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?