Last Christmas, I got this lovely purple wig on samsbeauty.com. It’s the Trixie Wig from FreeTress Equal, in OTPURPLE. The plan was to review it for you guys. I tried and tried to make decent videos (epic fails, y’all) but, I realised that the real word from this wig is not even about the wig itself.
This is an amazing wig, no doubt. It’s still available for the same price that I got it in 2016 ($37.99). Wig Trixie is soft, and the lace front is so beautifully realistic. It has held up well since I first wore it last Christmas and (if you can keep a secret), I have had no need to actually wash it. The curls are intact, I just finger detangle and I’m good to go.
I was looking for an affordable wig that I could protective style. The plan was to find something nice and yet serious enough for work, but then, I stumbled on this one. I watched YouTube reviews of the different colors of it and I kept coming back to the OTPURPLE.
At first, I thought- “What??” “NO.” “I couldn’t possibly…”
I’ve always found colored hair exciting on others, but the closest I had ever come was some purple braids I did in my first year of uni. Purple mixed with black lol so it was just the slightest hint of color. I kept coming back to the wig, and after seeing enough videos of brown girls like me wearing the wig, and other coloured wigs, I mustered enough courage to buy it.
I hope you aren’t thinking “Ugh, just do you! Like what you like and let that be that.” Yes, that IS that, in theory- but you know what? Representation matters. We have made a lot of progress in this challenging society’s standards of beauty thing, but still. In a world where some people still think playing with color is for the lightskinned, it does help for me to see other brown girls looking beautiful in all the colors of the rainbow. Those lovely YouTubers are the reason I bought this wig, and I hope that at least one person seeing it on me has changed their mind about what colors are “acceptable” on dark skin.
I know that how I wear my hair doesn’t affect the price of garri in the market, but it doesn’t have to. I LOVE that there’s space on the internet for every frivolous thing you can think of. Be it gardening, gaming, makeup, support groups for significant others of chefs (yes, really)- all is vanity innit? I’m that (lowkey annoying) friend who finds a way to make everything deep, but this, I believe, is the beauty of beauty blogging and content creation in general. We aren’t just mucking about. This is what we are really doing- sharing knowledge, inspiration, encouragement- spreading light.
When I see you wear tassel braids like a rockstar, I know that I can rock them too. When I see a self-taught baker and baking blogger start her own store, I am reminded to keep at my little things and be patient with myself. This thing is both unserious and very serious. It’s amazing. I love it and I love you all.
I leave you now, with one of my favourite quotes from a poem by Marianne Williamson:
“and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same”.
The words of this poem have come back to me over and over again since I first stumbled on them on a notice board back when I was a little wench in secondary school. I’ve reproduced the poem below, just in case you need these words as much as I did.
Our Greatest Fear- Marianne Williamson
Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light not our darkness that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous,
talented and fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?
You are a child of God.
Your playing small does not serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you.
We were born to make manifest the glory of
God that is within us.
It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone.
And as we let our own light shine,
we unconsciously give other people
permission to do the same.
As we are liberated from our own fear,
Our presence automatically liberates others.
Source: Return to Love by Marianne Williamson, Harper Collins, 1992
So, my lovely. How will you let your light shine today?