Tak­ing cover

From wear­ing them to shield a bald­ing head to plac­ing them over a real head of hair for a change of ap­pear­ance, wigs are a beauty ac­ces­sory we all love. Fol­low th­ese tips on how to care for yours.

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Over the cen­turies, wigs were worn as a pro­tec­tive cover, a sta­tus symbol, a sign of roy­alty and, in the 18th cen­tury, as part of the court uni­form of Bri­tain’s judges and lawyers. Dur­ing the 19th cen­tury, wigs as a lux­ury item went out of fash­ion and were largely aban­doned. In the 20th cen­tury, celebs like Tina Turner and Diana Ross brought them back in vogue. No longer were they tar­geted at the priv­i­leged few. They be­came a fun, wear­able item for ev­ery­one.

To­day, many peo­ple wear wigs daily for con­ve­nience as they can be styled in ad­vance. Wigs are made from hu­man and an­i­mal hair, as well as syn­thetic fi­bres. They can be worn by sewing hair into one’s nat­u­ral hair (semiper­ma­nent wigs). Or, you can sim­ply put on a wig in the morn­ing and take it off at night (tem­po­rary wigs).

TIPS TO CAR­ING FOR YOUR NAT­U­RAL HAIR WHEN YOU WEAR WIGS

Car­ing for your own hair when you wear a wig reg­u­larly is of ut­most im­por­tance. Here’s how:

1. Wrap your nat­u­ral hair un­der the wig to pro­tect your hair­line against fric­tion that could re­sult in hair loss. This is cru­cial if you wear syn­thetic wigs.

2. Sham­poo hair at least once a week. Use an up­lift­ing sham­poo to re­duce dan­druff and flakes. Al­ter­nate with a sul­phate-free sham­poo to keep your nat­u­ral hair softer and more man­age­able.

3. Mois­turise hair at least three times a week. Ap­ply a leave-in con­di­tioner be­fore wrap­ping your hair, then put on the wig. This will pen­e­trate into the hair for max­i­mum mois­ture and help to re­lieve itch­i­ness. Use a prod­uct that won’t cause build-up as this causes your scalp not to breathe and brings on itch­i­ness.

4. Ap­ply overnight treat­ment ev­ery day. This is par­tic­u­larly im­por­tant if you wear a wig daily.

5. Do not share your wig with any­one. You wouldn’t share your tooth­brush, right?

HOW TO MAIN­TAIN THE CON­DI­TION OF A WIG

Many women are choos­ing to wear wigs tem­po­rar­ily over wear­ing weavein ex­ten­sions. Car­ing for your on-off wig is es­sen­tial. Here’s how:

Wash

Brush out tan­gles first.

Place wig in a basin of luke­warm water, and then sham­poo it. Choose a sham­poo and con­di­tioner that are suit­able for the type of hair you’re wash­ing.

When lath­er­ing the wig with sham­poo, en­sure that the strands flow the same di­rec­tion to avoid tan­gling.

Rinse thor­oughly.

When ap­ply­ing con­di­tioner, avoid the wig cap – put the prod­uct on the hair only.

Dry

Care­fully pat dry with a towel. Avoid us­ing a brush to de­tan­gle the hair af­ter towel dry­ing. Use a wide-tooth comb in­stead.

For hu­man hair:

It’s prefer­able to use a hairdryer on a medium-heat set­ting.

Take hair in small sec­tions, start­ing from the nape and work­ing your way up, in­stead of try­ing to dry the en­tire wig at once. Use a bris­tle brush or round brush.

Work the hair in a down­ward di­rec­tion for a smooth ef­fect.

For syn­thetic hair:

Let the wig air dry on a wig stand.

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