Wigs: The Negative Affects

Wigs: The Negative Affects

Wearing a traditional tight-fitting wig can often damage your hair and scalp, leading to hair loss/damage over time. Even though you may wear wigs as a protective style, it is important to maintain a healthy hair routine while wearing them. 

Here are a few things to be mindful of while wearing wigs:

  1. Wear the correct size.

Wigs that fit too snuggly can cause hair loss and breakage around the perimeter of the head.

Insider tip: Have your head measured by a professional who specializes in styling wigs.

  1. Avoid wearing wigs that don't breathe.

Make sure you invest in wigs that allow your scalp to breathe. Capless wigs are better than traditional wigs that hold heat. Capless wigs are lightweight and allow more airflow to the scalp because they have open wefts at the back and sides.

  1. 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 your 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.

  1. Avoid adhesives, if possible.

If you have to use an adhesive for a particular style, try to minimize how often you use it in order to prevent hair loss or breakage around the hairline.

  1. Don't use materials that cause scalp irritation.

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.

  1. Don't forget to take breaks.

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 to promote continued growth.

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