The biggest misconception about wig wearers, like myself, is that we’re hiding something. False! My natural hair is happy and healthy beneath it all and growing stronger every day. I embrace wearing wigs because it gives me the flexibility, the comfort and the fierceness that my busy lifestyle requires. When I was a teenager, I was all about Saturday mornings in the doobie shop; roll, wrap and go was my religion. But then when I got to college in Atlanta, my hair was no match for the humidity and the late night party scene. I hated knowing that dancing my heart out on a Saturday evening meant that my wrap would be non-existent by sunrise. I felt like I was wasting money getting my hair done and I couldn’t afford to look a mess throughout the week. I didn’t have the answer, but one day while shopping for a new brush in a local beauty supply store I noticed a wig sitting on a mannequin that looked just like my relaxed hair – length, color, style and all. I flipped over the price tag and it was only $20. (Cheaper than a wash and go, hello!) I had to try it. I put it on and I was instantly addicted.
Just like that, I could wake up, shower and make it to class on time and skip all of the hair drama that usually made me late. I could sweat it out in the daily sun or on the dance floor and never have to worry if my bangs were still bumped. It was a life savor. I rocked my signature look for a while but then curiosity led me to try on all types of cuts and colors in the shop. The prices for synthetic wigs, which last about a month, were unbeatable so I started trying new looks on for size. I called them my $25 makeovers. It was so much fun. The next thing I knew, I was showing up to class looking the way I felt – I had a wig for every mood and occasion. Plus, I could take it off when I walked into the door, and clean, condition and scratch my heart out without worrying about messing up the next day’s style.