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,
Clutch: (Thrifted) Free style clothing
Bracelet: Chloe & Isabel (gifted)