By CANDACE ROBERTS
Is it okay if you have natural hair and wear wigs? I say: Yes. Maybe you want to switch up your style every now and again. My reason is this: In 2005, at age 17, I discovered a small round bald spot in my hair. Of course I panicked and sought answers. I was told to have Alopecia Areata, which is a medical condition causing hair loss in some or all areas of the body, but usually just the scalp. Thankfully, I didn’t lose all my hair. I had always had really long, thick hair, which in this case was a blessing because it covered what few bald spots I had. The disease can go into remission permanently or for a certain period of time. Mines has been in remission for more than a few months now, thank God! There are many causes for this condition. Heredity and stress played a role in mines. My maternal great grandmother and one of my paternal first cousins had this condition too. I have learned to not stress over practically anything in order to prevent hair loss, another blessing. I definitely handle things differently to prevent stress.
After a few months, I went from having one bald spot to nine at one time. I saw an article about the singer, Brandy, wearing half wigs. I ordered one to try it out and it looked good on me. Eventually moving on to both 3/4 wigs and full wigs. Soon after I cut my hair short out of frustration and wanting my hair to grow back even. After cutting it I just decided to go natural. I didn’t know much about going natural and it was a struggle in the beginning. By this time I had refused to go back to using hair relaxers. I finally got the hang of it thanks to a few Youtube videos, articles and a friend who recommended natural hair products to me.
I still wear wigs and I wear my hair naturally in an Afro and occasionally twisting it. I’ve heard women with natural hair say they wear wigs to switch the style up, to protect their hair in the winter, and the list goes on. If your hair is natural and you decide to wear wigs too, for what ever the reason, just do whatever is comfortable for you.
Taliah Waajid Miss Jessie’s (MissJessies.com) Natural Jenesis (NaturalJenesis.com) Mixed Chicks (MixedChicks.net)
My favorite natural hair Youtuber’s:
My natural hair inspiration:
Leela James (LeelaJames.com)
- When Only a Wig Will Do (everydayhealth.com)
- Natural hair growth: keeping the end goal in mind (afroblush.com)
- What is your reasoning behind going natural with your hair? (beautifulnaps.wordpress.com)
- Finally Natural & Lovin It!!!! (coilyncourager.wordpress.com)
- Hair Loss From Alopecia Areata (everydayhealth.com)