In the past, I wasn’t a very big weave-wearer. Since going natural, that has not changed. When I had my relaxer, I did braids (usually micros) about once every three or four years just because I thought it would help my hair grow. By the time I took them out, my hair had grown, and then it broke off. I had new growth but it was covered by weave which also covered my already damaged relaxed hair. I did not realize that the weave protected my hair but I did not know how to take care of my hair in general. Therefore, putting braids in didn’t makeÂ much difference.
Now, years later andÂ 100% natural, I look for ways to keep my hair in protective styles. When I saw a YouTuberÂ talk about a weaveÂ -braids,box braids, SenegaleseÂ twists, sew-ins,Â etcÂ I was surprised! A weave? Protect natural hair? What? For many of us-when we had relaxed hair, it was damaged or not properly taken care of. When we did put braids or a weave in, it helped our hair by covering it. But it takes a lot more than covering up to keep your hair protected. It still needs to be nourished and given consistent love. By givingÂ our hair a break with coverage, it allows our hair to rest and regain strength; but the only way a weave can be beneficial is through low manipulationÂ of your weave, consistent moisturization (you can’t forget your hair is still under there) because it rubs on your hair and can cause friction and tearing, and of course cleansing. So weave can be protective, you just have to make sure it protects your hair in the most beneficial way possible.Â 🙂