We’ve all had our fair share of braided extensions growing up; waiting in line for the hairdresser to finish off your cousin’s hair before it’s your turn during December. As fun as it was gathering with all my favourite relatives during the school holidays for this tradition, personally it was actually torture.
Out of all of my cousins, I probably had the worst hair. My hair was thin, dry and brittle, with a very weak hairline, my mom insisted on me braiding my hair before school re-opened year after year. In her defence, braids were the only acceptable hair style for us black girls at school, unless our own hair was long enough to comb back into a neat pony tail or bun. My hair was obviously never long enough for this so there I was, stuck with braids. I had dreadlocks throughout my high school career while my friends rocked weaves and they looked stunning! I was always envious of how good they looked and how well they maintained their hair but I knew my mom would never EVER let me spend tons of money on weaves. She did let me get one once, in my matric year but I think that’s only because my cousin had paid for the hair. She would always say that weaves age children. I didn’t understand this.
So while all my peers had on the latest weaves, my hair was natural. I liked this because it made me unique in my own little way but a small part of my always wanted long, luxurious hair. Fast forward a few years later and I am offered the opportunity to try out and own my very own wig! Wigs have come back in a big way and have now become more accessible and affordable for normal people like you and I. Previously, wigs were taboo or known to be worn by grannies and the like but now seeing hair companies create them in so many youthful styles, everyone is trying to get their hands on one.
Hair City invited me to their Mall of Africa store to pick out a wig from their human hair lace front range and I was super excited yet nervous all at once. The staff was really helpful and patient when it came to selecting the right length and colour that would suit my face and personal style. Hair City has a wide variety of human hair lace front wigs to the more premium brazilian wigs in their stores which also happen to have salons in the back. I really love that element that’s present in each of their branch. Not only is it a wig shop but they actually have wigs, weaves, actual hair care products and a full salon service that caters to one’s every need. With an online store and 6 physical stores in Johannesburg, it’s slowly growing to becoming the It Girl’s go to salon for any hair care need.
During my visit there I got a much-needed Moroccan Hot Oil treatment for my severely peroxided buzz cut followed by the intense selection of my first wig ever ever EVER! I settled for an ISIS human hair lace front wig called ‘Paris’. I really fell in love with the length and the colour more than anything. Weirdly enough, the straight, black wigs looked awful on me.
It’s taken a lot for me to get used to having a wig and actually keeping it on! LOL!. Immediately when I got home from the salon, I took it off like I had been wearing a cap the whoooole day. One of the reasons why my boyfriend is very unsure of me wearing the wig publicly, he’s really scared that I will embarrass him and take off the wig when it gets too hot. And boy are wigs so hot! I had no idea.
Anyways, I am really enjoying this wig and the transformation that comes with wearing it every now and then, even the way I dress changes accordingly. LOL!
What do you guys think of this transformation? Yay or Nay?