Fresh Takes On Common Protective Styles
By: Pekela Riley
In recent years, the go-to protective styles for protecting our delicate ends and retaining length, with minimum manipulation, have been our treasured twist-outs and extensions. However, at Salon PK we’ve noticed a sensational new crave for Wigs!
When our Mommas and Big Mommas rocked a wig back in the day, it was blatantly obvious to all, that there was something very peculiar and foreign going on above their scalp. Wigs were the antithesis of a “natural” look. Today however, wigs are more popular than ever before. Women are really enjoying them because wigs are looking much more natural, with way more customization – and there is no longer such a critical taboo associated with them.
The YouTube era has allowed us to evolve to a point of desiring transparency in how we achieve various styles of beauty transformation. The more information and visual tutorials we shared, the more accepting we became of wigs, as a very common and popular protective styling option. Women really enjoy the transparency of seeing a good custom wig created and put on. Plus the sophisticated enhancements to such seamless customizations, achieved by the most cutting edge tweezing techniques, are simply amazing.
Here are the top 3 protective wig options, becoming more and more popular with our darling natural hair blogger and YouTubers, creating a new styling league of our own:
Level 1: U Part
U Parts are for the wig beginner, looking to venture into a new protective styling wig for getting on 1st base. With the U Part all of the hair is braided down, except a little leave out that creates a U part. It allows for a woman to incorporate some of her real hair to feel comfortable because she’s using her own natural hairline and scalp. U Part tutorials have become very popular amongst many natural hair bloggers as well.
Level 2: Lace Frontal
This is for that woman ready to grip her Louisville Slugger bat for protective styling, and hit a pop fly double, allowing her to cover an additional base or two aesthetically. Lace Frontals makes use of hair tied into a very thin and fine lace, and does a great job of mimicking a natural hairline. Lace frontals can customize the hairline through a “tweezing” process, to create natural variations that a hairline would have. This is the go-to option for that woman who wants the added volume, length, or wants to try a different color – while protecting all of her hair and not leaving any of it out.
Level 3: Full Lace
Now here’s the major league stadium for ladies swinging for the fences and desiring a full scale homerun protective styling. With Full Lace Wigs, lace from the front is the base for the entire wig. So there is more customization throughout the wig in terms of density. The Full Lace is for that “Protective Diva” that wants to show up, and show out, with a protective style. She plans on doing a lot with her wig – wearing it half up, half down, ponytails, plus more – and the Full Lace gives her the most versatile options for all of her aesthetic purposes.
So share with us your thoughts on how you plan to “Play Ball” and “Slay All” with your own custom units for protective styling this season.