Protecting Your Investment: Best Practices for Preserving the Quality of Braids Wig

A few years ago, when I started wearing braided wigs, I was astounded by how effortless and natural they appeared. Braided wigs were a lifesaver for someone like me who works long hours and cannot dedicate time for daily styling. They made it possible for me to look put together with little work.

But as time went on, I realized that my wigs were losing quality faster than I had anticipated. They would not appear as full and lush as when they were new, and the braids would fray and the lace would break. I was annoyed that after paying for wigs, they would break apart after a few wears.

That’s when I realized I needed to learn proper care techniques if I wanted my investments to last. While braids wigs are convenient, they require special attention to maintain their quality over time. After much trial and error, I’ve figured out some best practices for preserving the life and appearance of my braids wigs.

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Storage is Key

One of the most important things is how you store your wig when it’s not on your head. I bought several wig stands and hangers to keep my wigs off flat surfaces while in storage. This prevents friction and creasing that can damage the braids and lace over time.

I also make sure to store my wigs in breathable fabric bags or wig boxes rather than plastic. Plastic can trap moisture against the wig and cause mildew or drying out issues. Breathable cotton or lace bags allow airflow to keep wigs fresh between wears.

Proper Cleaning Routine

Dirt, oil, and product buildup are no good for wigs and can cause matting and breakage of braids. I deep clean each of my wigs at least once a month with a gentle shampoo made for synthetic fibers. I wash the braids by hand in a bowl of lukewarm water, being careful not to tug or pull too hard on individual braids.

I use only a pea-sized amount of shampoo and work it in with my fingertips, rinsing thoroughly until the water runs clear. This removes sweat, sebum and styling product residue without stripping the braids. Air drying on a wig stand prevents unwanted kinks and curls from forming.

Regular detangling is also important between washes. I spritz braids with a lightweight leave-in conditioner and comb through using a wig detangling brush made for synthetic fibers. This keeps braids from matting together or developing small knots over time.

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Proper Styling

When wearing wigs daily, it’s tempting to over-style with heat tools like curling or flat irons. However, excessive heat can damage synthetic fiber over time and cause frizzing or loss of texture.

I only use heat tools on wigs when absolutely necessary and on the lowest possible temperature setting. For most days, I simply fluff out braids with my fingers or a pick comb for natural volume. Mists of water or leave-in conditioner also help refresh styles without added heat damage.

Taking wigs off gently each night prevents breakage at the roots from rough removal. During the day, I minimize tangles from wearing scarves or hats by pinning them up and away from braids. Avoiding excess friction keeps hairstyles intact longer.

Recommendation for Upkeep

When braids start looking a little lackluster between the roots, it’s time for a refresh. Mist braids roots with water to revive volume, or brush through mousse or twisting gel for extra hold. This preps braids for many more wears before a deep cleaning is needed again.

Additionally, I schedule a “spa day” for my wig every two months or so in my calendar. In order to restore luster and shape without using a lot of heat, deep conditioning treatments, trims to remove split ends or lightly fraying tips, and restyling are required.

When worn for months or years, these preventive care procedures significantly enhance the quality and appearance of my braided wigs. Even though wigs need more upkeep than natural hair, with the right maintenance practices, each investment piece can last a very long time. Braided wigs last far longer than I ever imagined when cared for.

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Repairs for Minor Damage

Even with the best care, occasional snags or breakage can still occur with regular wear. Thankfully braids wigs are usually repairable for continued style. Small knots or loose braids can be gently re-attached with wig bonding glue or tape, usually invisible once dried. Lace edges also sometimes peel up slightly – bonding them back down secures the substrate.

For fraying braid tips, I use a lighter to quickly seal individual fibers to prevent further unraveling. Minor shredding or pulls will also respond well to a dab of clear nail polish to camouflage for the short term. Deeper damage may require rebraiding by a professional for an invisible fix.

Replacement Accessories

Other areas prone to wear include elastic bands, combs and clips used to secure wigs. I keep extras on hand since these don’t tend to last forever with daily uses and washes. Swapping out dirty or stretched out combs/bands refreshes the overall construction and prolongs wig longevity even more.

Adjustable elastic bands work best since the fit can be loosened slightly as bands inevitably lose elasticity over time and wear. I also switch between combs and wig grip clips so no one method bears the brunt of continuous wear or pulls at the hairline. Rotating methods stresses substrates less.

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Consideration When Buying

Armed with knowledge of wig care best practices, I’ve also become savvier as a consumer. I consider quality of materials, realistic maintenance requirements, and inspection of construction before purchasing.

Purchasing wigs from reliable brands guarantees the best possible weaving, braiding, and substrates made to withstand repeated washings and extended wear. Simply put, well-made wigs withstand regular lifespans better when precautions are taken. Investing more money on long-lasting wigs is preferable to having to buy new ones all the time.

Additionally, I pay close attention to spot any potential trouble spots, such as ventilation, knot security, and lace integrity, that might eventually cause breakage. With the right information, I can ask salespeople the questions that will enable me to determine which pieces—which prioritize durability over style—are best for my lifestyle. Wigs that are confidently maintained yield financial and time benefits.

Future Plans

Having worn braids wigs for the past few years, protective care routines are now second nature for me. What started as a way to periodically change up my hairstyles has become a way of life out of necessity and enjoyment. I’ve since amassed a whole wardrobe of styles to coordinate with my moods and outfits for any occasion.

I have invested a lot of money and time into building my collection, so preservation will always come first. Wigs can retain their intended functions for a longer period of time if they are properly maintained and new damage is monitored. In order to add variation to my hair journey, I hope to branch out into other protective styles like twists, crochet braids, and silk presses. Ultimately, no matter what protective styling technique is selected, success depends on taking preventative measures. I’ll continue to apply the best practices I’ve learned to make long-term lifestyle investments in savings, creativity, and synthetic hair care. Wigs with braids have added flair, practicality, and self-assurance to embrace being fully coiffed every day!

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