African American wig styles are in more demand now as our schedules get tighter. In the black community, great hair means sleeker and well-kept (aka never nappy). But the time you need to put in sitting in a salon chair is a big demand on a busy schedule (which we all have!). Last year there were over $950 million on African American hair products. Needless to say… we take great pride in our hair!
However, you don’t always have to spend the time in the chair. A wig is the best option as it is a quick way to get a perfect hair style that only looks like you spent hours at the salon. Will look just like your hair… even better! Besides the convenience factor, wigs allows great flexibility in allowing you to change your hairstyle overnight! This is a good option for women who prefer having new looks every day or week.
Wigs for African Americans have improved in quality and range of choices in the past few years. Brands like Vivica Fox, Motown Tress, and Forever Young have grown as the demand for quality products has increased by women of color. But the many traditional brands are expanding their lines to include hair that is a bit more textured... and who says you have to stay with textured hair anyway? We can have any hair we want... if the wig fits... wear it!
Here are some great trends in the African American wig market we are seeing diversity at its most beautiful as these wigs for black women and women of color are right on trend:
The Moore Wig by Vivica Fox is a hot short cut. This is one of the best short wig hairstyle for any woman. It looks good on all face shapes and has a smooth and sleek texture. Due to its short length, ladies who want to look younger find this style perfect! Even though it is a synthetic wigs… you can play with the style. The volumized layers on this natural pixie cut wig can be worn slick and chic or play up the texture with holding product to get an edgy modern look. Short hair cuts will keep you as cool as you look all day. There are so many great short wigs in the African American section to choose from, but you don’t have to stay in one category! Short hair style wigs in most any brand can work as they are generally more texturized and with a little bit of product… you can create the look you want!
Long and Luscious Layers
Long sexy hair will never go out of style (pun intended;) These days long hair is not just for the young vixen anymore! Women of all ages and color can rock long locks. Just make sure to add some layers in and you will always look fresh and young in your long hair style.
Urban Gypsy by Forever Young is a perfect long wig with great layers throughout. Forever Young is a fashion forward brand which is uniquely focused on hip on trend styles for African American women and other women of color at affordable prices. The perfectly textured wigs are fun and easy to manage… and did we mention great prices?
Long hair style wigs are hot sellers all year round. You’ll be turning head and looking hot… just make sure you stay cool… look for a wig that is open wefted which means COOL!
Many black women complain about excessive heat when wearing wigs. This usually happens when you wear a lesser quality wig… yes… cheap wigs are hot (and not the kind of hot you want to be!) But like this Bori wig by Motown Tress you can choose a open wefted cap also called traditional or basic wig cap. This means each of the wefts of hair are connected but not completely sewn together in order to leave space to stretch and breathe between each weft. This allows air circulation with-in the wig… cool head… cool style! Actually you might even forget that you’re wearing a synthetic wig.
Curls for Days!
Every girl needs curls. No exception! But make sure you are getting the right look from your curls. Most black women love curly hair however, the best curls are not a hairstyle that is easy to achieve or maintain. So the best option is to buy a curly wig like the one featured in the photo above. The Jozefina by Vivica Fox
Don’t forget to keep your Curls looking soft and conditioned. Its super important to use great products for synthetic hair as the fiber is not like human hair at all and needs products formulated especially for keeping synthetic hair looking natural and well-conditioned. A great soft curly wig will give you a fresh and new look. Keep your curls in check… by placing it on a wig stand when not in use – this will preserve its style!
Lace front wigs are the absolute best if you don’t want anyone to know you are wearing a wig. Unless you are going to wear bangs… your forehead is going to show. That is the place where a wig seam will show too. So lace fronts like this Queenie Remy human hair wig by Vivica Fox will keep everyone guessing! With a lace front wig, you will have a lace section at the forehead area and the hair will be sewn in to the tiny holes in the lace (by hand) this gives the illusion the hair is growing straight out of your head. Totally natural. Because the lace section is hand tied, it will be a bit pricier… but well worth it when the compliments start rolling in.
Blonde looks gorgeous on black women. The light honey tones against darker skin is eye-catching! This H-157 by Vivica Fox is a fun style.
Smooth and straight with banging fringe! Of course this and most all wigs come in several colors to choose from, but we are all about the Blonde for spring and summer this year.
Human Hair wigs are the bomb... like this HH-Whitney. Nothing quite like human hair... Of course, they are usually a bit more expensive but well worth it as you have choices. Style it anyway you like and get that soft feel and movement that only human hair can give you. African American human hair wigs are popular among women of color because the texture tends to be a little more coarse. But you can choose from any human hair wig and style as you like. If you want a bit more texture… Indian human hair or Chinese will be a better choice for you!
Think Outside the Box
African American wigs are great and made with a very specific woman in mind. But women of color don’t have to stay in that box. Branch out! Try the mainstream brands as many of the styles are more texturized. This Sunny wig by Ellen Wille is gorgeous and amazing quality. You can explore different brands across the board. You’ll be surprised at the hot styles you will love!
All women treasure their hair. It is our crown and glory. Make the best of it. Whether you want to go natural or take the smooth paved road of convenience. You have the right to choose your style. But always remember… beautiful hair is at your fingertips and just a click away!