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So I got my first weave Sunday. OK, technically I did let my old gay neighbor convince me he could do a sew-in back in 2009 but I spent more time cutting those tracks out of my head than I did wearing that mess on my head so, yes, I consider this my first weave.
It’s summer and in case you aren’t aware, the humidity in New York is brutal. I haven’t worn my hair straight in the city since 2011 because by the time I step out of my front door and go underground into the subway I look like I just electrocuted myself. And so, tired of bootleg wash n’ gos, slicked back pony-tails, and braids threatening to leave me on Team #NoEdges, I reached out to Heat Free Hair for some options to beat the heat this year.
I knew about Heat Free Hair from an article on Kandi rocking the new product line on our sister site StyleBlazer and a profile on MN Biz about the 25-year-old genius behind the Heat Free Hair Movement, Ngozi Opara. So, I reached out to her rep who directed me to their website to choose a weft of my choice (after explaining what a weft even was) and I fell in love with the For Koils collection (below).
Heat Free Hair weaves come in three natural textures to match standard hair types: For Koils (3B-3C), For Kurls (3C-4A), and For Kinks (4B-4C), in lengths from 12″-24.” They also offer wigs and clip-ins in the same categories. I didn’t want to get too crazy my first time around so I opted for two 12″ bundles and hoped for the best.
The install process was simple. I went to Celebrity Sew-ins in Brooklyn based on the recommendation of a weave-connoisseur of a friend and was in and out of the chair within two hours.
My biggest fear was not liking the end result because the hair would look unnatural. But that wasn’t an issue at all. What as an issue, however, was the fact that the weave was a dark brown color and the leave-out (my hair) around the perimeter was black and the salon didn’t have any dye. So I was left to my own DUI project.
Equipped with Optimum’s Amla Legend demi-permanent in jet Black, I dyed the tracks myself, ran a little Kinky Curly Knot Today detangler through the hair, as recommended on the tip sheet provided with the bundles, and let the tracks air dry with a few flexi rods to curl my own hair, and voilà.
To be honest, I couldn’t have asked for a better first time. The hair is completely natural looking, feeling, and lightweight, and it blends with my own hair far better than I could’ve ever expected. Plus, in the morning all I do is take out the flexi rods on my own hair, fluff the weave, blend, and go.
If you’re a first-timer like me, you likely have a ton of questions about daily and nightly maintenance, plus the longevity over time so check out the Q&A with Heat Free Hair on the next page. And for those who are ready to take the plunge, good news: Heat Free Hair is gearing up for its first pop-up shop event. Sign up to their mailing list at www.heatfreehair.com to be one of the first to learn the location. What do you think?
Weave can be a wonderful thing, but not if you don’t take care of what’s underneath. At least that’s the lesson we think Instagram’s #noedges is trying to teach.
Whether you sew, clip or glue it in you belong to the sisterhood of the hair extensions. And there are a few things that every member knows about rocking a weave.
You’ve Got to Pat
Even before Wale released his weave anthem, we were all doing the pat to scratch between the tracks (or before a touch up).
We’ve all been there. He put his hand up before you could stop him and now he knows that all of your fabulous hair isn’t home grown. He’ll get over it, but he’s going to need a minute to recover. Check out these hilarious memes on the stages of grief when he finds out your hair isn’t real.
— Ron Ro (@RonGz13) July 3, 2014
“I thought we had something real…”
A Michigan police officer was fired after she placed a young mother in a restraining chair and chopped off her weave.
WXYZ obtained exclusive video of the incident in which a female officer shoved Charda Gregory into the chair, strapped her down and cut the hair that was braided into Gregory’s scalp. At several jails it is protocol to remove clip on extensions because they can be used as a weapon or to commit suicide. But Gregory’s weave was sewn into her real hair.
Gregory, a mother and 22-year-old hair dresser, said she often uses weaves to drastically alter her hair styles.
And there’s video of Gregory kicking and writhing in pain as the officer hacks into her hair.
So by now, you’re probably wondering how Gregory came to be arrested in the first place. Well, on November 13, Gregory went to a party in Detroit where she claims someone drugged her. Her lawyer, Paul Misukewicz said: “She had a couple of drinks, then woke up in a strange place. Didn’t know how she got there, completely disoriented.”
Gregory woke up in a hotel room and was arrested for trashing a room. By the time she was brought into the jail, Gregory had been pepper sprayed but she appeared calm. In the video, you can see that Gregory is disoriented and can barely stand when she came in contact with Officer Bernadette Najor.
As Najor patted down Gregory, she pushed her against the wall twice. And from there it only got worse. That’s when Najor went for Gregory’s hair. She dragged Gregory to the chair and tied her arms and legs down.
She started yanking her head from side to side, chopping out chunks of hair. She did this for 3 minutes.
Now, Gregory says she has bald spots where Najor pulled her real hair from the root.
“She’s a very horrible person.” Gregory said of Najor.
Gregrory’s lawyer said, “I guess the best way to describe it would be sadistic. There’s absolutely no reason for it. And it’s demeaning.”
Police commissioner Jere Green said, “There’s a real simple thing: it’s called right and wrong. And to me this is something that I won’t tolerate, I don’t think the citizens of Warren will tolerate it…I don’t buy that’s the proper way to treat a human being. I don’t think it’s decent, I don’t think there was any reason to do it, and when I look at it- it bothers me.”
Green also said Najor’s explanation of the suicide attempt didn’t make sense. As soon as Green learned about the incident he placed Najor on leave and she’s since been fired.
Though he couldn’t go into detail, Green acknowledged that this wasn’t Najor’s first offense. WXYZ discovered that in 2010, she was suspended for being “untruthful.”
Najor could not be reached for comment and when WXYZ approached her near her car, she threatened to call the police.
Because of what happened in jail, all charges against Gregory were dropped.
The other officers who were present during Gregory’s haircutting incident are still under investigation.
You can watch the graphic video below.
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.
Sponsored By: Perfect Hair Collection
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…