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Thursday, December 6, 2012

The Awkward Stage's Top 3 Half Wigs for the Half Wig Newbie

Happy Thursday yall!! :D

If you have been following my blog for awhile, you know that half wigs are my favorite protective style of choice. They just seem like the logical choice when my new growth is growing out of control.

While I have been on the wig train for quite some time, I do remember being new to half wigs an all the fears that came with that. You don't want the wig to look too 'wiggy' (too shiny, rough texture, etc.) and (this was my biggest worry) you don't want the seam of the half wig to show! These things can make someone shy away from half wigs and I totally get it.

That's why I'm here with my recommendations for good 'starter' half wigs. These wigs will not only familiarize you with the whole half wig process BUT they will give you the confidence to rock these half wigs and know that you look fly fresh to death jazzy.

My criteria for the top 3 half wigs for beginners is based on the following:

1) Blendability (yeah I know I made up a word LOL). These wigs have to be super easy for you to blend. If you can do something as simple as throw a headband on to blend or leave out a little bit of hair and brush it back, it is a good beginner wig in my book. Something that is easy and breezy, is the best starter half wig in my opinion.

2) Style. This may be my personal preference but I think half wigs with a curly sort of style to them are the best half wigs to start with. Wigs that have that straight yaki look can be a headache because you spend most of your time trying to make sure your '___weeks post' leave out blends into that wig just so. And it's frustrating. And who has that kind of time? If you can do a mini braid out on your leave out or set it on some perm rods, you increase your blendability ten fold. And we all want to make the blending process easy right? Right!

3) Day to Day Wear. I don't know if yall know this but...I love big diva like hair. I LOVE it yall. It just makes me feel so...diva. So of course, I have no problems wearing big hair. I'ont care. However, I know that everybody isn't like that and they want something that is a little bit more low key and more of an everyday wig. So for this point, I take the style/volume of the wig into account and I also determine how easy it tangles. A wig may work for everyday wear but no one wants a wig that tangles if you stare at it too hard.

Now that we have that out of the way: my top 3 newbie wigs.

1) Outre Tammy

I have to say that Tammy is my favorite half wig of all time. OF ALL TIME! This wig looks like hair that is growing out of my scalp and I get compliments on this wig every time I wear it. If I were restricted to wearing this one half wig for the rest of my life, I wouldn't e'em be mad. That is how much I love this wig. From the style (like a nice, voluminous braidout) to the texture (soft!) this wig is just amazing and I will always recommend this wig as a starting point for living the half wig life style. As you can see from the pics, this wig looks good when you take the time to blend your hair into it (for my hair, I use crimpers that match Tammy's style perfectly) or when you wear a headband with it (so for those who aren't entirely comfortable with blending yet, this is a great crutch!). It holds up pretty well as long as you take care of it and doesn't tangle much (just a little around that nape but that can be easily brushed out). I can't stress enough that this is the perfect wig for beginners!

I have more in depth reviews of Outre Tammy here and here

2) Outre Yasmine

I have reviewed Yasmine here. I find that Yasmine is very easy to blend (just leave out a bit of your hair and bump the ends a bit) and is an excellent day to day wig. Yasmine is not a huge diva like wig and is perfect for day to day wear, especially in the summer.

3) Model Model Super Mingo

Super Mingo is like Tammy lite. Really this should have been Roman number i under #1 but :shrugs: While I love Tammy, some people may find it to be a little bit too much hair. Super Mingo, in my opinon, is a scaled down looser textured Tammy and is just as easy to blend. I left out a tiny bit of my bangs, straightened, and bumped them and my hair just MELTED into the rest of the wig. I truly love this wig is it is fast becoming one of my faves.

Stay tuned for my in depth review of this wig!

Runner up:

Outre Sabina--When I turned my mom on to half wigs, this was the first wig she bought and as a newbie she loved it. She left some of her hair out, straightened and bumped it and was able to blend her hair in effortlessly. It's a wig to try but because I haven't tried it yet, it didn't make it onto the list.

That's my top 3! If you haven't tried these wigs, I suggest you go out and do so today! Right now! You'll be glad you did and you'll wonder what you were so scared of in the first place!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Wash Day: 12/3/12

Happy Monday lovelies!

I hope all of you had a great weekend! My weekend was a little hectic so I didn't get a chance to wash my hair (boo!) so I am doing that tonight.

As I have mentioned in previous posts, for a the moment I am giving my hair a break from all the heat I have been using. The frequent trimming is so not what's up. So, from now until I go to this conference I have to attend, I will be wigging it up a bit. I just thought I would post what I do on my wash days when I wear a wig because I don't think I ever described it (crazy, I know). As you guys have guessed, this is a short and snappy blog post.

Tonight, I will clarify with my KeraCare 1st Lather Shampoo (since I probably have some -cone buildup going on) and follow up with Elasta QP Creme Conditioning Shampoo. I will then DC via my steamer with ORS Replenishing condish. I will finish up by applying Qhemet Biologics AOHC and allowing my hair to air dry a bit.

Once my hair is dried enough, I will put my hair in the sloppiest cornrows you have ever seen ( I mean, no one is going to see my hair anyway. The point is to keep them braided lol) with a little bit of my bangs left out and straightened since I am wearing a half wig. My half wig of choice is: Model Model Super Mingo

I gotta say, I love this wig so far so be on the look out for a review soon! Also, I know that some of you guys may be new to half wigs so I'm going to give a comprehensive post on what wigs I think are best for newbies and my various ways to blend my hair into the wigs. Hopefully it will give you guys a little more insight into what I do and possibly give you a few ideas!

Anyway, that's it for now! I'll see you guys soon with a brand new post!