Wig vs. Weave – Which is Best for You?

The title of this post explains it all. Essence.com did a great job breaking it down. After reading their thoughts, leave yours in the comment section below!

What are the pros of wearing a weave?

“You can change your style instantly, without cutting your hair or growing it out. Weaves also protect your natural hair, giving it a break from heat. Plus, they’re great if you workout a lot.”

What are the cons of wearing a weave?

“Three things: Improper application (like braiding hair too tight) can lead to hair loss; they can be costly to install and maintain; and if you use inferior hair, it can tangle, shed, or look unnatural.”

What are the pros of wearing a wig?

“You can change your color and style instantly without sitting in a salon for hours or dealing with the long-term commitment of a weave! Also, they’re easy to care for and maintain.”

What are the cons of wearing a wig?

“Synthetic wigs don’t last long and human hair ones are costly. Also, if your wig isn’t cut and styled to fit you, it can look unnatural. Plus, wigs can be hot and uncomfortable in the summertime!”

*Serena’s note: I suggest replacing your synthetic wig every 3 months*

What makes modern wigs so fab (ie, not fumpy or grandma-ish)?

“Lace wigs changed the game! They’re light, breathable and can be worn up to one month. And you can wear updos or ponies, like the hair’s growing from the scalp.”

What constitutes a good weave?

“First, the foundation (your braids) should always be flat. The weave should be 100% natural, and the placement, color and texture should match your natural hair. A great cut is icing on top!”

What constitutes a bad weave?

“A weave is bad if its lumpy, the color and texture don’t blend with your natural hair, or if the extension is bad quality or synthetic. And you shouldn’t need to take an aspirin after its installed!”

Wigs best suit what kind of lifestyle?

“They suit any lifestyle, but a lace wig requires a lace adhesive, which wouldn’t be great for someone who works out everyday. She’d do better with a half-wig or glue-less lace wig with clips.”

Weaves best suit what kind of lifestyle?

“Weaves are great if you’re looking for long-term hair commitment, or if you want to give your natural hair a break. Also, they’re a great option if you have an active lifestyle.”

(Source: Essence.com)

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