These days, wigs aren’t just for people with thinning hair. Celebrities are amping up the glamour, and wigs are becoming more common on the runway, on the street, and simply to match a particularly fabulous outfit.
L.A. Times writer Alene Dawson comments on the use of wigs for celebrities of all ethnicities in her article “Wigs and fake hair are all the rage” … and if you aren’t a celebrity, you may wonder why.
Celebrity wigs and African-American women
For years, African-American women have been covering their natural hair with wigs, in order to achieve the smooth, straight look that is difficult with thick, tight curls. Women like Beyonce have been using wigs, hair pieces, and other natural hair extensions to lengthen, straighten, and smooth the appearance of their hair.
However, many women want what they don’t have: celebrities aren’t the only ones getting these pin-straight wigs. Normal folk do it too. Weaves have been common for nearly a decade, perhaps longer, and most of them consist of long, thin, easily styled hair.
It makes sense whether you’ve got to get up and go in the morning and don’t have time for regular oil treatments, or you’ve got three hours to perform on a humid day and there isn’t a force on earth that will keep your curly hair looking pin straight. Women are also getting lace front wigs or hair pieces sewn into their natural hair, to keep their look secure while also getting that style they desire.
Wigs for glamour
However, these wig trends aren’t just for celebrities with rambunctious locks. Even women who often wear their hair naturally have taken to donning a wig for a red-carpet event, or for music videos or other public events. And the truth is, most of the time it’s because the wigs are fun and they make a statement.
Instead of dyeing their hair every week or so, celebrities can choose to wear wigs that have the vibrant color they desire. It doesn’t wreak havoc on their natural hair, because it doesn’t involve any chemical treatment. So if you’re wearing a dress that would look stunning with a vibrant pink pin straight bob, fear not: there’s a wig for that.
Celebrities like Nicki Minaj, Katy Perry, and Lady Gaga are known for their glamorous, off-the-wall ensembles, and the hair makes the outfit. These ladies sport wigs like it’s nobody’s business, and they do it with great finesse. It isn’t uncommon for these three musical ladies to wear four or five different wigs while shooting a single music video. That sort of switch-up just isn’t possible if you are only working with natural hair.
We’re all wearing wigs
Men wear them in movies, women wear them on the street. Wigs aren’t as taboo as they used to be. Men whose hair is thinning hair aren’t pestered about their hair treatments, and women who don’t want to sport their natural look aren’t frowned upon either.
Wigs are beautiful because they spark confidence in celebrities and normal folk alike, and that confidence is irreplaceable. So readers, dawn your lace-front wigs, your weaves, your hair extensions, and clip-in hair pieces. If wearing a wig sparks confidence in you, and makes you feel beautiful (or handsome, for the men out there), then go forth and sport that new hairdo. In the end, it’s all about what the wig does for you.