As someone who loves to change up their hairstyles, I can’t stop raving about my latest obsession: the wig! I have always loved protective styles and braided wigs have quickly become my go-to.
They are gorgeous and versatile and offer a great way to protect my natural hair from potential damage. In this article, I’ll share my journey to master braided wigs and give tips and tricks to help you fall in love with them.
Why braids are the ultimate protective style.
Before I dive into the realm of braided wigs, let me explain why braided wigs have become my preferred protective style. As a naturalist, I’ve experimented with various security techniques, from box braids to fake locks. While these solutions have advantages, they often have drawbacks, such as tension, breakage, and even the risk of hair loss due to the weight of the extensions.
Braided wigs provide all the benefits of the classic braided style without any downsides. They shelter my natural hair from daily treatments, screen it from harsh weather, and enable it to rest and thrive. Plus, I can change my look without worrying about ruining my hair.
My journey to braided wigs
I admit I was hesitant to try a braided wig at first. I worried they wouldn’t look natural or be too hard to style. But after seeing countless beautiful photos of women rocking braided wigs, I knew I had to try them. Here’s a step-by-step look at my journey to mastering this excellent protective style:
Choosing the perfect braided wig
The first step in my wig journey was choosing the right one. With so many options available, I was initially overwhelmed. However, I quickly realized that the key is to consider the following factors.
Style: I thought about the braids I wanted, like a box braid wig, Senegalese twist, or cornrows. The size and length best suited suit me and matched my style.
Color: I chose a shade that complimented my skin tone and natural hair color. While many prefer natural colors, I used interesting, vivid colors to make a statement.
Quality: I researched and read reviews to find a high-quality wig that would look natural and last a long time. Synthetic wigs are cheaper, but I opted for a human hair wig for a more realistic appearance and longevity.
Learning how to style and store my wig
After choosing the right one, I had to learn how to style and protect my braided wig. This was an important step because a well-shaped, fastened wig ensures a natural and comfortable fit. Here’s what I discovered:
Prepping my natural hair: I’ve discovered that braiding or twisting my natural hair into flat cornrows provides a smooth and stable base for my wig.
Wig Cap: Wearing a wig cap helps keep the wig in place while protecting my natural hair.
Adjusting the wig: I learned how to adjust the wig straps or comb to ensure a snug fit.
Styling the wig: I sometimes personalize my wig by shortening the braids or adding decorations like hair cuffs or beads.
Caring for my braided wig
I learned the importance of proper maintenance to keep my braided wig looking fresh and good.
Storage: I place my wig on a wig stand or mannequin head to keep it in shape and avoid tangling.
Cleaning: I clean my wig with a mild shampoo and conditioner, removing any buildup or residue.
Drying: I let my wig air dry on a wig stand or flat on a towel.
Tips for rocking your braided wig
Now that I’ve mastered the art of the Lutwig, I’d like to offer some advice to anyone considering this protective style:
Adapt your style: Don’t be afraid to experiment with different braids, colors, and lengths. Box Braids provide an excellent opportunity to express yourself and show your personality.
Practice makes perfect: Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to perfect your wig application and styling process. You’ll be a wig pro in no time with a bit of practice!
Be patient: Remember, your natural hair comes first. While wearing your braided wig, give your hair time to rest and grow. Protective styles are meant to help, not hinder, your hair’s journey.
Invest in quality: While a cheap wig may be more appealing, a high-quality braided wig will pay off in the long run. A well-made wig looks more natural and lasts longer, saving you money and effort.
Take care of your natural hair: Even though your hair is buried under your wig, it’s important to maintain a healthy hair care routine. Cleanse, condition, and moisturize regularly to keep your natural hair strong and healthy.
Have Fun: The most important tip is to enjoy your ride! Embrace the versatility and creativity of braided wigs and have fun trying new styles.
The braid wigs have been my go-to style, providing a beautiful and adaptable way to change my look without compromising the health of my natural hair. I’ve come a long way in mastering this excellent hair item, from choosing the ideal braided wig to learning how to style, store, and care for it.
If you’re thinking of trying out a braided wig, I strongly suggest adopting this great protective style. Have fun with your wig!