It is always a great move to wear wigs because they are considerable options switching your look with minimal or non-permanent damages to your hair. Nonetheless, if you are not vigilant enough, you may end up damaging your scalp, leading to more severe hair conditions.
Go through our discussion below to learn more about healthy scalps. More so, learn how you can maintain them in good condition.
Do you need to keep your scalp healthy?
The scalp is the skin covering your head, and it is the foundation for your hair growth. Therefore, is it mandatory to keep it healthy? Yes, it is!
Take an example of a house; if the foundation of a building is faulty, the house will not be strong enough to last long. People tend to move out of such homes because repairs are very much expensive. The same concept applies to the scalp. If it is not healthy, neither will your hair be healthy.
An unhealthy scalp is usually itchy, and cannot be able to maintain the hair strands healthily; as a result, they may start breaking or falling. You can avoid such issues by retaining your scalp well and nourishing it regularly to keep it healthy.
How healthy is your scalp?
To Have a healthy scalp if the dream of every person. While that may be true, how can you know whether your scalp is in good condition or not? Well, check out the signs below, which signifies an unhealthy scalp.
- Excess oil on the scalp
- Dry scalp
- Itchy or burning scalp
- Flaking and dandruff
- Reddish and painful scalp
- Hair loss or thinning
- Change in your hair texture
A healthy scalp will not experience the problems above. You can also tell that it is healthy is your hair is shiny, you lose little hairs when brushing, your hair does not tangle easily, and it does not have split ends. Besides, your hair can stretch without breaking, the strands hold moisture, and it is smooth and soft to touch.
How to keep your scalp healthy
It is significant to maintain your scalp healthy before, during, and even after weave or wig installation, for that will determine whether your natural hair will or will not flourish after removal of these extensions. Keep in mind that a happy scalp results in contended hair!
i. Before wig installation
If your scalp is not producing enough oil (sebum), it will suffer from itchiness due to irritation. It may even force you to take off the hair after a week or two. To avoid this problem, make sure that your scalp is in good condition before putting on a hair extension.
Before doing a sew-in, make sure that you wash and condition your hair thoroughly using correct wig shampoo and conditioner. Remember, scalp irritation always originates from the installation of the wig; that is why you need to keep it clean and well-nourished.
Always be gentle when dealing with natural hair. For instance, avoid being aggressive when brushing these hairs, especially when they are wet.
ii. During installation
Your hairstylist plays an essential role in this step. They should not sew the wefts of the hairpiece too tight to your hair because they may cause scalp irritation, and hence the discomfort. Besides, when doing braids, they should be gentle rather than pulling your natural hairs at your scalp to make them tight.
There is one concept you need to understand. A tight wig installation does not mean that the hairpiece will be strong enough on your head to last for long. Some people pull natural hairs without doing a proper installation, especially at the hairline, where the hair is too short.
Creating bonds, which are too large or heavy, can cause hair breakage. For that reason, ensure that your hairstylists do proper hair sectioning to protect your natural hair from ripping off. You, therefore, need to be extra cautious about how people handle your hair.
iii. After installation
Do not assume that because you washed and conditioned your hair before wig installation, you will not have to do that again until you uninstall your hairpiece. Your scalp may become dry, hence resulting in dandruff. Besides, the scalp usually sweats, and through that, it ends up secreting more oil, making the strands becoming greasier.
You should, therefore, do regular shampooing, at least once in two weeks, to prevent dry scalps and possible skin irritations like itchiness. Besides, for extreme dry scalps, try using appropriate hair products, like soothing oils, but do not apply too much because they may make the skin more oily; hence, resulting in dandruff.
On the other hand, if your hair is too oily, you have the option of applying dry shampoo to your scalp. These products help to soak the excess oil and remove product buildup from your hair; hence, making it clean. These shampoos can be harmful to your hair. Only use them when it is necessary to keep your hair and scalp healthy.
Treat your extensions the way you treat your natural hair. Of importance to note, avoid overstaying with these hairpieces on your head. They should serve you for at most 4-6 weeks. Otherwise, they may result in hair loss, breakage, or yeast infections, which are associated with improper wig care.
Things to avoid when wearing wigs to keep your scalp healthy
We always destroy our scalps from or daily hair routines. We can do healthy practices by refraining from the following:
a) Do not wear wigs of incorrect sizes. Tight hairpieces can cause itchiness, hair loss, and breakage, especially at the hairline.
b) Do not skip regular shampoo and conditioning.
c) Avoid wearing wigs, which do not allow your scalp to breathe.
d) Avoid frequent use of adhesives, for they may cause permanent hair loss around your hairline.
e) Do not use wig caps, which are sensitive to your scalp
f) Do not fail to take breaks from wearing wigs, to allow your scalp to refresh.
g) Do not forget doing regular scalp massage to boost blood circulation.
We believe that you have acquired some knowledge of healthy scalps. It is your turn to maintain it correctly for the benefit of your natural hair. Do not desire to become a woman, who anyone can spot at a distance, because of discomforts associated with unhealthy scalps.