Wigs are fantastic as they allow you to achieve your desired look instantly, but, many wig-wearers still have concerns over if wigs cause hair loss. I did some digging, and here’s what I found.
Wigs do not cause hair loss if they are the correct size and weight. If you wear your wig correctly and follow the correct procedure when attaching and removing your wig, you should not experience hair loss. To avoid wig-related hair loss you should follow a good hair care routine for your natural hair too.
Keep on reading to find out how you can prevent wig-related hair loss as well as how to protect your natural hair!
How To Prevent Wig-Related Hair Loss and Protect Natural Hair
To prevent any wig-related hair loss you need to follow a proper hair care routine on your natural hair and make sure you are installing and removing your wig correctly to prevent hair follicle damage and hair breakage. With that being said, let’s take a closer look at how to protect your natural hair:
The best way to prevent wig-related hair loss is to protect your natural hair by always wearing a wig cap beneath your wig to create a protective barrier between your hair and the wig. You should also never sleep with your wig on, as it can inflict tension on your natural hair and cause breakage.
01. Get the correct wig size.
The first thing you need to do is to make sure you have a wig that fits you correctly. A wig that is too small for your head may result in hair loss. A tight wig is damaging to the scalp as it restricts airflow. The lack of airflow can damage the hair follicles and this can exacerbate hair loss.
If your wig is too tight you can actually suffer from hair loss along your hairline. The perimeter of the wig, if too tight, can rub against your hairline and cause your natural hair to break and the hair follicles to suffer extensive damage over time.
If your wig is too tight, it can result in traction alopecia. Traction alopecia, a form of gradual hair loss, is caused by excess force being applied to the hair. If your wig is too tight it can tug at your natural hair and the traction can cause this type of hair loss.
To avoid hair loss from sizing issues you should make sure that you get measured by a professional or do it yourself at home before purchasing your wig. It is important to get your head measured in order to determine the right wig size for you as wigs are not one size fits all!
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02. Get the correct wig weight.
Secondly, you need to make sure that your wig is the correct weight for your head. This can also be determined when you get measured by a professional. They will assess your hair type and recommend the correct weight based on the thickness/fullness and weight of your natural hair.
If your wig is of the wrong weight and is too heavy for you this can lead to hair loss. For example, if your natural hair is fine and thin and you purchase a wig that is very thick and heavy in comparison this could be difficult for your body to adjust to the added weight.
If the hair is too heavy it will weigh down on your head and hair too much and this added weight can weaken your natural hair. The added traction and pulling on your natural hair can, over time, lead to hair loss and damage the hair follicles. So, make sure that you do your research before you invest in a wig!
03. Invest in a breathable wig cap.
Thirdly, it is important that you purchase a breathable wig cap to wear underneath your wig. A wig cap will protect your hair from damage as it will act as a barrier between the wig and your head.
You need to make sure that your wig cap is of high-quality cotton (100%) as you want there to be enough airflow to your scalp. Low-quality wig caps do not allow for adequate airflow and this can lead to mild hypoxia over time where there isn’t enough oxygen getting to your skin and hair follicles (all resulting in hair loss).
04. Protect your hairline.
You should, as far as possible, try and protect your hairline when wearing a wig as it is usually this area that will suffer from hair loss. You can invest in a wig grip to wear underneath your wig for this purpose and you can try and avoid using adhesives if possible.
A wig grip is an adjustable velvet or silicone headband that is worn underneath your wig. It holds the wig in place and distributes the weight of the hair evenly on your head all while protecting the hairline from any rubbing and friction from the wig.
This product is especially useful if the perimeter of the wig tends to scratch at your hairline. Over time this friction can break the hair and damage the hair follicles and this can result in hair loss!
Limit the use of adhesives such as wig glue if possible. The constant use of adhesives can sometimes affect the hair follicles and hair during the application and removal process. Harsh products such as glue are often difficult to remove and require many solvents or rubbing which can damage the hair follicles and cause hair loss over time.
05. Take regular breaks.
It is also recommended that you allow your head and scalp to rest from time to time. You need to allow your scalp time to recover from wig-wearing and ‘breathe’ as this can promote healthy hair and hair growth.
Do not sleep in your wig if possible. Taking a break at night from your wig each day can do your hair wonders! Allowing for airflow to your scalp, instead of having it tied up underneath a wig 24/7 promotes healthy hair growth and can reduce wig-related hair loss as the wig will not be rubbing against your skin all night.
You can actually even wear a silk bonnet to bed to avoid snags and breakage to your natural hair while you sleep too!
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06. Keep your hair clean and moisturised.
It is incredibly important that you detangle and wash your hair regularly. Although wearing a wig can seem like the perfect way to not have to worry about your natural hair, you can actually be setting yourself up for hair loss if you do not take care of your hair underneath your wig!
Washing your hair regularly will prevent a build-up product, sweat, and sebum that could block your hair follicles and lead to hair loss over time! Don’t let your hair get dry underneath your wig, it can become brittle and break. Use high-quality products on your hair that won’t dry it out as dry hair is also known to shed and fall out!
By detangling your hair regularly you are helping to distribute natural oils throughout your hair which can keep the lengths of hair moisturized (remember, it has been braided or wrapped up all day). Brushing your hair often will also stimulate hair growth and prevent hair loss.
4 Amazing Benefits Of Wearing A Wig
Don’t be put off wigs by what you’ve just read, wigs are still amazing! As long as you look after your hair and wear your wig correctly hair loss is not something you should be panicking about. Check out just a few of the benefits wigs have:
Wearing a wig can allow your natural hair to grow beneath, as you are limiting the use of damaging heat styling tools, products, and dyes. Wig-wearing also helps to restore confidence in the wearer, especially if they are suffering from hair loss. Wigs also allow for limitless styling options that require less time and effort.
- They can allow you to grow your hair as you can take a break from using harmful heat tools, styling products, dye or bleach on your natural hair! You can achieve your dream look instantly without damaging your real hair.
- Your wig will also protect you from environmental stressors such as pollution, heat, and rain!
- They can give your natural hair a chance to get stronger and healthier as you can treat your hair with hair growth-promoting oils underneath your wig without compromising your look!
- They can be less time consuming as you will spend less time styling your hair in the morning! Most wigs come pre-styled or can be styled in advance to save time!
As long as you look after your wig and your natural hair and you follow a suitable hair care routine you should experience no wig-related hair loss! You can now wear your wig without worrying!