Beauty on Tour: How to Keep Your Braided Wig Flawless & Fresh
Traveling always gives me the opportunity to experience new things and meet interesting people. But it also presents some additional difficulties for black women like me who wear a to keep their style on the go. Wigs give you the flexibility and freedom to instantly change your look, but they require more maintenance to keep them looking new and perfect.
From long and straight to blunt bobs and long layers, I have a variety of braided wig for black women in my collection. However, I prefer the Express Wig Braids with my baby hair the most. Its length and smooth feel make it perfect for a glam night out. However, it may become apparent if there are any flaws or mistakes that need to be corrected upon prolonged wear during the journey.
The best way to maintain any wig on tour is to store it properly, take it apart, and rearrange it after each appearance. Thanks to these simple wig care tips, my wig went from travel disaster to tour necessity.
The lifespan of your wig can be shortened by improper storage from premature wear and tear. Avoid rolling or folding your wig when storing it as this can damage the fibers, tangle the hair and cause it to lose its shape. Instead, set the wig on a wig stand or mannequin head that was made with the wig in mind. The fibers can hang freely and consequently maintain the design and shape you have given. For travel, store criss-cross braids inside a breathable velvet or mesh wig storage bag. Because they trap moisture that can damage braided wigs, hard plastic cases should be avoided. When traveling with a wig, a wig bag protects it from dirt, debris and accidental snagging. To prevent accidental breakage, store your wig clips, combs, and any accessories like sanitizing spray separately in a bag.
Remove the wig from the storage bag as soon as you arrive at your location. Place it on a flat, debris-free surface. Visually check the wig for any obvious signs of damage, such as tangled hair, broken strands, loose hair fibers, or objects trapped in the wig.
Also, apply a few drops of an oil specifically formulated for synthetic wigs, such as jojoba, argan or coconut, to your palms and fingers. You can warm the oil by rubbing it well in your palms. Then comb each strand of hair from root to tip with oiled fingers. Focus on any areas that are extremely dry, damaged, or tangled, and add additional oil as needed. Oil conditions and moisturizes the fibers, to lubricate them and facilitate future detangling.
Then it’s time to style again. I usually start by using a spray bottle to lightly mist my knotless twists with water. From roots to ends, lightly rinse your hair with just enough water to wet the strands without soaking them. It improves the texture of the wig and makes it easier to shape the hair. While the hair on your long wig is still damp, use a paddle brush to comb it straight and sleek. It helps straighten the hair strands and give them a uniform look. Make long, firm strokes with the brush from the roots to the ends of the hair. Repeat this process several times on each section of hair to achieve desired softness and straightness. Spray the hair once more while it’s still wet, then use your long wig brush to finish the job. With extra length synthetic hair in mind, choose a brush with long, silky bristles. Apply firm pressure as you run the brush through the hair in the desired styling direction. Create several sides with the brush until the look is set and the hair is impeccably straight and sleek.
Remember to clean your braid wigs after a day of sightseeing or events before putting it away for the next outing. I prefer to shampoo lightly and condition with a mild wig shampoo and the oil I applied earlier. Allow it to air dry completely before placing it back on your wig stand or mannequin head for the evening.
While traveling, plan to restyle your wig every few days to keep it looking fresh. Apply more oil, tease the roots, fluff the ends – whatever you need to replicate that “just-off-the-mannequin” look. Always finish your style by storing your wig so it stays put during your adventures.
You can turn any of your knotless braid wig for black women into a travel essential by using these straightforward tips. Your trusty long wigs, like my 36-inch wig, will look just as beautiful on the go as they do at home—if not better! Maintaining a look that seamlessly showcases every photo opportunity and new location will be the reward for being organized and committed to proper wig care in between going out and about. Your wig can contribute to the special memories that travel brings with the right products and timely care. Pack that extra long wig though. You’ll be glad you did.