Wearing a wig requires more than just buying one and wearing it. You have to figure out how to wear it. Unless you are bald or have a short afro, you have to figure out what to do with your hair under the wig. There is more to it than just brushing your hair to back, because simply gathering hair under the wig can cause breakage. Hair needs to be protected under the wig and that requires planning and a proper regimen for maintenance. Here are the best ways to wear your hair while under a wig.
Having hair in braids (your own hair) is one of the three ideal ways to wear your hair under the wig. While not at flat as other styles it allows for hair to be protected and easier for some women to maintain. It also allows for easier access to the scalp for cleansing and moisturizing. Simply place hair in small braids to minimize lumps or bumps under the wig.
This is the most common style to wear your hair under the wig and allows for a flatter surface than braided hair. It does however leave only limited access to the scalp, but hair is protected and less likely to be bulky or lumpy under the wig. Simply divide hair into small rows from front to back and braid down the length of your head.
Twists or flat twists
These are the easiest styles to wear under a wig but they are also the least favorite. While easy to create they will frizz and tangle faster than braids and cornrows, but remember to make them small so they will not leave lumps under the wig.
Things to remember when wearing a wig
• Wear a silk wig liner - The cap protects the hair from the wig and keeps your hair in place while wearing the wig.
• Moisturize and allow your scalp to get air - wearing a wig does not mean your hair is completely protected and therefore allowed to be neglected. It must be moisturized prior to wearing a wig. Remember to moisturize before going to bed if your hair feels dry and never sleep with a wig.
• Never place a wig on a wet head - That is just a breeding ground for bacteria. Hair should always be completely dry before wearing a wig.
• Clean and condition your hair and scalp regularly - Hair and scalp needs regularly cleansing to remove the excess sebum and even dirt. Sweat and moisturizers can be build up and need to be removed. Take down the twists, braids, or cornrows to shampoo, deep conditioner, moisturize, and redo a fresh set of braids, twists, or cornrows. This will ensure your hair and scalp stay clean and moisturized so your hair does not because brittle and break.
Hair Talk with JoJo the Hair Care Expert
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Q: JoJo, I’ve been using a rinse on my hair to cover my grey. Now I can see that my hair is over 70 percent grey, and I want to come out of my dark color and wear my grey. I’ve been getting a rinse every two weeks, because the grey starts coming back so quickly. How long will it take for my rinse to wash out? Is there something I can use to safely remove my rinse, so all my grey can show?
A: Rinses stain the grey or white hair. I know it lightens every time you shampoo your hair, but the stain is still on the hair. In most cases, you will have to grow it out, which depending on your hair’s length, could take a year or two with bi-monthly trimming to remove it completely. Trying to remove the rinse with bleach or high lift tints can cause severe breakage. Be patient. We need to grow that rinse away.
Q: JoJo, my mother is in hospice care at home and I want her to have her hair washed and colored. I talked to her stylist, and she couldn’t offer any suggestions. What can I do?
A: Dry shampoo’s can be used to clean the hair, but the color can be a challenge. You can try color sprays or color sticks. They offer great temporary color. I would even suggest buying a wig that you could put on her as needed.
Q: JoJo, my hair feels real dry and hard. I get a press and flat iron. I go to the salon once a month or every 6 weeks, so I do my hair myself in-between. What conditioner and light oil would you suggest I use at home?
A: I sell my clients what I use. I’m old school, when it comes to real hair care. You can’t beat Dudley Products and Design Essentials. Dudley’s cream protein will do wonders for that dry hard hair, and their vitamin DE oil is light and great for your scalp. Design E has a great Honey Almond conditioner, and a Herbal complex oil, so you can’t go wrong with either company.
Remember, when your hair is on your mind, drop JoJo a line. Terry’s Place is the largest black-owned wig salon in Detroit. We want to take your look to the next level. When you look good, we look good. Visit Terry’s Place online at www.terryswigsandlashes.com or on Facebook. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by Terry’s Place at 19139 Livernois Ave., Detroit, Mich. 48221. We’re open six days a week. To schedule an appointment, please call (313)863-4014.