Congratulations! You’ve found the perfect wig. It matches your personality and your lifestyle to a T. You’ve made it through those few awkward moments of learning how to attach it and now confidently own your new look. You’ve realized that it won’t fly off on a windy day and can finally resist the urge to clamp one hand protectively over your head. The compliments on your tresses are rolling in, and you’re set. Right?
Well, almost. Sometimes, as happy wig wearers, we get so caught up in the wig wearing that we forget about what lies underneath—your scalp. Taking care of your tender scalp is as important as ever when wearing wigs. So, we’ve lined up a few tips to keep in mind as you go about enjoying that new look.
Under the confines of a wig, your scalp can accumulate sweat and dirt easily, and that can lead to unhealthy and unhappy follicles. Unhealthy follicles can stunt hair growth, and the unhappy ones can cause itching and dandruff. Depending on the length of your natural hair you should keep shampooing and conditioning every few days, or simply use a gentle, moisturizing soap if your scalp is bare. Keeping your wig clean is important to the equation, too—a dirty wig makes for a dirty scalp, and vice versa.
Keep Things Dry
Nothing can start up the itching and misery like getting in a rush and placing that wig on a still-damp head. Be sure to give yourself an extra few minutes to ensure your scalp and hair are completely dry before donning your wig. It works both ways of course; a damp wig can contribute to scalp discomfort and even mildew, so dry it out properly after washings using a ventilated wig stand.
Choose the Correct Wig Size
A wig that’s too big or too small can irritate and damage the perimeter of your hairline and lead to breakage. It makes good sense to go to a reputable wig shopand have a professional measure you for the best fit. Your wig should fit upon your scalp securely, without pinching or tight spots.
Pick a Scalp-Friendly Cap
Minimizing unnecessary rubbing and tugging at your natural hair and scalp is as easy as picking a high-quality liner. A silk liner will keep friction down, or you can choose a bamboo liner which boasts a smooth surface and wicking abilities for those hot summer days. And then there’s the trusty nylon liner, which helps keep you cool and prevents your wig from slipping.
Let it Breathe
Allowing your scalp time to breathe in between wearings is a must. This means sleeping in your wig is a definite no-no. A gentle finger massage of your scalp after a long day of wig-wearing will help blood flow and provide relaxing comfort.
Chances are good that you are naturally following many of the above guidelines and are well on your way to protecting your scalp and existing tresses. But if not, adopting these practices will help keep you looking great and comfortable in your Wig.