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Braided wigs' advantages and disadvantages explained

May 27, 2024 SEE WIG

Braided wigs are special kinds of wigs made up of braids instead of straight styles. They look like real hair or hair mixed with attachments. The wig can also be blended with the front hairline with the hair texture feeling real. If done properly, the hair will never look dull, enabling you to use them for years. The wig looks highly attractive and can bring out your beauty in a unique way.

While this type of wig is special, its braids can shed off over time. Despite that, you can style them very easily, with each styling option looking outstanding. It, however, requires consistent maintenance. Even at that, maintaining them will cost you a lot of money.

Braided wigs

How long do braided wigs last?

Several factors can determine how long your braided wigs can last. If you maintain the wig properly, it will last for up to three years or longer. While the wig requires consistent maintenance, the maintenance will not cost you a lot of money. You can keep it shining by simply washing it with a mixture of warm water and shampoo. Make sure the temperature of the water used is not too high to avoid chipping of the braids.


Advantages of braided wigs

  • It is time-saving: Braided wigs provide an instant, pre-styled look without the need for hours of braiding. This saves considerable time compared to getting natural hair braided. They are also ideal for those with busy schedules who want a polished, intricate hairstyle without daily maintenance.
  • It offers protective styling: Wearing a braided wig protects natural hair from environmental damage, manipulation, and breakage. It allows the natural hair to rest and grow. Unlike traditional braiding, which can cause tension and stress on the scalp and hair, wigs reduce the risk of damage from tight braids.
  • It requires low maintenance: Braided wigs require minimal maintenance compared to natural braided hairstyles. Regular cleaning and proper storage are usually sufficient. There is no need for daily styling, which saves time and effort.
  • It offers comfort: For individuals who find traditional braiding uncomfortable or painful, braided wigs offer a pain-free alternative. Many of them are breathable and lightweight, ensuring comfort even during extended wear.


Disadvantages of braided wigs

  • Selection can be difficult: While there is a variety of braided wigs available, the selection might still be limited compared to the endless styles achievable with natural hair braiding. Customizing a braided wig to perfectly fit one’s head shape and desired style can be challenging and expensive.
  • Lack of hygiene can become an issue: Prolonged wear can lead to sweat buildup and potential odor if the wig is not regularly cleaned and ventilated. Wearing a wig for extended periods without proper scalp care can lead to issues such as dandruff or scalp irritation.
  • Negative environmental impact: Many of the wigs are made from synthetic fibers, which are not biodegradable and contribute to environmental pollution when disposed of. The production of synthetic wigs often involves chemical processes that can have environmental impacts.
  • Problem of over-reliance: Relying heavily on wigs can sometimes lead to neglect of natural hair care, which can affect the health of one’s natural hair over time. Constant wig-wearing might affect self-esteem and confidence in one’s natural appearance.


Steps to make braided wigs for beginners

  • Set up the wig stand: Secure the wig cap on a wig stand or mannequin head using T-pins or clips. Ensure the cap is stretched and fitted properly.
  • Organize hair extensions: Prepare your hair extensions by separating them into sections. This will make the braiding process smoother and more efficient.
  • Section the cap: Divide the wig cap into sections using T-pins or clips. This will help you organize the braiding process and ensure even coverage.
  • Attach the hair extensions: Starting from the back, use a crochet hook to loop the hair extension through the wig cap. Secure the extension by pulling it through the loop and tightening it.
  • Braid the hair: Divide the extension and your natural hair into three sections and start braiding. Secure the ends with small elastic bands or burn the tips (if using synthetic hair).
  • Repeat the process: Continue this process, row by row, moving towards the front. Ensure the braids are evenly spaced and uniform in size.
  • Trim the ends: Trim any uneven or frayed ends to give the wig a neat appearance.
  • Styling the hairline: For lace front wigs, trim the excess lace around the hairline. Apply hair glue to secure the lace if desired.
  • Set the style: Use hair gel or mousse to smooth any flyaways and set the braids. Allow the product to dry completely.


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