Wigs are a fantastic way to represent style and fashion and offer a change from your existing hairstyle.
Wigs aren’t taboos like they used to be. Almost everyone wears wigs now, even men. They are not just being used to cover up baldness. They are being worn to change your hair without having to harm it using heat and chemicals.
Here are some simple tips on what you should and shouldn’t do while wearing a wig:
Do protect your hair while wearing a wig. Wrap it, cornrow it, or do small plaits under your wig. Never shove your hair under the wig, this will cause tangles and damage.
Do go age-appropriate. You don’t want a wig that makes you look 30 years older.
Do brush out the curls on a curly wig with a paddle brush for a more realistic look.
Do try on wigs before selecting one. This is one of the most important guidelines when learning how to wear a wig. Not every hairstyle flatters every face shape or personality.
Do take your wig to a hairstylist and have them cut it into a shape and style that suits your face.
Do invest in shampoo and conditioner especially for your wig. Yes, there are shampoos and conditioners especially for wigs. It is important that you invest in these products because the chemicals of regular shampoos and conditioners are too harsh for wig hair, especially synthetic wig hair. Your washing technique should be different, too–soak your wig in shampoo and water and comb the shampoo or conditioner gently through the hair. Do not rub or message the wig. Rinse with warm water, then detangle it and let it dry. Invest in a wig brush to brush the tangles out of the hair.
Don’t use hair spray or shine spray on your wig. Some say spraying your wig is okay, and many people do so without damaging the hair. However, if you keep spraying your wig with different products it can become greasy and unmanageable. It’s recommended that you avoid spraying your wig with any type of shine spray, whether the wig is human or synthetic.
Don’t sleep or shower with your wig. Washing your wig is a must, but other than that, you want to avoid water as much as possible. That being said, remove your wig when you are in the shower, pool or heavy rain. You should avoid sleeping in your wig to avoid knots and tangles when you toss and turn.
Don’t neglect your own hair to wear a wig. Wearing a wig is not an excuse to forget about your own hair! Always make sure your hair is clean, pulled back or braided to avoid hair showing outside of the wig. It’s also recommended that you use a wig cap to keep hair clean and moisturized. If you plan on wearing your wig consistently for a long period of time, a wig cap can help maintain the style of your own hair, preventing ‘hat hair’ caused by the wig.
Don’t wear a wig that is too tight! It can cause headaches and break your natural hair.