Tips for Working Out While Wearing a Wig

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Posted on May 02 2022

Tips for Working Out While Wearing a Wig

Thousands of women wear wigs. Wearing a wig may help you feel more self-assured if you have hair loss from chemotherapy, alopecia, or another condition. Many women choose to wear wigs to vary their hairstyles without using chemical hair products. If you've wondered whether or not you can wear a wig while working out, the answer is an absolute yes. Whether yours is made from human hair or synthetic hair, it's important to know what to expect when wearing a wig while exercising.

Secure the Wig

You'll need to secure the wig before you start a workout adequately. Because you'll move faster and more vigorously while exercising compared to doing everyday activities, the wig may slip out of place if it's not secured. If the wig were to slip out of place while you're using a piece of gym equipment, this could put you in an awkward situation. If you typically use two pins for your wig, use extra to attach your wig before your workout. If your wig attaches with gel or adhesive strips, use more to keep it in place. Also, if using adhesives make sure that increased sweating will not cause the adhesive to lose its stick.

Test the Wig

Before going to the gym and dealing with a potentially embarrassing situation related to wearing your wig, do a test run at home. Try doing your preferred workout at the same intensity and speed you'd do in public. If your wig stays in place, you're good to go. If it slips or feels uncomfortable, you'll know about it in the privacy of your own home, and you'll be able to make adjustments and do another test run.

Swimming With a Wig

Swimming with a wig can be challenging. If you do wish to swim with a wig on remember that the water may cause your wig to come off so keeping your wig secure may be difficult. Waterproof adhesives may be your best bet for keeping your wig in place if you plan on going under the water. I recommend that you use a cheaper wig that you are ok wearing out sooner, as certain factors like chlorine and tangling from underwater activities may cause a shortened lifespan of the wig.

Consider Ventilation

When your preferred workout requires the use of a helmet, choose a wig that's well ventilated. There are also synthetic hair wigs called Halo’s that are open at the top and are designed to be worn only with a helmet, hat, or head wrap. Halo’s can be great for keeping the top of your head cooler while still having the appearance of having great hair. Choosing a well-ventilated wig will reduce sweating and heat buildup when cycling, playing hockey, or softball.

Wear a Shorter Wig Style or Keep Your Wig Pulled back

Keeping your hair off your neck and face will help keep you cooler during a workout. So, if your wig is shorter, it will feel cooler. If you like to wear longer wigs, tying the wig back into a ponytail or braid will not only keep you cooler, but will help keep your hair in place.

Cleaning a Wig After Workouts

During a moderate to intense workout, you'll sweat a lot. If your head is bald, that sweat will be directly absorbed by the wig. You'll need to wash the wig more frequently to remove the oils and salt that build upon the hair. You can extend the lifespan of your wig by using dry shampoo on it after a workout. You may also benefit from using a skin toner applied to your scalp before you put on the wig in advance of a workout. The toner reduces oils and perspiration.

Use an Older Wig or Halo for Working Out

Keep an older wig in your collection for your go to workout wig. This will save your nicer and newer wigs from the extra wear and tear from your workouts and extra washings.

If you would like to learn more about wearing wigs, please feel free to contact H&H Boutique.

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