How to Maintain the Health of Your Own Hair While Wearing a Wig

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Wearing a wig is a great way to experiment with new hair styles, try out a new look or help conceal hair loss such as during the regrowing process. Regardless of your reasons for wearing a wig, it is important to remember to still care for your own hair. Failure to properly maintain the health of your own hair while wearing a wig could actually lead to hair loss or damage.

Things You'll Need

  • Wig liner
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Choose wigs with nylon netting that will let your own hair breathe. Avoid using cotton and nylon wig caps since they can hinder new hair growth and damage your hairline. Whenever possible use gel wig liners to protect your hair line and skin.

  • Shampoo and condition your hair regularly. Just because you are wearing a wig does not mean you can ignore your usual hair-care routine. After washing and conditioning your hair, always remember to dry it completely before putting on a wig. Putting a wig on over wet or damp hair creates a breeding ground for germs and fungus.

  • Have your hair professionally trimmed on a regular basis. Trimming your hair will remove split ends and damaged hair follicles, which will help keep your hair healthy. In addition to keeping your hair healthy by removing damaged hair, trimming on a regular basis also will lead to faster hair growth.

  • Wrap long hair around your head under the wig or braid it. Avoid bunching your hair up under a wig or cap. Having your hair balled or folded under a wig could cause severe breakage. Keeping your hair braided or wrapped up neatly will help keep your hair healthy and, as an added bonus, will keep your wig even and in place.

Tips & Warnings

  • Washing and caring for your own hair will help keep your wig clean, making wig care easier.

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