Posted on February 9, 2009 by Samara

Wigs & Ponytails Can Cause Scalp Damage

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wigDo you like to wear wigs and clip in ponytails? What if I told you that the combs in these hair pieces can cause scalp damage resulting in your hair thinning out. Also the use of a wig daily is never good because it suffocates the scalp which can result in slow hair growth. Your scalp needs to breathe in order to be healthy. The key to healthy hair is a healthy scalp.

It’s nice to wear a wig when you’re having a bad hair day because it saves you the time and fuss over having to style your hair daily. I personally own a wig because I have decided to revert back to natural hair and I had to cut my hair off. My hair is only about an inch or an inch and a half long and I am still trying to become comfortable with wearing my own hair out in public so I purchased a wig to wear when I go out.

I noticed that after a few weeks my hair seemed to be thinning in the area’s where the wig combs were in my hair. I also noticed that my scalp was sore where these combs were. I discovered that the wig was damaging my hair so I don’t wear the wig with the combs in hair any more and I don’t wear the wig 24 hours a day. I only wear it right before I go out and I remove it as soon as I enter my house. (My hair has grown back in the spots that it was thinning as soon as I started this practice.) I do not plan on wearing the wig for a long time, but I want to wait until my hair is at least 2 inches long before I give it up all together. I plan that this will take 4 months based on the factor that the hair growths on an average of 1/2 inch per month.

Don’t rely on wigs to be your only styling alternative. Allow your hair to breathe so it can grow. Wig’s and other hair pieces should be a temporary thing. This site is about growing your own hair so you can abandon wigs, weaves, and other hair pieces.

Happy Hair Growing!

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  1. I am also in the process of transitioning to natural but I am wearing a sew in weave which my edges are not sewn into but left out but the weave covers them so there wont be any tension. I already knew about the wig thing. Ive worn wigs too but I only wear them to work wich is about 8 hrs out of the day becuase thats how long I can stand to have it on my head anyway. best of luck in your natural hair growth process its good to see more african american females embrace whats naturally thiers instead of hiding behind a chemical process that will eventually take your hair out no matter how healthy you think it is.

    Comment by NIA — February 10, 2009 @ 4:37 am

  2. Sew in’s are defiantly a much safer way to wear false hair, but the only set back is that it is very hard to cleanse the scalp and you start to get a lot of build up. I had one before and although it was okay the first 4 weeks, by the 5th week and beyond my scalp itched uncontrollably and no amount of shampoo would stop the itch. I couldn’t wait to get the sew in out. I only wore it for about 6 weeks. I’m glad the sew in works for you, but it’s not for everyone.

    Comment by Samara — February 10, 2009 @ 11:46 pm

  3. Wigs are a great alternative to chemically straightening your hair. For women who’ve lost their hair due to medical conditions, a wig can boost their self esteem. I wear my hair in natural twists but sometimes I switch it up by wearing a wig.

    Comment by Wig Lady — May 24, 2009 @ 11:07 pm

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