Let’s wig it, shall we . . .

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Leisure -

A WOMAN be­ing prayed for at the al­tar of a Pen­te­costal church is the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of wigs.

She’s up front, in her wig, and the pas­tor is lay­ing hands on her head in prayer. Maybe the move of the Holy Spirit is too strong and she is slain in the spirit.

I don’t know why, but some jerk­ing move­ments of some sort may oc­cur, or she may fall to the ground and the wig goes in one di­rec­tion and she the other.

Don’t judge me; I know you’ve also thought about it some­time.

Maybe it’s not in a mo­ment of prayer. Let’s as­sume you’re danc­ing as hard as Tina Turner and for­get you have a wig on. You’ve got your groove on so hard and whoops, there goes the wig!

I just can’t help hav­ing these hi­lar­i­ous thoughts about wigs — you can never un­der­es­ti­mate the “what if’s” I tell you.

But wigs are such a con­ve­nient way of cov­er­ing up for a bad hair day. Even if you’re not hav­ing a bad hair day, it’s a pain­less and easy way to keep your hair game on fleek.

Full lace wigs and lace frontal wigs are trend­ing right now and I can’t say I wouldn’t want one.

Ac­tu­ally, in my next life I’m go­ing to go bald and be wear­ing a wig ev­ery sin­gle day and no one will ever know. Who am I kid­ding, I wouldn’t go bald even if I was paid a mil­lion dol­lars but I’d def­i­nitely wig it!

Just the other day, I was watch­ing South African tele­vi­sion per­son­al­ity Di­neo Ranaka’s re­al­ity show, Di­neo’s Diary on DStv, Chan­nel 161, and it took me a while to un­der­stand why one minute she had short hair and the next flow­ing Brazil­ian hair.

Un­til she started talk­ing about her hair game and how women should al­ways keep theirs on fleek.

She had a lace frontal wig and al­ter­nated it with her nat­u­ral short hair look. It looked pretty sim­ple — clip­ping it in and out.

Of course any­one would be freaked out see­ing the hair hang­ing idle some­where. But a wig isn’t such a bad idea and not as dra­matic as I en­vis­age. It’s quite the sim­ple life — you wear your hair when you want it and just hang it when you’re not feel­ing it.

All it takes is just a lit­tle care; tak­ing care of both your nat­u­ral hair and the wig. You also need to make sure it’s se­curely clipped into your nat­u­ral hair — just to make sure!

The worst thing you can do is take ad­van­tage of the wig and leave your nat­u­ral hair un­tidy. You still need to make sure your nat­u­ral hair is sham­pooed and combed such that in the event that the wig falls off — you’re not em­bar­rassed!

Think of a wig as an in­vest­ment. You pay a sig­nif­i­cant amount of money for it; the least you can do is take good care of it so that it lasts longer.

When you need to comb a wig, be gen­tle. Don’t use reg­u­lar brushes, use a wig brush. It doesn’t need to be combed ev­ery day any­way, so let it rest. Tech­ni­cally to­bacco com­pa­nies kill their best cus­tomers.

So many young girls look fit not from go­ing to the gym, but from run­ning from one man to an­other.

If a per­son calls you a dog, bite them. If they call you a don­key, kick them. If they call you a pros­ti­tute, you know what to do.

Please re­spect preg­nant women. It’s not easy to walk around with ev­i­dence of un­pro­tected sex in pub­lic.

Uyazi uy­athi ulobole umuntu ngenkomo eziyi10 bakuthathele yena nge nkukhu ye Nan­dos.

While you’re sit­ting at home, take it off and put it on a wig stand. The stand will help keep its shape and tak­ing it off your head will keep it from tug­ging and pulling at your hairs.

Af­ter wash­ing a wig, don’t shake it in a towel. Be care­ful and dry it piece-by-piece. This makes sure the hair strands don’t fall off.

Don’t wring it or the base of your wig could be­come ill-shaped.

To pre­vent fi­bre dam­age, do not use a hair dryer, curl­ing iron or other dry­ing aids and keep wigs away from all sources of ex­cess heat or open flame.

You can con­di­tion your wig ev­ery cou­ple of weeks or so, to keep it shiny and soft. Make sure you don’t do it ev­ery day and be sure to rinse it all out or it could lead to build-up in the wig.

Only wash your wig af­ter wear­ing it for about 25 times. If you wash it daily or even weekly, it can lead to your wig fall­ing apart and look­ing less re­al­is­tic.

Your wig can be styled by us­ing a wig brush, a wig comb, or your fin­ger­tips. Avoid us­ing a brush de­signed for hu­man hair.

These brushes can cre­ate ex­ces­sive ten­sion, over­stretch­ing the hair with abra­sive strokes that may dam­age the hair. The best styling tool is the most in­ex­pen­sive; a spray bot­tle of clean, cool wa­ter. Lightly spritz your wig with wa­ter to re­move static elec­tric­ity and re­turn your wig to its orig­i­nal look.

To achieve style vari­a­tions, liq­uid wig mousse is an es­sen­tial styling tool. For curly or wavy styles, just mousse, hand scrunch, and pick the style into curls. On straight styles, mousse and brush lightly.

Your wig was de­signed with a ba­sic style but the vari­a­tions you can achieve through styling are lim­it­less.

Added height can be achieved by gen­tly lift­ing with the wig comb. If you want added full­ness as well, tease or back-comb and then smooth the sur­face hair over the teas­ing.

Your wig can be re­turned to its ba­sic style by wash­ing it and al­low­ing it to air dry. To com­pletely restyle, it is rec­om­mended to take your wig to a pro­fes­sional stylist.

Un­til next week, flaunt your pat­tern and style and don’t for­get to catch up with me on my blog, www. stay­era247.blogspot.com or like my Face­book page Pat­tern & Style.

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