How To Care For Your Natural Hair While Wearing Wigs As A Protective Style!
I hope your week is off to a fantastic start? Mine sure is!
Now if you've been reading this blog for a while, you know full well that wigs are one of my favorite protective styles. When I first went natural I was hesitant to try them on because the only other person in my life who religiously wore wigs was my grandma.
Now with all due respect, I wasn’t too sure I wanted to look older than I really was, so it took some convincing to get me to try my first wig! Looking back now, it’s no surprise that my grandma had some of the healthiest natural hair I’ve seen to date.
I watched dozens of YouTube tutorials before I finally took the plunge! I wasn't too sure where to buy good ones or which styles and lengths would suit me. I finally settled on Kinky Straight Units as my go-to protective style.
Wigs are a fantastic way to maintain the health and length of your hair. That said, long, healthy hair is not simply a matter of throwing on a wig and walking out the door, often times, we do need to prepare and maintain our hair over the course of our protective style. Here’s what I recommend:
1. Ensure your natural hair is clean.
Prior to wearing your wig, take a moment to ensure your natural hair is clean. If you haven’t washed your hair in a couple of days you may have a sweaty scalp or product build up so wearing a wig may be detrimental to the overall health of your scalp in the long run.
Depending on their breathability and cap construction, wigs can harbour bacteria that can upset the natural pH levels of your scalp leading to dryness and flakiness. To ensure your scalp is at it’s best, cleanse your hair regularly, but most importantly, prior to beginning a wig regimen.
2. Braid your hair to prevent matting.
Braiding your hair underneath a wig, not only helps your wig look natural, it also has the benefit of preventing your hair from matting. Our curly hair loves to grow in tufts, so we can’t simply pat down our fros and then don our wigs.
We’re better off braiding our hair in cornrows or even in small twists prior to wearing our wigs. This will ensure we keep our hair as stretched as possible over the duration of the protective style. Additionally, once it’s time to take a break off a wigging regimen, we’ll be better able to detangle our pre-sectioned hair.
3. Care for your hair underneath.
Wearing a wig is not a ticket out of caring for your hair. If we’re keen on maintaining the health and length of our hair, we’re better off nurturing our hair underneath. Now you may not be able to complete your usual hair regimen in full, but at the very least, ensure you cleanse your hair weekly.
Also, rather than apply heavy oils or pomades to your scalp, use a light oil like argan oil to seal in your hair’s moisture. You may also want to give your scalp a massage at least once a week to aid in circulation. Be sure to closely monitor the health of your hair over the course of your protective style.
Sending you lots of love and sunshine,