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Let's Get Real About Wearing Wigs With Thinning Hair And Hair Loss

Last updated Sep 26, 2023

Wigs are often pushed as a natural protective hairstyle, but are they truly universally protective for everyone? Depending on the health of your hair, certain styles may be unattainable to maintain. People can experience different stages of hair loss, ranging from mild hair thinning to more severe conditions like traction alopecia caused by pulling or tension. When experiencing hair loss or hair thinning, choosing hairstyles that do not add any additional tension to the hair is essential. Here's the breakdown of everything you need about the benefits and potential risks of wearing wigs when experiencing hair thinning.

Wearing Wigs With Thinning Hair And Hair Loss

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What is Hair Thinning

Hair thinning is a condition in which the hair gradually becomes thinner, weaker, and more brittle, leading to hair loss. Hair loss can be due to a wide range of factors, including genetics, nutrition, and hairstyle choice. Repetitively wearing hairstyles that are overly tight, cause tension, and tug on the scalp may lead to more severe hair loss conditions such as traction alopecia. According to the American Academy of Dermatology Association, “traction alopecia is a type of hair loss caused by prolonged or repetitive tension on the hair due to tight braids, locks, or other hairstyles that pull on the hair" Early on, traction alopecia does not scar and is reversible, but long-term traction alopecia can be associated with permanent scarring hair loss.

Understanding Hair Loss

Understanding Hair Loss

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Hair loss is a complex issue that can happen to anyone at any time. According to Wendy Roberts, MD a dermatologist in Rancho Mirage, CA, “Most people lose anywhere from 50 to 100 strands of hair each day, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. But 1 out of 3 women shed more than that. Lots of things can be responsible, including hormones, medication, stress, and even styling habits. On the days when hair is washed, people can lose up to 250 strands”. If you notice excessive hair shedding or thinning, always speak with a professional to understand your unique condition. Wigs are a great option to wear high-manipulation styles without causing any additional damage to your natural hair. Developing personalized strategies for managing thinning hair is crucial in maintaining your overall hair health.

If you don't have access to a professional stylist, UNice has you covered with U-Natual Hair Day held every first Monday of the month. Join us to learn from expert stylists who will share pro tips on wig and hair care. Discover valuable insights on maintenance, professional installation techniques, and the latest hairstyle trends. Properly installing wigs is crucial to avoid tension on the natural hairline and scalp. During U-Natural Hair Day, we will provide guidance on professional installation techniques, such as using glueless wigs and gentle wig glues, to minimize potential damage and ensure a comfortable and secure fit.

Wigs and Thinning Hair

Wigs and Thinning Hair

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Are human hair wigs for thinning hair actually safe? The short answer - yes. The long answer, it depends on the wig type, how you style the wig, and how you care for your natural hair. Wigs can be safe for those with thinning hair when used safely and responsibly. The delicate hairs at the edge of the hairline are particularly susceptible to damage from the use of wig glues or adhesives. Wearing wigs over and over again with strong adhesives can often permanently damage the hair follicles due to the constant pulling and tension. Whether or not you are experiencing hair loss, using glueless wigs is the most gentle on the hair. If you must use wig glues or adhesives, avoid ingredients that contain harsh chemicals or irritants. They can damage your hairline. Instead, opt for natural or organic wig glues that are free from harmful ingredients.

The removal process of wig glue is just as important as the application. Use a gentle oil-based product or emollient to remove the glue. This can help remove any extra adhesive from your skin without hurting your natural hairline. It's also equally important to practice good scalp hygiene and give your natural hair sufficient breaks from wig use. Always consult with a professional stylist about the specific health of your hair to minimize any potential damage from wearing wigs.

Wig Options for Thinning Hair

When it comes to thinning hair there are a range of options depending on the type of coverage that you want. Depending on the severity of the hair loss you may need light, medium, or full coverage options. No matter the coverage it is always important to take the proper precautions to take care of your natural hair. When it comes to thinning hair or hair loss opt for human hair options that are glueless wigs or extensions.

Hair Toppers for Hair Loss

Hair toppers are a light coverage solution for thinning hair. They work best for those who have mild to moderate hair thinning or bald spots. They add volume and coverage to their hair without the commitment of a full wig. They are especially great at concealing bald spots at the crown of the head. But they can also be placed at the top, temple, and sides of the head as well. They are lightweight and do not put excessive strain on the scalp, reducing the risk of causing traction alopecia. Hair toppers offer a more natural appearance compared to full wigs, as they blend seamlessly with your natural hair. Hair toppers are made from either synthetic or human hair, and they come in different lengths, textures, and colors to match your natural hair. They are attached to the existing hair using clips or combs and can be easily removed and repositioned. Hair toppers are the perfect choice for those looking to conceal any patchiness without committing to a full wig.

Wear and Go Wigs for Hair Loss

Wear and Go Wigs are a full coverage option that is great for those who do not want any tension or pulling on the natural hairline. As the name suggests, one can simply slip the wig on the head and go about their day. UNice wear and go wigs are glueless, adhesiveless options that do not slip or slide off the head. Wear and go wigs come pre-styled, meaning you don't need any tools or previous styling experience to wear this hair. With UNice hair wigs lasting over 200+ wears with proper care, this is the perfect option for those who want an everyday, full-coverage look. Additionally, wear and go wigs come in various styles, lengths, and colors, catering to different preferences and allowing wearers to find a look that complements their natural appearance.

Half-Wigs for Hair Loss

A medium coverage solution, half wigs are a versatile and medium coverage solution for individuals experiencing thinning hair or hair loss. As the name implies, half wigs cover only a portion of the head, typically from the crown to the back of the head, leaving the front portion of the natural hair exposed. This unique design allows for seamless integration with the wearer's own hair, creating a natural and blended look. Half wigs are an excellent option for those who still have some hair on the front and sides but need extra volume and coverage in the back. They provide a quick and convenient way to achieve a fuller hairstyle without the commitment of a full wig.

Hair loss affects about 30 million women in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. Women with this trait tend to develop thinning at the hairline, behind the bangs, or they might notice more scalp showing or a widening part. The condition develops slowly and may start as early as your 20s. While wigs can be a viable option for individuals with thinning hair or hair loss, they require careful consideration and responsible use.

Understanding the underlying causes of hair loss and seeking professional advice is essential to ensure the safety and effectiveness of using wigs as a solution. Opting for high-quality materials, proper fit, and handling wigs with care, especially around the hairline, can help minimize potential damage and avoid exacerbating hair thinning. Exploring different wig options, such as hair toppers, wear-and-go wigs, and half wigs, allows for personalized choices that can help your unique hair situation.

Navigating the world of hair loss and wigs can be overwhelming, especially for a novice to wearing hair wigs and extensions. That's why on U-Natural Hair Day, we bring together expert stylists to share their pro tips and insights, bridging the gap in your understanding. Whether you're looking for guidance on wig maintenance, professional installation techniques, or staying up-to-date with the latest hairstyle trends, this special day is designed to equip you with the knowledge on how to take care of your hair at any stage of your hair journey. The U-Nature community is a place where people experiencing hair thinning or hair loss, can find solace in knowing they are receiving professional advice that embraces them at every step of their hair journey.

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