The proper wig regimen can offer ultimate protection for your natural hair this season. Not only does this protective style shield your tresses from the elements, but it allow you to easily access your strands for cleansing, conditioning and moisturizing when necessary. Here are some tips to get you started on a wig regimen:
1. Type of wig: Full wigs or partial wigs
Choosing the type of wig to wear this winter is largely up to personal taste. You can go long or short, wavy or curly, red or black etc. However, whether you decide to choose a full wig or a partial wig can also depend on your lifestyle. Partial wigs (such as u‑part wigs) allow you to leave out some of your natural hair for a more realistic look while full wigs cover your entire head thus appearing more “wiggy”. The flip side is that since your entire head is covered, full wigs offer more protection of your natural hair than partial wigs. If you don’t mind giving some extra TLC to the hair you leave out, then partial wigs may be okay; otherwise, it may be best to stick with full wigs.
2. Underneath it all: braids or cornrows
Braids or cornrows can be worn under your wig to keep your natural hair further protected. Cornrows offer a flatter surface for the wig to lay but braids may be easier to maintain for some naturals. Twists and flat twists are other options, but keep in mind that they may frizz up or tangle faster.
3. Hair care: wash and condition every 2–3 weeks
Now, just because your hair is hidden under a wig does not mean that you can skimp on caring for it. Be sure to wash and deep condition your hair every 2–3 weeks or however often is necessary. The same day that you wash, also be sure to re-do your braids (or cornrows) and remove any shed hair. Doing this will keep meshing and locking to a minimum.
In addition to washing and conditioning, be sure to moisturize regularly. Your natural hair still needs to be cared for under the wig. Lastly, try not to wear wigs immediately after washing. Rather, allow your hair to air dry so as to avoid damage to your edges and growth of fungi.
4. If you workout: Use baby wipes, witch hazel or dry shampoo
If you workout regularly, you can use a washcloth and witch hazel to cleanse your scalp in between washes. An easier alternative is to use baby wipes (an idea I got from Omolade of Rehairducation) instead. Lastly, there is the option of using a dry shampoo – though not as cleansing – to absorb some of the oil from your scalp in between washes.
BONUS: How to make your own natural-looking wigs:
Are you interested in making your own wig? If so, check out this nifty tutorial from India of My Natural Sistas:
Are you doing a wig regimen this winter? How will you care for your hair underneath?