How To Slay A Wig

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Kenyan ‘winter’ is fast approaching and what can be more important than getting our sh*t together and figuring out our winter protective hairstyles? Wigs can be your go-to this winter for when you want to quickly and easily switch up your look. Wigs are a quick, low maintenance way to rock an Erykah Badu afro one day, and Naomi Campbell’s silky straight locks the next. However, there are some dos and don’ts when it comes down to wearing wigs and we’re here to let you know what it is.Tumblr

DO’S

Do Customize Your Cut. 

Take your wig, even a synthetic one, to your hairstylist to have it cut, trimmed, shaped or thinned out to remove excess bulk.  One size (or style) does not fit all! A custom cut can make a world of difference. Think of your wig like a designer suit. Sure, you can wear it off the rack (or out of the box) and it can look good, but with a little tailoring, it can look great!

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Do shampoo it before you start wearing it.

When you buy a new wig, it has that shiny look that says: “I’m a wig.” If it’s synthetic, here’s a great hack – you can wash it with dish detergent and condition it with fabric softener*. Synthetic hair is essentially a fabric so if you shampoo it like it’s real hair, it won’t work correctly – the fibres will deteriorate reducing the overall life span of your wig. Let it hang to dry and it will look fabulous. Do NOT use any form of heat on a synthetic wig.

If it’s a human-hair wig, use a good conditioning wash and let it hang to dry. Once dry, feel free to flat iron, curl or style the hair as usual. Also remember to deep condition your human hair wig once a month to keep it lustrous, shiny and healthy.

*Disclaimer: We do not advocate for use of detergent/fabric softener for any human hair. This hack is strictly for synthetic hair maintenance

Do help keep your wig’s shape by keeping it on a wig head/wig stand.

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Do buy a wig cap.

The obvious reason is that wig caps keep your natural hair smooth and flat underneath. Nothing is worse than having bulky, tangled hair underneath a wig. In order for your wig to be a real protective style, use a wig cap to protect the moisturized hair underneath.

Do try a half wig.

They’re easier to pull off since some of your own hair is exposed, please just make sure the texture matches your natural hair.

Going for the curly look? Curly wigs can tend to look too perfect. Pick out the curls on a curly wig with an afro comb or your fingers for a more realistic look. Again, don’t comb, pick. You want to create volume while maintaining a natural look.

DON’TS

Don’t wear an incorrect size.

You definitely want to make sure your wig isn’t too tight or loose. Wigs that fit too tight can cause hair loss and breakage around the perimeter of the head. Make sure your wig has some combs and adjustable straps for a personalized fit. You don’t want your wig riding up, slipping off or to look misshapen because of a bad fit.

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Don’t skip out on wash day.

Even though no one will be able to see your real hair underneath the cap, it is still important to shampoo, condition and moisturize your hair as you normally would.

Don’t forget to take breaks.

Although wigs are convenient, they can make us forget to take care of our own hair. Take time between wearing your wigs to get regular trims and deep condition your hair. Take care of your hair under there otherwise you are defying the whole purpose of wearing a wig. (Next month we’ll talk about this some more!)

Don’t neglect your hairline.

Wig caps protect your hair under wigs and keep your hair flat so that the wig does not look bulky, but they can cause breakage or dryness along the hairline. To prevent damage to your edges, slide the stocking cap behind the ear. Moisturize your edges and if the wig has combs or clips, putting some oil on them can help. We suggest a lightweight option such as coconut or argan oil.

Avoid adhesives if possible.

If you have to use glue for a particular style, try to minimize how often you use it in order to prevent hair loss or breakage around the hairline.

Don’t use materials that cause scalp irritation.

If you have a sensitive scalp, you may want to stay away from wigs made with synthetic hair. Sensitivities to wig materials can cause excessive itching, burning, and scalp tenderness.

Have any extra wig tips? Comment below or let us know @afrofinity. Stay snatched!

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