Wearing wigs as a protective style is a really great idea for women who love the versatility of hair weaves, but still want to be able to care for their own hair. You can take it off at night,
wash and moisturize your hair, and put it back on.
Simple, right? Well not so much. Sometimes wigs can be hard to manage because you’re unsure of how to not make them look so wiggy; or you don’t know what style will keep your hair protected underneath.
Fortunately, there are solutions and tips to help you with everything you need to make your wig* look realistic, make it more versatile, and keep your hair protected. Below are 7 Tips To Rocking A Wig As A Protective Style.
Moisturize and Seal
No matter what style you’re wearing, moisturizing and sealing your hair before you go into a protective style is always required. Sweating, wearing fabric on your head that soaks up moisture, and not being able to moisturize your hair because you can’t properly handle it are all problems you might face during a protective style.
With wigs*, you can take it off and put it on as you please so most of these problems are avoidable. To keep your hair super hydrated, moisturize and seal before you put it on and continue to touch up your hair every day. Every week, make sure to wash and co-wash to avoid product build up, matting, and clogged scalp pores.
Braid Your Hair First
Some women like to put on a stretchy cap and call it day. While this is the quickest and most convenient way to prep your hair for a wig*, it isn’t always the healthiest. For best results, simply braid or flat twist your hair back.
It doesn’t have to be anything intricate or time consuming, either! Two flat twists or four cornrows going straight back are the easiest to pull off. For curly or kinky*-curly wigs* with more volume, you don’t have to be too worried about how neat or big the braids/twists are as long as they’re sturdy.
For straight hair, however, you might want to braid smaller and neater to avoid making your wig look unrealistic and bulky.