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This information is not new, ground breaking or revolutionary for those of us who’ve been on our healthy hair journeys for a while. Even newbies who have done the research, joined a hair forum or two, and watched a few YouTube videos, you are probably familiar with most of what I am going to say.
However, my real life friends – and my mother (le sigh) – ask over and over why I wear wigs. After I explain they then want to know how to care for their own hair while wearing them. I’m not talking about the general public or a social associate who inquires about your hair; those folks are not really looking for an in depth look into my haircare philosophies and regimens! I am talking about friends and family who are genuinely interested in learning how to care for their hair better and have a true desire to learn about how to grow their hair.
So, here is some advice and a few tips on how to utilize wigs to help grow your hair and more accurately to retain your length.
Low manipulation. My mother (who is essentially my best friend, we talk every single day) infuriates me to no end with the amount of manipulation she does to her hair while wearing wigs. I promise she is the only person in the world who can wear a wig for 8 months for the purposes of low-manipulation and a protective style with no length progress! One of her many sins is that she removes her cornrows, combs and brushes every night before re-braiding. And she tells me this proudly as if she is following my instructions! “Ebony – I take my braids down every night and put the Bee Mine in it, comb and brush it.” Less is more people! All that my mother was accomplishing by doing all of that is giving her hair more opportunity to break. Last summer I did a wig regimen in which I cornrowed my hair for several weeks, washed, deep conditioned, moisturized and sealed all while in the braids. This is much healthier for your hair than constantly combing or manipulating it.