Wigs. Many women cannot live without them. That is not a judgment. When it comes down to it, they are helpful, convenient and allow for many different looks. Wigs are fun and they can save a lot of time when you need to have a hairstyle that is quick, trendy and cute. In short, wigs are a godsend. But when you are a natural, how do you take care of your hair underneath your wig?

This is a real question that needs a real answer. Too many naturals who wear wigs as protective styles probably don’t even think about their hair underneath. As far as they are concerned, they are giving their tresses a break; what do they really need to do? Well, I can see the logic in that, but when it’s all said and done, your hair still needs attention and care, pretty much, all the time. You cannot just forget about it because that can be counterproductive to what you are trying to achieve.

So because it may not be on your mind but you do understanding that hair care is still important when wearing a wig, here are some tips on how to take care of your hair when you are rocking your favorite wig.

Braid It

You would be surprised by how many women just slap their hair in a ponytail, or slap a wig cap on and go. To get the best results in taking care of your hair and with the look of your wig, you should braid it. This will allow easier access to taking care of your hair when you take your wig off, at night usually. If you plan on wearing your wig nonstop, then the braids will help your hair breathe as well underneath. Before you braid your hair, detangle it with a wide-tooth comb or with your fingers. Also, if you wear your wig on a regular basis, then you should re-braid your hair throughout your wig wearing process.

Wash It

You cannot go too long without washing your hair. You don’t have to wash it every day or week, but the build up that you experience while wearing a wig needs to be taken care of at least once every three weeks. The idea here is to keep your hair clean. Plain and simple. Remember, you are not just wearing a wig to look good, but as you give your hair a break you want to ensure you are doing all you can to give it a chance at growing. A great way to keep your scalp healthy and clean is by co-washing. This option can be less harsh on your hair than shampoo and will help maintain it.

Moisturize It

That brings me to a very important aspect of any hair care regimen- moisturizing. This is a no brainer and one that you must adhere to in order to make your hair all that it can be. When you wear a wig, sometimes the wig cap can actually strip your hair of its moisture and that is never fun. It’s a good idea to moisturize with an effective oil a few times a week. With all that you do throughout the day, your hair needs all the help (moisture) that it can get.

You have to pay attention to your hair at all times and when wearing a wig, it’s all the more important. Remember, natural hair takes more effort and time. Even when giving your hair a break in the form of wearing a wig, you still have to treat it with all the love and care you would if you were wearing it out by itself.