I can’t keep a protective hairstyle in to save my life. I get to about the 2 week mark, and then it’s gotta go! I just put in jumbo braids about two weeks ago- and I took them out this past friday. Before I went natural I used to go weeks without washing my hair (whether in a weave or relaxed)- and now that I’m on a cowash/shampoo routine (see ‘My Current Regimen’ tab above)- I just can’t go without giving my hair and scalp a good scrub. I had additional incentive with good friends coming into Baltimore to visit- and I just wanted something out and wild for the weekend.
Enter the world of WIGS. Wigs are an AWESOME, easy and inexpensive protective style. I happen to be pretty handy with styling my fro, so it’s easy for me to switch the look up regularly- but I really appreciate the merits of having a quick way to have an entirely different look!
I recently purchased the famous (naturals love it!) FingerComber Unit from Fingercomber.com ($78) and I’ve been waiting (2 weeks!) for its arrival- I’ll be reviewing it thoroughly when it arrives. Each one is made to order, so it can take a while to ship- but I knew I’d have to go to the Beauty Supply Store (BSS) to have something to wear this weekend.
I headed to the BSS to scout out a similar wig for a fraction of the price. For the weekend, I decided to purchase the Junee Manhattan Style- Princess Aura Wig ($25).
It’s a curly fro, about a 3c texture and looser curls than my natural curl pattern. It wasn’t ideal, or super natural hair looking, but I knew I could make it work. I got the wig home, cut and shaped it to my face (much like I cut and shape my crochet braids- check out my YouTube channel for this How To video).
I braided my washed, deep conditioned, moisturized/sealed hair into straight back cornrows, leaving a bit of hair out in the front to ‘two strand twist’ with the curls in the front- this allows me to blend my hair for a more natural hairline.
I really liked the result, and was super pleased with the overall look. The wig only seemed to get better looking as it got ‘frizzier’ and more worn- it looked more my natural curls. BIG fan.
I’m still looking forward to the arrival of my fingercomber unit- but I think I’ll keep this less expensive piece in my ‘last minute’ style arsenal.
Hope you all had a great weekend, Curlies!
Naturalistas, have you tried wigs as a protective hairstyle? Any tips?