A few months ago I interviewed for a new position. When I received the call letting me know that I was selected to interview, my first reaction was excitement. My next thought was…what will I do with my hair? I was a little frustrated that I actually had to include my hair as part of the interview prep process. Lucky for me, round one of the interviews was a phone interview which bought me some time to think (= agonize) on what hair style would be most appropriate for my interview. After receiving the first phone call letting me know that I would be interviewing in the first round of interviews, my mind immediately fast-forwarded to a second in-person interview. I knew that I would not be comfortable in an in-person interview wearing the natural hair styles that I had ‘perfected’ to that point. I also knew that there was no guaranteed outcome on a flat iron attempt the day of an in-person interview and it would be too time consuming anyway.
I decided to search for a wig. Seemed simple but proved to be a pretty difficult task. I was looking for a wig that looked pretty natural, meaning looked like relaxed hair. What I found when I visited various wig shops to see my options is that the demand must be dictating long, flowing, unnatural looks. I had to search long and hard to find a wig labeled human hair that looked fairly natural to me. The style is a really short bob style that I feel very comfortable wearing. I moved to round two of the interviews and wore the wig during the interview. I didn’t get the job but I felt comfortable during the in-person interview.
While out searching for the ‘interview’ wig, I noticed that there are wigs and hair pieces in true natural hair textures available. I plan on trying some of those when time permits.
If you’re considering purchasing a wig, my suggestion would be to go and try on a few at your local wig shop rather than ordering one online. I made the mistake of ordering one online and was disappointed with the way it looked when it arrived. I ended up returning it immediately because it did not look like the picture of the wig that I ordered.
Good luck to you if you decide to purchase a wig out of necessity or just to try a different look. The search can be frustrating but it’s worth the effort in the end.