Wigs might be one of the most popular types of protective styling these days. We’ve learned so much in recent years about how to make them look more and more natural, how to care for them so they last longer, etc. Much like other protective styles, the opportunity to switch up your style so completely is really exciting, but you have to make sure you’re caring for your natural hair underneath. Here’s a few things to keep in mind so that you’re keeping your hair protected.
Before Wig Install
Much like any other protective style, how you prep your hair for install is extremely important. You should clean and fortify your scalp and strands with products that are nourishing. Use a clarifying shampoo like our DETOX Clarifying & Detoxifying Shampoo followed by a protein rich deep conditioner like our STRENGTHEN Protein/Moisture Balancing Deep Conditioner. You should then apply a good leave in conditioner. We recommend our LAVISH Leave-in Conditioner. You can seal in all that moisture with our POLISHED Hair & Scalp Oil.
Once your hair has been prepped, now it's time to install your base braids. There are several ways you can do it, but the simplest method is straight back cornrows. It’s important that they be neat so that as your new growth comes in, your parts will be maintained. It also should be noted that the smaller your braids, the flatter your wig will lay. However, the smaller your braids, the more likely you are to experience breakage during take down. So you should find a happy medium between the two.
To finish, you might want to add a little more oil to the parts, especially if your wig is going to be sewn down. If you will be removing your wig every day, you could add the oil as needed to keep your scalp hydrated.
During Wig Install
There are a few things you want to keep in mind when installing your wig. For one, you will need a wig/stocking cap. This will allow for your hair to be protected from the rough inside of your wig. However, wig caps can sometimes damage your edges. So you slid it backwards, exposing your edges. You can then invest in a wig grip band. This will keep your wig in place while protecting your edges. This will also allow you to avoid using any glues or adhesives. You should also make sure your wig is one that will allow your scalp to breathe. Any wig that is too tight or not breathable isn’t gonna be a very protective option.
The bulk of natural hair maintenance when it comes to wigs is just not to forget your hair needs love and care even when it’s completely covered. Make sure to keep your hair clean and moisturized. Try to take breaks between wig installs, and make sure to stay up to date on your trims. If you keep all these tips in mind, your natural hair will be flourishing under your wigs!
Do you wear wigs often? Do you already use any of these tips in your routine? Tell us in the comments.