How to maintain healthy hair underneath your wig

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Wrap your natural hair underneath the wig. 

This helps to protect your hairline against friction that could result in hair loss.  This is especially important if you wear synthetic wigs.

Shampoo your hair at least once a week. 

Use a clarifying shampoo to reduce dandruff and flakes. Alternate with a sulfate-free shampoo for more manageable and softer hair underneath your wig.

Moisturise your hair at least three times a week. 

Apply a leave-in conditioner before wrapping your hair, then put on your wig.  This will penetrate the hair for maximum moisture and assist in relieving itchiness.  Be sure to choose a product that will not cause build-up.  It’s the build-up of product that results in your scalp not being able to breathe, and this is one of the causes of an itching head.

Apply overnight treatment every day. 

This is particularly important if your lifestyle is one of daily wig-wear.  Most important of all – do not share your wig with someone else.  You won’t share your toothbrush, would you?

The best type of wig, in my opinion, is one that you put on in the morning and take off again at night.  This way your natural hair gets time to rest in-between.  If you prefer to wear a sewn-in wig you must remember the following:

•                Treat your scalp for improved circulation before the wig is fixed to your natural hair. 

•                Do not wear your wig for longer than two weeks at a time.  It is unhealthy for your natural hair and scalp to be left untreated for extended periods of time. 

Whether you wear a wig because it is fashionable, or whether you are wearing it because you are experiencing hair loss due to medical reasons, you must always remember to continue a hair care regime for your natural hair.

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