Seven Tips Maintain That Mane!
Wearing wigs is easily the ultimate way to protect your hair and give you a sexy hairstyle.
We tend to fall prey to using wigs as only a means of a beautiful look but in the process forgetting to take care of our natural hair underneath. There are so many horrible ramifications of not treating your roots when you are wearing a protective hairstyle.
A recent study shows that African American women are more likely to have hair loss than any other race because they leave sew-ins in too long or don't treat their hair under their wigs. I own about 12 wigs myself and the collection is continuously growing as months go on.
This hairstyle is helping my natural tresses flourish and indeed become great; it was not always that way of course. It takes some self-discipline and some excellent tips to make keeping your natural hair healthy less tedious and more enjoyable.
If we want to slow down the effects of hair loss for a woman these tips and tricks will dramatically change the way you view and take care of your hair. I promise you, by using a few extra moments out of your daily and weekly routine, you too will be able to enjoy the benefits of wearing this hairstyle and keeping your hair healthy.
Now, let's jump right into this list of 7 ways to maintain your hair underneath your wig.
Wash Your Hair Regularly
Okay, washing your hair may seem like common sense, but hey I had to put this on the list to stress the importance of this tip.
Keeping your scalp clean is a great way to make sure your hair follicles are healthy, active, and more susceptible to grow. Wearing a wig all day will cover up your scalp, this leaves room for sweat and dirt to build up at a much faster rate.
With dandruff and other unhealthy oils building up on top of your hair, this can cause your hair to have an odd smell and tangle causing breakage. Shampooing and conditioning your hair will be your best friend throughout the process of wearing wigs. Even if you just do a simple co-wash without using shampoo, it will help clean your scalp.
Dead skin and sweat start to build up within the first five days of having your hair braided or out, so it would be best to try to wash your hair at least once a week to get all the dirt out of your hair.
Remember that too much of anything isn't right, so try not to wash your hair excessively, because in the process you can remove away all of the right oils and nutrients that our hair secrets. You do not want dry or brittle tresses so keep the full-blown wash day to once every seven to fourteen days.
A conditioner is an excellent alternative to maintaining the healthy nutrients inside of your hair follicles, so if you have cornrows in during the process of wearing your wigs, you can opt for an exceptional leave-in conditioning spray.
All these tips will help maintain that beautiful, healthy hair underneath that wig!
Moisturize your hair
Moisturizing your hair is vital to keeping it in a healthy state. Most people who wear wigs will try to wear a cap over their hair.
First, this adds a protective layer from any outside elements. What others probably don't know is that wig caps can suck out all of the moisture and luster that is in your hair. Dry hair is the easiest to become damaged and is more likely to break off while wearing your wigs.
So, whenever you have downtime or just getting off work; you want to make sure to take the tracks off immediately for relief. Add moisture by spraying your hair or cornrows with a mixture of leave-in conditioner and water. When you put the mix on your scalp make sure you pat into the hair and let roots air dry. You want your actual hair to be damp and not wet, you do not want to place a wig on dampening hair this will cause mildew like smell that nobody wants.
If you're one of the people who doesn't do much to their underneath other than placing it into a low bun and placing a wig cap over it, then moisturizing your hair down to the root will be a little more comfortable than if you have cornrows on your head.
Make sure to divide your hair into four sections, coat the sections with olive oil or vitamin e oil. Next, use a water-based leave-in product to the different parts of your hair and let soak, once your hair absorbs all of the added nutrients your natural tresses will look glossy and shiny.
Braid your Hair Underneath
This tip has to be one of the most important ones in helping maintain that hair under your scalp.
Braiding down your hair is a ubiquitous way that people wear it before placing a wig on top. When you do this the correct way, any style will lay flatter and look neater.
This method is the best when it comes down to protecting your lovely strand, and also you will have easier access to your scalp when it comes time to cleaning or conditioning. You should have your hair cornrowed underneath if you don't want your wig looking lumpy or bumpy in specific areas.
If you're going to save yourself some time and stress try doing flat twists, it's a lot easier and less complicated, and the smaller they are the flatter the wig will lay as well.
Yes, braiding your hair down has a ton of benefits, the best one of all has to be that it gives you a chance to detangle your hair before you start the cornrowing process.
