For most women, when their hair isn’t on point, they don’t feel on point. How many of us have scrambled around looking for a hat, hairband or headwrap when our curls and kinks wouldn’t cooperate?
It might seem a simple enough solution to slide on a super haute wig or weave, but not all hair “halp” is created equal. Substandard pieces can get matted or tangled, leaving your ‘do in an unmanageable mess. We don’t want you out there like that, so the EBONY.com style squad is rounding up the best brands on the market right now.
From the kinky and coily to the bone straight, we cover all of the bases.
Hadiiya Barbel Collections
When you’re wearing a Hadiiya Barbel creation, you’re not wearing a wig, you’re wearing a couture “crown.” Each piece is lovingly made to showcase the true beauty of its proud wearer. “There used to be a stigma [about] wearing wigs. That’s why it’s important to create hair that makes a statement. You want it to embolden the woman with confidence and style,” says creator Hadiya Barbel. The high-end designer styles don’t come cheap. Most pieces will cost you a cool grand and up.
Visit hadiiyabarbelcollections.com to book an appointment at their New York City showroom.
Hair by Susy Ever
Wonder how naturalistas, such as Solange, switch up their hair on the fly? One minute it’s tight and right, and the next it’s fluffy and loose. Well, Susan Oludele is the hairstylist extraordinaire behind Solo’s fresh styles. Oludele, known for her weave extensions and wigs, started her business out of her bedroom in the Bronx at age 17. Now based in Brooklyn, her company specializes in crochet hair, weave extensions, braiding hair as well as extensions for males. Fans flip over her stunning Zuzu crochet wigs that allow them to celebrate the goddess within.
Wigs start at $325 and can be purchased at hairbysusy.com.
Heat Free Hair
Favored by celebs, including Brandy, Teyonah Parris, Marsha Ambrosius, Uzo Aduba and Nicole Ari Parker, Heat Free Hair is a natural hairline that caters to the multitude of textures and curl patterns of Black tresses. Founder Ngozi Opara launched the brand to empower women in their own personal hair journey by offering them gorgeous, realistic looking protective styles that help them maintain, nurture, and care for their own locs.
“We are more than a product line but a true movement focused on healthy hair and building community. Women love our brand, because of our unique ability to create and provide extensions and custom protective styling units that are virtually undetectable. One of our most common customer compliments is that their husbands, children, and family members can’t even tell that they are wearing extensions/units,” says Opara.
Prices range from $139 to $819 on heatfreehair.com.
A-listers, such as Zendaya, Taraji P. Henson, Gabrielle Union and Ciara, flock to Indique for its unparalleled selection of Indian and South East Asian Remy hair. The high quality, chemically-free virgin extensions are specially manufactured to ensure that the cuticle layers flow in the same direction from root to end, minimizing tangling and matting. The hair can be reused up to at least a year and can be shampooed, heat styled and colored while still maintaining its original beauty and vitality for natural-looking, flawless looks.
Hair is sold in 3.5-4 oz tubes, ranging from 10-30 inches and retailing from $85-$330 per tube, on indiquehair.com.
HairDrobe by Kim Kimble
Kim Kimble knows a thing or two about hair. She’s the hair wiz behind Beyoncé’s flawless golden lace-fronts, long pony attachments and curly weaves. Her HairDrobe line consists of a veritable wardrobe of extensions and wigs with over fourteen different types of hair ranging from Indian Wavy to Kinky Curl to Straight Relaxed in assorted colors and styles. They are all made from 100% human hair and customized to serve each client’s needs. “Everyone is different, so the hair is different, too. We expanded our textures, because it’s important for the hair to blend. A lot of times wigs and extensions are created in a one-dimensional facet. You’ll find our own custom-blended relaxed texture blends very well,” notes Kimble.
Add-on hair is available at kimkimble.com from $175-345.
Founder Vivian Kaye launched the Toronto-based company in 2010 after experiencing difficulty with sourcing hair to match her natural 4C texture. “I was tired of seeing African in the front and Indian in the back when it came to silky wigs and weaves that didn’t match our natural kinky texture,” says Kaye. The line features several varied textures, from bone straight Light Yaki to super kinky Afro Coily, with each available to purchase in bundles, clip-ins, and silk and lace closures. The Afro Coily is their best selling texture as it mimics the tight, coarse kinks and coils of 4C girls who don’t usually get as much love in other brands. The clip-ins are also popular. They come in a variety of styles and are an easy way to transform your style in just couple of minutes.
Prices start from $93 for a set of clip-ins to $61 for bundles, with prices changing depending on the length, texture & weight; available at kinkycurlyyaki.com.
If you’re on a budget, Fingercomber is a great option for you. Launched in 2012 by African Diasporans with natural hair, the line serves the global natural hair community by offering them realistic-looking, textured styles made of sustainable man-made fibers at affordable prices.
Prices range from $6-$88 at fingercomber.com.
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Joane Amay is the Beauty and Style Director at Ebony magazine. A hoarder of shoes, baubles and sparkly things, she dreams one day of owning her own private island.