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Does Wearing a Wig Prevent Hair Growth?

by Stephanie E.

I remember as a child seeing my mother wear these synthetic wigs and thinking to myself, “I could never!” But how times have changed, I can’t imagine my life without a wig.

If you’re new to the wig game, come on in, shut the door and take a seat. Wearing wigs can change your life for the better. Our hair is a key part of how we express ourselves. Doja Cat for example went the route of shaving her hair off completely. During fashion week 2022 the musician was seen showcasing several different looks that appeal to her eccentric personality.

If you’ve experienced or are currently experiencing hair loss, thinning, or shedding, we understand just how important this question is to you and will offer a quality recommendation towards the end. Wearing a wig does not stop hair growth, in fact, it can without a doubt help your hair to grow.

You see, less manipulation of your hair is key. However, if the hair underneath your wig is not properly protected or looked after, damage to your hair can be caused, affecting growth. Natural hair growth is key in wearing a wig. Many people opt to wear wigs for this particular reason, as they avoid adding damage to the hair that can be caused by styling, exposure to the elements, and everyday handling.

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You have to remember to wash your hair regularly. Washing your hair with sulfate and paraben-free shampoo can help prevent harmful chemicals from getting into your scalp, which can negatively affect hair growth. It’s a fine balance when it comes to knowing what your hair needs underneath your wig to encourage hair growth. We do understand that sometimes when wearing a wig—especially if it looks amazing—we can neglect our hair underneath.

My go to brand is XRS Beauty Hair. They offer clear lace front wigs which yes, can look so natural that you never want to remove the wig to care for your real hair. According to their website, “clear lace is a revolutionary all-new lace type that’s clear and blends seamlessly into your skin. If gives you a fantastic skin-melting experience, better than that of a Swiss Lace, transparent lace, brown lace, or any other lace type on the market.” I promise they aren’t kidding.

Additionally, you want a wig that makes it easy to blend while wearing a wig cap underneath. Wearing a wig cap is a great way to add a protective later between your hair and your wig. It can also help when it comes to creating a more natural look by concealing your natural hair when wearing your wig.

XRS Beauty Hair offers a clean hairline, “Clean hairline is a new hand-tied technique that stimulates a bio-natural human hairline. It is a much more natural hairline than a normal pre-plucked hairline. With Clean Hairline, melting your wig into your skin will be easy and your wig will look very natural.” You can browse their clean hairline collection here.

If you are someone who suffers from traction alopecia as I do, I can relate and understand that wearing a wig is more than just trying to achieve a look. It is literally one of those things necessary to give us an extra boost of confidence. When I first started losing my hair around the hairline I had no idea what to do, I was only 27 at the time.

But wearing wigs from quality hair stores like the aforementioned has been great. It is important to be aware that hair does not grow back immediately once you begin wearing wigs. You have to get yourself introduced to a haircare routine that works well for you. Waiting on your hair to grow back requires patience, but it will happen.

At XRS Beauty their mission is to make women everywhere feel as beautiful as they are inside. They work to accomplish that mission daily by consistently providing exceptional quality wigs that make you look and feel your best. Their customer service is top-notch as well.

Wigs can be a protective style along with wearing a turban, braids, and/or crotchet. The purpose of a protective style is to reduce the number of straighteners, curling irons or blow dryers that you use which can cause heat damage to your natural hair. Instead, wearing a wig can give you a quick and fun look, even without the exposure to heat harming your natural hair. I cannot stress enough how much I love wigs.

A quick tip: massage your scalp. Regular massages have been shown to promote hair growth. So, you can massage your scalp while shampooing, which can increase the flow of blood, relieve stress, deliver vital nutrients and oxygen to the hair follicle plus more.

XRS Beauty recommends taking breaks between your wig installs. Be sure to check them out on Instagram and ask questions if you are unsure about a product. One of their customer service reps will be happy to assist you.


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