Styling Secrets for Wig Wearers to Protect Hair and Scalp
Wigs offer a variety of styles with convenience, but lack of care and maintenance while wearing wigs can lead to damages to your scalp and hair. It’s not easy to repair a damaged scalp or hairline, but it’s fairly easy to prevent it. Here comes the most common causes of damage related to wig wearing and how to properly maintain healthy hair and scalp.
Hidden Dangers of Wig Wearing
All types of wigs pose the risk of receding hairline, mostly due to friction between the wig and your natural hair.
Usually occurs during the process of removing wig clips or wig glue. Long-term wearing of a wig or overly tight braids can also cause the problem.
Pulling your hair too hard while braiding or frequently using wig glues containing harsh chemicals can lead to swollen hair follicles or discoloration of the scalp.
After wearing a wig for longer than the recommended time without washing it, mold can grow on the scalp. Unsanitary conditions such as leaving wet or damp hair in the wig for long periods of time can also lead to mold growth.
The keys to hair and scalp protection!
1. Utilizing Wig Grip
Wig grips are a great alternative to wig glue because they allow the hair and scalp to breathe freely in addition to going without harsh chemicals. Made of velvet, microfiber, or suede, they are gentle on the hair and protect the hairline. Recently, silicone wig grips have also become available, but fully silicone wig grips are not ideal for customers who are already experiencing hair loss as silicon grips tend to make it harder for the hair and scalp to breathe and prone to sweat.
Red by Kiss Velvet Wig Band
Features: With adjustable Velcro-type fastener, a secure non-slip hold without wig glue.
Red by Kiss Silicone Wig Band
Features: Partial silicone, rather than full silicone, is placed on top, and away from skin, to prevent slippage while avoiding direct skin contact.
2. Choosing a Wig Glue Safe for Skin
One of the biggest considerations when wearing a wig is finding a wig glue that is safe for your skin. While it’s best to minimize the use of glue, especially for those with ongoing hair loss, there’s no substitute for the wig glue if you want the most natural-looking wig wearing experience. In recent years, wig glue made of safe ingredients has become a popular choice to hold wigs securely in place while protecting skin and hair.
Checking the ingredients can be critical, as wig adhesives may contain harmful ingredients such as isopropanol that causes scalp irritation and hair loss.
It’s important to follow these tips to improve the natural look and safety for wearing a wig.
EBIN New York Wonder Lace Bond Lace Melt Spray
Features: Contains vitamin E, a natural antioxidant, to support hair growth and moisturizes to protect the hairline.
Ebin New York Wonder Lace Bond Skin Protector
Features: Creates a barrier between skin and wig glue, protecting scalp and hairline.
3. Choosing a Breathable Wig Cap
Choosing a breathable wig cap is essential for long-term wig wearing. Lately, breathable wig caps that are designed to be thin enough to be invisible have been released by various brands, and “HD wig caps” have become very popular in the wig market because they can bring about the most natural look. These caps are comfortable to wear because they allow the scalp to breathe while at the same time providing the natural fit which reduces pressure on the scalp.
Red by kiss HD invisible Wig Cap
Features: Thinner than stockings, breathable.
Evolve® Essentials Wig Cap
4 colors. The breathable material keeps the scalp cool and reduces sweating.
4. Know the correct way to remove a wig
Special care must be taken when removing lace wigs or braids. This is because removing them the wrong way can cause major damage to your hair and scalp. To remove wig glue, you should use a cotton swab to soften the glue and then slowly remove the wig. After taking it off, we recommend using a clarifying shampoo to completely remove any glue residue. Also, make sure to remove any residue from the wig. When using wig clips or wig combs, apply oil to your hair to keep it soft, and most importantly, don’t rush to remove them.
Salon Pro 30 Sec Lace Wig Bond Conditioning Remover
Features: Removes wig glue and conditions skin at the same time at an affordable price.
UOG Lace Wig Adhesive Glue
without uncomfortably irritating your skin, it works free of odor or toxic chemicals for all skin types.
Additional tips for wig wearers!
Clean your wig regularly: Clean your wig at least once a week, and don’t go more than three weeks without washing.
Scalp care: Wash your scalp thoroughly when you’re not wearing a wig, and get a scalp massage or treatment every other week to keep your scalp healthy.
Choose the right-size wig: A wig that is too tight prevents the scalp from breathing and can put additional pressure on your scalp, so it is important to find a wig that is the right size for your head.
Use a satin or silk bonnet: A satin or silk bonnet minimizes friction on your hair while you sleep. You can wear it over a wig to extend the life of your wig.
FIRSTLINE Evolve Satin Wide-Edge Bonnet
Features: Satin bonnet with a wide hairline area to prevent hair from chafing.
Red by kiss KEYSHIA COLE X All Over Satin Baseball Cap
Features: An everyday styling item with satin lining that protects natural hair and the wig while preventing dryness.