Wigs are oftentimes differentiated from hair extensions as most times they cover  the entire head rather than serve as extensions to your natural hair. However, wigs  still make our list because there are now units in the market that when installed,  you could easily get away with telling anyone that it’s your natural hair. Because  wig where? 

Wigs are now being made to look super natural, especially with the invention of  lace frontals wigs which when installed professionally and properly, can look like  the strands are growing right out of your scalp! There are also partial wigs that can  be used to supplement your natural hair rather than completely cover your natural  hair. 

All in all, wigs make a great hair option today, and if you also treat your hair  underneath it right, your wig can equally serve as a protective hairstyle. 

Can you DIY your wig installation? 

The answer to this depends on the type of wig and your skill level with installation.  There are closure units that you can simply slide onto your head, run a comb  through it, and you’re ready to step out of your house in seconds. There are also  lace frontal units and partial wigs that require a special skill level to install and  achieve the most seamless, natural-hair look. You may be able to pull off an install  by following a YouTube tutorial. But if not, then it’s more advisable to seek out the  services of your local wig professional to install your wig. 

How long do wigs last? 

A premium quality wig, with the right care and treatment, can last you between 6  months to 1 year if you wear it daily. However, if you don't wear your wig daily, it’ll  probably last a lot longer than that.

How to Care for Your Wig. 

Cleaning your wig at least once a month is super important. There are dedicated  shampoos, conditioners, and combs for wig care. Thus, you must invest in these  for the regular cleansing of your wig. 

Wig wash routine: Use a wide-tooth comb to gently detangle your wig before  you begin, working your way up from the ends to the roots. Place your wig under  a running faucet and use cool to lukewarm water to fully submerge it. Gently  press out any excess water, place a small amount of shampoo in your hands,  and stroke the wig hair from roots to ends (no rough scrubbing or rubbing!).  Next, rinse the wig with warm water until the product is all out. Follow this with  a conditioner and after rinsing that out too, use a towel to gently blot the hair  until it is just damp. 

For best results, use a sulfate-free clarifying shampoo and a wig-approved  hydrating conditioner. 

Always air-dry your wigs after washing them. Avoid using a blow dryer or  brushing the hair until it is totally dry. 

Always keep your wig moisturized and detangled, and remember—a little  product always goes a long way. 

Always store your wigs properly when they aren’t in use. The best storage tools  include mannequins, hooks, wig bags, and wig boxes. Also, always store your  wig so that it is kept away from dust. 

Do not use hairspray on your wig. This will make it more likely to tangle, or  become greasy and unmanageable. For some added shine, a few drops of hair  oil will get the job done. 

Use a heat protectant spray when styling with heat tools to reduce any heat  damage. However, do not use any form of heat on synthetic fiber wigs. 

Never sleep or shower with your bare wig on.

Remember that your own hair is important too. Always have it clean and  conditioned. The fact that it is concealed by your wig isn’t an excuse for you to  leave your natural hair to get dry and dirty. 

It is always best to take your wig to a professional to style and take care of it.  However, this recommendation in no way discounts the power of a proper and  skilled DIY process. 

Finally, since we’re all about giving you helpful advice on here, if you’ve been  thinking about getting a wig for some time now, go get it, sis! It’s totally worth it. And at least, now you know the proper way to keep your wig in perfe

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