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How to Care for Your Afro Hair Under a Wig

Written by: Marie Darmyn



Time to read 2 min


Do you wear wigs because of the convenience, or because it’s the perfect way to protect your afro hair? You may have noticed that your afro hair tends to dry out, break, and feel brittle when wearing a wig. The good news is that there are ways to keep your afro hair healthy while still rocking your favourite wig. Let’s take a closer look at how you can care for your afro hair under a wig.

Cleanse Properly
If you don’t cleanse properly before wearing a wig, your scalp and afro hair will become clogged with dirt and oil. This can cause irritation, itchiness, and even infection. Make sure that you use the right products on your scalp every time you wash—a product specifically formulated for managing wigs is ideal. Additionally, use gentle strokes when cleansing so as not to disrupt the delicate balance of natural oils on your scalp. You should also make sure that you rinse away all traces of shampoo or conditioner from your afro hair before putting on your wig.


We recommend Nguvu Ghana black Soap

Keep it Moisturized
The key to keeping healthy afro hair under a wig is moisture! Keeping your locks hydrated is essential if you want them to stay in good condition. Before putting on the wig, apply an oil-based moisturizing product onto damp strands from root to tip – this helps seal in moisture and prevent breakage caused by friction between the strands and the material of the cap. Also look for products with ingredients such as shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil, jojoba seed oil etc., as this help nourish and soften the strands while providing additional protection against damage due to friction and heat exposure.

We recommend Chebe Hair Oil from Uhuru.

Protective Styling
Protective styling is one of the best ways to protect your strands while wearing a wig. This involves using techniques like braiding or twisting that help keep strands tangle-free and secure while still allowing them room to breathe beneath the cap of the wig. You could also opt for low manipulation styles like buns or ponytails which require minimal effort but still provide protection against damage due to friction or heat exposure.

We recommend The Timeless Xmas wig.

Wearing wigs can be a great way to protect your afro hair from damage due to heat styling tools and friction from everyday activities like combing or brushing. However, in order for this protective measure to be effective, it's important to ensure that you're taking proper care of both your scalp and natural strands underneath the cap of the wig too! By cleansing properly before applying a wig; keeping locks hydrated, and opting for protective styling techniques like braiding/twisting/bunting; you can keep those beautiful curls looking their best even under a tight cap! With these tips in mind, go forth – slay that look with confidence!



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