Wigs have become more and more common, not just for women with hair loss, but also for women looking to change their look, or get the style and color they’ve always wanted without the commitment of changing their hair!

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Here Are Some Common Reasons That Wigs Can Cause Hair Loss:

Gluing down your hairline – However, it is important to remember that these types of people that used glue, will have a professional with them to apply and remove the glued down lace, which can cause devastating hair loss if not applied correctly. Although it gives a great look, it isn’t great for your hair and should be avoided at all costs. If you want the glued down look, try to glue wig in front of your hairline, making sure to sweep your hair under the wig so none gets in contact with the glue.

The wig doesn’t fit correctly – a wig that is too tight, will put pressure on your hair and scalp, not only causing headaches, but a wig that is too tight around the perimeter can cause your hair to break down and fall out. Imagine having a tight band around your head all day long, this is the same as wearing a wig that doesn’t fit correctly and can cause a lot of discomforts. To avoid this situation, when buying a wig, ask to be measured and fitted for your wig to ensure it is the correct size. Ready-made pieces usually come in one standard size and can be adjusted yourself at home, but bespoke wigs should be measured.

Ignoring your hair! – It may be easy to forget to wash and treat your hair, as it is covered by a wig all day, but it is crucial to not only shampoo and condition your hair as regularly as you would without a wig (this varies for everybody), but to also treat your hair. Oils like Moroccan Oil should be applied after washing through the mid- lengths and ends of your hair.

It is important to use a scalp cleaner such as Pro Touch 1 step cleaner, to remove scalp build- up that can occur when your hair and scalp is under your wig, getting hot and not being exposed to air.

On this note, also remember to regularly have your hair trimmed too. Getting your hair trimmed often, even if it’s just half an inch off, will ensure your hair continues to grow and get rid of any split ends.

Not protecting your hair – depending on the type of base your wig has, it may require you to wear a wig cap underneath. Wefted wigs, which are machine-made and involve lots of panels sewn together rather than one cap, can be itchy and uncomfortable, irritating to your scalp. A nylon wig cap can create a barrier between your scalp and hair and the base of the wig. It’s important to not purchase a wig cap that is too tight, as this defeats the object of wearing one. These caps usually come in a few different sizes, so try them to see what size is best for you.

Having a wet hair under your wig – If you are in a rush and don’t have time to let your hair dry naturally, or even blow dry it, it may be tempting to apply your wig and leave the house with your hair wet underneath. There’s no harm in that right? Wrong! Damp hair can be left to dry naturally if out in the open, but underneath a wig, there is little to no air getting in there to dry the excess water off, this can encourage bacteria growth, which will become itchy, and if done regularly, can cause infection to arise! Make sure to always take time to dry your hair before wearing your wig.

Using tapes on your hair – If you are looking for a secure attachment for your wig, to ensure there is no movement of the piece, then tapes are a great idea. However, tapes only work on little or no hair and work well on areas of no hair at all. Taping your wig onto your hair can cause a lot of pressure on your hair, and removing the wig will pull out a lot of your hair too, especially around the temples and hairline where your hair is shorter and weaker. Make sure to use clips to attach your wig if you have hair, and only use tapes if you have no hair, or are willing to shave small areas of your hair off. When removing tapes, use an adhesive remover such as lace release, spray through the wig on to areas where tapes are applied, wait for it seep through, and then gently remove wig back to front, to ensure you are not pulling on hair. Then use the same spray on your hair, and comb out any residue from the tapes.

Wearing your wig 24/7 – Now that you have your dream hair, it seems a shame to have to remove it every night, just to put it back on in the morning. But by doing this, you can not only promote the health of your hair underneath but also keep the wig in great condition and shape! A wig stand or hairdressing block can be purchased to keep your wig on overnight, or if the sight of a fake head wearing your hair isn’t for you, you can keep your wig in a silk bag overnight, or even wrap it in a towel! It is really important to give your hair a break from the wig, especially through the night。

Never sleep in your wig when off to bed. One, your scalp needs to breathe and secondly, the wig may be tight and can damage your hair resulting in hair loss. Once you remove the wig, it would be a good practice to apply a water-based moisturizer ensuring you focus on the ends.

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