How have you been wearing your hair lately?
How have you been wearing your hair lately? Twists? Wash and go? Updo? Extensions? One of the most fun things about being Black women and being natural is the versatility we have with our hair. Black women around the world for centuries have enjoyed expressing their creativity through their hairstyles.
One way we express that creativity is by wearing extensions. Extensions for Black women come in various forms, from braiding hair to weaves, to human hair and synthetic options. You may choose to wear extensions for many different reasons. Some women enjoy the chance to switch up their style. Some enjoy having longer hair for a while. Some like to play around with colors and textures without damaging their hair. Others use extensions as a protective style.
Whatever reason you decide to wear extensions is fine as long as you remember to take care of your own hair at the same time. Many naturals fall into a trap of neglecting their own hair underneath extensions and end up paying the price later with dryness and breakage.
To take care of your hair, the first step is to moisturize. The Nourish treatment is perfect for deep conditioning in preparation of styling with extensions. The Enrich Moisturizer is great for infusing moisture into hair before styling. Properly moisturized hair is key.
Now that your hair is moisturized, choose the style below to get custom tips for each method.
Braids: Braids are one of the most popular extension styles for naturals. Avoid putting braids in too tightly, especially around the hairline, as this can lead to breakage around the edges and a tender itchy scalp. Braids should also be spritzed with a leave-in spray to keep the hair moisturized.
Weaves: A sew-in weave is another popular form of extensions. Sew-ins shouldn’t be installed too tightly. While your hair is in a sew-in, scalp health is especially important. Use an oil like the Organic Pumpkin Seed Oil on the scalp to keep it nourished. And avoid using glue whenever possible, as it is damaging to your hair.
Wigs: Wigs have become very popular in recent years. They’re an easy way to switch up your style without doing any damage to your hair. Wigs are also great because they allow you to easily care for your hair underneath. Remember to wash your wigs often and wear a wig cap to protect your hair and edges from snags and friction.
We hope you love your hair, whether you’re rocking your natural curls or trying on a new, fun style for a while. Just be sure to nourish your hair from scalp to tips while playing with your fashion.