Caring for your scalp under your wig or extensions

Many people with kinky and tightly-coiled textures do wear wigs as a way to protect their natural hair and minimize the opportunity for damage. Most wear cornrows underneath their wigs so they can lay flat, but when you're switching out units and enjoying playing with your look, it's easy to forget that the hair you've got growing from your head needs love, too. This is especially true for those currently working from home, who may find that a wig is an easy, quick way to look put together for a Zoom session. With everyone's schedules out of wack and no place to go, it can be tempting to keep those braids in for a little longer than you should. But how long is too long? How should we be caring for our scalps in the meantime? 

The amount of time you can keep your braids in really depends on the application of the wig and what type of unit you'll be wearing. The length of time you should keep your braids depends on whether you secured your wig with glue or not. W When referring to an adhesive or glue installation, the hair should not be left under for more than four weeks. When referring to a glue-less non-adhesive installation, it is ideal to remove the wig nightly. This is not only most beneficial to your natural scalp and hair fibers, but it also extends the life and retains the quality of the wig. 

You should be shampooing your hair once a week to make sure you are removing dirt and bacteria off of the hair and scalp. Regardless of the type of wig you're using, you should be keeping your scalp clean. Finding the best shampoo to clean your hair and scalp without drying it out can be tricky. The shampoo should cleanse the hair and scalp but not remove all o the natural oils. Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Strengthen & Restore Shampoo is an excellent choice because this shampoo cleanses well and leaves the hair very moisturized. Also make sure to deep condition your hair on a regular basis. One of my favorites is Carol's Daughter Coco Creme Curl Quenching Moisture Mask. I know its a mouthful to say but is an excellent product especially for those with dry, coily hair.

While wigs can be fun, they need a time-out as much as your hair does. Take breaks in between wearing the wigs so that your hair and scalp are not affected by traction alopecia. Also be mindful of the clips and combs that come with the wigs, which can also cause hair loss. Make sure the hair isn't dry or breaking off when you're prepping it for braids. If you're experiencing tingling, severe uncontrollable itchiness, excessive flaking, or a foul odor on your scalp or braids, tread lightly, as these could be warning signs that something's wrong.


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