There comes a moment in everyone’s life that marks their official coming of age. For me, it was when I got my first weave at sixteen years old. Three 14,16, and 18-inch bundles of wavy Brazilian hair. At the time, my relaxed hair was breaking off constantly, so I had to find a quick fix to get the long strands I desired for my highly-anticipated Sweet 16. With my soirée on the horizon, I successfully convinced my mom to buy me some extensions, despite how costly they were at the time.

Since then, my approach to styling my hair has never been the same. These days, I never wear the same style for longer than a month, save for when I have box braids — your girl has to get her money’s worth! While I wouldn’t label myself a connoisseur of all things hair extensions, I’m darn near close, having tried all kinds from weaves to clip-ins, and now, more recently, a custom wig made with hair from Indique.

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Started in 2007 by Ericka Dotson and Krishan Jhalani, Indique is one of the most popular extension companies on the market known for their premium quality and star-studded clientele, including Rihanna, Kelly Rowland and Demi Lovato. During my consultation at their Soho, New York boutique, I explored all of the hair they carried, as the brand’s marketing coordinator and resident hairstylist that does all of their campaigns, Joyce Koomson, walked me through each collection. They’ve got everything from virgin Indian hair (Pure collection) to natural and steamed textured Southeast Asian hair (Sea Collection). For myself, the original plan was to get a couple of bundles and sew it on as I’ve traditionally done, but after seeing the wig Joyce was wearing — a creation of her own — my mind quickly changed. While toying with my options, she thoroughly explained the numerous benefits of getting a bespoke unit, “Custom wigs are a great alternative to a traditional install. You’re able to preserve your favorite styles because it’s a complete single unit versus individual tracks. Your salon time is now cut in half, [there’s] less tension on your hair, and you don’t even need to be present to have your unit shampooed and styled. You also have the freedom treat your own hair more frequently,” Joyce explains.