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Protecting Your Hair Under Your Wig

Protecting Your Hair Under Your Wig

Wigs are the most popular type of protective style right now. They are also a great way to change your hair quickly, from long to short, light to dark, or straight to curly. Wigs not only help protect your natural hair but also help ensure you manipulate your hair less, which gives your hair time to grow out healthier.
However, just because you wear a wig often does not mean you shouldn't take good care of your natural hair. The lack of proper natural hair care can cause problems like dryness, tangles, dandruff, split ends, and hair breakage.

So, here are a few tips to help you care for your natural hair under a wig:


Keep Your Scalp Clean
Keeping your scalp clean is the most important step in caring for your natural hair under a wig. Even if you wear your hair in braids, cornrows, or twists under your wigs, make sure you shampoo and condition your natural hair at least once a week.
The build up on your hair and scalp from sweat and products can be huge, even over a span of a few days. Don't neglect your natural hair maintenance just because you wear a wig.

Wear A Wig Cap
Wear a wig cap if you want to protect your natural under a wig. Although it's not a must, a wig cap acts as a barrier between the wig and your real hair, providing protection and maintaining the health of your hair. A wig cap reduces friction between the wig and your hair. By reducing the amount of rubbing, you can significantly reduce hair breakage and enhance your hair's length retention. It's an affordable and effective way to keep your real hair in great shape while enjoying the versatility of wigs.

Moisturize Your Hair Regularly
Wearing a wig can be drying to your natural hair. The wig cap absorbs moisture and natural oils your hair, leaving it dry. To prevent dryness and breakage, moisturize your natural hair regularly.
To do this, spray your hair with water from roots to ends. Then apply your favorite moisturizer, followed by your hair oil. This will seal in moisture and keep your natural hair hydrated for a while.

Nourish Your Hairline
When you put on a wig, it usually covers your hairline where your edges grow out. These beautiful baby hairs are very fragile, and constant combing and rubbing from the wig can cause them to thin or even break off.
To prevent this breakage, you can use hair butter or hair oils before wearing your wig especially while wearing glueless wigs. Oils will help reduce friction and rubbing between the wig and your hairline, thus protecting your edges. If you are wearing a wig using adhesive on your hairline, still follow the adhesive instructions for best results (we recommend Bold Hold products), but we suggest to not keep the style in longer than a week or two. It's important that your hair, scalp and edges breathe and keeping adhesive on your edges too long can stop hair growth and cause a receding hair line over time if you do not update your hair style by washing and conditioning your hair and re-installing your wig often. 

Don't sleep with Your Wig
As tempting as it may be for you to just sleep in your wig after a long day, it is definitely not a good idea. Sleeping with a wig on can cause tension and may cause hair breakage. Taking off your wig will allow your hair and scalp to breathe overnight. If you have a style using adhesive for your lace, we suggest updating your style no longer than 2 weeks from the initial install to prevent tension.
You can also protect your natural hair at night by wearing a bonnet or satin or silk scarf. These materials will reduce friction and keep your natural hair hydrated throughout the night. This will prevent dryness and hair breakage. Moreover, sleeping on silk or satin can also protect your natural hair.

Massage Your Scalp
Your scalp is the secret to maintaining healthy hair and ensuring good blood flow to this area is essential. Wearing a wig can sometimes restrict blood circulation to the scalp. You can avoid this by regularly massaging your scalp.
Try to make it a habit to massage your scalp every time you remove your wig. Use your fingertips to massage your whole scalp gently, moving from one side to the other. Aim to spend at least five minutes massaging, and try to do it every day. This will help stimulate blood flow, increase oxygen and nutrient delivery to your hair follicles, and promote hair growth.

Take a Break From The Wigs
Remember to give your hair a break from wearing the wig. Constantly having the wig on can create tension on your scalp, which may result in hair loss over time. It's important to take your wig off and to let your hair breathe. Allow your hair to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. This break will help relieve any stress on your scalp and promote healthier hair growth.

Taking care of your natural hair under a wig is crucial for healthy hair growth. Following these simple hair tips can help you ensure that your natural hair remains healthy and strong while enjoying the versatility and style of wearing a wig. Remember to keep your hair clean, wear a wig cap, moisturize, massage, and give your hair a break to maintain its overall health. With proper care, you can have the best of both worlds – fabulous wig styles and flourishing natural hair.

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