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How to keep your hair healthy while wearing a wig



Every woman needs a wig for those bad hair days. They revamp one’s look and boosts confidence.

Some women, however, are forced to wear a wig most of the time because of a receding hairline or hair loss due to health reasons. Some women rely entirely on wigs. But as you do this, do not neglect your own hair; otherwise your hair may end up being damaged.

So how do you get the most out of your wig without damaging your hair?

Scalp massage: When one wears a wig, the blood flow on the scalp is less since the wig is tightly attached to the head. Massage your scalp whenever you remove the wig to allow for blood flow.

Nylon netting wig: Wigs with nylon netting at the bottom allow your hair to breathe. Cotton or nylon wig caps are not very good since they can damage your hairline and hinder hair growth. The best wig liners are the ones made of gel as they protect your hairline and skin.

Wig liner: Always wear a barrier between your hair and the wig to protect your hair. Go for a silk one since silk won’t suck moisture from your hair like cotton or nylon liners.

Regular shampoo: The fact that you are wearing a wig does not mean that you neglect your own hair. Regularly shampoo and condition your hair as a normal routine.

Damp hair: Always make sure your hair is completely dry before wearing a wig. Wearing it on damp hair will encourage growth of germs and fungi. The amount of heat and moisture inside the wig may also allow for growth of mildew.

Trimming: Regularly have a professional trim your hair to get rid of dead ends and a generally damaged hair. This ensures your hair remains healthy and grows faster.

Wig hair care products: When you wear a wig, there is no moisture under your hair since most wigs are made out of fibre. It is, therefore, important to use a suitable shampoo and conditioner. Your hairdresser should be able to advise you on what suits you best. For those who suffer from hair loss and are on treatment for the same, ensure you are allowed to use a wig with that treatment.

Off to bed: Never sleep in your wig. One, your scalp needs to breathe and secondly, the wig may be tight and can damage your hair resulting to hair loss. Once you remove the wig, it would be a good practice to apply a water-based moisturiser ensuring you focus on the ends.

Under wraps: Whenever you wear a wig, make sure that your hair is wrapped around your head or make cornrows. Wrapping the hair neatly or making cornrows under the wig keeps your wig in place and even.


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