3 Ways to Wear Your Hair Under a Wig
The best way to change hairstyles & colors frequently without altering your own hair is to wear a wig. Unless bald or have a short afro, it is important to figure out what to do with the hair under the wig. There's a lot more to it than just brushing your hair back and in a bun, because simply gathering hair under the wig can cause breakage and fall off easily. Hair needs to be protected under the wig, and that requires a proper regimen for maintenance. Here are the best 3 ways to wear your hair while under a wig.
Having hair in braids (own hair) is one of the three ideal ways to wear the hair under the wig. While not at flat as other styles, it allows for hair to be protected, and makes it 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 the hair under the wig, and allows for a flatter surface than braided hair. If wearing a wig longer than a day, it is better to try cornrows, which are braids you weave tightly against your head. It does however leave only limited access to the scalp, but the 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 head.
3. Twists or flat twists
These are the easiest styles to wear under a wig, but they are also the least popular. While easy to create, they will frizz and tangle faster than braids and cornrows. Just remember to make them small so they will not leave lumps under the wig.
Tips: Things to remember when wearing a wig
1. Wear a wig cap- The cap can protect the hair from the wig and keeps the hair in place and detangle while wearing the wig.
2. Moisturize and allow your scalp to get air - Wearing a wig does not mean the hair is completely protected and allowed to be neglected. It must be moisturized prior to wearing a wig. Remember to moisturize before going to bed if the hair feels dry and never sleep with a wig.
3. Never place a wig on a wet head - Placing a wig on top of wet hair is just asking to create a breeding ground for bacteria. Hair should always be completely dry before wearing a wig.
4. Clean and condition your hair and scalp regularly - Hair and scalp need to be cleaned regularly to remove the excess sebum or even dirt. Sweat and moisturizers can accumulate 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 won’t break due to fragility.