I am a new member of team #wiglife, and let me tell you, the wig life sure did choose me. I am transitioning to natural hair, which means my hair is not fun to deal with right now, and being such a lazy hair person, I decided to give the wig life a shot. We are lucky to be living in a time where it's not a secret that a lot of women wear wigs, just the opposite in fact. Women are no longer afraid to rock a wig today and leave their hair out the next, despite the weird questions we get asked about our hair. A lot of people are now aware that what a woman, Black or otherwise, chooses to do with her hair is no one's business but hers
Here are my feelings summed up in a list of pros and cons:
- Convenience: I cannot overestimate how wonderful it is for me to be able to "put on my hair" as I'm walking to the door. No longer do I have to think about how to style my hair, then go through the trouble of actually styling it...let's just say I ended up in a ponytail 99% of the time
- Low Maintenance: I haven't had to wash my wig yet but from what I have read, it's not too difficult of a process, I am not dreading doing it
- Versatility: I have only used one wig so far but I can imagine the possibilities if you own several, you can switch up your look at the snap of a finger.
- Headache: I don't know if this is everyone, but I do not like having things on my head...well my head doesn't like it, I don't mind how they look. I get a headache the moment I tie my hair a little tight, or use a head band or wear a hat, and apparently, a wig. The elastic on my wig isn't super tight but the moment I put it on, I get a headache, although it does taper down as the day goes along, or I notice it less, who knows. All I know is the feeling of taking off my wig the moment I get home is only comparable to the feeling of taking your bra off after a long day
- Price: I have searched far and wide and let me tell you, it is not cheap to get a good quality wig, it's barely affordable. If you want to have one made to fit your head, you need to buy good quality hair and a closure. The closure alone can run you over a $100! I don't know about you but that is a lot of money for me to spend on hair, considering I will probably want more than one so I can switch things up from time to time
- Fear: My biggest fear, when it comes to wigs, is having the wig fall of my head at the most inopportune moment. I pin mine down in 2 places every time I wear it, but that fear is never far away from my mind, which means I am not fully confident with my wig and I can be found touching/rearranging my wig from time to time.
I think all in all, the good outweighs the bad for me and I already have my summer wig planned out and I'm hoping I don't get sick of wigs by then. Maybe I'll start a little piggy bank to purchase my next wig :)
Happy Hair Days!