"To weave, or not to weave...that is the question. Whether tis noblier to be natural and proud, or proud to be unbeweaveable? Anyway, this topic might not be relevant to all hair types but increasingly outside the Afro-community women of all varieties are choosing to enhance their look artificially with weaves, tracks, sewing in hair, gluing, braiding, and just plain ol' wigs. However you want to look at it, its a form of visual deception. Why do women do it? Im sure there are varying reasons, but it all boils down to "looking good" or trying to. Vanity. So, this topic came up amongst friends, both of whom are Muslim. One wears false hair, the other is considering. Both claim to be proud African American women-excuse me, Proud Strong African American women, so as my friends Im going to say they need to also be proud of their natural hair. As for the halal and haram aspect I am not 100% on any rulings but I did manage to find some info from people that seem to know what they are talking about.
On the haram side:
It is considered deception, or falsifying the truth which as muslims we are not to do. Im always asking why so here is Sheikh Suhaib Webb's point:
Also, according to an Authentic (sahih) hadith of Abu Bakr " Narrated ‘Aisha: An Ansari woman gave her daughter in marriage and the hair of the latter started falling out. The Ansari women came to the Prophet and mentioned that to him and said, “Her (my daughter’s) husband suggested that I should let her wear false hair.” The Prophet said, “No, (don’t do that) for Allah sends His curses upon such ladies who lengthen their hair artificially.” Related by al-Bukhari
On the conditional side:
It says that there are many varying hadith in refernece to the one stated above, but that most lean towards haram, the others list a criteria for those that may use false hair such as those that have lost their hair through illness etc. And as in any case, if something is doubtful as to whether it is permissible or not, we as muslims must err on the side of caution and it is better to stay away from it. However, this is the other argument...
So, its seems, none of my friends fit the bill, so why not continue to rock your natural hair, be proud. In the end, its up to you whether you want to do something or not. No one has to answer to Allah for it but you. From my readings, I'm also sceptical about the issue since there is no precedent sent in the Quran on this matter that anyone has quoted. Other "scholars" related the "altering of what Allah has created" on how permanent it is. None of this, including eyebrow-plucking, make-up is permanent. Even tattoos are no longer permanent as they can be surgically removed. As Muslim women, we wear hijab when we go out, so just think about who we are trying to please when we get all gussied up. On the one hand, it says that we may incur Allah's curses, and the other says you can if you have legitimate reasons. No one should seek out Allah's punishment because that is not the attitude of a true believer. Play it safe.