With winter in full swing, many of us brown girls are getting ready to hide our Afros and our relaxed manes under some convenient yet stylish protective styles. Human-hair wigs have slowly become a staple in the lives of many women over the past few years. Wigs are not only convenient, but they are versatile and last longer. Most importantly, wigs have the ability to allow us to keep our natural hair away from the harsh winter weather.
Despite this, many ladies struggle to maintain their wigs and have to replace them often (even though they should be able to last you up to three years!). But fear not – here are a few useful tips on how to get the most out of your wigs.
The Lowdown on Maintaining Your Wigs
Washing And Deep Conditioning
Taking care of your wigs is as important as taking care of your own hair. Make sure that your hair is always clean, as washing and conditioning your wigs once a week ensures that hair maintains its texture and sheen, leaving them looking and smelling great too (no-one likes a smelly wig, ladies!).
When washing your wigs, go easy on the shampoo and be more generous with the conditioner, especially with more voluminous and curly textures. Shampoo can strip the hair of its natural texture which is why you should follow-up with conditioner. Deep conditioning is very important and should be done once a month (twice a month if you have bleached or coloured hair).
When drying your wigs, the best and safest option is to air-dry the hair and to avoid applying heat altogether. However, if you need to apply heat, you need to make sure that you protect your hair. Use heat-protecting sprays or serums to avoid heat damage to your hair when blow-drying or straightening your wigs. Avoid straightening your hair on temperatures exceeding 200°C and try not to apply heat too close to the weft or ‘follicle’ of your wig in order to prevent excessive shedding. Excess shedding can cause your wig to bald and look thinner in some areas, and no-one wants that!
Storing Your Wig
When you’re not rocking your locks, ensure that the wig is stored properly so that it won’t become dry or damaged. For the best results, store your wig on a mannequin head or on a regular wig stand. This will ensure that the wig retains its shape and holds any styling you may have done to the hair. Doing this will make it easier to throw your wig on in the morning and get going!
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