hair weave post but rather, this is a pro-truth post.
And the hardcore, nitty-gritty straight no chaser-kind truth is that a weave is not a protective style. A weave is just a weave.
Yeah I know, what business is it of mine what someone else puts on their head? It isn’t my business – until folks try to convince me that what I’m seeing is not what I am actually seeing. And that is what has been happening as of late in a couple of the natural hair social networking groups to which I belong. Perhaps because of the change of season, the sites have been awash with posts and pictures of self-proclaimed natural hair women, rocking the 23-inches of Brazilian wet and wavy cascading down their backs. They call it “protective styling,” a term coined to describe the process in which women (and men too) hide their hair from “harmful agents.” It used to just apply to those rocking the braids and cornrows, but some of our more ingenious womenfolks have found a loophole into TeamNatural by playing fast and loose with the lingo to make it more weave-tastic.
Technically, certain wig and weave styles, particularly the sewn-in, allow the hair a break from the daily stresses some women do to their hair including processing and perming, tugging and over-styling. And technically certain wigs and weave styles, are a great way to promote growth because your hair is pretty much in a dormant state from such manipulation, thus more free to do what it does uninhibited. But also technically, you have someone else’s hair on your head. And no matter how you try to spin it, that just ain’t natural.
At the core of what bugs me the most about the weave classification as a “protective style” is the distorted, if not counterproductive motives behind it. Honestly natural hair shouldn’t be this high maintenance. And unless there are hair bandits on the loose, hoping to score on the black market with a handful of your natural coils, there is really nothing in our natural environment that we have to protect the hair from. Everything else is truly about accepting and learning how to deal with your own hair as it comes out of your head – whether it comes out extra kinky or extra fine; in the snow, sleet, rain, wind or through hot summers. Acceptance of our hair is supposed to teach us that not every style choice is meant for us but that’s okay because our hair is beautiful anyway. Yet throwing a weave or some braids in your head – while a cute style – teaches you nothing about your hair, especially when you wear it for 11 months out of the year (which many of these womenfolks in TeamNatural are professing to do). All it does is just tucks away the “problem,” some folks refuse to deal with upfront. Of course, the real problem isn’t so much the hair as it is the thinking.
When it comes to our hair, there’s always someone ready and willing to jump in and provide their two cents. They’re not paying for the up keep, in most cases they’re not taking care of it. They just know how they like for you to wear your hair. So if you decide to cut it off, wear a different style or go natural, please believe your sisters, cousins, man or father will have something to say about it. We checked in with our Facebook and Twitter followers to see what types of comments people have made about their hair.
City Girl: Let my relaxer grow out and my sister said just the other day I was trying to be “African.”
Yolanda: So much, it’s too short, get a weave, take your weave out,weave too long, braids too long, go natural. Just do you!
JC: I get the I must be gay comments too because I wear it short. I also get I look too harsh o_O. Whatever, lol
MzMakeup: From a Natural Hair Nazi that judged me for putting heat in my head from flat iron or blow dry.
Whitney: yes! A black girl told me my natural hair made me look masculine. She can’t grow her own hair though : /
Veyonce: Yes cut my mid back length hair to a bob my cousin stopped speaking to me
Nicole: Absolutely. Mostly from my Dad. Everybody else is cool with and haven’t really made any rude comments except him. He’s cooled down recently. I guess he’s getting used to it.
Angela: Yes! I’ve been natural for 8 months. I recently started wearing my own hair out in different natural styles. My family has been the most brutal. White people give me the best compliments.
Alesia: Not flack, necessarily, but several years ago I reverted from natural back to flat ironed hair, an an older black woman I know very casually “complimented” me by telling how much nicer and professional my hair looked. o_0
Kenneka: HEEEEEELLLL YEAH!! Like our friend MIGUEL said, blacks are the most negative against our own people. I cut my hair off to what you would call a TWA by way of the big chop over a year ago. It’s like I immediately got the stank stare. I have gotten a few compliments from other “naturals,” but honey the others…”why did you have to cut your hair?!” “your hair is TOO natural,”and the list goes on. Mainly from family and those who have known me since my longer, relaxed hair days. But yeah. I always say, you won’t hear it from whites or Hispanics and Asians…any other race, but our own? We are soooo warped into believing that you have to be a certain skin tone, or have your hair a certain way to be pretty. it’s really sad.
Minnie: I say it’s on my head, so it’s none of your business
Karema: Yes, I got sick of wearing weaves because it was damaging my edges from being braided too tight. So last month I cut my hair all off in a cute style to regrow it healthy. All the women loved it but of course the men said ” why you do that?” or the just make a sour puss face. I love it short and I do not regret it.
Melody: Yes. After I transitioned and embraced my Afrocentricity, my ‘WASBAND’ told me I resembled the football player Rosey Grier from behind, and that’s not what he signed on for; I now BASK in MY glory!
Zain: I def received flack from my male “friends” bc I wear a weave that mimics natural hair. According to them, I’m not natural BC my choice of a protective style is not my real hair. These are the same group of men that believe that 4c hair isn’t as attractive as 3c hair… I’ve been natural for 17 years…the flack let’s me know I’m doing something right…
According to the website This is Africa, South Africans rocking dreadlocks might want to lay low for a bit as it appears that they are the new targets of a underground human hair theft ring.
