No matter your demographic, hair can be a hassle. From bad hair days, to just being sick of your hairdo, we’ve all been there. If you want to switch up your hairstyle or just don’t want to deal with your natural hair for a while, sew-ins and wigs are both great options. Wigs though, offer some things that a sew-in may not. If you’re debating between the two options or want to take a break from sew-ins, here’s why a wig may be for you!
Versatility and Care
With a wig, you don’t have to commit to one style for a period of time. You can have a short blonde bob on your way to class and then switch it out for long dark tresses on a night out to town. In the case that you’re getting tired of long hair, you don’t have to risk it all and take inches off your wig and then regret it later on. If you’re feeling like a different color is needed you don’t have to bleach it either, and once again regret it. You can just buy a different colored wig!
And don’t fret, if you want to wear the same wig for extended periods of time, the fear that comes with the stigma of wigs slipping off does not apply here. Use products such as Got 2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray as well as Ghost Bond Adhesive to secure the front of your wig. The first option will make your wig stay put for 2-3 days and the latter will allow you to wear your wig for up to a week without worrying about it coming off. You can also secure your wig with wig bands and bobby pins. You can make your wig look more realistic by creating baby hairs along the hairline, a trend that is thriving right now.
If your wig is brand new and synthetic, the chances that it has an unrealistic shiny look are high. Apply this well-known trick of putting small amounts of baby powder on your wig to make it look more realistic.
The list of ways you can secure your wig and make it look more realistic are endless. If you’re not sure how any of this works, don’t distress, there are hundreds of tutorials and tips on YouTube to help you slay your wig! As for care, with a wig, you have instant access to your hair whenever you want and can care for and wash it whenever necessary, whereas a sew-in can leave you feeling limited.
The pain from sew-ins can be excruciating. If you’re tender headed, you amass more pain while getting a sew-in than most people. Before getting a sew-in the hair is typically tightly cornrowed to the back. Sewing hair into these cornrows has the potential to add to this pain immensely, and can result in wounds on your scalp which no one wants. With a wig, all you have to do is put it on along with a wig cap, and can avoid the feeling of being in anguish for an entire week waiting for your scalp to go back to homeostasis.
Be aware though that if your wig or wig cap is too tight you run the risk of multiple headaches throughout the day as well as the unshakeable feeling that you’re losing oxygen from your brain. Make sure you get a wig cap that is not too small or try to physically stretch and break in your wig cap as much as you can before wearing your wig.
As for the wig itself, make sure your wig is not too small for your head. Many websites offer wig sizes in which you take measurements of your head to determine your ideal fit. If you are planning to wear a wig band with your wig, it is probably better to order a cap size up as well. Also, beware that many wigs coming from Asia often have smaller size scales comparative to their smaller clothing sizes, so these wigs are known to be fairly smaller as well; take caution when ordering online.
More Cost Efficient
When getting a sew-in not only do you need to pay for the hair, but in most cases, you have to pay someone to install the hair for you. Paying someone to install your hair can be up to $100 and is usually done every 2-3 months, or even earlier depending on the individual. Minus the cost of glues and other accessories to hold the wig in place, putting a wig on is completely free!
When getting a sew-in, if you don’t buy quality human hair that you can carefully take out and re-install if needed, you are likely buying hair that is not as expensive but still gets the job done. In these cases, this hair cannot be reused as it can’t withstand being used in a hairstyle multiple times. This would mean paying for new hair every single time you get your hair done, on top of the price that you already need to pay to have your hair installed. In order to get hair for a sew-in that would last a long time, you would be spending at least $200-$500 dollars on this quality hair when you could just get a wig and still have quality. Save yourself large bucks and opt for a wig!
If sew-ins are still your go to that’s understandable. What works for one person will not always work for the next. No matter how you decide to rock your hair, don’t forget the key ingredient of confidence in order to slay any do!