If I’m not wearing my natural hair out then I’ll be wearing a wig. On the odd occasion, you might even catch your girl in braids. Wigs are my favourite go-to protective style because they give me so much flexibility. I love them simply for the fact that I can transform my looks instantly. All while not causing little to no damage to my natural hair.
Like, with any other protective hairstyle looking after your natural hair underneath your wig is key. It’s so easy to neglect your hair while wearing wigs. But, this is something that you really want to avoid at all costs. I’ve been there before and trust me I suffered the consequences.
There is absolutely no point wearing a wig that’s slayed and laid for the gawds but your natural hair is underneath it hanging on for dear life. It’s not a good look and naturals shouldn’t be getting themselves entangled in that kind of nonsense.
Below I’ve made a list of key things that you can do to ensure that you’re giving your natural hair as much love as possible under your wigs.
1. Clean Hair Is A Must
Having a natural hair care regimen is important especially for wig wearers like myself. Leaving wig canerows in for 8 weeks isn’t something that I would recommend. I prefer to wash and condition my hair every two-three weeks. To stay on top of this I have added it as a reoccurring event in my calendar. This way I’m able to stay on top of my wash days.
I recommend cleansing your hair every two to three weeks. Having dirty hair under your wig is a big fat No. A clogged up scalp does nothing for the health of your hair. Oil and dirt build-up only suffocates your hair follicles. It also increases the risk of other hair problems such as dandruff, breakage, thinning. If I were you Open up your calendar right now, choose a wash day, set up a reminder and stick to it.
2. Leave-In Conditioners Work Like Magic
Investing in a good Leave-In conditioner is something that you need to do. Leave-in conditioners are to be used after you wash & condition your hair. They’re great because they help to add and lock in extra moisture into your strands. Additionally, leave-in’s help to soften the hair, making it more manageable to braid down under your wig.
3. Moisture Is Key To Avoid Breakage & Dehydration
You’d be surprised how many people leave their hair unattended underneath their wig. I’ve heard many horror stories of people leaving their hair without moisture for weeks on end. Wig and sometimes wig caps can suck the moisture out of your hair. You want to ensure that your hair is getting as much as moisture as possible.
To do this you need to do two key things. The first, work out what type of moisture sealant method works well for your hair. There are two popular ways to moisturise natural hair:
- LOC Method – To moisturise your hair, you would use a liquid-based product first, then oil and finish with a cream/butter.
- LCO Method – To moisturise your hair, you would use a liquid-based product first, then a cream/butter and finish with oil.
However, the one you choose is dependant on your hair and what it likes. To figure that out check out this quick Youtube video (open in a new tab for later).
Once you’ve figured that out create a moisture & hydration schedule for your hair and stick to it. I currently use the LCO method as it works well for my hair. For my LCO method I combine Camille Rose coconut water leave-in detangling hair treatment and water. I then apply a daily moisturing butter followed by their hair oil to seal in all of that goodness.
4. Wear A Wig Cap
Sliding a wig on and off your head can be really damaging in the long run to your hair strands. It can cause a lot of friction on your edges and hair which isn’t a good thing. All of that friction isn’t good for naturals because we need to have less friction on our heads as possible. What’s the point of wearing a wig as a protective style if it’s just going pull on your hair???. Invest in some good stocking caps to wear underneath your wig, preferably ones that are not to tight and made of delicate materials.
5. Closures And Glue-less Frontals Is Where It’s At.
I personally prefer wearing mini-closures and glue-less units as opposed to full-frontal wigs. For me, constantly having to apply the wig glue/ thick gel and sometimes heat to lay down the wig is a bit much. Naturals don’t need all of that activity happening especially around their hairline. In order for a protective style to be effective, it requires little to no manipulation.
Opt-in for mini closure or glue-less units where you can. I highly recommend them and depending on where you go to do it they sometimes work out cheaper than frontal units.
6. Protect Your Edges & Napes Are All Cost
When wearing wigs as a natural protecting your hairline should be your main priority. You have to protect them as if your life depended on it. When it comes to your edges avoid tight canerows, gels and glues. The aim is to keep your edges safe.
However, if you can’t function without edge control just make sure you wash it out regularly and keep the area moisturised. When you wear wigs make sure you wear a silk cap to keep that area of the hair protected. Be sure to use oils like Castor oil, Peppermint, Tea Tree & Lavender as they’re perfect for stimulating hair follicle growth.
As for your napes which is the hair at the back of your head just above the neck. Common damage to this area usually comes from things like tight canerows/wig caps, heavy manipulation and a lack of moisture. This is something that you should aim to avoid.
I know that many people want the wig to look like it’s growing out of their scalp. But, unfortunately, that comes at a price. Aim to keep this part of your hair moisturized as frequently as your scalp when wearing wigs. It’s a part of the hair that often gets overlooked.
7. Do Not Sleep With A Wig At Night Sis
You have no business sleeping with a wig at night. Give your head a break and put your wig on a nightstand. You honestly don’t need all of that pressure on your head. Sleeping without your wig at night is a great way to give your hair and scalp some breathing space. Try and do this every night and don’t forget your silk bonnet or scarf.
8. Your Wig Needs Some Annual Leave Too
With all protective styles its good to take breaks in between styles. The same goes for wigs, they too need some annual leave form your head. Schedule regular wig breaks as part of your hair care regimen. You wont regret it.
Check out natural hair tips from me on the gram via my IGTV @jennasworldview
If you enjoyed this please check out the following posts:
- Me, Myself & My Natural Hair Journey
- Hair We Go Again: Entangled
- How to grow your natural hair under a wig
- 3 Ways to Wear Your Hair Under a Wig
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