Wigs & Fringe

Wigs & Fringe

For those of you that follow my blog, know that while I was in Hawaii, I “lost my hair” in the ocean! Yes, you read that sentence correctly! Since then, and really always, I have had a lot of questions about “my hair” so, I thought I would take the time to answer them on today’s post.

For as long as I could remember, managing my hair was an absolute pain. Up keep, growth and change were constant. Throughout highschool I kept a very low Halle Berry type cut. I loved it. It was short and it was very easy. But even with that hairstyle, I had to go to the salon every two weeks for maintenance. Whether that was a wash and dry, relaxer or a cut, the upkeep was endless. I started to grow my hair out a bit as I was headed into college, which was also a pain but I could no longer afford to go to the hair dresser every two weeks during nursing school.

I graduated from nursing school and decided I was going to splurge a bit and get a fancy sew in weave. For those of you that don’t know what that is, a sew-in weave is a type of hair extension that is usually done at beauty salons where either real or synthetic human hair is sewn onto small, tightly woven braids against the scalp. In most cases, a sew-in weave will last for at two to three months, depending on how well it is taken care of, before it must be taken out. Sew ins are beautiful and look so natural but they are expensive. It would normally cost me about 50-60.00 for the hair and then 120.00 for it be put in. I did this for about a year or so until I was introduced to half wigs. Half wigs are wigs that covers half of your hair. A half wig really needs to blend in with your natural hair color, as some of it will be exposed ( mostly the front of your hairline). Some half wigs contain clips placed in the hair, while others have the false hair on a headband or comb.

It has been about 12 years since I was first introduced to half wigs and I have not looked back since! They are SO easy to wear and they are inexpensive. The ones I buy are 20-30.00 and last 2-3 weeks. They can be ordered online, or in my case I go to the wig shop a few exits down from where I live. I keep my real hair low, about 1/2 an inch. I also purchase wig caps that go over your natural hair while wearing the half wig. I keep the front of my hair straightened so that when I am wearing my wigs it blends well with the synthetic hair. I do take the wigs off at night so that the synthetic hair does not get ruined.

My kids are funny about the wigs and they don’t like to see me walking around the house with just a head scarf or wrap. They say “Mom, where is your hair!? Quick, put it on, someone might see you!!” It’s cute! I remember when Ben and I were first dating about 8 years ago. It was our 2nd date and I started to stress that Ben didn’t know yet that I wore wigs. I feared that he would be weirded out and look at me differently. We were hanging out in a parking lot by the local Ikea. I walked away for a moment and decided to write on a piece of paper ” I wear wigs, and so does Beyonce!” handed it to him and ran away. He read it, laughed at me and thought it was great! He could care less! I will never forget that moment.

So here I am, 12 years later, still wearing wigs for the simple fact that it is easy. And although I can risk loosing my hair in the ocean, I am willing to take that risk. Its worth it! That’s mmy hair story!! Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!

Lots of love,

Ruthie xo

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Dress: H&M

Shoes: Amazon

Clutch: (Thrifted) Free style clothing

Bracelet: Chloe & Isabel (gifted)


  1. Jill November 17, 2015 / 8:24 pm

    You are so chic! lol thanks for sharing.

    • ruthieridley November 18, 2015 / 1:36 am

      Thank you Jill!! ???

  2. Jasmine Small November 17, 2015 / 8:48 pm

    “I wear wigs and so does Beyoncé”… I love you forever!

    Jas ❤️

    • ruthieridley November 18, 2015 / 1:36 am

      Hahaha! A mess!!!!

  3. Emily C. November 18, 2015 / 12:01 am

    Haha. I totally wondered if you were going to share more after you shared your Hawaii story! Most of us white peeps know nothing about black hair upkeep. I love when my black friends open up about it. And I’ve found that they usually do if you’re around long enough. Love your honesty!

    • ruthieridley November 18, 2015 / 1:36 am

      Awww! Emily you’re right! I’m married to a white boy and he’s clueless! I love it! Thank you for reading and commenting! Much love!! ???

  4. Shell November 18, 2015 / 4:13 am

    First off, the last picture of you on this post is breathtaking! You are gorgeous! 2nd off, I can’t wait to start following you on IG and here on the blog and I am looking forward to more post as soon as you get back from vaca! Also, have fun in Hawaii dear!!!!
    xo, Shell

    • ruthieridley November 19, 2015 / 5:46 am

      You are the sweetest!! So glad we found each other!!!

  5. thestylegem November 19, 2015 / 6:06 am

    Looking gorgeous in this dress and wow what a post! Ive wanted to get sew in extentions for the longest time but I cant ever grow it to the required length yo have it done. I think I might have to go full wig lol. Love your story and thanks for sharing hun. Sovanny x

    • ruthieridley December 5, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      Thank you love!!

  6. Kathleen Cabe November 22, 2015 / 5:55 pm

    Lol, oh Ruthie, believe it or not this white girl can relate. Some years ago I had my hair about chin length and decided to spend a small fortune having long extensions crimped on in little bundles all over my scalp. Loved the instant long hair (though eventually it weakened my own hair which started to fall out.) Anyway, had started to date someone and when we first kissed he put his fingers in my hair and they got sorta stuck in the extensions. End of kiss and very embarrassing for us both. Btw, I tried the sew in type of extensions too – those braids were so tight against my scalp it hurt for a week! And then my silky hair wouldn’t hold the braid for more than two weeks anyway. Gave up and grew it out. Now I fuss with the color and disguising the grey. It’s always something.

    • ruthieridley December 5, 2015 / 3:38 pm

      I loved reading this Kathleen!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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