One of my favorite methods to get creative with protective styles is to wear braided wigs. In addition to being convenient to maintain, braids also come in numerous of fashionable designs that immediately refresh any appearance. Although installing these wigs can initially look difficult, once you get the hang of it, it’s actually rather easy—and you require no glue or tape. Here are my basic instructions for putting on a braided wig.
Prepare your natural hair
Getting ready your natural hair adequately before attaching the wig is the first and most crucial stage. Take your time to make sure the wig will sit firmly for several hours.
Initialize by giving your hair a thorough hydrating and conditioning. As you cornrow your hair, apply a leave-in conditioner or thin hair oil from roots to ends, massaging the product through each section to prevent strands from breaking or being damaged.
To avoid a middle part, divide your hair into two or three portions and part them on the sides. First, pay attention to the two larger side parts. Start cornrowing at the nape of the neck using small to medium-sized strands of hair, weaving each addition into the braid that already exists.
In order to keep the braids tight and silky as you cornrow, twist flatly. Before braiding, try finger combing each area to get rid of any knots. As you work your way up the sections, push the hair firmly to guarantee that the cornrows are flat against your head. Leave the top 3 to 4 inches of hair free and unbraided once you reach the crown. This will make it possible for the braids on the wig to match your own hairline. Use tiny elastic bands to firmly tie off the cornrows’ ends.
Reverse the procedure for the second side portion, this time braiding the hair in cornrows from the nape up but again keeping the highest hair loose and unbraided. To secure the cornrows, give them a tiny mist of water or hairspray.
Put the wig in place
The wig needs to be ready now. Get rid of any clips, pins, or elastic bands holding the pre-braided style in place as the initial step in getting ready the wig. Locate any bands or attachments by carefully looking all around the wig’s edge. After that, take out a little pair of scissors and trim any elastic bands that have already been sewed into the braids. These bands are not required because you won’t be using glue or tape for this installation. Any pinned clips can be taken out by gently shaking the wig and jiggling the braids to make them become more loose. You won’t need any clips or bands, so put them all aside. Then, divide the braids of the wig along the middle to resemble the part in your own natural hair. Make sure the portion goes all the way to the wig’s nape by dividing the braids into two equal sections. Now raise the braids on one side of the wig and fasten them with a big bobby pin. Repetition is necessary to pin both sides up and out of the way.
A flawless “U” shape should be created by the braids on the sides and back of your head and that the wig’s part matches the part of your own hair. For a beautiful lay, untangle any tangles from the synthetic braiding hair immediately. Gently spray the braided strands with water or a leave-in conditioner to help control frizz.
After that, loc your individual braids into the wig’s braids. Once the wig’s braid is reached, slowly slip one of your cornrows into it. Loop the cornrow around and under the wig’s braid to firmly fuse the two braids together. Adding locs to each inch as you work your way up the braid. The objective is to braid your hair in such a way that it is intertwined with the wig’s braids to form a single, continuous braid.
As you go, tuck any extra braiding hair from the wig inside itself. Repetition of this procedure is required to attach each of the wig’s braids to your own cornrows. To ensure security, give it a gentle tug and straighten any bobby pins that may have fallen out. The installation of your braided wig is complete.
Elastic bands are your new best friend when installing a braided wig without glue. Start by locating small, thin elastic bands. Look for ones labeled “removable” or “no damage” to avoid snagging hair. Make careful to hydrate your natural hair every day while wearing the braids, regardless of how the wig is fastened. Apply a lotion, oil, spray, or conditioner to your scalp and hair. Every time you moisturize, gently brush or untangle your natural hair with a wide-tooth comb. This will distribute the substance evenly across the scalp and stop tangles from growing at the root. Also, every day, look for any indications that the braids are causing strain, discomfort, or breaking throughout your entire hairline. Tight elastic bands should be loosened. Remove the wig and give your hair a rest if the discomfort continues. And if you want to learn more about the benefits of wearing braided wigs, please click on the article titled “The Benefits of Wearing Braided Wigs for Hair Growth and Health.”
Without the inconvenience of adhesive, this technique provides you the beautiful braided wig installation look while safeguarding your natural hair underneath. You may learn to loc your own wigs quickly with diligence and perseverance. The end result is a flexible, low maintenance hairdo that requires only minor touch-ups and can be worn for weeks. So make use of your imagination, try out various braid styles, and enjoy modifying your look with these lovely braided wigs. I sincerely hope you enjoy wearing locs in your hair as much as I do!