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Wigs, the freedom that comes with strings attached.

Wigs undoubtedly guarantee freedom, which many women are discovering while freedom, on the other hand, means sleeping soundly in any position, not worrying about ruining your curls. But because freedom and convenience can lead to abuse and damage, there are some should-knows before you go the wig way.

First Things First

Consider your budget, the shape of your face, the size of the wig, anchoring options, the colour of the wig and the purpose for which you will be wearing the wig, amongst other things.

Problems to Guard Against:

  • Donning a wig can be a recipe for embarrassment – you will attract stares if it obviously looks like a wig or is not properly worn and will definitely cause traffic jam if it falls off your head!
  • Damage to your hairline – this is the case, especially for lace wigs. The continuous use of clips, glues and tapes adversely affects the hairlines and causes loss of hair. Take a break every now and then.
  • Headache – where wigs are worn too tightly, headaches are inevitable; same for tight headbands and face caps.
  • Irritation and Allergies – where a wig is synthetic, ensure that you are not allergic to the fibre from which it is made. Also, frequent use of wigs means your hair is not exposed to fresh air. It also means that the wig gets to absorb the natural oil produced by your hair. This could cause itchy scalp, irritation, dandruff plus other hair and scalp-related problems.
  • Poor hair hygiene –it becomes easier to neglect your natural hair because it is hidden. Poor hair hygiene means damaged hair and hair loss.

True Wig-given Freedom:

Wigs can be enjoyed without encountering the potential problems, which are not insurmountable, anyway, if you take proper care of your wig and hair.

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  • Get a wig head. You don’t want your wig to lose shape.
  • Have a care regimen for your wig. This will depend on whether it is synthetic or made from human hair.
  • Seek professional advice for the use and care of your human hair wigs.
  • Get good products, use mild shampoos and conditioners.
  • Use wide-toothed combs to detangle and comb from the tips while detangling.

Wigspermit variety without stress if properly worn and taken care of. With just two wigs and a styling comb, you could spot four different looks in two weeks. How else would you define freedom?


…… Culled from October 2016 edition.

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