How to Protect Your Natural Hair When Wearing Wigs, Weaves and Braids
In summer days, we prefer to stick to the “less is more” approach to our beauty routine, which makes wearing wigs, weaves, and braids (also known as protective styles) throughout the summer so attractive. Though they are easy to maintain and give you a break from styling your natural hair, it is still important to keep your hair and scalp healthy. There are some tips to teach you how to keep your hair healthy and strong all summer long.
Do some research to figure out which protective style will work best for your lifestyle and hair type.
This is especially important if you are a newcomer in the world of wearing wigs, weaves and braids. Just like choosing a haircut style, you may hope it will complement your overall style and is easiest on your natural hair texture. No matter what time of year, it is best to choose a protective style that doesn’t overly stress your own hair.
Prepare your natural hair before getting weaves or braids.
Make sure that your hair is clean by using a clarifying shampoo to get rid of any leftover residue from styling products. Then deep-condition your hair with a mask. For an extra moisturizing bonus, apply a plastic cap and sit under a steamer or heated dryer for about 15 minutes in order to let the product fully penetrate the hair shaft.
If your hair is on the kinkier side, it is best to apply a golf-ball-size amount of leave-in conditioner and coconut oil to freshly cleansed and conditioned hair. Then blow out your hair using a blow-dryer and comb attachment before getting braids or adding in weaves.
Don’t keep protective styles in for too long.
Never wear braids or weaves longer than six to eight weeks cause your hair and scalp need a break. Also, remember never to sleep in wigs and to remove them daily in order to give your scalp a chance to breathe.
Keep your natural hair and scalp well cleansed and moisturized while wearing protective styles.
Apply an oil directly to the scalp. Use a light oil spray to hydrate strands in braids. Keep your weaves and braids clean by spraying weekly with a dry shampoo and keep your scalp clean with a specially formulated shampoo.
Avoid jumping into the ocean.
Wigs and weaves don’t do well in salt water. It dries the scalp and mats the hair, which can lead to] dryness and breakage.
Protect your edges.
Tight weaves and heavy braids can lead to traction alopecia, which is a type of progressive hair loss caused by putting the hair under constant strain or tension. When the follicle comes out at the root, there is nothing else to do. So don’t let anyone braid the hair too tightly along the hairline. Just like your scalp, it’s important to also keep your edges well maintained and moisturized with conditioner.