Now, this is a tricky question. I have the pleasure of working at Walmart, so ya’ll know I have seen it all. You know what I saw not to long ago ? A child (looked about 7 or 8) wearing a bob wig and it wasn’t for play. Really, I’m talking about baby hairs laid with the wig blended with her real hair.
I personally think that weave/extensions are ok for kids, to a certain extent. There are so many protective styles that can be styled appropriately for kids, such as cornrows braided up into a bun or even short kinky twists. I do think that is is important that we distinguish between protective styles that require hair extensions and sew ins. Protective styles such as crochet braids, box braids, twists are very common in black culture. Many times adding synthetic hair is helpful to maintain the longevity of a style, especially when one’s hair is super soft. Sew ins, on the other hand should be installed with caution, as this is a style that many feel should be reserved for adults (or at the very least adolescents).
But the question remains: what is the appropriate age to even consider adding weave/extensions? I think that it truly depends on the child and maturity level, as well as the health of the that child’s hair. Personally, I wouldn’t use extensions on any child under 10 years old. I just think children should be kept pure for as long as possible. However, I do realize that it can be a hassle to trying to maintain your daughter’s hair, so to each his/her own.
There are plenty of protective styles out there that require minimal to no weave/extensions. These include flat twists, two stand twists, cornrows, and the list goes on. If you need extra length for your child’s hair then consider one of the aforementioned styles.
I also think it depends on the length of the style and the amount of hair added as too much of either can make little girls appear to be grown women. My recommendation is that if you are installing weaves and/or extensions on a young child, try to keep the style light weight and medium/short length.
What do you all think ? What is the appropriate age for kids to wear extensions?