A wig is a great way to change up your look while protecting your natural hair. Hence, why so many naturalistas are using them as a primary protective style option. While it may seem like a simple process to walk into a beauty supply store or browse an online retailers site, there’s much more to consider than simply selecting a curl pattern or style that you adore.
Before making your next wig purchase, here are a few key terms every black woman should understand:
Synthetic Hair Wigs– Wigs made from man-made fibers, Easy to care, fairly inexpensive and they typically last a few months before losing shape or becoming matted.
Human Hair Wigs– Wigs made from grown hair. Natural looking & feeling and can last years with proper maintenance.
Cuticle – Outer layer of hair strands. Similar to fish scales in that there is a smooth feel in one direction along the strand and a rougher feel in the other direction.
Remy Hair– Cuticle of all hair strands run in the same direction, from root to tip.
Chemically processed hair – Hair that is chemically processed, usually to remove the cuticle of non-remy hair.
Virgin Hair– Hair that is not chemically processed, often steam processed to desired curl
Raw Hair– Hair that is not chemically or steam processed. The curl pattern is the way it was grown with no adjustments made to the curl, wave or straightness of the hair.
Now that you’re well-versed in these terms, be aware that there are many hair companies that misrepresent the qualities of their hair. According to our founder & owner Angella Fraser, “It’s important for you to buy hair from a company that you trust.” Do your research, read reviews and examine the integrity of the company before making your next wig purchase. You should be confident that they are providing hair as advertised before spending your hard earned money. After all, not all human hair is good quality human hair.
For more on wig terms every woman should know, view this Rhythm Wigs Maintenance Monday video: