The Myths We Should Stop Believing About Wearing Wigs


Wearing wigs as a fashion statement isn’t new. From Baroque powder wigs to the queens of Motown, the Supremes, men, and women have been using wigs to try out new looks for millennia. But in recent years, celebrities have put the spotlight on all the ways wigs can enhance one’s personal style by wearing them on the silver screen or on the red carpet.

Despite this, myths about wearing wigs still seem to abound, keeping people from getting the most out of their hair pieces.

Only People With Hair Loss Wear Wigs

One of the biggest reasons people don’t consider wearing a wig is because of the false idea that you have to be losing your hair to truly “need” to wear a wig. While wigs are a fantastic tool to help those with hair loss build up their confidence, it’s far from the only reason to wear a wig.

For many, wigs offer a way to change up one’s hairstyle without putting damaging products on their hair or sitting in a salon for hours at a time. If you don’t believe us, just explore the host of stylish stars who has been known to rock a wig simply because it looks good, such as:

  • Tina Turner
  • Beyonce
  • Kerry Washington
  • Niki Minaj
  • Zendaya

You Can’t Style a Wig

People tend to think of wigs as a fixed style. Whatever way the wig was arranged when you bought it, that’s the only way you can wear it. However, you can style a human hair wig the same way you can style your own hair. Even if a wig is made of partly synthetic and partly human hair, you can often still apply low heat to the hair.

Styling synthetic hair can be a little more challenging. Most of the time they don’t appreciate the heat. However, they can usually still be washed, and there are non-heat hairstyles you can apply to them. Just pay attention to the manufacturer’s instructions for washing and caring for it.

Woman Wearing Wigs ImagePhoto: Pexels/Greta Hoffman

Wigs Will Hurt Your Hair

This common myth about wearing wigs stems from people who didn’t learn how to take care of their hair before wearing a wig. Before putting on a wig, you should wash and moisturize your hair and put it in a protective style like braids or twists.

When you take these steps first, your wig won’t hurt your hair. In fact, it will help keep your hair from being damaged by changes in the weather. Just be sure to care for your hair regularly if you plan on wearing a wig long-term.

You Should Never Sleep in a Wig

There is a reason behind this. Wearing your wig to bed may end up damaging it. However, that doesn’t mean you can never do it. The trick is to find little ways to help mitigate this damage when you do wear your wig to bed. If you wrap your wig and practice good wig care, wearing it to bed once or twice won’t destroy it.


Felicia Priedel
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