It’s not often I find myself showing people my natural hair, what there is of it. This past week I’ve taken a few digs about other things but only received compliments on my tresses. Firstly, a young lad who is due to shave his head for charity, donating his locks to The Little Princess Foundation who will make them into a wig for a child and secondly a visitor to my workplace asking if I had ever considered a hair replacement unit.
I have, at length if you can excuse the pun. In fact I used to dream of having a head full of hair, before the days of wearing a wig. I used to ponder over Lucinda Ellery’s website and wish I had the money to splash out on a hair replacement system. They cost a lot – more than most wigs, and there’s maintenance every 4-6 weeks. Just like you need to have infills on your nail extensions, you need to have your system adjusted to allow for natural hair regrowth. Whilst this used to be my dream, I’ve since realised there are so many benefits to wearing a wig:
You can have the hair you want.
Seriously – even a hair replacement system has to be matched to your own hair, with a wig you can choose the length, colour and style. It goes without saying that some styles and colours just won’t suit you, but you can experiment.
You never get bed head hair
Quite simple really, if you don’t sleep in it, you don’t wake up with it plastered across your face and kinked. I brush it before bedtime, slick some leave in conditioner in occasionally and hang it up, either on a mannequin head, or if I’m travelling a velvet hook. Simples!
You don’t have to spend long styling it.
When I wore synthetic wigs it was literally a case of wash and go – now I wear human hair (and I’d never go back) I do spend more time styling them. I wash my wigs every fortnight or so (for the record I shave my head and clean my scalp every day, I also alternate wigs and remove them for physical activity/sleeping), perhaps a little more often in summer. It only takes a few minutes to wash and rinse, I like to leave mine slathered in conditioner for up to half an hour, then rinse. Drying takes about an hour for two wigs and then a quick straighten or if I feel like it, a quick curl. Generally if I straighten a wig when I wash it I can get up to two weeks wear with only a quick comb through. This saves a lot of time. Ultimately if you want to spend time on your hair, you can, but the beauty of alternative hair is you don’t have to.
Colour lasts a lot longer
I probably colour my wigs twice to three times a year and even then that is only because I am a very vivid shade of red and we know that red fades quick. I do colour my own now, however if it’s your first time I would always recommend getting a professional to do the job. The bonus of that is you can leave it with them while you go shopping or for coffee, when you return it’s already washed, dried and ready to wear. This is also a huge money saver as well as time saver.
You can still have different looks
When I go on holiday I take two of my three wigs with me, one I wear while travelling and the other is folded gently in the case, inside a cotton pillowcase. The one I wear to travel becomes my ‘evening’ look, long, sleek and straight. In four visits to Greece I have never had to straighten it or do anything other than brush a little argan oil through. The folded one becomes my casual-chic daytime updo style. I wear it twisted up, secured with one of these great combs. This helps keeps the lengths protected from the heat of the midday sun and I don’t have to worry about it sticking to my neck.
You can style it in advance
If I’m going to a special event and I want to wear my hair a certain way, I simply style it beforehand. Recently at Miss I’s wedding I took my best wig wrapped up in Babyliss Curl Pods which I only removed once in my outfit, minutes before the ceremony. I did the same last weekend when celebrating an anniversary date with the Mr. I drove down to London with straight hair, while he was unloading my car I quickly changed my dress and hair to go out in a fifties style prom dress with pin-up curls. Needless to say he was impressed at the quick change and he never has to wait long for me to style my hair.
Another added bonus when styling is you can also style the back yourself – major plus!
It saves you money.
As I’ve already said above, I save money on colouring, but I also save it on haircuts. I no longer visit hairdressers to cut my natural hair. For reasons why see my post…. After that incident I decided I would cut my own. Now I shave it as it’s far easier. I used to think it didn’t matter what it looked like as no one saw it. Now I have a partner someone does see it and he prefers it G.I. Jane style – which also is more comfortable for me and as spoony sleepers he doesn’t get a mouthful of hair either. Take a moment to think about how much you would spend at the hairdressers. I used to spend about £25 a month and colour it myself so around £35. Now I spend zilch. Although one wig does cost me £600 including a restyle from my hairdresser – so when you think about it you’re spending the money upfront. I still believe I save a ton though as I don’t use any hair product other than argon oil.
It allows you to feel like you again.
Whether you’ve lost your hair to chemo or alopecia, having a head full of luscious, healthy locks is a great boost to the ego. Confidence eventually shines through once you get used to wearing it and handling it. Pretty soon you’ll forget about it being a wig and think of it as your own hair – just with the added benefit of being able to style the back of it yourself.
Wigs are so advanced now.
You may have heard horrid things about wigs in the past – but there are so many options on the market today that you can get brilliant quality wigs at good prices.
I use the Trendco Gem Collection (well anything called Gem has got to be good right?) and I wear the Amber and the Diamond. The Diamond was just a tad too long for me so I had it cut to match the Amber. I’m a huge fan of Emma at Aspire Hair’s blog and thanks to her I’m lusting after a Follea wig. I’d need to save seriously though as they cost a lot of money. Even on a budget you can buy a good quality wig, but I would always recommend you get advice from a trusted hairdresser (try My New Hair site for recommendations) and buy the best quality you can afford.
Of course there are times when I wish I had a normal head of hair, then I remember how hot it is at night with long hair insulating your head and neck on the pillow – how much time and money I save and I think ‘fuck it, wigs rule!’
I hope you find this post useful. Please feel free to comment below any tips/tricks or perks of wearing a wig that you wish to share #wigpride