If your real hair is a long length, then that means it is more susceptible to being tangled up, going through the necessary steps of twisting your hair underneath will stop it from becoming tangled, matted, and hard to manage. Maybe your wig is still laying down bumpy, try placing a wig cap over the braids for a smoother finishing look.
Trim Your Hair Regularly
If you are someone like me who is a long-time member of the wig game, then you know that this style can be addicting, and you will probably never want to style your real hair again.
What they don't tell you when you have this style is that you have to treat your real hair as if you are wearing it out every day, that means getting your ends trimmed whenever you usually would. Split ends are a real thing, unfortunately, and even though our hair is twisted up and wrapped under our wigs the tips of our strands need to be cut to prevent any further damage while wearing our protective hairstyle.
If you are someone whose hair grows extremely fast, then you'll probably want to trim your hair once every four to six weeks. In some instances, cutting your hair can help it grow a little faster.
By getting rid of those annoying unhealthy split ends your hair will break off less and have less flyaway, in return helping your natural tresses thicker and healthier than ever. Trimming your hair is not just for damaged split ends, but it can also help with frizzy, unmanageable strands, and if your mane lacks shape or movement.
Please do not over cut your hair or you will not see in any growth keep the cuts to about once every 1 to 1 and a half months.
Wear a Silk Wig Liner
If you like braiding your hair or just pulling it back into a ponytail, you need to make sure that there is a barrier between your natural hair and your wig.
Wearing a silk liner is a lot better than cotton or nylon wig caps because it won't suck out any moisture from your mane. The silk liner also has a lot of stretches and more comfortable than wearing an itchy cotton wig cap.
This step is just one in making sure that you maintain that healthy hair under your wigs.
Buy a Correct Size Wig or Have One Custom Made
If you buy a wig there is a small chance that it may be too big or small, if it is too tight, then this can lead to hair loss and your edges or napes to break off.
I would suggest buying one with adjustable straps this will give the style a gentle suction on your head if you are new to buying wigs. If the piece comes with combs, try your best not to use them, if you place them on your scalp it can become very irritating and also pull out your hair.
Wigs come in all different types of designs; the best one is monofilament, this gives off a more natural look. The mesh material used on the cap makes it seem as if real hair is growing from your scalp.
If you purchase a wig with monofilament design all throughout then, you will be able to part the hair in different ways giving you a more versatile look.
Lace front wigs are also very popular, but if you do not wear them correctly, it can cause your edges to pull out. This type of style gives the appearance of a natural hairline; this gives the person wearing it a chance to pull the hair out of their face giving them more looks and less of the illusion of wearing a wig.
If you know someone who can measure your head and create a custom size wig for you, this will save you tons of time, and give you the chance to treat that hair the best you can.
Let Your Hair Breathe
The main reason women love wearing wigs is that it makes it that much easier to take on and off throughout the day.
Taking your hair off that head is equivalent to taking your bra off after a long day (ladies you know what I'm talking about it). With all of that said you have to make sure you let your hair breathe any chance you get.
Of course, you are probably bound to take your wig off once you are settled in at the end of the day, but it is more important to go a few days where you don't wear it at all. If it's a long weekend or you just don't want to go out, try to wear your natural hair out for a while.
Our scalp and hair need as much air and oxygen it can get to flourish!
For our hair to grow and remain healthy, we can't keep it hidden and tucked away for the most part throughout our day. The longer your hair is left without air, a sour smell can develop and cause unwanted dandruff to appear as well.
The main reason you have to let your hair breathe is that it will relieve tension from your edges, temple, and nape. If your wig is always pulling on your hair, it can move the hairline back.
So, to help maintain that mane, give it a chance to breathe every once in a while.
Do You Love Wearing Wigs?
No matter how beautiful and convenient wigs are, we have to try our hardest not to forget to take care of our hair underneath.
There are many different style wigs out on the market now so, make sure to research the correct ones to by for your head size. What is most important is that wigs are a protective hairstyle, meaning the sole purpose is for your hair to look a lot better than it once did after taking the style out.
So, be sure to wash, condition, and merely take care of those beautiful curls, it's the least we can do. I hope these tips were beneficial and that you are one step closer to protecting your hair under your wig.
If you love wearing wigs and know any other ways of maintaining your natural hair while wearing them, let us know in the comments down below.