A Beginner’s Guide to Wearing Braided Wigs

Introduction

Wearing wigs has become very popular in recent years. Woven wigs, in particular, have become increasingly popular due to their stylish style and versatility. However, as a wig novice, wearing a woven wig correctly can be daunting at first. This guide is designed to empower beginners and guide them through everything they need to know to start wearing a woven wig with confidence.

Topics we will cover include choosing the right wig type and color according to your preferences and skin tone, proper wig care and maintenance, different wearing styles, tips for natural appearance, troubleshooting common problems, and much more. Finally, you’ll feel comfortable choosing, caring for, and rocking your new braided wig like a pro. Let’s get started!

Choosing Your First Braided Wig

The first important step is selecting the right braided wig for you. Consider the following factors when shopping:

Wig Type – There are various types of braided wigs to choose from. Lace front wigs have thin lace along the hairline for a natural hairline effect, while full lace wigs have lace all over for a very natural look but require careful styling. Tightly braided wigs have individual tight braids, while loose braid wigs have loose braids that can be styled.

Cap Construction – Choose an open or closed cap depending on your preference. An open cap has mesh that allows your hair and scalp to breathe, while a closed cap is fully lined and more secure but warmer. Monofilament caps add density near the hairline for realism.

Length – Braided wigs come in various lengths from short to extra long. Consider how long you want it to be based on your lifestyle, style preferences, and face shape.

Color – Popular braided wig colors mimic natural hair shades like 1B/2 (darkest brown), 1 (dark brown), 2 (medium brown), 4 (light brown) etc. But feel free to pick fun colors too if that’s your style.

A good first wig is a basic style with a lace front or tight braids in a mid-length, medium brown color. This allows you to get used to wearing and caring for wigs before expanding your collection. Always order a wig that matches your hair texture and hue for the most seamless look.

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Proper Wig Care

To keep your braided wigs looking their best and lasting longer, focus on proper care and maintenance:

1.After each wear, remove any shed hair/debris with a tweezer or fine tooth comb.

2.Wash wigs monthly or as needed with a mild shampoo for synthetic hair like Back to Basic Protein Free Shampoo. Work into a lather and gently massage the scalp and hairline area. Rinse thoroughly.

3.Condition weekly using a conditioner for synthetics like Revlon One Step Hair Mask Treatment. Focus on the ends and rinse out thoroughly.

4.Allow wet wigs to air dry completely before wearing again to prevent mildew growth in the fibers.

5.Store wigs on a wig stand or form when not worn to retain their shape. Stuff with tissue paper for volume as needed.

6.Dust wigs periodically with a soft makeup brush or dry shampoo to remove excess oil/dirt buildup between washes.

7.Trim any unraveling/split ends from the wig every few weeks with small scissors.

8.Protect wigs from heat, direct sunlight, pets, and chemicals whenever possible for longer lifespan.

With regular, gentle care, your braided wigs will stay looking fresh and maintain their quality for many months to come. This avoids needing to replace them frequently.

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Wearing Styles & Techniques

Now that you’ve selected some lovely braided wigs and learned how to care for them, it’s time to start wearing them! Here are some tips:

Parting

For a natural part, use a small rat tail comb to gently separate hair where you want the part. Pluck extra hair away from the part if it’s too thick.

Securing

For security without tension, pull the wig cap snug around your head using the adjustable straps in the back. Blow dry away any visible lace.Blending

If needed, use a small pair of scissors to softly razor cut the lace edge of the wig for a seamless hairline blend with your own hair and skin tone.

Styling

Loosen individual braids by rubbing them between your fingers. Form curls by gently twisting sections around a small curling iron. Spray braids with a light hold product.

Wearing Options

Center part, side part, half up styles, top knots, and ponytails all work great with braided wigs. Experiment to find your go-to looks!

With practice, you’ll learn techniques that work best for your wig type to achieve a natural, secure fit. Don’t be afraid to get creative with styles once you gain confidence.

Tips For a Natural Look

Mimicking the natural parts, texture, and movement of your own hair is key to achieving a believable braided wig style that doesn’t look like a wig. Additional tips:

Before setting, use a makeup settling spray on the hairline area for a soft blurry effect.

Apply a light oil like argan oil or Moroccan oil to your braids to add shine and prevent them from looking “frizzy.”

If desired, use a small comb to backbrush the hairline area to add fullness/separation from the hair underneath.

If the colors don’t quite match, you can use hair powder or temporary hair dye to lighten the hairline area by 1-2 tones to blend in with your skin.

Use a headband, scarf or bobby pin to hold the braid in place for a youthful Bohemian look.

Take “after” selfies in natural light and zoom in on your hairline before leaving the house to assess realism.

With the right techniques, blending and styling, you can confidently shake your woven wig just like your own hair and no one will be smarter!

bohemian hairstyle

Troubleshooting Common Issues

No matter how skilled you become at wearing braided wigs, there may still be occasional issues that arise. Here are some potential problems with solutions:

Wig slips out of place – Tighten straps more, use bobby pins near hairline to tack down lace if needed.

Visible wig/hairline doesn’t blend – Try wearing headbands or scarves around the hairline area until you get more accustomed to blending the wig.

Head itches under wig – Wash wig more often, switch to an open wefted/mesh cap style, or let scalp breathe more frequently without wig wear.

Wigs get tangled easily – don’t tangle too much, switch to a longer, high-quality synthetic fabric to protect the braid from friction as much as possible.

The color isn’t quite right – try lightening the area of your hairline or adding your own hair around it to reduce visual contrast.

Braid too tight/not moving – Gently rub each braid with your fingers to create a more natural movement.

With a little experimentation, over time you’ll get better at preventing and resolving any issues that crop up so that your wig wearing experience becomes enjoyable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to other common new wig wearer queries:

Q: How often can I wear the same braided wig before washing?

A: Typically 1-2 wears between gentle shampooing is best to prevent buildup and keep it fresh looking.

Q: How long will a quality synthetic braided wig last if well cared for?

A: Properly maintained, high quality synthetic braided wigs can typically be worn for 6-12 months or 50+ wears before visible wear occurs.

Q: Can I add my own hair extensions to braided wigs?

A: Yes, carefully pinning or gluing human hair or synthetic hair extensions around the hairline area of a braided wig is a technique some use to better blend their natural hair with the wig.

Q: What if the braids are too large/small for my face?

A: Tighter braids will make faces appear slimmer while looser braids work for wider faces. You can plump up braids by Velcro-rolling or teasing sections to adjust density too.

Q: Should I sleep in my braided wig or remove it?

A: For longer lasting wigs that maintain shape and fullness, it’s best to remove wigs before sleeping and properly store them for the night instead of leaving them on 24/7.

Q: Is it okay to wear wigs daily as a beginner?

A: Certainly, wig wearing for confidence and convenience is encouraged. However, giving your scalp a break 1-2x per week by going bare or wearing a loose natural hair style allows it to breathe, producing a healthier natural hairline over time.

With any other questions that may arise as you begin your braided wig wearing journey, customer service for companies online is usually very helpful resources full of additional guidance and advice to help maximize your new hair experience.

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