Undoubtedly wigs are gaining more popularity in recent years, and have become one of the most welcome hair accessories especially for women. People wear wigs out of different reasons. Some of them regard wigs as fashionable items to transform appearance, while others turn to wigs due to alopecia or hair loss problems. And the reason why you wear wigs may determined your answer to the question “Can you sleep in a wig?”
Yes, you can.
For people who have hair issues, they seldom participate in activities that need sleepover, because they will feel awkward and embarrassed to show other people their bald patches when waking up the next day. They feel anxious during sleepover with their partners, boyfriends or friends for the same reason. In this case, sleeping wigs have become a saving grace from worries and anxieties about their appearance. It’s an instant solution to prevent from exposing their imperfect hair and scalp condition to people. Therefore, to the question “Can I sleep with my wig?” Their answer probably would be “Yes, of course.” But to sleep with wigs, you need to pay attention to a few things.
Synthetic wig or human hair wig?
Both types of wigs can be worn while sleeping, but each of them has its own pros and cons. Synthetic wigs are less expensive but they don’t look natural. Obviously human hair wigs are natural-looking, smooth and soft to touch, but they cost you more money and require more effort to maintain. No matter how much preparation or maintenance you carry out, sleeping in a wig will inevitably damage the wig. Therefore, you’d better change your wig to a less expensive wig when you go to bed.
Long wig or short wig?
Whether you choose long or short wigs depends on what kind of sleeper you are. If you sleep like a mummy and don’t move a lot, you may wear a mid-length or long wig while sleeping. But if you keep tossing and turning in bed, then a wig with short cut is more suitable to you, otherwise you’ll get lots of tangling, matting and knots, which will reduce the life span of your sleep wig.
Braiding your long wig
If you sleep in a medium to long wig, one way to protect it from damage is to wear it in a low side ponytail with a soft band, or in a loose side braid. In this manner the wig hair will keep together safely on one side. This can prevent tangling and matting of the hair as it isn’t all over your pillow.
Lace front cap construction
When you choose your sleep wig, better choose one with lace front wig cap construction. Lace front wigs are manufactured with thin and light materials, allowing you to move with ease in your sleep. And they’re stretchable, so you are assured that your whole scalp area is covered, making your hairline look very natural. Your partner, friends or housemates won’t discover that you’re wearing a sleep wig.
A second wig
If you sleep in wigs every night, it’s advisable to use a separate wig for day time and sleeping time. This will prevent both wigs from getting overused and abused, which will cause them to get thinned and worn out fast. Have a sleep wig may add more to you nighttime/morning routines, but it will keep your wigs nice longer and you don’t have to worry about the wig not looking right in the morning.
A cotton liner
To protect your sleeping wig’s cap from absorbing the oil, place a fine and clean liner made of cotton under the wig. Aside from adding comfort to your sleep, its main function is to lessen the accumulation of oil inside the wig’s cap.
Satin or silk pillowcase
Cotton pillowcases are good, but those made of satin or silk are much better to use if you sleep in your wig. Satin or silk fabric enables your hair wig to “glide” smoothly and easily from side to side (especially if you often move when you sleep). Silk or satin pillowcases have soft and light fibers that are not harsh on your wig’s hair strands. They allow frictionless contact with your hair, whereas cotton pillowcases have heavier fibers that can tangle your hair strands
Brushing and detangling
Brush all the tangles from the hair before using it at night and upon waking up the following morning. Doing this will get rid of the tangles and frizz that can damage the wig. Make it a habit to brush your sleeping wig and it will extend the life span of your sleep wig.
Sleep wig cleaning
Your sleeping wig should be washed and conditioned weekly using the appropriate hair products for wigs. Wash the inside of the wig’s cap to remove excess hair products. Your scalp may suffer from itching if there is a residue of chemicals from the shampoo and conditioner. Let the hair dry by putting it on a wig stand. Human hair wigs can be blow-dried, but synthetic wigs are better dried by natural air.
Yes, but no need.
Among the wig wearers, plenty of people do not have the same worries as people who have hair loss problem. It seems unnecessary fro them to sleep in wigs. So their answer to the question “Can I sleep with my wig?” might be “Yes, but no need”. Some of them claim that sleeping in a wig would seem so uncomfortable and it will cause baldness for long use. Also if you bond your wigs to your head with glue/tape to keep the wig in place when you go to sleep, your hairline will be damaged either. If you see more negative aspects of sleeping in wigs or you are not afraid of showing the hair loss issues to others, you totally take off your wig and sleep with your own hair.
Just like any human being, wigs also need some rest. If you are in a situation that doesn’t require you to hide your severely thinning hair from anyone, then give yourself the freedom to sleep with your natural hair. Unless you really need to sleep in a wig, take off your sleep wig and give your natural some fresh air and your edges a break. Whether you are wearing the wig overnight for comfort or simply accidentally, the best thing you can do is to maintain a regular wash and care to extend the lifespan of your wig as much as possible.
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