So, I’ve been growing my hair out for a while now. I began with the same kind of logic as many here, I wanted to be able to swim, cycle, run, etc. en femme and a wig wouldn’t work for that. The problem is that with long hair, I don’t “transform” near as well as with a wig. I don’t look that feminine with a wig anyway, but as a guy with long hair, I just look like a guy with long hair. I have pretty strong masculine fascial features. The first time I put on a wig I just thought, “hmm, 80’s glam rocker . . .”
I think growing your hair out is worth a try if you’re curious. For some it works out really well, but in my case, I look better with the wigs.
As some have expressed here, by the time you consider salon visits and other kinds of products, I don’t think there’s going to be much in the way of financial savings. Remember too that if you buy an expensive human hair wig, you’re going to need to spend money taking care of and styling that too.
As for me, I’ll probably keep the long hair for a while and keep experimenting, but in a couple of years I expect to cut it off.