The cold weather has arrived, and with it, the need for heavy jackets, hats and scarves. Those blistering winds will have you wanting to keep every inch tucked away, and if you wear a hairpiece, this can present a unique challenge.
When your hair rubs against the back of your neck and another material, such as a wool scarf, it creates friction. Friction can unfortunately lead to hair breakage, split ends and frizziness. Breakage can result in hair tangling and even hair loss. Additionally, extreme temperatures, both too hot and too cold, can negatively impact your hairpiece.
Here at Jeffrey Paul Hair and Scalp Specialists, we want your hair to look healthy, glowing and beautiful all year round. Here’s how you can stay warm this winter, without causing damage to your hairpiece.
Silk scarves can provide warmth just as well as wool scarves, making them a great alternative for those who wear hairpieces. The material is smooth so they won’t cause friction, yet they preserve heat. Silk preserves the moisture in your hairpiece, to avoid drying out the hair. Wigs lose moisture when exposed to the cold, and silk helps to lock in the hydration.
Silk can also be used to protect your hair from your warm winter hats. In addition to wool, cotton, acrylic and other coarse (but warm) fabrics can be detrimental to your hairpiece. The good news is you can still wear them if you line the interior with silk or satin. Just like with the scarf around your neck damaging your hair from underneath, hats can damage the hair at the top of your head. To preserve your hairpiece, simply sew the silk or satin material into your favorite winter hat. This will also limit your hair’s exposure to the cold temperatures, protecting it against the damage caused by wind and snow.
It’s also important to moisturize your hairpiece during the winter months, to combat the brutal temperatures outside. This can be done by deep conditioning your wig or using products like a hair mask. Another way to maintain the moisture in your wig is by limiting the use of straighteners, curling irons and blow dryers. However, it’s also important to note that you should never go outside in freezing temperatures with your wig when it’s still wet. The hair can freeze, which can cause it to break more easily.
Hair care during the winter months is crucial to making your hairpiece last. A hairpiece made from human hair needs just as much care as your natural care to protect it against cool winter temperatures. Hair maintenance is key to keeping your wig’s shape, thickness and look intact during this time of year.
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