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8 Out Every 10 Nigerian Women Wear Wigs To Save Salon Cost – New Survey

80% nigerian women wear wigs

8 Out Every 10 Nigerian Women Wear Wigs To Save Expensive Salon Cost – New Survey

At least 8 out of 10 Nigerian women wear wigs as part of their fashion items for their day-to-day activities, a survey by the News Agency of Nigeria reveals.

The study, conducted on 1, 100 urban and suburban women from Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt, showed that 81.8 percent of respondents own wigs and prefer them to sew-in weaves.

While a sew-in is a weave sown onto the wearer’s hair, a wig is a head covering made from human hair, animal hair, or synthetic fiber.

The lace front wig is fast becoming a favourite, replacing the weft wig. The illusion of hair growing from the scalp is the feature that makes this wig the most preferred.

The survey also showed that 54.5 percent of them own between 1 to 3 wigs and the remaining 45.5 percent owned up to six or more wigs for rotation purposes.

Explaining their preferences, the women told NAN that convenience, ease of use and cost-effectiveness were the major reasons they preferred wigs to sew-in weaves.

Bolaji Osofisan said, “Its super comfy because I can take it in and out at ease. It is durable because I can reuse over and over after a wash. It is trendy, doesn’t smell and my hair gets to breath daily.”

Similarly, Akpezi Ikede stated it was easy to take out and style by oneself thereby reducing frequent salon visits and saving cost.

However, the 18.2 percent who preferred sew-in weaves to wigs told NAN that they were more customisable to fit the head and not as heavy as some wigs.

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Some others added that they were afraid of the wig falling off and that the cost of wigs keep rising everyday making it difficult to keep up with.

NAN gathered that prices of wigs start from N15, 000 to as high as N500, 000 depending on the quality of human hair used and the illusion of the lace front.

Commenting on the wig trend, celebrity hairstylist, Ada Kanu of Dugykay hair said;

“Wigs are trending now because of the weather and the fact that it is an alternative to sew-ins.

“They are time-saving, very convenient to wear and can change one’s look in seconds. I would advise clients to go for convenience – either sew-ins or wigs.

“Hairstyle should be about what best suits you and how comfortable you feel wearing it,” she said.



  1. Bright

    January 23, 2019 at 5:49 PM

    Wigs are very trendy,no doubt. It’s a go-to hair accessory, portable and easy to use. However,they can be hot and uncomfortable during hot weather. There are also very expensive which raises the issue of affordability. Asides that,wearing wigs definitely save salon costs because they are reusable and do not need extra professional touch.

  2. Fifelomo

    January 23, 2019 at 6:16 PM

    Typical me, I can’t stand spending time with the hairdressers. Its trendy, its easy to remove and important of all it doesn’t pain.

  3. Gertrude

    January 23, 2019 at 6:24 PM

    And to safe guys n husbands money too….

  4. Judith Omogbon

    January 23, 2019 at 7:42 PM

    The braided ones look more natural not the white styles

  5. Rosy

    January 24, 2019 at 8:53 AM

    Wigs are the go for me now, The time spent and pains one receive, attachment and paying for the services of the hairdresser is not what anyone can take

  6. Michelle Weaver

    January 31, 2019 at 5:47 PM

    Yes! Looks like women out there have finally realized how essential wigs are, especially in hair maintenance, not only are they cost-effective but also help in the longer run given their durability. It is about time that women see wig as something more than a hair accessory and start using it on a daily basis. This will allow them to experiment with different styles in less time and also flaunt their new looks.

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