Although I have worn extensions on and off throughout my life for years, I have never in my life worn a wig in public, except for as part of a costume. I’ve also never had my own hair this short during the winter.
I was exploring ways to protect it from dryness and breakage during these cold months and a cute wig seemed like a fun idea, but I wanted something that looked super natural, something that looked like my own hair. I wasn’t sure what was possible until I did some youtube research and found an incredible natural looking wig from Wow Africa. I mean it is visually dense looking, but bouncy and allegedly soft, kinky afro hair. I was squealing with delight until I saw the price and realized just why I have never been a wig person. LOL!
And then I found the wonderful world of Black Girl DIYers making fabulous crochet wigs with cornrow net caps and five different types of curls and twists in all colors and variations of kinks and such and I literally wigged out. I ran out to Beauty Land in Harlem, got my Styrofoam head, latch hook, net cap and packages of African Braid Durban twist hair. My first wig was much too voluminous as I made the mistake of putting in the hairs to close together on the net cap. For the second denser afro wig I used a tighter coiled hair and that one is just a little too retro-classic for me at the moment. I wanted it to be more versatile and it’s not, at least not yet. Still it’s my most successful handmade wig to date as it looks truly natural.
Upon further research I found a site called fingercomber that actually creates wigs for naturalistas that really look like natural hair and are affordable as heck. I’m talking about a twist out wig that you can style in seven different ways. I cannot tell you how excited I was to find them. I have never seen wigs like these before.
I’m not the kind of dope Black chick who doesn’t give a fuck about coming in with my own hair out one day and plopping on a fab wig that looks nothing like what comes out of my head the next. I wish I was. But I would feel totally comfortable putting on a fingercomber wig tomorrow because it looks like how my hair might look if it were longer and possibly has looked in the past when it was! I’m also excited because I’m pretty certain fingercomber is Black owned and run as it was conceived by a “natural hair community that was made by naturals for naturals.” So one of my first major purchases of 2017 will also be an investment in a Black hair and wig company, which positively represents a broad and contemporary version of naturally textured styles.