The Wig Life: The New Hairstyle Of Choice And Why You Need To Try It 

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Imagine going from burgundy tresses, to beach blonde bed hair, to brunette bob all in one week without damaging your hair?

Too good to be true, right? Not necessarily...

With wigs becoming more and more popular with our favourite celebs and in everyday life, we're here to let you know why wigs are the hairstyle of choice and answer all of your wig related questions while we're at it.

A few years ago the idea of wearing a wig, for anyone under the age of 75-years-old, was a bit of a stretch; seen as unstylish, outdated and made mostly for your elderly auntie or an option for chemo patients.

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Fast forward a few years and now girls in their early twenties are sporting wigs every day, and I can safely say, that among my own peer group, it isn't just me, as a woman of colour, sporting wigs, it's a fashion forward choice for lots of my non WOC friends too.

So, what's changed?

Well, let's start with Beyoncé.

Swapping her trademark braids for a faux 'do instead, Bey lead the way for using wigs to protect your natural hair and the idea caught on.

So what is a protective style?

A protective style is exactly what is says on the tin - a style to protect your natural hair from heat, weather and colour damage, or simply a temporary measure whilst growing your hair.

As time went on and more celebs started rocking a wig, we realised how versatile they could really be.

You could be a redhead with big bouncy curls one day, sport a sleek straight Naomi Campbell-esque 'do the next, or go for a blonde pixie cut before you've even finished the week without causing any damage to your natural hair.

Where can you buy a decent wig?

Well, you can either buy wigs or make them yourself.

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If you're a dab hand at these things you can buy wefts (strips) of hair and either sew them, or use a glue gun to stick them, on to a spandex dome or net cap.

If that frightens the life out of you, there are many hairdressers, especially in the afro community, who can make the most realistic looking wigs for you at prices that really aren't sky high.

I actually love making wigs ❤️

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How much do they cost?

This depends on the type, length and, sometimes, the texture of the hair.

A good synthetic wig can cost anything from £15 - £50.

Whereas, a wig made from "virgin" hair can cost a whole lot more, with prices starting from £90 and making their way up to £800, depending on the style you want. But, it's good to note that this is an all-inclusive cost, covering price of the hair, customisation and the making of the wig.

We know what you're thinking, 'Wigs are pretty granny and they always look fake, don't they?'

Not anymore.

The range of styles you can wear is never-ending and they're actually extremely realistic. By using closures (imitation hair partings) and frontals (imitation hairlines) it's much harder to spot who's wearing a wig and who's rocking their own 'do.

Just one of the many reasons why celebs like Rita Ora and Ciara are all about wearing wigs.

What's the difference between a wig and a weave?

In short, weaves are sewn into your hair allowing good security for your new hairdo, whereas wigs are normally secured by elastic bands which means they're removable. You can take them off at night and change your hairstyle regularly, just make sure you look after your natural hair in the process.

Last question - 'Should I get a wig?'

Why the hell not we say!

If you're looking to change up your look for summer, fancy testing out a new hair colour, or you just want longer locks, a wig is the way to go.

Trsut us, you'll be surprised at how much you love it.

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