Every woman needs at least one good wig in her life! They are fabulous for changing up your style, color, cut and even texture without altering your hair at all, a great solution to a bad hair day, plus one of the best protective styles to help grow out your natural hair.
I’ve always taken great care to moisturize, clean and condition my hair when wearing wigs or weave, so my former basic wig regimen was already great for retaining hair growth. However, during my last long term protective style I discovered a magic combination that kept my hair not only moisturized but extremely soft after the take down. So, I recently have updated my wig regimen to include this change along with a few other tweaks.
Braid Hair With Ends Unexposed
I braid my natural hair in a pattern that doesn’t leave my ends out like a beehive, snake or other interlocking pattern. This helps to protect the oldest and most fragile part of our hair (our ends) and also allows the braids to stay intact longer without coming unraveled. Leave your hair braided 4-6 weeks, part of the success of this wig regimen is leaving your hair alone as much as possible.
Moisturize Throughout the Week
Everyone asks how I keep my hair moisturized while wearing wigs and weave and the answer is always the same. I use a spray moisturizer or leave-in conditioner at least 3-4 times per week. My favorites are Jane Carter Revitalizing Leave In, Jane Carter Moisture Mist and Bee Mine Juicy Spritz.
This is the first major change to my regimen – I apply Argan Oil directly to my scalp and braids after moisturizing. This softens my hair and also seals in the moisture added from my spray of choice. I use a medicine dropper to apply the oil and you can purchase Argan oil that already has a dropper for under $10. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils for hair growth.
After applying my oil, I use my vibrating scalp massager to stimulate blood flow to my scalp to encourage hair growth. Using the scalp massaging tool is actually less agitating to your hair than using your fingers, you can just sit it on top your braids and ever so slightly move it back and forth while it vibrates.
I don’t co-wash often while my hair is loose, I prefer to shampoo my hair. But while my hair is braided and tucked away under my wigs, co-washing is the best way to quickly condition my hair and remove the product. Wig regimens are low maintenance so you don’t have to go through shampooing and deep conditioning separately every week. I prefer to use something moisturizing but cheap like V05 Moisture Milks or Aussie Moist, or any conditioner I have on hand that I’m trying to use.
Clarify and Deep Condition After Takedown
After your hair has been braided for 4-6 weeks, take down your hair and carefully detangle and remove all the trapped shed hair from the past few weeks. Next, cleanse thoroughly with your favorite clarifying shampoo. I like Kinky Curly Come Clean or Shea Moisture JBCO Shampoo, but other ladies prefer to create their own mixture using baking soda and/or apple cider vinegar. Once you’ve shampooed, saturate your strands in your favorite deep conditioner and sit under your hooded dryer, steamer or heat cap for at least 20 minutes.
After repeating this regimen twice, make sure you strengthen your strands with a light protein treatment like Aubrey Organics GPB Balanced Conditioner or ApHogee Two Minute Keratin Reconstructor. You don’t want your hair to weaken from being braided back to back, especially if your hair is chemically treated. Not only is this regimen great for wearing wigs, but it can be used for any long term protective style – crochet braids, sew in weave, Senegalese twists, etc. Happy hair growing!