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To weave or not to weave: that is the question.

No seriously, that is the question least thought about when considering whether or not to extend your tresses.  I can’t really blame folks.  The reality is that the popularity, convenience and the accessibility of hair weaves and wigs in mainstream culture has made the hair extension the informal “hat” for bad hair days.  And we just assume that if it can be sewn, boned or capped into your hair, than it is a natural fit.  Plus it doesn’t help that everyone from Beyoncé to the First Lady to your average chica shopping through the mall sports some very impressive hair extensions in different forms, styles and colors.

But just because some folks can pull a weave off, does that mean that everyone can?

Like recently I was reading an article about Gayle King (you know, Oprah’s best friend) and her new gig as co-anchor for the CBS “Early Show.” I thought that it was a good move for King, who will finally have an opportunity to shine, coming out from under the shadows of her famous gal pal.  But then as I glanced at the picture attached to the article, all the praise for her professional achievement seemed to overshadowed by the same the burning question I have always wondered about her for years and that is: “Why can’t she ever get a decent weave?”

I could understand if it is a once and a while instance. I mean, after all, not every woman can be at the top of her game at all times.  However, King’s weaves and wigs appear to always have this awkward thing happening with them. No matter the texture, the style or the color, it always looks so fictitious, so awkward, so… well, unnatural.   It probably doesn’t make sense that I used “unnatural” and “weave” in the same sentence — but a good weave is suppose to have people guessing whether it is real or not.  And a better weave shouldn’t offer any obvious distinction between your natural hair and where the weave begins.  I can always say that is NOT true for King.

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