Hello, dear reader! If you’re venturing into the world of braided wigs for the first time, you’ve landed at the right place. This blog post will address 50 common questions about 100% handmade braided wigs. Dive in!
What is a braided wig?
A: It’s a wig made to mimic the appearance of braided hairstyles.
Are all braided wigs handmade?
A: No, but the ones that are 100% handmade usually offer more attention to detail.
Why choose handmade over machine-made?
A: Handmade wigs often have a more natural appearance and can be more durable due to individual attention during crafting.
How long does it take to make one wig?
A: Depending on the complexity, it can take from several hours to several days.
What materials are they made of?
A: Mostly synthetic or human hair, and sometimes a blend of both.
Can I customize my wig?
A: Absolutely! Handmade allows for customization in terms of length, color, and style.
How do I measure my head for a wig?
A: Use a soft measuring tape, starting at your front hairline, moving behind your ear to the nape of your neck, up to your other ear, and back to the front.
How do I secure the wig?
A: Wig caps, combs, and adjustable straps are popular methods.
Can I wear it daily?
A: Yes, but like all wigs, frequent wear might decrease its lifespan.
How do I clean my wig?
A: Use mild shampoo in lukewarm water and allow it to air dry.
How often should I clean it?
A: After 8-10 wears, or when there’s noticeable product buildup.
Can I style my braided wig?
A: Yes, especially if it’s made of human hair. But be gentle to avoid causing damage.
How long do these wigs last?
A: With proper care, handmade braided wigs can last several years.
Can I color my wig?
A: If it’s human hair, yes, but always conduct a strand test first.
Do braided wigs damage natural hair?
A: No. In fact, they can help protect your natural hair by preventing over-styling.
Are they heavy?
A: Some can be, depending on the length and volume of braids.
Do they look natural?
A: Handmade braided wigs often look more natural than machine-made counterparts.
Can I swim in my wig?
A: It’s not recommended. Chlorine or salt can damage the wig.
Is there a “breaking in” period?
A: Some people might need a few wears to adjust, but there shouldn’t be a formal “breaking in” period.
Can I sleep in my wig?
A: It’s better not to, as friction can cause damage.
What if the wig is too tight or loose?
A: Adjust the straps or consult with a stylist for a proper fit.
Can I use regular hair products on my wig?
A: Use products designed for wigs or extensions to ensure longevity.
Do braided wigs tangle easily?
A: Good quality ones don’t, but always handle with care.
How do I store my wig?
A: Store it on a wig stand, away from direct sunlight.
Are braided wigs affordable?
A: Handmade quality varies, so does the price. However, there are options for every budget.
Where can I buy handmade braided wigs?
A: Many online retailers, specialty wig stores, or from skilled wig makers directly.
How do I prevent the wig from becoming frizzy?
A: Store it properly, avoid heat, and use wig-friendly serums or sprays.
Can I use a hairdryer or flat iron on my wig?
A: If it’s human hair, you can, but on a low setting. Synthetic wigs might melt, so always check the care instructions.
What are the most popular braid styles for wigs?
A: Box braids, Senegalese twists, and cornrows are among the favorites.
Is there a difference between a lace front and full lace wig?
A: Yes, lace front has lace only at the front, giving a natural hairline, while full lace offers a natural look all around.
How do I manage itching under the wig?
A: Wear a wig liner or cap, and ensure your scalp is clean and moisturized.
What’s the difference between synthetic and human hair wigs?
A: Synthetic wigs are made from man-made fibers while human hair wigs are made from real human hair. They differ in feel, longevity, and styling options.
Do I need a special brush for my braided wig?
A: A wide-tooth comb or a soft bristle brush is ideal.
How do I protect my edges while wearing a wig?
A: Ensure the wig fits well, moisturize your edges, and avoid pulling or tugging.
Can I do workouts with my braided wig on?
A: Yes, but tie it up or secure it to prevent tangling or damage.
Are handmade braided wigs heat-resistant?
A: Human hair ones are. For synthetic, it varies, so always check the label.
Why do some wigs have “baby hair”?
A: It gives a more natural hairline appearance.
Can I use hair oils on my braided wig?
A: For human hair wigs, light oils can be used, but avoid heavy products on synthetic wigs.
How do I refresh the look of an older braided wig?
A: Gentle washing and using wig-specific products can help restore its luster.
Is it normal for some hair to shed from the wig?
A: Some minimal shedding is normal, especially during the first few wears.
What should I do if a braid becomes loose?
A: It can be re-braided or fixed by a professional wig maker.
How can I make my wig look as natural as possible?
A: Customize the hairline, trim the lace properly, and choose a style and density that suits your face.
What are the benefits of wearing a braided wig vs. getting my natural hair braided?
A: Wigs offer versatility without commitment and reduce the tension or damage on your natural hair.
Can I use hair sprays or mousse on the wig?
A: Lightly, if it’s human hair. Use wig-specific products for synthetic wigs.
Do I need to braid my natural hair underneath?
A: It’s best to have your hair flat, so cornrows or a flat wrap underneath works well.
How do I deal with any discomfort or headaches when wearing a wig?
A: Ensure it’s not too tight. Adjust the straps and take breaks if needed.