The Three Highly Recommended Ways to
Wear Your Hair under Your Wig
Wigs are the best way to switch up your style without having to alter your hair. They are a protective style that protect your natural hair from the daily manipulation that leads to breakage and hair loss. They can also be used to test out a style before you fully commit to it. One thing I love about wigs is that they come in a range of prices, from very high ended to quite reasonable ones. The amount one chooses to spend is sorely depended on an individual, and how often they are planning to wear it. However, it is important to remember that high quality wigs are worth the investment because they will serve you for more than 12 months.
Wearing a wig is not just a matter of buying, putting it on your head and off you go. You need to decide how your hair should be worn underneath. Unless you have a short afro or are bald, there’s a lot more than just brushing your hair and holding it in a bun underneath our wig. Simply gathering your hair under your wig could result in breakage. Your natural tresses need to be protected even when under a wig and you need to have a proper hair maintenance regimen. The following are some of the best ways to wear your hair under a wig.
Braiding your actual hair is an ideal way to protect your hair under a wig. While it may not be as flat as some would prefer, this style is easy to maintain and makes it easy for one to access their scalp should they need to cleanse, moisturize or massage it. Be sure to have the braids in a very small size to avoid bumps and lumps under your wig.
This is the most common protective style for hair under a wig. It creates a flat base for the perfect installation of your wig, unlike braids. However, access to your scalp is quite limited, but then your hair is fully protected and not lumpy. For simple cornrows, equally divide your hair into rows and braid from the front to the back of your head.
This is the easiest style yet the least popular. Even though they are easy to create, they tangle and frizz faster than cornrows and braids. Just ensure they are tiny so that there are no lumps under your wig.
When wearing a wig, remember:
- Silk wig liner – A wig cap helps in keeping your hair in place, protecting it from the wig.
- Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize – I cannot emphasize on this enough. Wearing a wig does not mean you get to forget about your natural hair. You need to moisturize it prior to wearing a wig and before bed if it feels dry. Remember to take off your wig before going to bed otherwise you risk damaging it.
- Never wear a wig if your hair still wet – Doing this creates a conducive environment for bacteria to breed.
- Regularly clean and condition your scalp – Your hair and scalp need to be regularly cleaned and conditioned so as to get rid of any excess sebum and hair product. Take done your cornrows, tests or braids, shampoo, condition and moisturize. Once your hair is dry, you can then redo a fresh set of protective style.
What is your most preferred style? Let us know in the comments section below!