Maintaining natural hair under a wig is vital to maintaining healthy hair and boosting hair growth. Wearing a wig for an extended period of time can cause brittle, dry hair due to friction and may even result in hair breakage, scalp irritation and hair loss. For this reason, it is important to protect and nourish your natural hair and scalp when wearing a wig!
Here are some tips on how to do this if you do not wear cane rows:
The best way to create a balanced hair care routine is to wash, condition and moisturise at least 1-2 a week. Set aside one day as a start, turn up some music and have fun whilst doing it. Wash your hair with a gentle shampoo and massage your scalp to increase blood flow to your roots which aids in hair growth. Rinse your hair with lukewarm water and towel dry your hair before applying a moisturising conditioner for 5-10 minutes. Rinse again and lock in the moisture with a lightweight hair serum or a hair moisturiser of your choice. Pro-Tip: Air dry or blow dry on low heat. If you have a dry and flaky scalp, you may apply a medicating or natural hair and scalp oil to combat any scalp irritations. Healthy hair growth starts with a healthy and happy scalp!
If you wear cane rows under your wig, here are some helpful tips on how to maintain them:
Did you know that you are still able to wash your even with braids in? Wet your hair and apply a generous amount of shampoo to your scalp. Thoroughly massage in-between the rows of braids and get into all crevices whilst massaging in your shampoo. Rinse with lukewarm water, towel dry and apply a leave-in conditioner. We recommend specially formulated leave-in conditioner spray designed to maintain braided hair and scalp. Repeat this once a week and apply oils as often desired. Pro-Tip: Cooling oils work wonders on braided scalps!
Here are some vital steps that everyone should follow:
- Let your hair and scalp breath
Lets be honest - Taking your wig off is equivalent to taking your bra off after a long day! The instant relief and feeling of air flowing through your scalp is already answer enough. Give your hair the air it needs to breathe as often as possible to flourish!
- Protection: wig cap or braids?
This powerful duo works best when used together. Flat and neat cane rows are the perfect foundation to a flat laid wig and a wig cap is an additional safety layer your hair needs to protect itself from friction, hair breakage, products and even heat.
- Don’t sleep in the wig
We strictly do not recommend sleeping with your wig on. There is a high chance of damaging your hair whilst sleeping on cotton bedding (if you want to sleep in your wig try using a silk pillow instead). Friction causes moisture loss, dry and brittle hair, hair breakage, knots and tangles which in worst case scenarios may need cutting.
- Nourish your edges
Give your Edges some nourishing - lightly spray your edges with water and seal in with an oil to give it moisture or use a hair serum.
Also be mindful of the tension you create to your scalp due to tight braids, high and tight ponytails, prolonged wear of heavy and tightly braided or clipped-in hair pieces, elastic bands and lace frontals glued near your hairline. The tension causes thinning hair and edges, bald spots and weak hair follicles. Pro-Tip: Style the baby hairs of your wig and where possible leave your edges out to maintain a healthy hairline and create a more natural look.