Damage Control: Taking Care of Your Hair While Wearing a Wig
Wigs are the perfect accessory for those who like to switch up their hair, and also serves as the ideal protective style. We offer tips on how to keep your own hair healthy while it’s tucked away.
Wigs are becoming increasingly popular as a styling choice for women who are looking for a quick, commitment-free hair transformation, as well as those who have suffered hair loss from alopecia, illness and other health related conditions. It’s natural to think that once your hair is covered with a wig the day-to-day business of styling and maintaining your own hair falls by the wayside, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Admittedly, wearing wigs offers protection from strand damaging elements such heat styling, rain, sunshine and wind. However, if you don’t implement a healthy hair regimen when wearing a wig, your hair is likely to suffer from damage too. Here are some tips on how to keep your strands safe.
Give your hair a good deep cleanse
If you plan on wearing your wig for extended periods of time, i.e. cornrowing your natural hair and rocking a wig daily, we encourage you to treat your strands to a thorough cleanse beforehand. Just as you would before putting your hair away in braids for 2-4 weeks, cleansing your hair prior to a period of wig wearing will prevent excessive buildup occurring on your scalp, and will also keep your hair nourished and hydrated while it’s tucked away in a protective style. Our AffirmCare® Scalp Therapy Treatment Shampoo is a deeply nourishing cleanser which contains neem, aloe vera and green tea to soothe the scalp and provide relief from dry and itchy scalps. It also contains natural moisturisers to enhance the shine level of your hair, and strengthening agents to fortify strands and help prevent damage.
Wear a good protective style
Medium to thick vertical or sideways, cornrows is an effective protective styling option to wear when you decide to wear a wig. Not only will it allow your wig style to look exactly how intended by flattening your natural hair, but it will prevent breakage, snagging and strand dehydration, which can sometimes be a by-product of wearing wigs. For extra protection, cover your cornrows with a wig cap, which provides a protective barrier between your hair and the abrasive fibres of the wig materials, and it also offers extra security by holding the wig in place
Ensure your scalp gets the chance to breathe
Good quality wigs tend to be manufactured with wefts and netting which allows your scalp to breathe, and this is ideal as it prevents your scalp from sweating, and therefore reduces the chance of grime building up on your scalp. Avoid wearing your wig in the shower or when taking a dip in the pool. If you can’t avoid getting your wig wet, do ensure that you remove your wig and dry your hair thoroughly before putting the wig back on. Damp hair left to fester without air can lead to bacterial growth, which can cause scalp infections. Instead of sleeping with your wig on at night, invest in a wig stand and place it on the stand at night to help the wig maintain its shape, and also give your hair and scalp the breathing space it requires.
Take care of your edges
Wig wefts can be scratchy and abrasive when placed against your tender strands, and although a wig cap can provide a safe barrier for your hair, your edges can be left quite vulnerable. It’s not uncommon to hear of women experiencing breakage around the hairline when wearing wigs. That’s because the weight of the wig can weigh down on your hairline, damaging your follicles in the process. Avoid the temptation to apply your wig too tight to your scalp, also, treat your scalp and edges to regular massages to stimulate the scalp, we recommend AffirmCare® Scalp Therapy Scalp Relief Oil. Refrain from using hair bonding glue when applying your wig, as it can damage your follicles, block pores and lead to dryness. Essentially, it’s crucial to remember that a wig is merely a hair accessory and your natural tresses will still require the care and attention it deserves.