11 Dos and Don’ts When Slaying A Wig
Summer is approaching and what can be more important than getting our beach bodies together and figuring out our summer hairstyles? Whether you’re going on vacation, baecation or a trip to the beach, it’s all about the hair. Trying out a new color, style, or cut can be nerve-wracking but thanks to the hair gawds, we have the option of wearing a wig.
Wigs can be your go-to this summer for when one day you want to have Beyonce’s gorgeous blonde beach waves or Naomi Campbell’s silky straight locks. However, there are some dos and don’ts when it comes down to wearing wigs and we’re here to let you know what it is.
Do Customize Your Cut.
Take your wig, even a synthetic one, to your hairstylist to have bangs cut, trimmed, shaped or thinned out to remove excess bulk. A custom cut can make a world of difference. Think of your wig like a designer suit. Sure, you can wear it off the rack (or out of the box) and it can look good, but with a little tailoring, it can look great!
Do shampoo it before you start wearing it.
When you buy a wig, it has that shiny look that says: “I’m a wig.” If it’s synthetic, you can use dish detergent and condition it with fabric softener. It’s a fabric so if you shampoo it like it’s real hair, it won’t work correctly. Let it hang to dry and it will look fabulous. If it’s a human-hair wig, use a wig shampoo and conditioner and let it hang to dry.
Do help keep your wig’s shape by keeping it on a wig head. You can buy one here.
Do buy a wig cap.
Wig caps keep your natural hair smooth and flat underneath.
Do try a half wig.
They’re easier to pull off since some of your own hair is exposed, just make sure the texture matches your natural hair.
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Going for the curly look? Brush out the curls on a curly wig with a paddle brush for a more realistic look.
Don’t wear an incorrect size.
You definitely want to make sure your wig isn’t too tight or loose. Wigs that fit too tight can cause hair loss and breakage around the perimeter of the head. Have your head measured by a professional who specializes in styling wigs. You don’t want your wig riding up, slipping off or to look misshapen because of excess bulk at the crown.
Don’t skip out on wash day.
Even though no one will be able to see your real hair underneath the cap, it is still important to shampoo and condition as you normally would.
Don’t forget to take breaks.
Although wigs are convenient, they can make us forget to take care of our own hair. Take time between wearing your wigs to get regular trims and deep condition your hair.
Don’t neglect your hairline.
Wig caps protect your hair under wigs and keep your hair flat so that the wig does not look bulky, but they can cause breakage or dryness along the hairline. To prevent damage to your edges, slide the stocking cap behind the ear. Moisturize your edges and if the wig has combs or clips, putting hair oil on them can help.
Avoid adhesives if possible.
If you have to use glue for a particular style, try to minimize how often you use it in order to prevent hair loss or breakage around the hairline.
Don’t use materials that cause scalp irritation.
If you have a sensitive scalp, you may want to stay away from wigs made with synthetic hair. Sensitivities to wig materials can cause excessive itching, burning, and scalp tenderness.
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