A wig can give you an instant makeover and encourage your hair to grow. On the other hand it can also be the cause, rather than a solution to hair breakage if you are not careful. Here are a few do’s and don’ts when wearing a wig.
First the Don’ts…
Don’t wear a wig that requires glue/tape to secure it. The application and removal process can be very traumatic for your hair. Essentially it thins out the hairline. There are lace front wigs available that clip in and some ladies actually attach thier own toupee clips so take time to investigate.
Don’t wear your wig/Instant weave 24/7. Wigs rub at the hairline and may literally rub your hairline away. Keep you wig on for the shortest time possible during each day and allow your hair to breathe at night. View your wig as a supplement to your hair growth regime rather than the core.
Don’t wear a wig which is too tight. It will do two things for you, give you headache and break your precious locks.
Don’t push the combs/clips into your hair so hard it digs into your scalp. The tension will cause hair breakage and scalp damage. Try to using bobby pins to secure half-wigs and weaves.
Don’t ruin your hairline with heat when you’re blending it into your instant weave/half-wig. Restrict the use of straightners and hot curling irons to once a week. Take note, straightening your hair daily will cause it to eventually break off. It is simply too much heat for your hair to stand.
Don’t put a wig on over wet hair it will cause bacteria to breed.
Do consider wearing a half wig. A half wig allows for the front of your hair to be left out so there is less stress on your hairline.
Do use low heat or no heat styling on the front of your hair, when blending it in with your wig/instant weave. Be creative and use wet sets, chiney bump(bantu knot) or sleep rollers to curl your tresses. Your hair will thank you for it.
Do maintain the health of your hair.
Do protect your hair whilst wearing a wig, wrap it, cornrow it, or plait it underneath your wig, Never just squash it in. This creates tangles.
Do stop using a wig if you notice signs of hairline or nape damage. The seductive instant glamour of wearing a wig may cause you to overlook the signs of breakage. But it is simply not worth it.
Following these tips should hopefully make the use of wigs in your hair care regime beneficial and help you avoid the pitfalls.