My Very First Wig: Mane Concept Alicia Curl

I never thought I’d join the wig crew, but here I am rocking my very first wig, the Alicia Curl by Mane Concept. In order for you to understand how major this is for me, I have to give you a little history on my hair journey.

My Journey Through Protective Styling

Rocking my flat twists
Rocking my flat twists.

If you follow me on social media, you know that 2017 has been the year of “workout proof” hair for me.  I started by wearing my natural hair in flat twists, which were perfect – at first. Flat twisting is easy to master and I love the convenience of only having to style my hair once a week. But after just one workout, my hair is a frizzy mess and the shrinkage is so REAL! I wanted more length, more volume and less frizz.

From flat twists, I discovered crochet braids and the hair game was changed for me forever! There is so much versatility with crochet braids and they’re a very affordable protective style option.  I recommend you learn to do them yourself.  It can costs upwards of $100 to have someone install crochet braids for you, and we need our coins sis!  By learning to do them yourself, you only have to buy the hair, which significantly reduces your costs.

Miko Crochet Braids 2
My first crochet braid style.

With crochet braids, I can change styles as often as I want and can rock any length, texture or color without permanently altering my natural hair. I love crochet so much as a protective style, I’ve literally been rocking crochet braids for all of 2017 and my hair is the longest and healthiest it’s ever been.

My Transition to Wigs

After a year of wearing crochet braids, I wanted to give my hair a break from the tension of crochet braids (actually the cornrows).  So, I started looking at wigs as a viable option. This is major for me because I come from an era where wigs were something only “old ladies” wore.  They had that synthetic look and feel and were not very flattering at all. That stigma has stuck with me through the years, so wigs have always been a big no-no for me personally despite their evolution and recent popularity.

But I remembered the super cute half wigs I use to wear years ago and set out to find one I could blend with my natural hair.  I stopped in my local BSS (beauty supply store) and tried on the Alicia Curl wig and instantly fell in love!  She’s fierce & fabulous and those natural curls are simply gorgeous! I knew I’d found my very first wig.

Alicia Curl Wig - Mane Concept

Below is my video review of my very first wig. I hope you enjoy it. I’m so excited about this new phase in my “workout proof” hair journey. Be sure to subscribe to my YouTube channel to share my protective styling journey and possibly even find some inspiration for your own workout proof hairstyles. And please leave me a comment and let me know your protective style of choice for looking fit & fab during your workouts.


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Written by MaShelle Dean
Hey Fam, my name is MaShelle. I am a fitness instructor and lifestyle blogger living in Atlanta. This blog is where I share my workout videos, healthy lifestyle and workout proof hair tutorials. Sign up for the Fit & Fab newsletter so you never miss my tips on living a #fitandfabulous life!