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A wig wearer’s guide to avoiding itchy scalp


Wigs are worn by thousands of people, but the texture, glue or tape and lack of ventilation from wigs often leads to a dry, hot and itchy scalp for regular wig wearers.

wigs 3Wigs can restore confidence and improve appearance of hair loss conditions such as alopecia and other hair thinning conditions, as well as to mask temporary hair loss as a result of chemotherapy.

However the main problem many wig wearers experience is an intolerable itching and irritation of the scalp usually caused by the fabric of the wig itself, bacterial build up or skin reactions to the glue or tape used to keep wigs in place.

Here is our guide on how to help reduce scalp itching and irritation from wigs:

Human hair Vs Synthetic hair?

wigs 2A good quality wig is essential to reduce scalp irritation. However although it is widely assumed that good quality wigs means human hair versions, this is not necessarily the case. Good quality synthetic wigs can actually cause less irritation that human hair wigs if they are well made. They also wash more easily than human hair wigs and have a tendency for less product build up. Residue or product build left on the hair of a wig can irritate the scalp.

Scalp refreshing with Witch-Hazel

witch hazelIf you’re going to wear the wig all day, it helps to refresh your scalp several times. Witch-hazel (alcohol-free and unscented) helps to refresh the scalp by removing excessive build up of oils, which can harbour bacteria and lead to small localised infections. Simply put a few drops of witch hazel on a damp cloth or natural cotton cleansing pad and wipe over your scalp once every 2-3 hours.

Rinse your wig thoroughly

When washing your wig you need to make sure you rinse it very thoroughly so that no shampoo or other hair styling products are left on the wig as this can cause skin irritation.

Scalp de-scaling with Oregon Grape Root 

oregonOregon Grape Root is a plant extract that has been shown in studies to help reduce scaling, inflammation and itching of the skin, which are common side effects of regularly wearing a wig. Oregon Conditioning Scalp Spray is a natural non greasy light scalp spray that helps to reduce itching, scaling or crusting and inflammation of the scalp and is also very effective for reducing head spots and skin reactions to wig glue. Oregon Scalp Spray can we worn all day under the wig to help keep skin calmer and prevent drying and crusting.

cottonWear a cotton or silk wig liner

A 100% cotton or silk liner can be worn under your wig, which will help absorb moisture and heat, making your head feel more comfortable. You can get them at almost any wig shop, or go online.

Maintain your wig

brushWigs suffers wear and tear, strands of hair can come back through the base, which can also cause itching. You can help reduce this tendency by brushing and combing carefully and regularly checking for stray loose hairs and removing them.

Disinfect your scalp with Zinc lotion

Disinfecting your scalp regularly can help reduce mini infections or infected hair pores on your scalp. Zinc is a natural antibacterial and can help prevent infections. Any natural zinc lotion either in spray form or as a wound healing skin lotion will be suitable for disinfecting your scalp and should be used once a week. This can help with glue or tape skin reactions which are usually mini bacterial infections caused by the wig glue mixing with sweat, which becomes a breeding ground for bacteria.

hydrosilVine extract relieves dry, itchy scalp

Cardiospermum come from a South American vine and is a natural plant steroid used in skin creams and gels for treating eczema and dermatitis.

Hydrosil is a sulphate-free natural shampoo formulated by a trichologist containing cardiospermum for specifically treating dry, itchy scalps and scalps prone to eczema and dermatitis. Cardiospermum has an instant anti-inflammatory calming effect on itching of the scalp while natural honey helps restore moisture to dry scalps. Hydrosil is sulphate-free and so can also be used to wash wigs, and it contains a pH balance that is matched to the sensitive skin on the scalp. The foaming agent is made from natural sugar beet rather than chemicals so as not to irritate sensitive scalps.


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