Wigs & Braids~ How to Keep Your Hair Healthy

I wore my wig faithfully for years. It was to the point the wig was more important than taking care of my hair underneath. It was fast, convenient and I honestly had damaged hair from relaxers. My edges suffered as a result from daily wig wear, they became thin to almost bald.  Although more women are becoming natural, wigs are still in high demand. Wigs can be a confident booster or help with hair loss. When I wore my wig,  I transformed into someone else. I looked in the mirror and the person staring back at me was a new person.  It also boosted my confidence. I can’t believe hair was making me feel like this. I didn’t feel attractive when I wore my natural hair. I grew bored with the same daily look of my flat damaged hair. I like having different looks time to time, so wearing wigs were great. Wigs can be a confident booster but we shouldn’t let it come to a point where we can’t live without them. You can wear wigs, but you will need to protect your hair underneath to keep it healthy. I learned the hard way how wigs can damage your hair if don’t take the proper care of your natural hair. I want to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes as I did. There are many wigs to choose from: human hair, synthetic, lace front, full cap, the list can go on depending on the style you want to accomplish. You can go into most wig stores and try on your wig and have someone style and cut it for you. Take your time and be patient when choosing your wig. Find a wig that is natural looking even if it’s synthetic hair you choose. The cost of wigs can be from $20-$1000’s of dollars. Here are some tips when wearing your wig.

  • Shampoo and condition your hair as a normal routine. Do not NEGLECT your hair! 
  • Scalp Massages to your head should be done when your remove your wig. Wigs tend to be tight and cause less blood flow when attached.
  • Protect your hairline and wear a barrier between your hair and the wig to protect your hair. Using a silk liner is preferred. Stocking caps can cause breakage or dryness along the hair-line.
  • You should remove your wig if possible and not sleep with it. Your scalp need to breathe and the wig can be tight and damage your hair and cause hair loss. Moisturize hair, keep ends trimmed and pay close attention to your hairline.
  • Take a break and let your hair breathe. You should not wear wigs for weeks or months without cleaning them. Wigs can accumulate build up from sprays and moisturizers and should be washed like you would do your natural hair.

Wig Looks

 

Braids been around for years but have become more mainstream. You see braids in the workplace where before it was forbidden because it was considered a street or a ghetto look. Now women of all colors are wearing braids and loving it. There are even debates of who should wear braids. There was an uproar when Kim Kardashian West wore braids and renamed them, “Bo Derek Braids” and some were referring to the style as “boxer braids”. I still chuckle when I hear or see this word. Black women from all around took to social media to voice their opinion. As an African-American woman, I been wearing braids since I was a little girl. My mother wore braids and her mother and it goes on. We get our braids from our ancestors who brought this hair style to life. The history of braids date back 5000 years. It’s a part of many cultures including, Africa, Asia, Greece, Egypt, Europe and the Americas. Hair was believed to be the conduit for gods and spirits to reach the soul. There are even superstitions when it comes to hair. Some African tribes believe, hair should be cut on a full moon for it to grow longer; two people braiding a person’s hair at the same time could result in the death of one groomers; pregnant women should not braid others’ hair; hair should not be combed or braided in the open. 

The same maintenance for wigs goes for braids. You must protect your natural hair. If you plan to wear your hair in braids for a long period, shampooing and conditioning your braids is a must. Wearing a silk scarf or bonnet is recommended to keep braids from becoming dry and creating frizz. Keeping your hair moisturize with natural oils like coconut oil or almond oils is soothing to the scalp. Protect your hairline with using gels like Edge control to keep edges slick. Reduce the pulling of your braids when putting them up in buns. When getting your hair braided if the stylist is pulling your hair too tight make them aware of this. Braids should not cause you pain to where your scalp is pounding. I had my hair braided in the past and came home to take my braids out days later because they were too tight. Speak up and don’t sit there if you’re uncomfortable.

 

I hope you enjoyed this article. Always PROTECT your hair when you’re wearing the wigs and braids.

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