Protective styling season is real and is coming to pay us a visit. Some of us like to protective style with box braids or sew-ins. But those of us who are cheaper, lazy, and like a little versatility, wigs are the way to go. Wigs don’t have to be expensive and cost hundreds of dollars and put a dent in your bank account. If you really know what you’re doing then you can make a $20 synthetic wig look like a million bucks without anyone second guessing.
Finding affordable wigs with a natural texture can be tricky since many of them are either over exaggerated and don’t last, or they simply don’t exist since the kinky/yaki textured hair isn’t very sought after in the hair market. Luckily there are some quality wigs on the market that I found that are super cheap and are some of the most suitable looks for Black women, in my opinion. These wigs are synthetic but they will last you a few good months if you keep them detangled, store them properly when you take them off, and revive it with fabric softener when it starts looking ratty. These wigs will have people complimenting you on your length and asking what magical supplement you take that made your hair grow over night.
1. Outre Annie - $13
This wig is the cheapest of all and is full with volume and length. It’s also a half-wig so it’ll require some leave-out in the front to cover up the front of the wig but not much is needed, minimal leave-out is always key for seamless blending. Depending on your hair and its texture, you could get away with simply blow drying your hair or you may have to straighten it. You can also curl, bantu knot, braid, etc. the wig to avoid have to put heat on your hair and make the blending easier.
2. Sensationnel Kinky Boutique Bundles - $14
This is also a half wig and a slightly more sleeker version of the Annie wig. There’s also a lace front option for those who don’t want to have any leave-out and want to have their hair completely protected.
3. Outre Synthetic Lace Front Yaki 24” - $23
I’ve had this wig before and I loved it a lot. The 24” began to be a bit much for me since I often sat on the hair by accident, so I ended up cutting it. But the texture and body of this hair is amazing and perfect if you want the look of sleek relaxed hair, you can’t beat it for the price either. There also an 18” version for those who prefer shorter hair and don’t want to cut their wigs.
4. Outre Dominican Blowout Straight - $22
Depending on how you like to wear your wigs, there’s a half wig version of this as well for a more realistic look. This texture is a mix of Annie and and Kinky Boutique Bundles, as it’s full and straight but not at all frizzy or too sleek. It maintains a little bit of body and fullness while also giving length.
5. Outre Dominican Blowout Relaxed - $22
As the title suggests, this wig mimics the texture of relaxed hair and comes with big but looser curls, so it’s perfect if you want a hairstyle that’s more glam and as the aunties like to say, grown.
6. Sensationnel Perm Romance - $27
Another perfect option for those looking for a wig to add to their date night or work meeting wig collection.
7. Model Model U-Part Wig - $15
Another favorite of mine that I bought as soon as I watched a review on youtube, this straight yaki-textured wig blends in flawlessly with afro-textured hair. Since it’s a u-part it’s versatile and you can part it on any side you want, but the only downside to this wig is you need to have straight sleek hair with no frizz in order to seamlessly blend this, so if you dislike using heat then this may just be a special occasion type of wig.
8. Outre Tess - $20
For all the SZA’s of the world who only aspire to big hair that turns heads, this is for you.
“Erin Dyana is a freelance writer with a focus on pop culture, criticisms, and beauty. Her work has been featured in Teen Vogue, Urban Social TV, Wear Your Voice Magazine, Clementine Zine, and Philadelphia Print Zine. In her free time she likes to create art, watch films, read books, and eat everything in sight."