Protective Styling: 7 Tips For Using Wigs For Maximum Length Retention

7 tips for using wigs for maximum length retention
Wigs and for that matter weaves are products that I never thought I would ever use in my lifetime. Before I began my HHJ I just didn’t see the point of wearing fake hair when there was already a head-full of hair growing on my head. In my mind wigs were for bald people or celebrities.

A hair journey natural or otherwise has a way of opening your eyes to a whole new world of experiences and techniques and I quickly came to the realization that I had difficulty retaining length while my hair was loose and being washed and detangled weekly.

Among the solutions available as protective styles, wigs were probably in the ‘last resort’ category but very soon I came to see their usefulness both as a protective style and a way to have hair to play in while growing out my real hair.

Depending on the application method that you choose and also by their very nature wigs make getting access to your hair and scalp for wash day very easy as compared to weaves. This makes them a top protective style for those of us who absolutely need access to our scalps.

How To Use Wigs As A Protective Style To Grow Your Hair Long

Everyone has their own ideas on how a wig is best used in a protective styling regimen and rules change only slightly whether you choose to use a wig with clips, a u-part wig that you sew down the perimeter of your head or a lace front wig.

So without further ado, here are my top tips for using a wig as a protective style to grow your hair.

1. Your braids are more the protective style than the wig – You should always braid your hair underneath your wig. Go for cornrows if you are planning to don a straight wig. If you are going for a curly wig then you won’t have to worry too much about lumps and bumps and just install largish box braids that you can tie into a low bun before putting the wig on. Either way do them neatly because you will be keeping them for a few weeks.

Remember that the wig is just the pretty outer covering, the real protective magic happens within the braids that you install underneath.

About Alma


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com.I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too.My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

About Alma


I’m Alma Ruddock, the founder and editor-in-chief of Blackhairinformation.com.I stumbled on a hair care forum back in 2008 frustrated with my breaking relaxed hair and the information that I found there changed the fate of my hair, and quite possibly my life, forever! I immediately started to transition to natural hair and started BlackHairInformation.com as a way to help both myself and other women of color achieve their dreams of long healthy hair. I have now achieved my goal length and I continue to help others achieve their dreams too.My three passions are hair, art and entrepreneurship and I love to be able to bring my unique view on hair growth and successful hair journeys to our readers. I am an eternal optimist and workaholic. In addition to BHI I have founded quite a few other websites and businesses including Elongtress Hair Vitamins and Urban Gyal which all fall under the umbrella of my company Coils Media Ltd.

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  • JuliAna

    Hi Alma,

    Just read this article, I LOVE IT!!! just the information I was looking for. I will be doing a wig protective style for the next 5 months. This is my first time wearing a wig for a protective style, I like this idea, As it is really important to me and I truly like getting to my scalp for massaging nightly without the worry of ruining the hairstyle. I enjoy the fact that I can wear my cornrows for 4 weeks, moisturize every day and deep condition each week. This is wonderful for me. Also, In my opinion, I love this protective style better as I can take it off every night to get to my scalp without worrying about the weight of the braids or weave as the style grows out or worry about if the style looks messy after washing and conditioning. But most importantly I sleep soooooo much better without any add ons attached to my head!!! LOL!!! Thanks so much for this article!!!