There are a few challenges that present themselves if you plan on wearing a wig in the summer. The heat, the sweat, and the weight of the wig are all more noticeable and can make you quite uncomfortable. But there are ways to beat the heat, without having to wear your own hair out or suffer through the high temperatures under a damp wig.
1. Go Low-Density
A lot of people want to have as much hair as possible. A full head of hair is typically the goal of a wig wearer. But in the summertime, a high-density wig usually makes for less air circulation and more heat.
As the temperatures rise, going for a short layered bob that is low density could be just the thing you need to be more comfortable during the warmest parts of the year. Choose a wig that has a 100% or less density value. You don’t want it to be sparse and you want it to look natural, so be sure that it covers your head the way you want it to and where you want it to.
2. Wear a Wig Cap
A wig cap is going to help you prolong the life of your wig. A lightweight wig cap puts a protective barrier between your scalp and the wig that can absorb some of the moisture so that you’re not wearing a damp and uncomfortable wig. Wig caps have also been said to offer a slight cooling effect and reduce the amount of perspiration you experience. Bamboo wig caps may be the perfect solution to summer wig-wearing.
3. Keep Your Hair Up
Human hair is hot and it will hold heat against your body. Instead of wearing your bio hair down underneath your wig, try styling it into a flat bun before donning a wig. Putting your bio hair up leaves the nape of the neck free, allowing for greater airflow. The more room for air circulation you allow yourself, the more comfortable you’re going to be on a warm summer’s day.
4. Choose the Right Style
Sometimes the best styling move to make is to have an updo. Choosing a wig that is short or can easily be put into a ponytail or bun or braids is going to keep you more comfortable. Likewise, a wefted wig can allow more air to move through to keep you cooler than a hand-tied wig. If hand-tied construction is your preference, consider a hybrid wig that has one area that’s wefted and another that’s hand-tied.
5. Monitor Sun Exposure
The sun’s UV rays can damage or decrease the lifespan of a wig. Too much sun exposure increases the potential for oxidation. This simply means that the hair’s coloring may show signs of dulling or require more frequent color correcting. It’s totally okay to spend time in the sun, you just need to be aware of peak UV times of the day and how much sun exposure your wig is getting.
Even though it’s summer, you can still wear a wig stylishly and more comfortably. These are just a few suggestions for wearing a wig in a summer that just may revolutionize the way you handle summers. Due to the nature of the human body and higher temperatures, you’ll probably need to wash your wigs more often, but at least you’ll have a more pleasant experience.