Wigs are an awesome technique for improving the health of your hair when worn correctly. Within months, you should start seeing thicker and longer hair from keeping your hair nicely put away under the wigs. However, a solid wig regimen is required to achieve these things as they are not automatic benefits to wig wearing. Check out these tips to establish a wig regimen for healthier hair!
I wash and condition my hair in the same manner even if I was not wearing wigs. I always pre-shampoo to give my hair some tender loving care before moving on to shampooing, deep conditioning and applying my leave-in conditioner.
Air Drying and Stretching Hair:
Tension blowing drying or using CWK SSS Plates are two great methods for drying and stretching the hair. Stretching simply means to stretch out the kinky, coily, curly sections of your hair. In the case of relaxed hair, stretching refers to the new growth. In the case of natural hair, stretching refers to the entire strand from root to tip.
Braiding the Hair:
I cannot cornrow so I opt for 6-10 individual braids, often referred to as celie plaits. I pin down the braids as flat as possible to my head when done.
Moisturizing Throughout the Week:
I leave my hair pinned down for the week. I make sure to spritz it twice daily with something really moisturizing. I’ve had great luck with Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Leave In Spray and Cantu Shea Butter Coconut Oil Shine and Hold Mist. Over the past six months, Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Hold and Shine Moisture Mist stole my heart and is what I’ve been using exclusively.
Occasionally, I will take down my braids throughout the week and give my hair a good moisturizing with Annabelle’s Perfect Blends Hair Creme or Cantu Beauty Creamy Hair Lotion.
Sealing Throughout the Week:
I seal on wash day only. I do not seal throughout the week.
Nylon stocking caps are way too drying. I’ve been using a spandex cap with a nylon stocking on top for a smooth, snug fit. UPDATE: I have tried a number of caps from dome caps, to du-rags to spandex caps. My favorite of all is the dome cap. It’s stays put and in place and is very gentle on the edges, nape and hair.