Wigs are big business, and a great way to alter your style without altering your hair. They are also a protective style, as your own hair is protected under the wig from daily manipulation and breakage. It is also the perfect way to see if you like a particular style before fully committing to it. Now, there are a range of prices when it comes to wigs, and while some prefer high-end, there are some rather great ones that are reasonable. How much you choose to spend on one is completely up to the wearer, and typically is dependent upon how often it will be worn.
Wearing a wig requires more than just buying one and wearing it. You have to figure out how to wear it. Unless you are bald or have a short afro, you have to figure out what to do with your hair under the wig. There's a lot more to it than just brushing your hair back, because simply gathering hair under the wig can cause breakage. Hair needs to be protected under the wig, and that requires planning, and a proper regimen for maintenance. Here are the best ways to wear your hair while under a wig.
Having hair in braids (your own hair) is one of the three ideal ways to wear your hair under the wig. While not at flat as other styles, it allows for hair to be protected, and makes it easier for some women to maintain. It also allows for easier access to the scalp for cleansing and moisturizing. Simply place hair in small braids to minimize lumps or bumps under the wig.
This is the most common style to wear your hair under the wig, and allows for a flatter surface than braided hair. It does however leave only limited access to the scalp, but the hair is protected and less likely to be bulky or lumpy under the wig. Simply divide hair into small rows from front to back, and braid down the length of your head.
Twists or flat twists
These are the easiest styles to wear under a wig, but they are also the least popular. While easy to create, they will frizz and tangle faster than braids and cornrows. Just remember to make them small so they will not leave lumps under the wig.
Things to remember when wearing a wig
- Wear a silk wig liner - The cap protects the hair from the wig and keeps your hair in place while wearing the wig.
- Moisturize and allow your scalp to get air - Wearing a wig does not mean your hair is completely protected and therefore allowed to be neglected. It must be moisturized prior to wearing a wig. Remember to moisturize before going to bed if your hair feels dry and never sleep with a wig.
- Never place a wig on a wet head - Placing a wig on top of wet hair is just asking to create a breeding ground for bacteria. Hair should always be completely dry before wearing a wig.
- Clean and condition your hair and scalp regularly - Hair and scalp needs regularly cleansing to remove the excess sebum and even dirt. Sweat and moisturizers can be build up and need to be removed. Take down the twists, braids, or cornrows to shampoo, deep conditioner, moisturize, and redo a fresh set of braids, twists, or cornrows. This will ensure your hair and scalp stay clean and moisturized so your hair does not because brittle and break.
How do you care for your hair while wearing a wig? Share your favorite tips and tricks with us in the comments below!