Lots of women wear processed hair and this ranges from relaxed , straightened and hair extensions this tells us that most of us wear our hair in an unnatural state most of the time. The few naturalistas (women that have unprocessed hair of African descent) that are wearing it natural tell you that starting out is "scary".
Experts will tell you lots of things but we're to tell you, wigs help. Lots people can't afford the 'good wigs' but YouTube has leveled the playing ground, all you need is a few basics and you are done!
Here's an abbreviated six-rule cheat sheet anyone can use to achieve the style, length, and wig of her dreams.
Pick the Right Hair
Your texture choice is totally up for discussion, but the type of hair you opt for can make or break your wig. "I always go for the highest quality hair with any brand, whether is it European, Indian, or Chinese virgin hair—but there is a difference between each type of hair," explains celebrity hairstylist, Kiyah Wright.
Build Your Foundation Carefully
"Personally, I prefer lace [closures] because they're more flexible and it's easy to work with when blending your own scalp," adds Peakmill. "Silk looks more authentic, but it could also be difficult when trying to blend."
The caveat is making sure the foundation of the wig isn't too bulky, the telling sign your hair is F-A-K-E. You want to ensure your custom piece lands on your hair seamlessly like it's sprouting out of your head. "Cornrows are best [under wigs], they lay your hair flat underneath," Peakmill tells me. "If you can't get cornrows, try to smooth your hair down into a low ponytail." Remember, the goal is to have your hair laid so your wig sits perfectly on top of your head.
Find Your Fit
If your piece is too big, it will move unnecessarily—yet if it's too small, anticipate one too many headaches. Avoid the drama and measure your head with a flexible measurement. "First, flatten your hair back to get an accurate measurement," explains Hadiiya Barbel.
"Starting in front at your natural hairline, follow along your hairline just above your ear. Next, continue around to the back at the bend in your neck and over your other ear, and around to the front where you started. Measure from the front of your natural hairline back over the crown to the bend where your head meets the top of your neck. Then, start in front of one ear, bringing your tape measure over the crown to the front of your other ear [to determine your cap size]."
Meet Your Match (or Not!)
The actual texture of the hair you select is 100% on you. "This is a tricky question [to answer] because some people want convenience and some people want hair that matches their natural hair," explains Wright who shares more of her coveted techniques in this video.
"If you want something easier to maintain then you should go for a body wave or natural wave. If you want a more textured look, which will require more work, I would go for a kinky texture or deep wave. It just really depends how much work you want to put in."
Most people have different techniques, one thing that unified them was the fact that shedding is inevitable. The baseline? The more you wear a wig, the more it will shed. The less you wear it, the less it will shed.
"You can't really stop a wig from shedding because it isn't really attached to a scalp, it's attached to a weft," explains Peakmill. The one factor in reducing shedding is sealing the weft of your wig. Her other advice? "Try not to comb your hair so hard when detangling or when it's too wet."
Get Home, Wig Off
If you want your wig to last you'll have to shelf it during bedtime by placing your wig on a head form when you aren't wearing it.
P.S: You may want to have a beautiful scarf nearby if you have a boyfriend/husband.