I don’t know about you, but my mornings can be pretty hectic. Between a light workout, preparing breakfast and getting changed for work, I barely have time to do my hair in a complicated style.
That’s why I opt for a simple protective style such as a kinky-textured wig. I find that following an understated styling routine during the work week lets me maintain the health of my hair.
Wigs are a fantastic way to maintain the health and length of your natural 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. Care for your wigs
It goes without saying – your wigs do get dirty. They capture the oils from your scalp and strands as well as bits and bobs from the environment. Gently cleanse and condition your wigs just as you would your own hair – this is particularly important for human hair wigs. Synthetic wigs can sometimes do with a quick rinse and very gentle wash. Make sure to store your wigs away from direct sunlight and dust. You could keep them in their plastic packaging or buy wig heads in order to store them “in shape”. Either way, keeping your wigs away from the elements prevents unnecessary wear and tear.
Remember, 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 even as we wear wigs as a protective style.