Why are you all so Anti-Weave? I understand that it's obvious, but if it enhances the look of the team as a unit, why not? From a uniformity standpoint, it would be best for dance teams to rock the same or similar hair style. Wearing a wig or weave accomplishes that. it would be a different story if the team looked completely tacky.
I don't mind weaves but most squads don't do it right. I've seen so many girls with weird hair lines, the volume and length is disproportionate to their body, ridiculous two-tone colors, I've seen scary edges exposed. Weaves are supposed to enhance your aesthetic not hide anything or make you less attractive. And if I know you're wearing a weave, you failed and most girls who wear weaves are failing.
TELL IT !!!!!! AND IT STINKS & EITCHES !!!
Robert Dean Freeman said:
Also to add to being uniform as team, it's better wear a weave (with a closure, NO LEAVE OUTS!). Using all that heat to curl the hair so it'll last from week to week will damage one's natural hair.
I understand the point. I think many are jaded with the excessive and un-natural looking weaves so to say. I say yes to it when it natural in appearance and not 63 inches of synthetic glory. I agree to having all wear the same style and blending colors.
It is very strange and unsettling to watch what are supposed to be the best and brightest of us (HBCU students) present themselves as second/third rate Asian/European imitators. No, it doesn't make a noticeable difference to the cohesiveness of the dance line, PLENTY of squads looked cohesive and sharp prior to this weave/wig takeover and indeed are constantly referred to as the "best" and "old school" that new regimes are constantly being compared (unfavorably) to.
Just be honest about why you want to represent yourself in such a way and accept it.
I think most squads have a desired look which the girls try to fit the bill for, which would have to change to embrace the natural hair presence if we want to see less weave. With so many girls being natural now, weave is the easiest thing to manage during the season. They would have to use extensive heat and various treatments to keep up straighter hair, which could be very damaging to their own head of hair. Most girls do manage to wear their real/natural hair and maintain it's health. It's just a lot especially when you factor in the hardcore practices most sqauds have. I do wish natural hair was embraced more on these squads. I think they would look just as uniform with wash&gos, twist outs, top knots, etc. But again, with so many different hair textures and whatnot, this could be challenging to get everyone on one accord and to all look 100% even by halftime. Also let me just add that natural or weave, the upkeep of hair is EXPENSIVE. These are college students more than likely on a budget.Weave actually may be cheaper than maintaining their hair all season.
As far as the weave, I really have a problem when it's extremely long or isn't blended properly. It should be a seamless look, move freely, and most of all...BE UNDETECTABLE. I kinda miss when weave was a taboo thing instead of women flossing their bundles and proudly proclaiming their weaves. Trust these teams have been wearing them for years but it was like a "don't ask, don't tell" type thing. You just never knew. Whether it was a full weave or just a few pieces, it looked like it all grew from the scalp. I think the dye jobs can be added to the list of acceptable or unacceptable bc the color should look natural as well.
I think of Stingettes 11 and 12, when they left tracks on the field, when I think of being too long and obviously poorly installed. I can't remember what year it was, but I hated when Golden Delight all had the invisible part weave. I understand why they did it, but thank God for closures now...
Ok, I digress. LOL
I totally agree. In addition to that, too many squads whip and flip all that weave as if the weave itself was choreographed into the dance routine! Ugghh! What happened to good ol' fashioned dancing with excellent technique!? I'm not anti-weave by no means. Just so it is not so voluminous or long. I just wished that some of these dance teams would realize that less is more. I like what the Stingettes have done with their hair within the last 3 years or so. And the Dancing Dolls keep their weaves tame. And I like that the fact that the TU Piperettes just use a bun! Anyways, just my two cents.