The Guide to Taking Care of Your Natural Hair Under a Wig

So you just bought your first wig. You’re very excited but also clueless and maybe even a little nervous about how it will turn out. It’s okay! You’re a beginner in the wig-wearing world and you just don’t know where to start. I’m here to tell you that it actually doesn’t start from the wig itself, but instead your natural hair. How your wig will look ultimately depends on how well you take care of and lay down your natural hair underneath. Whether you’re wearing a human hair lace front or a synthetic wig, it’s up to you if it will look acceptable! Wearing a wig doesn’t give you the pass to ignore or abandon your natural hair, because you really don’t want to do that. You want to make sure you have the proper tools and guide to help your wig not look like a lumpy mess.

Just think of the two main goals you really want to accomplish here. You want to care for your hair as if it’s any ordinary day when your not wearing a wig, and you want to lay your hair as flat as possible. Follow all of the guide steps and you’ll officially be a pro wig wearer!

Tools you’ll need:

  • Comb
  • Hair oil
  • Leave-in conditioner
  • Bobby pins (if you’re doing individual braids)

The Guide

1. Make sure your hair is clean & combed out. Before you put on any wig, that hair needs to be washed and conditioned!

2. So after your hair is nice, clean and combed through, it’s time to add your products. Apply your leave-in-conditioner and comb through. It’s important to give your hair that moisture that it needs. I highly suggest Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Leave-in conditioner!

Shea Moisture Strengthen & Restore Leave-In Conditioner 16 oz

3. Time to braid! Cornrows are the usual way to go because they lay your hair flat so the wig sits nice. If doing cornrows is not your expertise then individuals are fine. You have to make sure that your braids are nice and flat though. Remember, we don’t want our beautiful wig to be a lumpy mess! If you’re doing individual braids remember to bobby pin them up.

4. Apply oil to your scalp areas. Oiling the scalp areas in between your braids will keep your overall hair health nourished and can even help it grow.

5. Put on your wig cap. A wig caps acts as a protective barrier for your scalp and keeps your wig secure. Though it is completely optional, having a wig cap is the absolute best way to go.

And voila! Enjoy your wig-wearing days and good luck. 🙂