Weaves vs natural hair

2016-10-11 06:00
Wigs are an easy option as you can change your hairstyles as often as you life. PHOTO: ‘THE witness’

Wigs are an easy option as you can change your hairstyles as often as you life. PHOTO: ‘THE witness’

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THESE days weaves are very popular, not only in black communities, but in other races as well.

South Africans are slowly adapting to American trends from clothes to skin lighting and now weaves and wigs.

Pinetown Fever reporter took to the streets to find out if women prefer weaves or their natural hair.
Nombuso Dubazane from KwaDabeka said she prefers natural.

“First of all I cannot afford these so-called weaves. I am unemployed and they cost a lot of money. Therefore I relax my hair with a cream relaxer and do braids with my natural hair - it only costs about R150.”

Sindi Dlamini from Pinetown said she prefers natural hair and “fake hair”.

“I normally put on weaves when going to a special occasion because it’s easier to style than natural hair, but at the same time I don’t mind having my natural hair, however, I don’t buy expensive weaves because I feel that it is way above my budget, so I buy what I can afford.”

Fever spoke to Nomusa Dlamini from Nazareth, who had a weave that looked like her hair.

“I wear Brazilian hair, which costs over R2 000. I cannot go a day without the weave because I feel that men are more attracted to girls with long, straight hair.

“I like weaves because it makes me more beautiful. I don’t buy cheap weaves because they look artificial and it doesn’t have volume. I wear an 18-inch weave, but it costs a lot of money, but it’s worth it.

“So girls must stop hating girls who wear weaves. If they can’t afford a weave then they must shut up and go with their natural hair.”

Ntombi from Pinetown shaved her hair after her hairline was damaged by constantly wearing weaves.

“I used to wear weaves when I was in tertiary school, but what I didn’t realise is that the weave damaged my hairline. I tried to do damage control by applying hair moisturisers to grow back my hair, but nothing worked.

“It is hard to regrow your hair line after it has been damaged, so now I prefer going bald because I still have a problem with my hairline.”

Mrs Naicker from Durban, who bought a wig from Pononozy Hair Salon at Hillcrest Corner said she sometimes wear a wig because it is affordable and a low- maintenance hairdo.

“I wear a wig when I need change. It beats going to the salon and sitting there for hours only to be disappointed with the end result. I also feel that other races should move away from stereotype that wigs are for black people. Wigs can make anyone feel beautiful.”

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