Wigs, Wigs, Wigs, and Toupes….
Perhaps you need a wig to cover a bald spot, try a new look, protect your hair, or medical changes; whatever your reason is for wearing a wig, be careful not to damage your scalp in the process. The last thing you want is to cause damages or end up with hair loss.
Here, Sophia Emmanuel from Crown Worthy shows 5 main things to avoid when wearing wig. It looks like this applies to men who wear toupe as well.
1. Don’t wear an incorrect size
Wearing the right wig size is very important. Wigs that fit too tightly can cause hair loss and breakage around the perimeter of the head. Here is a tip: Have your head measured by a professional who specializes in styling wigs.
2. Don’t skip wash day
Wash, Rinse, and Repeat! It may be tempting to skip out on wash day, but be sure to shampoo and condition your hair as you would normally to remove dirt, and bacteria off the hair and scalp.
3. Avoid wigs that don’t breathe and Take Breaks
Make sure you invest in wigs that allow your scalp to breathe – aka capless wigs. These types of wigs are lightweight and allow more airflow to the scalp. They do not make you feel as hot as traditional wig caps because they have open wefts at the back and sides. Also, although wigs are convenient, they can make us forget to take care of our own hair. Take time in between wearing your wigs to get regular trims and deep condition your hair.
4. Don’t neglect your hairline
Stocking caps protect your hair under wigs and keep your hair flat so that the wig does not look bulky, but they can cause breakage or dryness along the hairline. To prevent damage to your edges, slide the stocking cap behind the ear. Your hairline will be exposed, and you can use an Milano WiGrip to prevent damage in this area. The Milano WiGrip is an adjustable velvet wig band that protects the hair line, and keeps wigs secure on your head. It allows you to reduce the use of combs, and clips sewn onto the base of the wig, used for supporting the wig on your head.
5. When Possible, Avoid Adhesives and watch for Sensitivity.
You may have seen someone constantly scratching their scalp – reaching under their wig. Not a good idea! What causes the burning and itch? If you have a sensitive scalp, you may want to stay away from wigs made with synthetic hair. Sensitivities to wig materials can cause excessive itching, burning, and scalp tenderness. If you have to use adhesive for a particular style, try to minimize how often you use the adhesive in order to prevent hair loss or breakage around the hairline.
source: naturallycurly/sophia emmanuel (Crown worthy)