It's not a surprise that wearing a wig is becoming a norm and can be worn every day. Wigs can act as a protective style- shielding natural hair from environmental damage or even styling practices that may often cause harm to the hair.
And while there are also diverse and personal reasons for wearing wigs, wigs afford you the luxury of changing your hairstyle, without making permanent alterations to your natural hair. It's a go-to hairwear for different occasions which serves you beauty, glam, and confidence.
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If you want to experience this beauty and save yourself some pain while doing that, then this article is for you.
It shows you the best way to wear wigs every day, and the precautions to take, and gives you the utmost confidence you're in search of.
1. What Wigs to Buy
One of the first factors to check before wearing your wig is the type of wig to buy. You'll want to make sure that you purchase wigs that suit your fashion sense and style.
Also consider factors such as budget, comfort, and maintenance requirements when choosing a wig for daily wear. It's helpful to try different styles and types to see which one suits your preferences and feels most comfortable for everyday use.
Features of synthetic hair wig:
- In comparison and choosing a complementary list of wigs, synthetic wigs are affordable, come in handy, and are pre-styled, which makes them retain their shape even after washing.
- They require less maintenance but have a shorter lifespan compared to human hair wigs. They can be washed after you've worn them for fourteen to twenty days, using the shampoo made for synthetic wigs.
- Synthetic wigs are also less expensive and are lighter than human hair, so it should keep you cooler.
- Human hair is the most natural and styleable wigs. They can create a very wide range of looks and because they are made from real natural human hair, they will offer you the most natural look and feel.
- With proper care, they are proven much more durable compared to synthetic wigs and (obviously) more expensive to buy and maintain.
2. Switch Up Your Wigs
It can be a big damage to your wig if you only rely on one wig and wear it every day. Which will increase the risk of wig wear and tear and decrease your wig's lifespan, even if it is a human hair wig. So it's best to buy at least two wigs that can switch up.
3. Get the Right Size Wig
Ill-fitting wigs not only affect your confidence, it can be uncomfortable and disturbing throughout the day. Have you heard that the wrong size of wigs can cause damage to your hairline and lead to hair loss? This makes wearing the right size of wigs important. The right size of wigs fits perfectly and boosts your confidence without a doubt.
To get this, measure the circumference of your head (in inches).
- Beginning at your front hairline.
- Then go behind one ear.
- Across the back of your head
- Next, to the nape of your neck.
- And finally, go behind your other ear and return to the front hairline where you started.
This measurement ensures you get a wig that fits comfortably from ear to ear and around the nape. Any wig that is too tight or too loose can be uncomfortable and may not look natural.
Related Read: How to measure your head for a wig?
4. Wear a Wig Cap
For easy wear, comfort, and hygiene, wearing a wig cap is advisable and needed when you place to wear wigs every day. Cap liners create a barrier between the scalp and the wig which helps sustain the shape of the wig and keep your hair from a certain odor.
In addition, the wig cap will help keep your hair in place and create a smooth surface for the wig to sit on. Its function is that it aids in the correct positioning of your wig.
Note that your wigs should be placed slightly back from your hairline and be centered on your head.
5. Washing Your Wig Regularly
Depending on the frequent usage of the wig, wash and clean your wig using the recommended shampoo, conditioner, and hair oils designed for a specific wig; either synthetic or human hair. This should be done with care and attention to avoid shedding. We recommend that you wash your hair once every two weeks if you wear it regularly.
6. Use Wide Tooth Comb To Detangle Your Wig
For detangling, a wide-toothed comb and a wig brush are preferred amongst many others. It is used purposely to avoid pulling or breaking the hair strands.
While detangling, divide the wig into manageable sections. Work on one section at a time, holding the rest down to prevent tangling then, start from the ends and work your way up gradually to prevent damage.
If you feel there are still knots in your hair, apply the detangling spray or conditioner mixture and continue combing or brushing through the hair until it's smooth. Once again, run your fingers through the wig to ensure there are no remaining knots or tangles.
Related Read: How to detangle a wig?
7. Store Your Wig Properly
After cleaning and detangling your wig, it is important to dry it. Similar to our clothes or shoes, failure to fully air dry a wig before storage will result in a damp, moldy smell building up around both the synthetic and human hair.
For proper storage, you might need a hair stand to keep the hair in shape. You should also consider using a hairnet, a silk scarf, or a breathable fabric to cover the wig. This helps prevent dust accumulation while allowing airflow. Continuously check your wigs and ensure it's safe and clean.
8. Don't Sleep in Your Wig
It can be tempting to sleep off after a long day, with your wigs on but there are disadvantages to that.
Sleeping in a wig can cause tangling, matting, and potential damage to both the wig and your natural hair underneath. Knots can occur after such and lead to another detangling process.
After a long day, before sleeping, store your wig properly on a wig stand or mannequin head to maintain its shape and quality(A glueless wig can be put on and taken off easily). It would even help you sleep well, prevent discomfort, and allow your natural hair to breathe during sleep.
Please note: In case you have a glued-on wig, do these before sleeping in it.
- Detangle your wig with a brush and gently remove the knots.
- Apply a moisturizing lotion to keep the hair hydrated all through the night.
- Put on a bonnet or silk/ satin cap. It'll help to preserve the texture and style of the hair.
- Lastly, use a silk pillowcase. It'll help in reducing friction and you can have an undisturbed sleep.
9. Take care of your Natural Hair and Scalp
There are different needs for your natural hair depending on the type, but generally, there are processes and nutrients needed if wearing wigs every day. Maintaining your natural hair is very important and achievable.
Ensure your scalp and natural hair remain clean. Wash your hair regularly using a gentle shampoo and conditioner. This can be done seeking or bi-weekly as the case may be. It is essential to keep your scalp free from buildup, sweat, and excess oils, as these can lead to itching or irritation.
I'm sure you don't want that itchy feeling underneath your wig. Also, pay close attention to your scalp. After removing your wig, gently massage your scalp with your fingers or a scalp massager to help in the flow of blood and increase hair growth. Keep your natural hair moisturized, by applying moisturizer and spraying with hair oil to seal in the moisture.
Protective styles are advisable and proven good for hairstyles underneath your wig. These protective styles can help in hair growth and minimize breakage. Examples of Protective styles include cornrows, box braids, twists, etc.
You don't have to style your wig boringly if you want to give it some personality and a unique look. Flexibility in styling is much more possible with human hair. You can use a flat iron or curling iron to style as desired. Make sure it's on a low heat setting and apply heat protectant spray before styling.
Choose styles according to the shape of your face and your fashion sense. You can also attempt with braids, ponytails, or buns to create different hairstyles. If you are willing to, you can consider trimming your wig to customize its style, but it's advisable to consult a professional before doing so. As long as it suits you, you're good to go!
When choosing wig accessories, consider the type of wig you have (synthetic or human hair), and your specific needs for styling and comfort. If you're going for a solemn occasion, a hat would go with your wig.
You can use accessories such as headbands, scarves, clips, hair pieces, or hats to change up the style and personalize your look.
Should You Take a Break?
Following these tips will give you a free flow and you'll have a nice experience with your wigs. However, it's also nice to occasionally give your natural hair breaks from wearing the wig. Take time to let your hair breathe and rejuvenate by not wearing wigs for some time.
In all, own your look, neatly and courageously. Wear your wigs and watch yourself glow up!