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How To Care For The Hair Under Your Wig

Hmmm. (We’re rolling our eyes here)

The conversation about this topic is not one that many ladies want to have. However, we must talk about it. We must shatter the tables and drag your edges!

Ladies, take it from us. One of the commandments to live by is to ensure that the hair under your wig is in good condition.

In as much as wigs are becoming popular, we must never compromise our hair’s routine because we have beautiful wigs on top of them.

If you don’t take our word for it, just imagine the worst nightmare of every lady that wears a wig. Consider the possibility that your wig falls off in public. What will be revealed?

Perhaps, you’re thinking ‘It’s impossible!’

Well, you don’t have to wait for that to happen before you take good care of the hair underneath.

So, how do you go about it?

Follow these simple steps (Please note that when we refer to natural hair in this article, we don’t just mean kinky hair, but your hair in its original state without attachment. We mean your hair, whether relaxed or kinky):

  • Take off your wig before bed: While it is obvious that this should not even be up for discussion, as hair experts, we often get questions and inquiries relating to this. Wearing a wig to sleep is not only bad for the wig, but it’s also bad for your hair, and we do not recommend it. Sleeping with a wig on causes your natural hair to practically choke on heat, giving it no breathing space or access to air. It can also cause breakage especially when it becomes a habit. Taking your wig off when it’s time to sleep keeps your scalp absorbing the coolness of fresh air.
  • Scalp care and massages: Blood flow in the scalp is not only essential for hair growth. It plays a more vital role in physical health and wellness particularly because of the brain, a critical organ in the human body. Wearing tights wigs, especially for long periods is detrimental to the health and the hair. However, with scalp massages, you can increase blood flow, relax the nerves on your scalp and encourage your hair to grow.
  • Use a wig cap: Many people underestimate the relevance of wig caps. Some people think that it may cause heat – and as such, extra itching for them. However, this could not be further from the truth. Itching is more often a function of dirt or product buildup in the hair. Wig caps function as a protective barrier between the wig and your hair, helping to reduce the amount of serum, oils, sprays and other products that seep into your natural hair from your wig.
  • Don’t wear a wig on damp hair: When your natural hair is damp, that’s not the best time to place a wig on it. Not only is it uncomfortable but it also puts your hair at risk of harmful bacteria, breakage and many more unpleasant conditions. Only wear wigs on adequately dried hair. 
  • Give your hair a breather: While it may be tempting to keep wigging it for months on end, you don’t want to do this. It is advisable to give your natural hair a break for a few days. This way, your hair gets a healthy dose of air and sunshine that can contribute to keeping your hair healthy.
  • Wash your hair before you wear a wig consecutively: If you’re going to be wearing a wig for say, a week or two, ensure that you wash it before plaiting and starting that wig marathon. Why?  Because if you have natural hair under a wig for a long period without having first washed your hair, the dirt and build-up that has accumulated with have more time to cause harm
  • Moisturize regularly: Wearing wigs leaves your hair feeling dry afterwards, and it’s no surprise. Your hair is enclosed and unable to access air and moisture from the atmosphere. With hair oil mists and mixes, moisturizer, or treatments, you can help your hair restore its lost moisture.
  • Secure your wig with care: When holding your wig in place, ensure you are light-handed and avoid high-tension clips, glue or other materials that could potentially cause hair loss, alopecia and the likes. Instead, go for headbands, grips, bobby pins and other softer alternatives that don’t put too much pressure on your hair.

How To Secure your Wig with Wig Grips

    Video Credit: @Finest Hairs

  • Style your hair appropriately: Cornrows, flat twists or whatnot, whatever you choose to style your hair into, ensure they remain neat, clean, dirt-free and flat enough to accommodate the weight of extra hair. This prevents extra pull pressure which may cause neck pain.

No doubt, wigs are the in-thing, and it’s not hard to see why. With them, you can experiment, try out protective hairstyles you’re not so sure of, and still keep up with the latest hair trends without manipulating your natural hair too often. However, in all of this, neglecting your natural hair is like shooting yourself in the foot.

Share with us, what’s the longest you’ve gone with cornrows or matting underneath your wig? (We promise we won’t tell)

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