Not many people are aware - and this might come as a surprise - but wigs are an excellent choice for women who are trying to grow long hair. Wigs can be used to hide problems that natural hair might have and give users the ability to try out different styles and looks.
Wigs are a good way to grow out your natural hair if you have recently suffered from breakage, hair loss or hair damage. While your natural hair is being treated, you can wear a wig and not worry about as your natural hair won’t be visible to people.
While you wear wigs, you can place your natural hair in a protective style like cornrows, small twists, or coils as these can easily fit underneath a wig cap. By placing the hair in these styles, you allow your hair to undergo a complete growth cycle without having to go through the rigors of styling which can damage it.
There are certain things that you need to take care of before you start wearing a wig to ensure that your natural hair gets the maximum benefits.
Wash and deep condition natural hair before wig installation
Before you install a wig, ensure you clean, nourish, and condition your natural hair properly. This will ensure that your hair does not suffer from dryness and there is no breakage when it is covered by a wig.
Ensure that the wig is a perfect fit
The wig you wear should fit perfectly and should not be too tight or loose. Tight wigs can cause breakage and abrasion to the scalp. On the other hand, loose wigs do not feel secure. Therefore, ensure that the wig you wear is a perfect fit.
Style your hair properly beneath the wig
The hair beneath the wig should be styled and placed in such a way that it does not suffer from stress. Some of the popular ways to style your natural hair beneath the wig are cornrows, weaves, and braids. These styles ensure that the air lays flat on your head and there is no breakage due to friction. It is also advisable to keep your hair in a particular style for a long period of time.
Avoid wig caps - Cotton
Avoid using wig caps - especially the ones that are made of nylon or cotton. They do not provide any benefit to your natural hair. Wig caps can cause damage to hair due to friction and, over a period of time, absorb moisture and nourishment from the hair.
Minimize the use of wig combs
Small combs that are attached to wigs can cause damage to natural hair and should be avoided. If at all the wig has to placed properly, straps that are usually provided by the wigs should be made use of.
Do not sleep with wigs on
Avoid sleeping with the wigs on. Instead, remove the wig and wear a scarf or a bonnet to cover your hair. This will ensure that your hair gets some air and also makes your wigs will last longer.
If you want to grow your natural hair while giving it treatment and keeping it safe from any damage-causing styling, then consider wearing a wig while your natural hair grows under ideal conditions.