I just really love my natural hair—apparently more than I love luxury $800 wigs.
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Hey y’all! I’m Essence, beauty editor here at BuzzFeed, and because I’m a certified lazy beauty with a thick mound of hair, I keep three styles in rotation: Afro, Afro puff, and Afro puffs…with an “s.”
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Most recently, though, I got the most drastic makeover of my life by Unilever Hairstylist Ursula Stephen, also the mane slayer to stars like Rihanna and Bebe Rexha!
Before we go any further, let's just process the fact that the same woman who gave Rihanna some of her most signature looks placed her gifted hands in my roots, edges, and scalp for approximately two hours. *sigh*
The transformation was part of a challenge in which I, along with my two gorge co-workers Patrice and Sylvia, rocked a 40-inch human hair lace front like Nicki Minaj’s for a work week.* The catch, however, was that I don’t have Minaj money, so no glam squad to put my wig on every morning, or to make sure it wasn’t caught in anything like zippers and subway doors.
*I actually took on the challenge for a full week. I didn't do much on Saturday, tho, except for a liquor store run, so I didn't wear it since I spent the day in the house. I wore it to a spa on Sunday, but I was only there for a few hours before returning to my old lady nest.
My wig came from Exotic Hair in Brooklyn, the same spot Nicki's stylist gets some of her wigs from, and it was $800…ON SALE 😱.