Hey y'all! I'm Essence, beauty editor here at BuzzFeed, and because I'm a certified lazy beauty with a thick mound of hair, I keep three styles in rotation: Afro, Afro puff, and Afro puffs...with an "s."
Most recently, though, I got the most drastic makeover of my life by Unilever hairstylist Ursula Stephen, also the mane slayer to stars like Rihanna and Bebe Rexha!
The transformation was part of a challenge in which I, along with my two gorge coworkers Patrice and Sylvia, rocked a 40-inch human hair lace front like Nicki Minaj's for a work week.* The catch, however, was that I don't have Minaj money, so no glam squad to put my wig on every morning, or to make sure it wasn't caught in anything like zippers and subway doors.
It took about two hours for the full transformation, start to finish. Part of a good wig lay is making sure that your natural hair is as flat as possible underneath. Ursula blew out my hair and braided it down so that the wig could have a flat foundation.
Once she was done with the braid-down, she put on a stocking cap and lined my wig to this A-list perfection!!! I instantly felt like the love child of Idris Elba and Cher.
I was in LOVE with the look and randomly twerked in excitement throughout the day. Surprisingly, the hair didn't feel too heavy, but I was hyper-aware that I had a veil of hair trailing me as I got on the train and walked down the NYC streets.
On day two I woke up earlier than usual to give myself plenty of time to put on my hair, and I was STILL late to work. I took so long trying to get my wig right, I forgot I was boiling an egg on the stove. All the water evaporated, and the egg and pot were severely burnt. My hair, however, was POPPIIIIIIIIN'!!!
After work I had a second date with this new guy I've been chillin' with. My hair was in my go-to Afro puff on our first date, so I didn't want to warn him of my new toddler-sized wig. Patrice braided it for me because I wanted to look grown and sophisticated. I showed up like all was normal to get his honest first impression. Long story short, he loved it!
New guy stared for a second when he first saw me, clearly trying to figure out what was different. Then he finally said, "Your hair was big and curly the first time, right?" He told me that he liked the switch and said how beautiful I was several times throughout dinner. I was pleased with his reaction and relieved he wasn't one of those "I only like natural girls" characters who are anti–weave and makeup, so I agreed to seeing him again. Plus, he has REALLY good taste in restaurants and y'all know eating is my favorite sport!