How Much Is Too Much to Spend On a Weave?

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I’m just going to start this discussion off with a candid confession: Hi, my name is, Charli, I’m 31, and in my lifetime, I’ve probably spent thousands of dollars on buying and maintaining hair that wasn’t mine. Now, before you start to judge me, you should know two things: 1. I’m not spending even half as much on my ‘do as a few other women I know. (True story!) 2. I pay my bills first, always!

Now, back to my story. I can recall a time about five years ago, when I was absolutely determined to rock a weave as fierce and as fabulous as the ones I kept seeing on the red carpet. It was my birthday weekend and I wanted to feel like a star for a day. Never considering the fact that a celebrity stylist was most likely the only true means to that end, I set off on a quest to find the most beloved human hair and stylists around. I asked a few other known hair divas which brands they preferred, and why. Plus, perhaps most importantly, I decided I was not going to allow myself to get sticker-shock when I purchased the bundles. Now, fast forward through $800 and six long hours at the salon. When the stylist spun my chair around and handed me a mirror so I could give my new, layered locks a good 360-degree assessment, the first thing that came to mind was, this is $800 worth of nice?!

Now, I don’t mean to pass judgment on the stylist or the hair, because I really did look good. The trouble is, I just didn’t feel I looked as amazing as any woman should if she shells out nearly half her rent on a hairstyle that's she's most likely stuck with for at least three months. That said, from that very moment on, I vowed to not ever try to buy what only a top-notch, celebrity stylist can create. Some of you may have enough homegrown hair skills to pull it off, but back then I accepted rather quickly that I am just not as talented in that department as you. I’m totally cool with it. And, guess what? I haven’t allowed myself to have hair weave sticker-shock since, which always makes the big reveal at the hair salon actually fun again.

What’s the most you have ever paid or ever would pay for the weave of your dreams? Do you have rules on how much you’re willing to pay for a hairstyle? Would love to hear your hair weave sticker shock horror stories too.