I never read the How To Be a Girl book. I didn't even know girls plucked/waxed their brows until I was in college! I just thought I was lucky enough to have giant caterpillar eyebrows. I also keep busy creatively and was probably a little snobby, thinking I was too smart to 'waste' my time on make-up. The mentality serves me well–losing my hair is more fascinating than anything.
But I have to say that getting scarves and shopping for wigs gives me a different perspective. I'm not thinking about an effort to look good as being potentially shallow anymore, it's an indulgence but it's FUN. I went to a 'Look Good, Feel Better' workshop at Sunshine Mansion where I got a giant goodie-bag of make-up and spent two hours learning how to use it. It was nice. I'll never use all that make-up in a million years but the process was weirdly comforting.
Wigs are even more fun. I've always loved having purple hair but the dyeing process/mess and inevitable job issues are more trouble than they're worth so I've been wanting a purple wig for years! It was only $10 but I angst about spending money on non-essentials. Now I have an excuse ;)
It actually looks way better in the picture than it does in reality unfortunately :P The quality is not too high but eh, it's just for fun.
But, I got a free blonde wig from the workshop which my mom is considering dyeing dark blue =O We just have to figure out the best way to do it.
Of course, we did get a REAL wig too. After about a hundred million hours of shopping online and in a variety of stores, we narrowed it down to a few options. The most popular was a super cute, super stylish one. If we could have gotten two, I would have gotten this one as well. It was totally not me which is really cool. I'm not stylish at all and it looked GREAT!
But I figure if I can only have one, I should get one that feels more 'me.' I'm a long-hair type of gal and I really wanted to get something with red in it. I was really tempted to get this next one but my mom thought it looked too fake because of the red. Also, one of the salespeople mentioned that if I lost my eyebrows I might want a wig with bangs to hide/soften out the drawn on brows.
I still think the red looks great!
And now the ACTUAL wig we FINALLY decided on. By the way, we bought it from Wear Hair for You and Laura was amazing. She could tell by looking at me for five seconds how I normally wore my hair. Within five minutes, she'd guessed two of the wigs we had narrowed our choices to. We probably should have gone to her first but my mom and I are very meticulous about choosing something to spend money on. I know I wouldn't have been comfortable buying something without having tried on those hundred options that didn't work out.
Some wigs looked great on the heads but awful on me, and some looked awful on the heads but great on me….plus it's really hard to get past the color hair. I tried on blonde wigs that probably had great styles. There was actually one, last wig we almost got. Too bad we didn't get a picture. It had real nice layering but it wasn't monofilament so the part looked chunky and fake. I'm tall enough that no one can see it anyway so it probably didn't matter but it was a blonde wig…..
Anyway, without further ado………………..MY WIG!