Some time ago, wearing a wig meant holding a secret that only you knew about. Today the secret is out, and for a good reason. Women who wear wigs often are sharing tips about where they bought it, how they style it and how they continue to take care of it.
While wearing a wig comes with many advantages – you can switch up your look often and quickly and they’re easy to put on – there is a specific level of care that needs to be given to your hair underneath the wig. Yes, wigs protect your natural hair from the environment’s harsh elements, but failure to care for your tresses could lead to long term challenges.
Those who neglect their hair underneath their perfectly-styled wig can find themselves with brittle hair, tons of breakage, shedding and stunted hair growth as a result.
No matter if you plan to sport your wig for just one week or months at a time, here are some tips to consider to help take care of your own hair.
Tips to take care of your hair under a wig
- Create a consistent wash day routine: Though you may think of your hair as “out of sight out of mind,” it does deserve consistent cleansing. Whether you choose to wash your hair every week or two weeks, being consistent will help you establish an easier hair care routine.
- Don’t skip deep conditioning: Remember that dry, brittle hair we chatted about at the beginning? You can avoid this becoming your reality by deep conditioning weekly or biweekly. This means heavily applying a conditioner, covering your hair with a shower cap and allowing it to sit to penetrate your hair for at least 15 minutes.
- Add moisture often: Typically, the hair is braided before putting on a wig. To keep those braids from drying out, spray a leave-in conditioner a few times a week. We recommend TRESemmé Botanique Nourish & Replenish Leave-In Hydrating Mist.
- Let your hair breathe: It’s believed that hair has its own personality. Let it breathe often by giving your wig a break every now and then. This can be done daily at night by removing your wig before bed.
- Tie it up at night: Once your wig is removed before bed, tie a satin or silk scarf around your braids to help them last longer and to keep your hair from drying out.
With these tips, you can still rock a beautiful wig as a protective style but see your own hair flourish underneath.