Wigs have come a long way since I was a little girl. I used to think they were reserved for the elderly ladies at church who had what looked to be a helmet of hair sitting atop their heads which moved back and forth whenever they scratched their scalp! Nowadays with all the different styles – half, full, lace, ¾ – and a variety of hair qualities from synthetic to virgin Brazilian, wigs have become a very popular styling option for women of all ages. I know I love my ‘hair pieces’ as I like to call them! However, whenever I’m rocking my wigs, I do a few things to make sure my hair stays healthy first of all, and continues to grow and flourish secondly.
- Cornrow your hair. Please don’t be one of those ladies walking around with your wig sitting a few inches above your actual head because your hair is just stuffed beneath your wig! Cornrow your hair (it doesn’t have to be perfect) to keep it flat and for less manipulation. If you can’t cornrow, flat twist your hair or even do individual plaits and pin them down.
- Moisturize!!! The great thing about braiding (or twisting) your hair is that moisturizing is super fast and easy. Simply select a spray moisturizer or leave-in of your choice. My favorites are S-Curl No Drip Activator (in the summer) and Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave In, but there are a plethora of options.
- Seal your ends. Saturate the ends of your hair with your favorite oil. Olive, grapeseed and coconut oils all work very well to seal in the moisture from your spray.
- Baggy your ends. With a piece of clean plastic (saran) wrap cover the ends of your hair and secure with a hair tie. This acts to really protect your ends and ensure they won’t thin out from the wig wearing.
- Use a growth aid (optional). I personally use a sulfur based oil, Bee Mine Growth Serum. Other popular sulfur oils are Claudie’s Hair Elixir and some ladies choose to create their own mixes. Sulfur isn’t the only growth aid either, some ladies use a simple blend of essential and carrier oils – rosemary and peppermint both are known to stimulate hair growth. I’m a fan of the more natural choices, but there are other options such as Monistat and Megatek.
- Be easy on the heat! Yes we all want the perfect blend with our wigs (and weaves) but using heat to constantly curl or straighten your leave out will only leave you with broken and damaged hair. If you are wearing a curly style and your hair is relaxed, twist, braid, or bantu knot your leave out. You can also do a rod or straw set. If you are natural and wearing straight hair, rollerset your hair to stretch and straighten your leave out and only if necessary use low heat for final smoothing.
- Forgo that nylon wig cap! I know we are trained to think wig caps are necessary but if your hair is cornrowed flat, you probably don’t need it. The fabric of those skimpy stocking caps zaps the moisture out of your strands and pulls at your edges. Either invest in a silk wig cap or forget it altogether.
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