For millennia, people have used some type of hair, from wigs to other forms of hairpieces, including hair weaves. In the 1950s, however, an African-American hairdresser invented and patented the hair weave, which changed the hair care of many African-American women. Hair weaving becomes an added style, and it will not damage the already sensitive African-American hair. To the end of the 20th century, about 25% African-American women weaved their hair. And, women of other races began enjoying hair weaving.
History of Hair Weave
Lori L. Tharps and Ayana D. Byrd are hair historians, and they pointed out that an Ohio housewife as well as hairdresser named Cristina Jenkins invented the hair weave and acquired her unique hair weaving technique. Jenkins, the wife of a jazz musician, believes it is more feasible to stitch the hair directly to the head instead of knitting the hair together and connecting it to the scalp with needles.
In the early 1950s, Christina Jenkins and her husband, Duke, set up a company called Cristina’s Hair Company. In the company’s peak period, people from all over the world want to learn from the women who weave hair, thus they paid money to learn the unique weaving technique.
The technology of adding hair extensions is extremely time-consuming. This method requires sewing hair on the web and braiding them in the eyebrows. Once the hair is sewn on the net, the net will attack the cornrows in the hair. In general, although the finished products look fake and bulky, Christina’s technique became the stepping stone of the progress of hair weaving technology.
Hair Weave Progress & Improvements
In the 1980s, hairdresser Jenkins improved hair-weaving invention by creating natural and flowing hair instead of stiff and unmovable. According to Victoria Sherrow’s “Hair Encyclopedia”, African-American women want longer, straight, natural hairs.
In the 1990s, the hair industry began to enter the boom period. China, India, Indonesia and other Asian countries are the largest exporters of human hair for USA hair weaving.