It’s like it makes some women feel good about themselves, since long straight womens wigs hair has always been the epitome of beauty. Our short kinky hair is never appreciated and seen as beautiful… rather it is termed nappy.
Hair in the black community is a complicated, volatile topic. Historically, straight hair and curly/wavy hair have been seen as more socially acceptable. womens wigs hair is more acceptable than kinky hair because it’s seen as closer to white. Nowadays, this might seem confusing, but it actually has its roots in slavery. During slavery, black people with lighter skin and curly hair were more likely to be house slaves, whereas black people with darker skin and kinky hair were relegated to the fields. In Africa, eccentric hair styles were a source of pride. When black people came to the Americas, where they did not have the supplies they needed to take care of their hair, slave masters tried to make them feel ashamed about the way they looked by not even referring to their hair as hair.
But taking care of natural hair is really hard I’ve realized that, I used to get perms up until freshmen year., and putting heat on my curls is very damaging and makes it hard for womens wigs hair to grow. I’ve considered getting weaves jjust so my hair can be damage free but then I don’t because I love my natural hair.
This wig story can be discussed for days, many women do it for many reasons. I don’t really like it, because usually I feel that many womens wigs do it for validation in terms of beauty. But maybe they just prefer it to their natural hair.