Protective Styling: Wigs

Protective styling is the art of creating a hairstyle that prioritises the protection of your hair. From box braids to wigs, protective hairstyles promote hair growth and aid in retaining length. The impact of protective styling depends on your method/application. Tight box braids or cornrows can break your hair so you must take care – a gentle approach. The concept of protective styling originates from the natural hair community but it can be embraced by anyone looking to give their hair a much needed break from everyday manipulation.

The thought of wearing a wig used to make me cringe. Growing up most of the wigs I saw were a part of a costume or an unpleasant sight on an old woman’s head. I ignorantly associated wigs with baldness or a way of hiding horrible hair. YouTube beauty gurus introduced me to the wonderful world of wigs. Unbeknown to me, most of my favourite celebrities wore wigs. Beyoncé’s hair is not her own or even a weave, it is a lace front wig! I was left stunned by this discovery. The lace front wig is a popular choice amongst celebrities but there are so many types. I am familiar with quite a few: the u-part wig, the half wig, the lace closure wig, the lace front wig, the lace frontal wig and the 360 lace wig.

YouTube beauty gurus inspired and equipped me with the knowledge to create my own wig. My first attempt was a u part wig; this was followed by the creation of a half wig. Impressed and satisfied with my new skills, I began creating lace closure wigs as well as lace frontal wigs. The lace closure wig is my favourite type. Whether human or synthetic, wigs are a great way to experiment with colour and different hairstyles. You don’t have to make your own, as pre-made wigs are available in a variety of sizes, textures and colours. You can also purchase a custom unit. I prefer to wear wigs in the winter, as curly hair is prone to drying out in the harsh cold. I like to keep my hair cornrowed or flat twisted under my wig. Wigs are the ultimate protective hairstyle!

Warning: wigs are amazing but extremely addictive!