The myth that all wigs are hot and itchy is perpetuated by people who have only worn very low quality wigs such as those sold at a Halloween costume shop. When cheap materials are used to construct a wig, it’s true that the resulting product is much more likely to be uncomfortable to wear. However, a high quality wig made from human hair or modern synthetic materials should not be hot or itchy unless your scalp is extremely sensitive.
If you’ve purchased a quality wig and you’re still bothered by scalp irritation, the problem may be that your wig hasn’t been rinsed thoroughly. With a new wig, the sizing may cause itching. With an older wig, any leftover wig shampoo or conditioner can cause scalp irritation. This is most common if your skin is still tender from chemo.
If your wig has not been cared for properly, you may find that strands come back through the base and cause itching. In this case, you may need to take your wig to a professional for repairs. Future problems can be prevented by brushing gently or finger styling to prevent damage.
Wearing a 100% cotton liner under your wig can help to make you more comfortable by absorbing moisture and heat. These liners can be purchased inexpensively at almost any wig shop. However, it’s important to make sure you buy a liner that is the correct size. A liner that is too large can make itching worse, especially behind the ears.
On hot summer days, you may also wish to carry a small spray bottle of witch hazel and a soft cotton cloth in your purse. As needed, you can remove your wig and pass the moistened cloth over your scalp for a quick refresher. Witch hazel acts as an astringent and antioxidant, soothing the skin and helping to remove excess oil.
At night, treating your skin with an organic zinc lotion can be useful in helping to prevent irritation. Zinc is a natural antibacterial agent.
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