Achieving a Natural Look with Braided Wigs: Tips and Tricks

Are you a fanatical style switcher as well? If you ask me that, I’ll answer “Yes” without a doubt. Almost every girl has a favorite when it comes to cosmetics, skin care products, or clothes and shoes! The braid wig is one of my favorite dressing tricks. From sleek straight hair to tight curls, I’ve tried it all. Different looks bring me brand-new experiences. Of course, not all experiences are satisfying. After many trial and errors, expensive wig purchases, and styling frustrations, I have discovered some valuable tips and tricks for from choosing a perfect wig to making braided wigs look completely natural on my hair texture. So now, follow me and concentrate!

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Buy a matching wig

My first tip is investing in high-quality wigs. Lower quality wigs will obviously look much more synthetic and fake. So you had better look for wigs made by high-quality synthetic hair textures. But the human hair is usually a lot more expensive and not very cost-effective, so I don’t really recommend it. Pre-styled wigs that are cut and styled to complement your face shape will also appear more natural. Besides, I highly suggest you look for a wig that matches your hair texture, color, and pattern as closely as possible. If you have kinky or coily hair, look for a wig with tight, defined coils similar to your own. Loose, undefined curls will never look seamless against coily hair. For curly or wavy hair, look for a wig with a comparable wave pattern, at least in terms of loose, medium or tight curls. Jagged, uneven waves will be obviously off. As a girl with curly hair, I once bought a Jagged wig, but it fell off while I was at my friend’s house. How embarrassed I am! Of course, if you want to look classy, wavy curls are definitely the way to go.

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The preparation work

What I want to remind you is if there are any oils or dirt on your hair, then your wig may won’t stay in place. So, before you put on a wig, you’d better wash your hair first. If possible, braiding your hair in cornrows or flat twists will be better since It will help in flattening your hair and establishing a smooth surface for the wig to rest on. If you have shorter hair, you can use bobby pins to secure your hair in place.

What’s more, don’t forget to find the right wig cap or base to ensure a snug yet comfortable fit. A wig that isn’t secured properly will never look natural falling all around your edges and baby hairs. A tight cap, however, will leave dents on your scalp. I bought a strong and tight wig cap before, but it left deep marks after I wore it for a day, and I felt uncomfortable all over my scalp. Everyone owns a different adaptability, so you have to think about yours.

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Some details for wearing

The wig’s straps should first be adjusted to fit your head since it may be so tight that make feel uncomfortable. Once the wig is in place, adjust the part to match your natural hairline. Using wig tape, clips or glue to secure the wig at edges and hairlines is critical for achieving a natural result. Subtlety is key—too much product will be obviously unnatural. Sometimes I notice gaps between the wig and my natural hairline, I will use a concealer or foundation that matches my skin tone to fill them in, creating a seamless, natural-looking transition between the wig and my natural hairline. This method is really effective since we make up every day, which can make our whole look more harmonious.

Polish your look

Leaving the wig down and flowing is often the simplest choice, but not always the most versatile or flattering. But I usually like to let my wig down, because I feel that it creates a feeling of cozy. If your natural hair tends to be stray or unruly, the wig’s braids may add wonderful definition, coverage and flow. For those with straight pin straight hair, down styles could look unnatural or heavy.

One trick for achieving a natural look with a braided wig is to add some baby hairs around the hairline. This will make the transition between the wig and your skin appear more natural. Comb some of the wig’s hair forward with a tiny brush or toothbrush before shaping the baby hairs with a tiny dab of edge control or gel.

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Proper maintaining

Braid wigs require hardly no maintenance at all. They look expensive yet only need minimal effort. Really, all they need is a misting with a spray bottle, gentle detangling with a wide-tooth comb, and the occasional re-braiding or re-twisting of parts. Nobody could ever tell how little effort is actually put into them because of their embellished styles.

But when you’re not wearing it, you should also store your wig properly, using a wig stand or wig box to protect your wig from dust and damage.

Conclusion

In short, choosing the matching wig, preparing your hair, taking care of some details, and polishing your final look, you can get a natural look with a braided wig. With some patience and practice, you will be rocking braided wigs and looking gorgeous while embodying natural beauty! Thanks to braided wigs, I can embrace myself fully as a black woman. I hope these ideas motivate you to embrace your true self too. So, go ahead and experiment with different styles and looks until you find the perfect braided wig for you.

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