This is a random post by the way but I felt I just had to write this. I am 23 weeks post relaxer on Friday and if you follow my blog you know I am transitioning to natural. I bought a kinky straight wig last week, it looks like this:
It mimics the exact texture of a 4a/b blowout. I wore my wig to my workplace (a school) and I receieved a few sideway glances/looks from the students. In fact I was so self-conscious today (Monday) I decided to wear my silky straight wig that I bought from Miss Wigs which mimics a more European texture (see here). Today I even received a comment from one of my students that my hair "looks better this way". Now as I'm going natural you can imagine how this comment made me feel - very nervous. I will be BCing in August (possibly before) and my hair is of a kinky 4a/b texture. I actually feel less confident about wearing my hair naturally. In fact I can understand why some people are apprehensive about wearing their hair natural for job interviews and at work. I "can understand" doesn't mean I agree with their stance but I can definitely emphasise, after today. Anyway I'm going back to my kinky straight wig today because the students (and I) have to get used to it. Maybe it's because I am the only black female teacher in the school. Or maybe it's my own paranoia. I'm not sure but it did make me think other people's reactions must be a common barrier for women going natural.