Hey Lovely, let's talk about the dreaded wig damage.
As someone who's worn my fair share of wigs, and installed many too, I feel like I've learned a thing or two about how to keep my natural hair healthy while still slaying the wig game. Here are a few of my top tips:
First off, it's all about the fit. Make sure you're rocking a wig that fits your head like a glove - this will help to reduce friction and prevent any damage to your natural hair. Next, don't skimp on the quality. Investing in a wig made of high-quality materials can make all the difference in how it feels on your head and how long it lasts. Plus, it's worth it to spend a little extra to protect your natural hair and scalp.
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Here are the Top 10 tips for protecting your natural hair when wearing wigs:
- Choose a wig cap that fits well and is made of a breathable material. Wig caps can help to reduce friction between your natural hair and the wig, and a breathable material will help to keep your scalp from getting too hot and sweaty.
- Take breaks from wig wear. It's okay to give your natural hair a break every now and then, especially if you're someone who wears wigs frequently. Allowing your hair to rest will give it a chance to recover and stay healthy.
- Be gentle when removing your wig. It can be tempting to yank off your wig after a long day, but this can cause damage to your natural hair. Instead, gently loosen any tangles or knots before taking off your wig to help prevent breakage.
- Use a wide-toothed comb or a wig brush to detangle your wig. Brushing or combing your wig too roughly can cause damage to the fibers, so be gentle and take your time.
- Avoid using harsh chemicals and high heat on your natural hair. This includes hair dyes, relaxers, and harsh styling products. These can weaken your hair and make it more prone to breakage.
- Make sure to gently brush or comb your natural hair before putting on a wig. This will help to prevent tangles and knots that can cause damage.
- Use a wig cap to protect your natural hair and reduce the friction between your hair and the wig.
- Avoid sleeping in your wig. This can put unnecessary strain on your natural hair and scalp, leading to breakage.
- When removing your wig, be sure to gently loosen any tangles or knots before taking it off. This will help to prevent breakage and damage to your natural hair.
- Reduce the amount of glue and harsh adhesives. Reserve this for special occasions as improper wear c n cause serious damage to your hairline.
The Devastating Results of wig damage
Wearing wigs can sometimes cause damage to your natural hair, especially if you are wearing them frequently or improperly. Here are a few ways that wigs can cause devastating damage to your natural hair:
- Tight hairstyles: Wearing your natural hair in a tight hairstyle to create a secure base for a wig can put a strain on the hair and scalp, leading to breakage. Its not necessary for your cornrows or braided styles to be so tight. After all nobody will really see them. As long as the braids are neat you will avoid a bulky wig. Practice moistured looser braids.
- Traction alopecia: This is a type of hair loss that can occur when tight hairstyles, such as braids or cornrows, are worn for extended periods of time. Wearing a wig that is secured with a tight hairstyle can increase the risk of traction alopecia.
- Dryness and breakage: If you wear a wig that is made of synthetic fibers, it can absorb the moisture from your natural hair and scalp, leading to dryness and breakage.
- The Bald cap method; This controversial method we try to avoid over here. If you need your lace to look like your scalp. Take your wig to a professional to customize correctly. The bald cap method along with the glue of a nylon fiber can wreak havoc on your hairline and dry out your natural hair. Use it sparingly. It's not an essential requirement to wear a lace wig.
Prevention is better than cure
To prevent damage to your natural hair when wearing wigs, it's important to choose a wig that is made of high-quality materials and fits properly. You should also avoid wearing your wig for extended periods of time and give your natural hair a break between wig wear. Make sure to moisturize your natural hair and scalp regularly, and consider using a silk or satin pillowcase to reduce friction when you sleep. If you notice any signs of damage to your natural hair, such as excessive shedding or breakage, it's important to take a break from wig wear and allow your hair to recover.
Until next time! X