Yes, you read right. I’m telling you to wear a wig!
I remember a few years ago when wearing wigs, or “units” became popular. It was shortly after wearing closures became the new “hot” thing in the hair industry. For those of you that don’t know what a closure is, it’s a special hair unit in which individual hair strands are attached to a piece of material, most commonly lace or silk. The closure is then sewn down on top of the hair installation, which leaves none of the person’s real hair exposed. Closures are typically used as protective styles for natural hair because it doesn’t require any real hair to be left out, therefore causing no heat damage to one’s natural hair. For that reason, I’ve always been a fan of closures. Now wigs, that’s another story.
For the longest time, my best friend/ hair stylist JasmineNikol has been telling me to give wigs a try. I’ve always been skeptical because I think the word “wig” has a negative connotation. Whenever I thought of wigs, I thought of those awful synthetic wigs that sit on the mannequin at the beauty supply store. I thought of the old ladies in the front row of my church with a different wig every week to match their Sunday’s best. I thought of walking into Publix and my wig flying off into the sunset. The thought of wigs was downright scary to me, so I never considered wearing one.
***Now let’s admit. All these ladies above are beautiful, but those wigs have to go!**
(Calling it a “wig” still kind of unnerves me, so I’m gonna mix it up and refer to it as a “custom unit” every now and then. In all fairness, it really is a custom unit- no two units are the same.)
Time passed by and custom units became increasingly more popular. Every time I’d come to the hair salon for my traditional sew-in with a closure, I would watch my hair stylist install unit after unit. And every time she installed a custom unit, it was slayed to perfection! Every single time. I would see her post pictures of her clients in custom units and felt myself slowly becoming more open to it. One day she posted a video of a unit she had made and I literally fell in love! I knew that would be my very first custom unit. What I didn’t know was that it wouldn’t be my last. I called Jasmine up, made an appointment, and I was in her chair two days later.
I finally joined the custom wig life …and I’m never looking back. Here are 5 reasons why I invested in a custom unit and you should, too!
1. It’s more cost effective. The average hairstyle calls for 3-4 bundles of hair depending on how full/long you like your tresses. That can cost anywhere from $300 to $500 and beyond. If you’re getting a closure, you can add another $100 on top of that. Then you have to pay to get your hair installed and styled. That can cost you another $150-$300. At the end of it all, you’re spending about $500-$700 for a traditional sew in, at minimum. 2 months later and you have to dish out more $$ for another install and possibly more hair if it got damaged in the process. With the custom unit, you can spend that same $500 (give or take) and have that unit in your collection for years to come.
2. You can take care of your natural hair. The beauty of a unit is that you can take it on and off daily. So if you have natural hair, you can moisturize your hair and let it breathe everyday. If your natural hair is anything like mine, then it probably needs a lot of TLC. I’ve found that it’s really hard to properly clean and moisturize my hair with a traditional sew in because the weave is still sewn to my scalp. With a unit, you can take it on and off and thoroughly clean and deep condition your hair as much or as little as you’d like with no restrictions.
3. You can go to the gym without messing up your hair. Its an unspoken rule that I cannot go to the gym for 2-3 days after I’ve gotten my hair done at the salon. I think almost every Black girl that wears weave struggles with this issue. Who wants to go spend all this money getting their hair done only to go to the gym and sweat it out? Not I, said Consuella! Now, I am able to take my wig off, put on a scarf or a hat, go to the gym and sweat as much as I need to. Then I go home, shower, put my unit on and I’m out of the door. It’s been a game changer for me!
4. You can switch up your look. Because installing custom units is so simple, you can easily switch back and forth between however many looks you want. If you’re feeling short today, curly tomorrow, and long two days after that, having a unit lets you achieve all three looks. My best friend went on a girls trip and legit had a different hairstyle every day. I loved it!!
5. Your time in the hair salon is cut in half. We all know a trip to the hair salon can take all day. Okay, maybe not all day, but definitely a few hours. Not with a wig! After getting your hair washed and braided, the wig is already styled and it literally takes 5 minutes to put it on. So these days, I’m usually in and out of the hair salon within an hour. Yes you read that right, one hour!
Moral of the story is this: if you wear weave of any kind, you should give custom units a try. Especially if you have natural hair and need an easy and convenient protective style option that still leaves you looking flawless! I bought my custom made wig from The Complete Look, owned by JasmineNikol and SimplySlayed_ on instagram. My best friend is my stylist, she’s been doing my hair for years, and she’s so amazing at what she does. Check her out and see for yourself, JasmineNikol. If you’re ready to take the leap, then go ahead and shop The Complete Look. They have ready to wear custom made wigs of all kinds…you won’t be disappointed!
Let me know if you have any questions and I’m happy to answer!