Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Preserve Your Edges & Skin While Wearing Your Wigs

I was watching Countess Vaughn on “Unsung” and she mentioned something that caused my mouth to be gapped open for about 10 minutes.  In the episode she mentioned she got a lace wig and the glue she used to adhere the wig actually poisoned her.  She stated that she her skin began to peel and ask she talked about it, I was mortified.  I wanted for her to say what glue she used so badly so I could warn you away from the evils of that product!

Alas, she did not mention it and I am sure for legal reasons, but this inspired the article because I have many people who have the same issues with the following:

  • Edges thinning or balding at the side
  • Tape allergies
  • Wig Allergies
  • Temple and Edge tenderness from wig combs

Please take a look at my tips for wearing your protective hairstyles.

True Glue Less Method is the Elastic Band
  • You can go to Walmart or any fabric store and buy elastic bands
  • Measure your head and cut the length of the band
  • Sew the band on each side of the unit just under the ear tabs

Glueless Wigs comes with combs – BEWARE OF OVER USING COMBS
  • Edges can become tender while having the combs positioned. Tenderness is not good this means it is pulling at your hair and skin
  • Relieve the tension by repositioning the comb or releasing the comb completely
  • If you wear your wig daily try to use the adjustable straps more than the combs
  • If you use combs try placing them in a different spot so you do not wear your hair in one section
  • Be sure to give your hair a resting period
  • Straight back braids are okay for laying down hair, but remember they don’t protect your hair as well as the “Beehive” braid method

Full Lace Wigs
  • You can use Glue or Tape
  • A technique is to place the tape on your wig cap versus on your hairline
  • You can sew combs to your wig – SallyBeautySupply carries them

This is my preference, but I will say that if I were to rank the best methods for wearing wigs and having them lay nice and flat, secure and real, and safe for your edges are in this order:

  1. Elastic Band
  2. Bobby Pins
  3. Adjustable Straps Only
  4. Taping to wig cap
  5. Adjustable Straps and Combs
  6. Combs

I have been wearing wigs using only these methods and I still have edges and baby hair.  These work extremely well and remember the key to preserving hair (YOUR OWN OR YOUR WIG is…ROTATION, ROTATION, ROTATION!!!)


  1. Hey philly, I hope all is well with you and the fam. Please explain why is the behive more of a protection than braiding your hair back? Thank you dear.

  2. Male personas would have long spiky hairdos while the females would have long curls neatly gathered together using colorful hair clips or bands. Purple wigs


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