When it comes to protective styles in the natural hair community, weaves and extensions have long been popular and continue to be an incredibly thriving business within the haircare industry. It all started with an Ohio woman by the name of Christina Jenkins in 1950. Jenkins and her husband created and patented the first known hair weave business, appropriately titled "Christina's hair Weave."
It was not long before Jenkins' intriguing technique was sought after around the entire globe. She was soon being flown everywhere to demonstrate her method of temporarily adding hair of different qualities, textures, lengths, and colors to women's original manes.
Today we see everyone rocking weaves and hair extensions--every age, every race, and every hair type. The weaving technique has evolved much since Jenkins' innovative days. And, if done correctly, weave and extensions can actually offer up benefits to natural hair. But like every pro, there comes a con. Here, we break down the three most popular types of weave-- sew-in, clip-in, and glue-in-- and examine their benefits and harmful side effects.