1. “Is that your real hair?”
This is a common question we’re all tired of getting. Don’t you know that saying, “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all?”
2. The lace refusing to blend.
Now, for beginners, this is the greatest mission. I remember someone asking me if I knew my band-aid had hair. Yup. That’s how bad it was.
3. Hot days are the worst…
Days like these you need to break out the industrial glue. I had to borrow a friend’s cap because the wig had given out. Embarrassment averted!
4. …especially when the wig starts to slide.
Okay, sometimes neither the weather nor sweat can be blamed for your wig’s lack of cooperation.
5. People assuming you have no hair.
The majority of Black girls wear wigs because they’re a great protective style, FYI.
6. People straining their eyes to find the lace.
Staring at people is rude. Some people just don’t get the memo.
7. The first time you take it off in front of your significant other.
This is kind of a big deal. A lot of girls feel incredibly insecure about this, especially when they don’t know how their partner will react. It can be a huge milestone as it’s an incredibly vulnerable moment.
8. Finding the right wig glue is IMPOSSIBLE!
There’s no such thing as the perfect lace glue. When you do find it, it feels like finding a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.
9. You get questions about why you don’t wear your natural hair.
Honestly, what people do with their hair is no-one’s business.
10. People say you’re trying to be white.
11. White people claim it’s cultural appropriation.
I consider Twitter a place where brain cells go to die.
12. Your significant other feels like they have 3 girlfriends.
The constant wig changes make your partner feel like they’re dating different people. Who are you today, Maggie from marketing or Candy from accounts?
13. YouTubers advertising the WORST hair companies.
I’ll never forget when I naively trusted a certain influencer who claimed the hair company she used was the best and, even better, that she had a discount code. Never again.
14. “Are you insecure? Is that it? Do you secretly hate yourself?”
So, there’s this assumption that if you wear wigs you’re a self-hating, insecure girl. This isn’t at all true. If anything it takes confidence to wear a wig. The most confident women wear wigs: Rihanna, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga. Should I continue?
15. Treating your wig like your baby.
Because it kinda is. You take it everywhere, you clean it, make sure it’s safe and comfortable. It’s practically family.
16. Getting the parting right feels like a mission.
That elusive parting. It feels almost impossible to get it right.
17. Your teacher not recognizing you.
I remember a teacher in a lecture asking me for my name. I’d literally had coffee with her in her office the day before.
18. Your wig can be your greatest accessory or your greatest weapon.
We’ve all seen it on reality TV. They take off their wigs and start fighting their opponent. This multipurpose use of wigs is admirable and resourceful.
19. Wigs are addicting.
You’re your own Barbie! It’s like being in your own music video every day. Once you make that first swipe, it’s a long dark road ahead for your bank account.
20. Wash days are extremely therapeutic.
I look forward to this. Lather, rinse, repeat.
21. Feeling like a baddie every time you wear one.
‘Cause let’s be honest, you look bomb every time you wear it.