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.