Man Weaves Are About To Take Over the Black Hair Care Industry and Here’s Why

It’s no secret that a good hair day can boost self-esteem. It’s also no secret that a full head of a hair, on a man, can certainly make him look years younger.

Men have been balding forever. And despite the fact that millions of men endure balding, for whatever reason balding comes with stigma. Men are supposed to just shave it off, hang on to whatever hair they have, or get a toupe (which rarely looks like real deal).

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Women, on the other hand, have relatively free reign to get weaves, braids, relaxers, perms, clip-ins, you name it all in the name of beauty. But whoever said men don’t want to look and feel attractive? Nobody, which is why Man weaves are on the rise.

According to NPR:

Man weaves, more formally referred to as cranial prosthesis, hair replacement units or hair systems, are a non-surgical procedure to help men who’ve lost their hair — be it through just balding or thinning, alopecia or cancer treatments — “regain” hair.

Man weaves are designed for most hair types including Caucasian, Latino and African-American/black, and have been growing in popularity over the past two to five years. In most cases, man weaves are 100 percent human hair, although some are blends with synthetic hair. Don’t think of them as fake hair, think alternative hair.

How Much Does it Cost?

$275 to $800

Stylist, Wade Menendez has been installing man-weaves for the last two years and has been raking in the cash:


“It’s been really great,” Menendez says. “At one point, it was like in three months I made $130,000 just people coming in, flying in from everywhere. It’s been crazy.”


Mendez even holds classes at his barbershop in Glen Burnie, Md., where other stylists and barbers can learn how to get it done

Barber Wade Menendez of The W Hair Loft in Maryland. Maquita Peters/NPR

Man weaves will last each client 2-3 months, but he must not wash or get his own hair wet as water can weaken the adhesive

“Do a du-rag, give it a soft or light brush and wear a shower cap when you bathe,” Menendez advises.

Kevin Johnson sports a man weave installed by barber stylist John Cotton of LW Salon in New York City. Courtesy of John Cotton/LW Salo

There you have it, folks. Man weaves, here to stay, and I’m not mad about it.  Sound off below!

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  1. I’m okay with this some men can’t pull the bald look off….and if it boost self esteem and give him more confidence why not….once its on his head it is his hair.

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