Can Wigs Help Your Hair Grow?

Posted on 14 August 2017

Wigs are a fantastic choice for women who are trying to grow long hair. Wigs allow you to give your natural kinks and coils a rest from daily hair manipulation and styling options while still granting one the ability to rock a different look.


Let’s face it, many naturalistas, for example, might decide to go for the “big chop” at the beginning of their natural hair journey. However, not every natural diva will leap at the chance to wear a teenie weenie afro in public. As one who partook in the big chop at the beginning of her natural hair journey, this naturalista can proudly admit that she was not a fan of her teenie weenie afro. I do not think I have the head or face for short hair and therefore, kinky curly wigs proved to be my best friend during the early days of my natural hair journey. This action on my part is not to suggest that I never went out with my short, natural hair on display but there were many days that I was not a big fan of my short hair.

While wearing wigs to cope with my short hair, I was able to reap the rewards of witnessing my hair grow at a rapid pace over the course of the several months.

While wearing wigs, most women will place their hair into a protective style like cornrows, small twists, or coils so that it can fit underneath the wig cap. It is this practice of protective style that allows hair to undergo a growth cycle without the disruption of manual styling activities.

For those who decide to wear a wig to support hair growth, remember to set aside time to care for your hair and scalp beneath the wig. Moisturize your hair and scalp every other day and be sure to massage your scalp with an essential oil so that you stimulate circulation in your scalp which will also help to stimulate hair growth. Keep your hair and scalp clean to reduce any chances of breakage, washing it every one to two weeks.

Take care to avoid the use of products or wigs that might damage your hairline. Excessive pulling or tugging of delicate hair along the hairline is a  major contributor to hair loss for many women of color.

How to Care for a Wigs

Caring for your wig is an absolute must if you plan to wear it more than once. Human hair wigs and synthetic hair wigs alike require a consistent hair care regimen if you hope to continue wearing a wig that looks healthy and natural. There’s nothing worse than a wig that has snarls, knots, or a wig that is weighed down from excess product build-up.  

Many wig hair care products on the market can give wigs the three must-haves for a sophisticated and natural look: vibrancy (shine), volume (body for the big wigs), and versatility. Purchase hair products that are specifically for wigs. Always ensure that you have the right wig care equipment on hand, including a wig-friendly comb or brush for long or straight hair. For curly hair, use your fingers to style hair.  

How to Care for a Synthetic Wig

Synthetic wigs sometimes get a bad wrap, but they can be just as gorgeous as the human hair at a lesser price point. Beware that these wigs are sensitive to extreme heat (i.e. flat irons and curling irons), and therefore, you will need to know if your hair can withstand heat or if you should avoid it at all cost. While some synthetic wigs are heat-tolerant,  many are not. Tread carefully and pay close attention to the hair care suggestions on your wig packaging.  

Many wig experts suggest that if you decide to wash this hair that you only rinse or soak this hair with cool to cold water for ten minutes, using a gentle shampoo, (although others recommend using fabric detergent because many synthetic wigs contain fibre) to remove product build-up. Avoid rubbing the hair as this action will cause the hair to frizz or even snap. Also, stay away from rubbing the hair with a towel to dry it. Instead, gently dab the hair and place it on a wig head or stand to dry.

Consider washing your synthetic wig every two to four weeks

How to Care for Human Hair Wigs

In caring for your human hair wig, you will find the steps are somewhat similar to that of caring for synthetic wigs. Choose wig-friendly shampoos and conditioners that do not contain alcohol or parabens. Some of those favorite drugstore shampoos may cause hair to become dry and brittle. Consider washing your human hair wig every six to fourteen days.

Make every effort to remove those tangles and snarls before shampooing and gently dab or wrap the hair in a towel to support drying. Avoid rubbing the hair to speed up the drying process. Again, excessive rubbing may lead to frizz and even damage.

These are just a few tips to guide you in wearing wigs to grow long hair. Establish a healthy hair care and wig care regimen, and you will not go wrong.

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  • Sarah: May 04, 2019

    I was recently diagnosed with autoimmune disorder, and my hair had fallen out significantly. I decided to purchase my first wig. I wore it a little differently, by putting my hair in a ponytail and placing the wig over the top. I always thought my head was too small, so that gave my head the extra volume it needed. In addition, I added hair growth oil to my scalp before placing the wig.

    Anyway, after only a week of wear, I decided to style my natural hair, and to my surprise it had grown a full inch in length! I’m not sure that I’ve retained more hairs, but I was so shocked to see that length, especially after YEARS of trying everything from castor oil to herbs to biotin to medications.

    I have a theory that perhaps the wig held heat near my scalp, and warmed the growth oil. Since I wasnt brushing much, no hairs broke. Whatever the mechanism of action, I’m happy. God bless wigs.

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