For every woman who’s ever been told she should wear her hair “natural”, there’s another who’s been told that she should wear her hair “more professional” or “neater”.
Our hairstyles allow us to express our creativity and personal style. The answer to the question of natural hair versus wigs depends on so many things, but does it really have to be either one or the other? Let’s talk about it!
Why the debate at all?
In recent times, there’s been a lot of talk about natural hair, and that’s because a lot of women feel that they’ve been forced to conform to a certain standard, especially those with afro textured hair. Not only were some hairstyles deemed unattractive, but the things that women would have to do to their natural hair to make it “behave” would, a lot of the time, end up damaging their hair or limiting its growth.
On the other hand, the women who loved the versatility of wigs and hair extensions were questioned about their choices, and oftentimes made to feel that they weren’t being authentic or that they were being “fake”.
The fact of the matter is that each one of us has to make the choice of hairstyle for ourselves. If you’re having your own internal debate and wondering what might be best for you, we’ve got a few insights you could consider. Let’s take a look at your natural hair first.
The Ups and Downs of Natural Hair
Your natural hair is beautiful. It doesn’t matter what type, length or color you have. Your hair is yours, and therefore a part of your amazing self. That doesn’t mean that you’re always gonna love it though.
It takes a lot to take care of natural afro textured hair. From the wash day rituals that take hours to the styling and maintenance afterwards, it’s a journey you need to chart on your terms.
There’s a lot to untangle when it comes to the history of natural hair, but the perception of beauty in general says a lot about how we as women of color have been conditioned to feel like our natural hair needs to be “managed” or “tamed”.
The Natural Hair Movement has shown us that more and more women not only want to embrace their natural hair, but want to grow and care for healthy strands that can look amazing when given the time to flourish. We can achieve those waist length locks that shine and shimmer, if we give our natural hair the chance to blossom. That means giving it time to grow as well as putting in consistent effort.
Wigs and how they could work for you
When growing out your natural hair, you’re still going to need to style it. This means that you’re looking at either dedicating the time to prepare your hair everyday or, if you’re like most busy women these days, finding a way to style that you can wear over long periods of time.
This usually means that you’re putting in protective styles to keep your natural hair in place and presentable on the daily. Protective styles include braids, twists, and a lot of other options but there are a few drawbacks to using some of them. The main one is going to be hair and edge loss from styles that pull at your scalp if too tight.
However, instead of pulling on your strands or manipulating your hair with heat styling or other methods that may damage your hair, consider a way to protect your hair that doesn’t include you doing anything with your natural hair other than tucking it securely under a wig cap.
Imagine that you’re getting ready for a night out. You’re all dressed and makeup is on point! Now for the hair. You just had a wash day and you could either spend hours manipulating your hair into behaving, or you could secure those strands after making sure they're nice and moisturized by putting on a wig that’s already styled and ready to go. Convenience and ease of use are both reasons to try out this option.
Wigs can help you to love your natural hair more. They protect your natural hair and save you having to style, dye, or manipulate it. You also get to protect your hair from the elements and keep it from drying out.
If you’re looking for an easy assist when transitioning from relaxed hair to your natural hair, wigs can help as well. This is going to give your hair the time to breathe and develop without being bothered. You have a readily available hairstyle you can put on for any occasion without having to worry about styling or having to think of how your natural hair looks at the moment.
So, which side are you on?
Now that we know that it doesn’t have to be a choice, does it make the choice of hair any easier? Should we be wearing our natural hair in all its glory or is wearing a wig okay?
Hair is a representation of our personalities and should reflect our unique style. Experiment with different things and see what you like.
The bottom line is that you don’t have to choose. You can have the best of both worlds. You don’t have to wear them both. It’s okay to be all natural with your beautiful afro. It’s also okay to wear a curly or straight wig when you feel like it. Isn’t that the whole point of having choice? You can wear your hair one way today and another way tomorrow.
At Protect Our Hair, we believe in choice. We also believe in the beauty of natural hair. So, why not protect it while still having the style you want to wear? If you’re thinking that you don’t have time for glue or lace, you don’t have to worry about that at all.
We provide headband wigs and wigs with bangs specifically for women who want to protect their hair and their edges. Adjust to fit and you’re all set with a secure head of hair you’re going to love. Check out the collection here.
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