By Aisha Sims
Hola! I’ve recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. I’m rested, tan and suffering from a head cold. However, I have been noticing a trend that has been bothering me for quite some time. I feel like it needs to be addressed and since it is a fashion-related trend, I wanted to address it here.
A couple of months ago, I made a hair transition. I cut off my dred locs and started wearing my hair in various styles. The first style I wore was a wavy weave extension. This was my first time with a major weave extension and I learned a lot. I learned that good weave is pricey and I also learned that there is a wide variety of it. The hair that I had was mid grade quality. It wasn’t top quality hair that can cost $80 plus a bundle but it wasn’t low quality hair that can cost less than $15 a bundle. I wore my hair in that style for about 6 weeks and it lasted well. Once I learned to tame the waves, it could have lasted a little longer but I was going out of the country and I needed something lower maintenance.
I went from the weave style to a braided extension style where the hair prices varied even more. I saw hair that cost as little as $.99 a pack and as much as $49 a pack. Again, I got mid grade hair that is holding up well but with all of my recent hair purchasing, I have become a lot more aware of other people’s hair. In this, I’ve noticed a very disturbing trend. There are many women that wear low quality hair extensions. Since hair extensions go beyond race and age, it is a broad reaching issue.
You can wear a great outfit, with great shoes and have on flawless makeup, but if your hair looks bad, it will ruin everything. I have nothing against hair extensions. In fact, I am a proponent of them. I wear them myself. However, if you choose to enhance your hair, do it with mid to high quality hair extensions. If you’re in doubt about what is good hair, take the time to ask around. The first place to start is with your hair stylist. He/she should be able to give you an idea of what brand of hair to look for and how much it should cost. This is a good starting point. Then you should find a good beauty supply store with knowledgeable associates. Your hairstylist may be able to recommend a place as well but if not, there should be someone at the salon you can ask.
If you want to experiment with new hair styles, colors and cuts, please do so. One great thing about fashion is that it exists without boundaries. You are free to experiment but do so with good quality things. No matter what you do, if you do it cheaply, you will look cheap. Don’t look cheap. Look fabulous.
Ashia Sims is a writer and blogger that works in television and film production. Clueless Fashionista is dedicated to making fashion fun and easy to understand. Visit her website at www.ashiasims.com and blog at http://cluelessfashionista.com.
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