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Growing up in the black community, wigs and weaves aren’t a dirty word, it’s actually a sign your refund check came in. Even super embarrassing moments, like “getting your wig snatched” is actually a comical phrase that can be a positive thing when something amazing takes you by surprise. I brought this knowledge into the interview, and as I spoke with Daniel “Danny” Knight, at his Soft Images Studio, I learned this accepting culture is what he’s trying to develop as well. “We try to refrain from calling it wigs. We call them enhancers. We’re trying to eliminate the stigma. We’re trying to create an atmosphere where the African-American community had for years.”
I didn’t mind at all when Knight placed a sample scalp base on my head. I already imagined the possibilities of flowing wavy hair. But with my short curly hair at the top of my head, hair extensions can be a challenge, because the alternative hair needs to sit at a believable height. “Maybe the thing to do with your hair is to straighten and blow it out so you can wrap it and then clip it. So you’ll have a better architectural platform closer to your scalp,” Knight said.
He later showed template designs on his iPad to reveal what a scalp replica should look like with a client’s measurements. “I put diagrams where I want the [hair] clips, that kind of thing,” Knight added.
Then Knight held a ring of hair samples of different colors. He matched my off-black hair color, which is 1B, and suggested a color strategy. “I like to have a little bit of room to manipulate the color, so when your hair comes in [after being delivered], if you wanted to, I could make the roots blue-black, put a little bit of lightener on the ends, just a little bit, so it looks like it grew out of your head that way because it’s going to do that…I could say put in eight inch highlights throughout the front with a color, let’s say this one,” Knight said as he placed pieces of burgundy colored hair throughout my 1B hair sample. “I don’t want to blend them, I want it to be streaky.”
Getting an alternative hair consultation is an experience where your imagination is taken to the next level. I didn’t go forward with the alternative hair process, but I did decide to embrace the spirit of my consultation, which is celebrating the possibilities of hair.