Braided wigs are slowly becoming a premier protective style of choice because it combines the best of both worlds.
I wrote about preparing my hair to start wearing a braided wig at Henna for Hair – My Process From Start to Finish.
Today’s article will cover braided wigs, how to care for a braided wig, different types of braided wigs and where to buy the best braid wigs.
I love getting braids done but as fast as my braiders are, it still takes at least 6 annoying hours of sitting down.
I have to psyche myself up whenever the time comes around to braid my hair. Then some angel somewhere invented braided wigs.
Braided wigs started becoming a thing in Nigeria a few years ago and it has slowly made it’s way to American, British and other markets.
Braided wigs come in different styles such as box braids, million braids, locs and cornrows. Most of them also have lace fronts for a natural hairline.
I recently moved countries and my hair routine has suffered because I’m all over the place trying to settle down.
When my friend said she was going down to Nigeria, I knew I had to get a braided wig.
I called a friend and she commissioned one from a local hairdresser. I sent her a picture of what I wanted my braided wig to look like and that was it.
My braided wig arrived a few weeks later and it was exactly what I wanted. It wasn’t too long and the braids weren’t too big (pictures below).
5 Benefits of Braided Wigs
1. Braided Wigs Save Time
Gone are the days of sitting 400 years in a chair while different people tug at your hair.
If you add up all those hours in a year, it really is a significant amount of time.
It also saves you all the time you will need to take them out, either by yourself or via a stylist.
2. Braided Wigs are Cost-Efficient
A good braided wig can last up to two years if you take care of it properly. That’s a helluva lot of money you’re going to save in installation and tips.
The initial investment can be a bit pricey but considering how long they last, they are worth it.
3. Efficient Protective Style
When you braid your own hair, you have to take a lot of care around the edges and nape areas so you don’t snatch yourself bald. There is also some tension on your edges.
With a braided wig, you spare your edges and nape area from all the tension.
4. Braided Wigs Are a Convenient Style
Most protective styles require some form of styling every morning but you have none of this with a braided style.
Braided wigs are a very low maintenance style. Just put it on, give it a shake and you’re good to go. A lifesaver when you’re in a hurry.
5. Braided Wigs Are Easy to Care For
Braided wigs are easy to care of. With a few simple tips, you can prolong the life of your wig extensively.
Unlike a lot of protective styles, once a month is all you require to clean and prim your braided wig. I’ll be going over this in greater detail in a future article.
There’s really no downside to adding a braided wig to your protective style retinue.
My braided wig doesn’t have combs and includes an elastic band that adjusts to my head, which I prefer.
I wear my hair in twists under my braided wig. Every 2 weeks, I take them down, wash and deep condition my hair then retwist a heavy cream.
Where to Buy Braided Wigs?
I’ve made some great suggestions for different types of braided wigs below as well:-
Will Braided Wigs Replace Traditional Wigs?
This is entirely up to you and your preferences. Personally, I will still the traditional braiding process at least once a year and stick to the braided wig in-between.
Have you tried braided wigs? Do you prefer it to traditional braiding? Share your experience in the comments section.
Abi delved into the world of hair care after suffering from a bout of severe hair loss. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Natural Oils for Hair and Health, as well as the writer of the Healthy Hair Care Series. She is also the creator of the The Self-Empowerment Network Portal. Read more…