Note: Although naturals have varying opinions on wigs and weaves, we believe that — when done correctly — they can be an effective protective style. For several months we’ve gotten inquiries about how to properly apply and care for protective wigs and weaves. We hope this guest post answers some of those questions.
By Amber of LuvMyKynxx
Weaves and wigs will be high on my list of protectives this winter. I plan on having fun with them to try out styles I wouldn’t normally wear with my real hair. I plan on adding color and wearing short precision cuts since wearing my real hair this way isn’t an option. This will be a part of my growth journey this winter. I love the fact I can take it off and clean, condition, and oil my scalp and hair with zero manipulation, which for me is a key factor in retaining length.
People have shared nightmare stories with me about quick weaves that damaged their hair. In my opinion a quick weave/wig is 100% protection. If you are properly caring for your hair underneath you will have guaranteed growth and zero breakage. I recognized there was one commonality in each story…a stylist that didn’t know how to care for and protect their real hair from glue damage.
Below I’ll show a few pics demonstrating how to prepare your natural hair for a protective quick weave/wig and not have to worry about your hair being damaged from glue removal…no glue will touch your hair or scalp.
Since my hair was already braided from the week prior I moisturized with water and Knot Today and sealed with an oil mixture of EVOO, Castor, Coconut oil as carriers for the Lavender and Rosemary essentails I’ve come to luv.
Next I placed a plastic disposable shower cap over my head then put the wig cap on. Now I was able to glue the weave tracks onto the wig cap with confidence in knowing my natural hair will be protected underneath.
Depending on the style and the type of hair being used its always best to begin with the nape of your head and move towards the front.
At this point I contintued to glue the tracks on in a circular pattern until I reached the center and place the closer. I cut and styled it to my liking and the photos above are the finished product.This is the first time I’ve ever used this brand of hair so Im not sure how long it will last. I’d be happy with 2 weeks!
Ladies, is this similar to your weave/wig regimen? Share your tips!
For more of Amber’s hair tips, check out her site Luv My Kynxx.