The extraordinary silvery wig above is $13.88 worth of identity experiment: a bargain. Having discovered that searching “wigs” at Amazon, yields an astonishing array of styles and colors, I bought the 32″ Long Curly Hair Lolita Custom Party Wig (Grey) to see what would happen if I went from brown to gray in a flash. I discovered way more.
Around my Harlem neighborhood, wig stores are commonplace. I see my African-American neighbors changing their look frequently with stylish wigs. Once I admired Crab Man Mike‘s girlfriend’s hair by saying “I want your hair“. “I want my hair, too!” she replied with a smile.
I realized that I’d never entertained the notion of wearing a wig, despite my often out-of-control hair, nor of even fooling around with one to check out other hairstyles and colors. How stuck am I? (Is it an age thing?)
My experimental wig arrived looking like a sleeping animal, with instructions for tucking my hair into a tight cap and then adjusting the wig on my head.
Hmmm. Amazing really….
…I felt like a different person. This insta-change was totally fun and silly though…
…I did begin to mull possibilities for silvery dye with midnight blue highlights…
The $13 wig is quite astonishing as an objet unto itself. Mira Keras remarked that it is “oddly entrancing” and was hard to stop touching. I briefly treated it like an art work and hung it next to a Holton Rower Pour painting..
But that cheap wig got me thinking of all the “why not’s?” I could be asking to loosen things up a bit…and have fun.
There are endless options available to all of us, women and men alike…