How Wigs Can Help You Go Natural
So you have finally made the decision to transition from relaxed to natural hair. Now what? A lot of black women plan on being long-term transitioners, with plans of cutting off their relaxed ends after 12 months, 18 months, and sometimes even longer. It all sounds good in your head, at first…
The problem is that it is difficult to maintain two drastically different textures of hair on one head at the same time. Especially when one of those textures is completely unknown to you and you don’t have any experience working with it. (And no, the half inch of new growth you get relaxed every month does not count! )
So you try to continue combing and styling your hair as though it was still fully relaxed, despite the *insert number of weeks here* worth of new growth. If snap, crackle, and pop is all you hear when you comb your hair, it is time to take a different approach!
At this point, you have several different options:
- Go ahead, bite the bullet, forget your dreams of being a long-term transitioner and do a big chop. Be careful with this decision, there are hundreds of ladies on the natural hair boards posting stories of regret after getting frustrated with their hair and just chopping it all off. This may work for some, but honestly, it can be a HUGE adjustment to go from having ear-length, shoulder-length or longer relaxed hair to having half an inch of natural hair for the first time in your life.
- Continue to comb and style your hair the way that you did before transitioning to natural. Your hair will continue to break because the more new growth you get, the harder it will be to detangle, especially if you don’t have the patience for it. In addition, if you decide to just flat iron your way through the transition, you may well end up with a head of heat-damaged natural hair.
- Get wiggy with it! Wigs offer a cost-effective way to cover and protect your hair while you are transitioning, allowing you to do the number one thing you will need to do to endure a long-term transition to natural hair: LEAVE YOUR HAIR ALONE! The line where your relaxed hair and your new growth meet (called the demarcation line) is the most fragile place on your hair strand, and the constant combing, brushing, and detangling of your transitioning hair will only cause it to snap off at that line (which may cause you go to natural much sooner than you expected as you will be giving yourself a “mini chop” daily!)
Wigs today are designed to look more natural, feel more lightweight, and cost a lot less than they did years ago. Wig manufacturers are keeping up with the latest trends in fashion and style and coming out with new and improved products all the time. You may have never ever considered wearing a wig in your life (except on Halloween), but this may be one of the best things you do to protect your growing head full of beautiful natural hair.
Why? Wearing a wig during your transition has many more positives than negatives…
- Cheaper than a sew-in so you can purchase numerous wigs and switch them up according to your mood!
- Wigs are removable so you still have full access to your real hair and can deep condition it, moisturize it, or sneak a peek at your new kinks, curls, and coils!
- No need to worry about styling your hair every day for work or school!
- Protect your transitioning hair by wearing it in cornrows and keeping them moisturized underneath the wig!
- Avoid the “ugly phase” of transitioning. Transitioning is tough and it is hard to maintain your sexy at all times when you can’t style your hair the way you would like. Just pop on your sexy girl wig and keep your confidence level at a 10!
- You think your wig will fall off. Don’t worry, it won’t. Most wigs have several combs on the inside cap that are inserted in your hair to keep it attached firmly. If the wigs don’t have combs or you just want a little extra assurance that a strong wind won’t blow it off, you can secure the wig with bobby pins.
- You tried on a wig in the store once and it looked horrible and just… wiggy. The wig you tried on was an in-store tester that had likely been combed, brushed, and possibly even stepped on by hundreds of customers before you came along and tried it on. Or, if your hair was not laid down properly underneath the wig (i.e. a very flat style), it could have given you the Conehead look.
Finally, all wigs aren’t for everybody. Your face shape and bone structure will determine what looks best on you in terms of style. Your complexion may influence the best color wig to complement your skin tone. Give it another try, and this time be patient and relax. Strike up a conversation with other women in the store looking at wigs, tell them it is your first time wearing one, they may have suggestions for you. At a minimum, this should make you feel more comfortable as you try on wigs and try to choose one that is right for you.
Once you have identified some styles and colors that look nice on you, write them down and purchase them online. Many online wig stores offer discounts on your purchases and price their wigs at about 30% less than what you would find at your local beauty supply. Plus, online retailers such as Hair Stop and Shop have a much more extensive inventory that local shops, so you can actually get what you are looking for rather than be told that the wig on the mannequin (that everybody and their momma has already tried on), is the last one they have for sale.
Now that you are (hopefully) convinced that you too can rock a wig, peruse this site and take a look at some of the best wigs for transitioners and naturals!