My Go-To Protective Style: WIGS?!

When it comes to protective styling, I have a very hard time choosing what I want to go for, whether it be twist outs, box braids, bantu-knots, flat-twists, etc. My hair is super short now in the front so I always have trouble finding cute protective styles that will flatter my face. I started YouTubing women who struggled with having natural short hair and there is one way of protecting my hair that I completely fell in love with.

Wigs. That is right ladies, my favorite go-to protective style is wigs. After researching and finding some methods, I just did not have the patient to perfect a twist-out, or the energy to even try to attempt a bantu-knot. I follow a specific YouTuber by the name of Arnell Armon, who happens to be a short curly haired queen just like myself. Arnell started her channel doing a lot of styles to protect her curls, wig reviews and demos on how to style them and I immediately grew interested in learning how to do it myself.

The first wig I bought was a disaster. I didn’t know what to do and I looked like a clown. I instantly was embarrassed and wanted to give up on my hair as a whole but I stopped and told myself, “Alana. No, you will push yourself to learn the techniques so you can slay.”

 

With the first wig I bought, I sat in front of my Macbook watching Arnell on YouTube plucking the middle part so that your hair wouldn’t be so harsh to look at. After 2 hours of trial and error, I finally got my part to look just as if it was hair.

My next step was to perfect my cornrows underneath my wigs so that the wig wouldn’t look as if I had two knots in my scalp. I had to learn how to braid my short hair down with extra braiding hair so that the wig cap would be secure. It was a struggle at first but I didn’t let tedious mistakes get to me. I kept trying and trying and after a few tries, my not so presentable wig went from “Hot mess” to “Oh yes honey!”

 

I didn’t stop here of course. My love for wigs has grown and my collection is expanding. I like to switch it up between curly wigs, straight bobs, wavy bobs with different colors and more. If you are definitely a lazy person when it comes to taking care of your hair and you’re always on the go or in the rush to go to an event, wigs are the way to go for you.

 

I wake up in the morning to take part in my daily routine and instead of having to stress about how much time you’re going to have to do your hair, you just pop that bad boy on, lay those edges and go. You can get a stylish wig from your local beauty supply store that will only retail for about $20-40 dollars. Trust me, you won’t regret that deal.

 

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Life After the Protective Style

If you have ever worn a protective style, wigs, Marley twists, box braids, etc., then you should know that bittersweet feeling of taking off the wig or taking out the twists or braids.

This is a bittersweet moment because hopefully you loved wearing your protective style and it made you feel different and you knew your hair was

protected and growing, and that’s the “sweet” part. The “bitter” part comes in when you realize you have to spends hours taking out your extensions and possibly have to go back to styling your hair every day.

Just because it is a bittersweet task, doesn’t mean you should never want to wear protective styles or you should leave your protective style in a ridiculously long time, it just means you have to be mentally prepared when you are getting ready to take out your braids or twists.

Why do you have to be mentally prepared, you ask? Because a lot of questions run through your head, just like they ran through mine when I took out my Marley twists this past Sunday.

Questions like:

Before and After

“What if I don’t look as pretty with my braids/twists out?”

“Am I still going to like my natural hair when I take them out?”
“What if my hair didn’t grow as much as I wanted it to?”
“Is it possible that I damaged my hair?”
“Should I get another protective style right away?”

And many, many, more, but these are just a few thoughts that ran through my mind. Here is where the mental preparedness comes in…you have to be able to combat those semi-negative questions with uplifting and positive answers like the ones listed below.

First question response: You have to know you look beautiful with or without your protective style.

Second question response: You should always love your natural hair, no matter the texture, length, etc. Your natural hair is amazing!

Third question response: You have to remember that your hair will grow. Don’t get too caught up in length where you start neglecting health. Healthy hair will grow no matter what.

Fourth question response: If you know that you moisturized and conditioned your scalp and hair while it was under your protective style, then you have nothing to worry about! You hair is not damaged at all.

Fifth question response: You shouldn’t get a protective style right away, especially not if you want to do it because you feel like you don’t look as good while wearing your natural hair. Give your hair a break and re-embrace your own hair!

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