The winter season has us doing anything to keep warm from head to toe. One thing you’re probably doing, if not braiding your hair, is wearing your wig more often than usual to protect it from the harsh winter cold or to simply keep warm. In this post, I’ll be showing you how to prepare your hair for a wig and the different ways you can take of it under wigs.
HOW TO PREPARE YOUR HAIR FOR A WIG
Under this section I will be taking you through two important things you should be doing to prepare your hair for wearing a wig.
1.WASH YOUR HAIR
This should be a no brainer! No hairstyle should every stop or disrupt your hair routine in such a way that you cannot wash your hair and keep your scalp clean. This means that you need to wash your before you do your wig cornrows. Washing your hair before doing your wig cornrows will make your hair more manageable when doing the cornrows and will make them look neat.
2. MOISTURISE YOUR HAIR
Since your hair will be in cornrows the entire time ,and it might be difficult to moisturise it. So, it is very important to moisturise and retain as much moisture into your hair as possible before getting your cornrows.
The best way to go about getting moisture into your hair is by pre-pooing it before you wash it. Pre-pooing protects your hair from loosing its natural oils during the shampooing process.
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Another way you can go about moisturizing your hair is through the moisture retention technique called the L.O.C/L.C.O method to lock in moisture while your hair is in cornrows. This technique requires you to use a liquid-based product like water or a leave-in conditioner, followed by a light oil, a cream, or vise visa.
The final way you can add moisture is by deep conditioning your hair. This will give your hair the added moisture it needs and couldn’t get from the products you used in your L.O.C/L.C.O method.
HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR HAIR UNDER A WIG
Here I will be taking you through the different ways you can take care of your hair.
CONTINUE WITH YOUR USUAL HAIR ROUTINE
As I have mentioned above, a protective hairstyle should not stop you from doing your usual hair routine. This means that you need to moisturize your hair as often as you would usually moisturize when you don’t have crowns.
The cornrows might make it very difficult for the moisture to be penetrate your hair and this means that you might not necessarily use the L.O.C/L.C.O method to moisturise your hair, you’ll need to adapt it.
If you want to watch me speak on the different ways to moisture your cornrows, please click here.
You will also need to clarify your hair more often if you have cornrows because with moisturizing your hair, products will tend to buildup causing your scalp to itch and make your wig experience unpleasant. You can clarify your scalp by using an apple cider vinegar rinse.
Another thing you should continue doing while wearing your wig is taking care of your hairline. You can do this by doing scalp and hairline massages every day with castor oil to help increase blood flow in the scalp and in turn enhance hair growth.
As you can see, wearing a wig does not have to jeopardize your natural hair in any way because you will still continue with your normal hair routine. If you are wig-wearing natural please share with us what you do to make sure your hair is taken care of under the wig.
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