Weave hairstyles became popular for black women in the early 1990s, and their popularity continued into the 21st century. In hair weaving, artificial extensions of human or synthetic hair are attached to a person's own hair to add length or volume.
Some African-American women find the issue of whether to incorporate weaves or straighteners into their hairstyles rather than leave them natural to be a controversial topic with professional and political consequences. Some women get weaves to lengthen the look of their hair after cutting off chemically treated hair and going natural. The process of hair weaving goes back to ancient Egypt.