Trend To Try or Watch Fly By: The Heat Free Hair Movement

I’ve been natural since 1994 and have gone through different stages of styles.  I’ve had everything from a barbershop cut, to a super huge wash and go but I never shied away from wearing a weave as a protective styling choice.  When I did choose to wear a weave, back then, the textures were limited to super straight, or some wavy texture that never matched my hair.  But nowadays, women definitely have more options when it comes to the texture of hair weave.

One company that is currently catering to the various textures of black natural hair is the Heat Free Hair Movement, started by N-ZO Hair Studios, a Washington DC based salon. They got their inspiration from the countless women who wanted sew-ins as their protective style, but didn’t want to straighten their hair to blend with their style.

From the company’s owner, Ngozi Opara:

I have always believed not only in embracing your natural ‘kinks’ and ‘curls’, but also in the benefits of sew-in weaves as a protective style. At my salon, we call it ‘the ultimate protective style’. Being natural for almost a decade, I experienced my greatest length retention during my one-year weave challenge back in 2005. My hair grew over 8 inches! Since then I have maintained both my hair and the hair of my clients through customized regimens and protective styling. Whether you are transitioning without chopping, growing your hair out, protecting it for a period of time, or considering going natural, The Heat Free Hair Movement provides an option that will allow you to embrace your journey with confidence and style.

Heat Free Hair comes in various textures using the oh so popular numbering system:

This hair reminds me of something Chris Rock said in his documentary, “Good Hair”. Rock joked about black women not wanting to buy “nappy” weave hair, but apparently  it’s selling like hotcakes. With prices ranging from $139 to $199 a pack, there’s currently a waiting list because their product is sold out.

What do you think about the idea of extensions in a more natural texture?

  • EbonyLolita

    I feel like you’re indirectly saying that Black women CANNOT grow long & “big” hair. Well we can & this is a way to do that. Protective styling is about length retention & allowing your hair to grow in a HEALTHIER manner. Anything that promotes that I co-sign with. I’m currently wearing Senegalese twists & will do so until they look ratty. You know why? When I wear my BIG fro, grown out of MY hair, it starts to break off. So all that growth I had from 2yrs of being natural is going down the drain. We need options in order to maintain our natural hair & this Heat Free Movement is giving it to us. Honey GOOGLE the women w/the longest natural hair. They will tell you they achieve that through protective styling & proper hair maintenance.

  • Sister Truth

    The hair is beautiful, but I cringe when I think about the women whose hair were cut and sold for this and under what circumstances. Regarding human hair that is commercially available, Indian women are usually observing a religious custom when they shave their heads. Other people gather it and sell it, but, unfortunately, they probably don’t make money off it themselves. Then, there are thousands of other women who do cut and sell their hair to earn money to feed and clothe their families.

    My point is, a woman is very attached to her hair, in more ways than one, and consider it to be her crown and glory. Unless she’s cutting it for religious reasons, a charitable cause, a new look, or a medical issue, the circumstances are probably highly desperate. Anyone saw Les Misérables? For these reasons, and these reasons alone, I would feel terrible about wearing another sister’s luscious locks. I get chills when I think about it! I would rather wear a sinthetic kinky-curly weave or braids, but to each her own.

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