Often, especially if one is new to the field of wigs or weaves, it can be difficult to decide which one to go for. Weave it up or wig it out??? Fortunately, I have experienced both and I’m here to the rescue! So, no cause for alarm!
In deciding which one to go for, you need to answer the following questions:
- What is the state of your natural hair? Is your natural hair healthy? Or only semi-healthy?
- Can your hair go 6 to 8 weeks without a proper wash?
- Are you okay with visiting the salon every 2 to 3 weeks for maintenance? This refers to both time-wise and financially.
- Do you have a good stylist in your area that is good at installing weaves?
If the answer to each of the above questions is YES, then you are the perfect candidate for a weave.
BUT, on the other hand:
- Is your hair unhealthy, damaged and brittle?
- Do you suffer from hair loss? Traction or any other form of alopecia?
- Don’t have the time or the budget to visit the salon regularly?
- Can’t find a good stylist in your area?
- Can you afford a once-off investment in a lace wig?
- Do you enjoy letting loose when you get home and giving your natural hair a breather?
If the answers to each of the latter questions are YES, then it looks like you need to start getting ready to invest in a readymade lace wig!
Pros of weaving it up:
- You get an instant new hairstyle without having to grow your natural hair, chemically treat it or cut it.
- Proper installation is key. When plaiting of the natural hair is not tight, this can be a good protective measure for your natural hair.
- Your natural hair is protected from the sun.
Cons of weaving it up:
- Regular visits to the salon for installation and maintenance can be expensive.
- Improper application: plaiting the natural hair too tight can cause hair loss and traction alopecia.
- Inferior quality of the weave can tangle and look horrible.
Pros of wigging it out:
- You get an instant new hairstyle without having to grow your natural hair; chemically treat it nor cut it.
- No need to visit the salon. You can have an instant hairstyle at the comfort of your own home.
- Easy to install, easy to maintain, easy to style.
- Your natural hair can get a proper weekly wash and conditioning.
- Lace wigs are light, breathable and can be styled into ponies or up do’s
Cons of wigging it out:
- Although synthetic wigs are less expensive, they do not last for long. Human hair can last you for years if well maintained but it’s extremely costly.
- If it’s not cut and styled to fit you, it can look unnatural.