A wig will ensure that you never have another bad hair day in your life, but it’s important that you don’t neglect your natural hair underneath the wig.
“If you don’t take the necessary measures to care for the health of your scalp, you could find that growth will slow, hair may become dry and damaged and other issues can occur. No matter the reason that you choose to wear a wig, proper care and maintenance is very important,” says Egypt Lawson, founder of Hairline Illusions.
Make sure your hair is plated
Lawson says a healthy regime starts with how your hair is arranged under the wig. The worst thing you can do is simply scrunch your hair.
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“Bunching your hair causes a great deal of breakage and it is less comfortable than neatly wrapping or braiding it. While braiding takes more time, it is ideal, especially for those with longer hair,” she advises.
Wash your hair regularly
Yes, we know, this is obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people don’t do this on a weekly basis.
You can alternate weekly between a clarifying shampoo and a sulphate-free shampoo for softer hair. Lawson warns, however, to make sure your hair is completely dry before you put your wig back on to prevent fungi from growing.
“Wet or damp hair can cause bacteria and fungus to grow, which can cause irritating conditions and unpleasant odour,” Lawson advises.
Moisturise, moisturise, moisturise
Moisturising your hair is vital to keeping it in a healthy state. It’s advisable to apply a leave-in conditioner to help keep your hair hydrated and alleviate itchiness, but it’s important that you look out for a product that doesn’t cause build-up.
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“Scalp build-up can clog the pores, which isn’t healthy fir hair growth. Build-up on the scalp can be managed with an occasional rinse with apple cider vinegar or a scalp cleanser designed for use with weaves and wigs,” she says.
Protein and deep moisturising treatments
Ideally, every three to four weeks, you should be treating your hair to a deep moisturising treatment to reinforce the strength and keep it manageable.
“Strong, healthy, hair encourages growth so keeping these treatments in your routine will ensure that breakage is minimised and the scalp is active. You will also want to establish a hair-trimming schedule, which should be between six and eight weeks,” Lawson advises.