Weave It Up Or Wig It Out: The Pros and Cons

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:

  1. What is the state of your natural hair? Is your natural hair healthy? Or only semi-healthy?
  2. Can your hair go 6 to 8 weeks without a proper wash?
  3. Are you okay with visiting the salon every 2 to 3 weeks for maintenance? This refers to both time-wise and financially.
  4. 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.

Body wave weave bundles and closure

BUT, on the other hand:

  1. Is your hair unhealthy, damaged and brittle?
  2. Do you suffer from hair loss? Traction or any other form of alopecia?
  3. Don’t have the time or the budget to visit the salon regularly?
  4. Can’t find a good stylist in your area?
  5. Can you afford a once-off investment in a lace wig?
  6. 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!

Lerato Moyo: Lace wig

Pros of weaving it up:

  1. You get an instant new hairstyle without having to grow your natural hair, chemically treat it or cut it.
  2. Proper installation is key. When plaiting of the natural hair is not tight, this can be a good protective measure for your natural hair.
  3. Your natural hair is protected from the sun.

Cons of weaving it up:

  1. Regular visits to the salon for installation and maintenance can be expensive.
  2. Improper application: plaiting the natural hair too tight can cause hair loss and traction alopecia.
  3. Inferior quality of the weave can tangle and look horrible.

Pros of wigging it out:

  1. You get an instant new hairstyle without having to grow your natural hair; chemically treat it nor cut it.
  2. No need to visit the salon. You can have an instant hairstyle at the comfort of your own home.
  3. Easy to install, easy to maintain, easy to style.
  4. Your natural hair can get a proper weekly wash and conditioning.
  5. Lace wigs are light, breathable and can be styled into ponies or up do’s

Cons of wigging it out:

    1. 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.
    2. If it’s not cut and styled to fit you, it can look unnatural.
Lerato Moyo
Lerato Moyo

Hair Editor

Lerato Moyo is a wife and mom of four with a financial and marketing qualification and corporate background. She is also an Image Consultant and the Founder of Ithate Image Consulting. Lerato was a Mrs South Africa Finalist in 2017, and is currently a Follicle Inc. Brand Ambassador. Her passion is coaching women through the journey of loving themselves, uncovering and maintaining their new confidence and empowered version.

2 Comments
  1. Hi Rato

    I need to make an appointment with you. I think there is so much that I can learn from you. I love you and your work.

    1. Thank you so much Keikantse. Your feedback is much appreciated. By all means, let’s meet up. Let’s arrange it.

      Much love and have an amazing day further 🤗😍

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