When famed hairstylist and Oprah favorite Orlando Pita said that “Hair is your best accessory, and you wear it everyday,” he was on to something. From the afro to the Salt ‘N Pepa asymmetrical cut to shoulder-length bobs, black women have drastically changed our hairstyles, but nothing has been more instrumental in the switch-up than the hair weave. Dating as far back as the 1950s, hair weaves and extensions have transformed women with just the swivel of a sewing needle.
No matter your personal view on hair weaves and their effects on self-image, they drive a billion dollar hair industry, and it seems that they’re here to stay, atleast for a little while. Let’s take a look at how they’ve changed for the good and the bad.
Setting the Standard (The Supremes)
There’s no greater hair diva than Diana Ross. When she and the Supremes hit the scene, everyone took notice. Wearing wigs and hair extensions, then called “falls,” the super trio became known for their style and shiny and…unmovable tresses.