How to use wigs as a protective style for natural hair growth

Wigs are a great option for protective styling for anyone who may want to skip the salon. Keep in mind that not all wigs are created equal, and even if you already have your own collection of hair, you will also need to take care of all that natural hair underneath or else you could end up doing much more harm than good. 

There are a variety of wigs that can be considered for protective styling. Full lace, lace frontal and closure wigs allow all of your hair to be protected, rather than having leave-out to be styled and blended in with the wig. These types of wigs can be worn with or without hair adhesive. Over the past several months, Headband wigs have gain a great deal of popularity. Headband wigs are great protective styles for wig beginners. They're quick and convenient hairstyles. No lace no glue it is basically a half wig with a headband that is used to cover the edges of the tracks.

Now what should I do to my natural hair before I put on my wig? Much like traditional protective styles, braids and twists are your best bet — but make sure they're done loosely to prevent any unnecessary tension, which can cause damage to both the hair and scalp. Smaller cornrows allow the wig to lay flatter to the head,  Just because your hair won't be out in the world, doesn't mean you can skip wash day. It's still a vital part of your routine, even if your natural strands are covered. To keep your hair clean, healthy, and moisturized, shampoo your natural hair no less than every seven to 10 days. The hair should be completely dry before placing a wig over top. Otherwise, you could end up with mildew growth — and that mildew smell — on both the hair and scalp. 

 2020 has tried to snatch your edges but we are here to protect them. Traction alopecia is caused by the hair being pulled too tightly," the stylist explains. Sometimes people will braid the hairline too tight and it will cause the area to become sore. Some people develop little white bumps or a swollen scalp. These are sure signs that your braids are too tight and need to be redone with less tension. Adding a wig on top of the sore and irritated scalp can cause the hairline to become damaged and possibly break. The best way to avoid traction alopecia is to literally braid more gently. Braiding and cornrowing do not have to be painful. 

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