“Police say not many cases have been officially reported – there was one case in Durban last year, and another in Johannesburg last month (in which a Zimbabwean partying with a friend in a club went missing and was later found passed out and shorn of 10 years’s worth of locks. The thief/thieves didn’t touch his mobile phone, wallet and money; listen to The Times‘ reporter Poppy Louw‘s interview with The World, below), but one stylist told a reporter that he gets up to 10 customers a day asking for such extensions, and a police spokesperson said the crime goes underreported because many victims are too embarrassed to report the theft of their hair. Sounds plausible; after all, how on earth do you explain having your hair stolen? And poor cops, how do they manage to keep a straight face while taking victims’ statements?”
I know I couldn’t keep a straight face reading the article. But as noted in the article there have only been a couple of reported cases so the literal wig-snatching has not yet reached epidemic portions. Also, before anyone thinks of going on about those “crazy Africans,” the article also notes that the dreadlocks theft is part of a international trend, with reports of high-stakes human hair extension thefts occurring in cities across America.
What’s most compelling about this story for me is the idea that there is actually a market for human hair. Especially dreadlocks. Like what happened to just growing your own?
And this is not the first time I heard about this fake dreadlocks trend. Erykah Badu shocked the world (or maybe just me) when we realized that the signature dreads she used to rocked upon her arrival on the scene, were actually fake. And not too long ago, I witnessed with my own eyes a guy in the next salon chair over from me, getting blonde dreadlocks extensions weaved into his hair. I tried not to stare and gawk but I couldn’t help it. First, I couldn’t get over how realistic they looked. And secondly, I wondered if the ghost of Marcus Garvey past would be visiting this dude in his sleep…
I mean nothing wrong with that…you know, screw it. Yes, dammit! There is something wrong with fake dreadlocks. I’m sorry I don’t take hard stances when it comes to hair politics. I tried to stay #TeamSwitzerland in the whole #TeamNatural versus #TeamPressNCurl fight. So I think I am entitled to one hair prejudice. And this whole fake dreadlocks trend is where I have to draw a line down the glue track. Fake dreadlocks just seem flat out self-defeatist. Unlike some of the weave styles, which require certain textures of hair to achieve, your own hair is the required texture for dreadlocks. Sure the argument could be made that dreadlocks are just a hairstyle and like any other hairstyle, is not a definition of a person. However I feel this particular hairstyle does has more of political and spiritual significance than the average hairstyle. And even as they have grown more fashionable, dreadlocks are still generally regarded in that same historical connotation. So those, who choose the hairstyle usually embody this historical significance and in some cases philosophies in one way or the other. I mean, why else would you risk being socially and economically ostracized for a hairstyle?
Maybe I’m just being a hair snob on this issue. If so, I can live with that. But the idea of a person rocking a press and curl on Monday and by Friday, they look like Damian Marley, just sounds like something a hipster poser would do. Anyway what are your thoughts on the fake natural trend?
If you’re anything like me, when you can’t make it to the beauty supply store, you might take your chances scanning YouTube reviews before ordering from one of the many online hair vendors just to have some kind of heads up about what you’re getting into. What can I say? I take my sew-ins seriously. But for every legit objective hair review I find, there are at least five around-the-way girls in their momma’s basement talking about beauty supply store hair like it’s so beneath them. You can barely get a cell phone bill in your name, but you’re bragging about spending hundreds of dollars on virgin Remy? Maybe I’m getting old. Below are some signs of hair snobbery at it’s best from the horse hair jokes that accompany Poetic Justice-style braids to clearing your bank account all for that yaki down your back-y. Because at the end of the day, it’s all about finding what works for your personal budget and lifestyle.
Black people may be a lot of things, but wasteful is not one of them. In fact, we probably hold on to too much stuff for the sake of being resourceful when we’re really being lowkey raggedy, or simply reaching when it comes to the benefit of keeping any and everything that’s ever come through our doors. I know some of our parents and grandparents grew up in times where they didn’t have much and they’re always operating out of a fear of scarcity but I promise you the world will not end if you start to throw away at least some of the stuff on this list. Check out the stuff black folks refuse to throw away.
In order to be the most beautiful version of ourselves, we women have to go through some pretty rigorous beauty routines. Now, when you’re in a relationship, do you want your man to know how much work you put into yourself, or do you want him to think you were born with it, no Maybelline needed. We checked in with our Facebook followers to see what they had to say.
Jacque: The cellulite cream. And YOU know why, ugh! But he said I look good.
Mommy Needs Alcohol: Girl bye. I don’t hide crap. 16 years together 5 married with 2 kids. He done seen my insides cut open (c-section) so seeing me exfoliate my pores etc is really not a big deal.
When my hairstylist posted a status the other day that read “I hate Tara hair”, I just knew there had to be a number of other offenses that we clients commit when it comes to getting our hair fried, dyed and laid to the side. With the help of my stylist, Ramika of Shear Ingenuity Hair Salon in Philadelphia, here are 10 minor annoyances that hair stylists feel makes their job just a tad bit more difficult: