Outside, the weather is bright and sunny. Summer is well on its way, bringing with it pool parties, picnics, and, unfortunately, unprecedented heat and sunburns. Whether you are going through chemotherapy and just starting to lose your hair, or it is growing back, it’s important to protect your extra sensitive scalp from the sun. Hats, scarves, and wigs are all ideal solutions to protect your scalp from the scorching hot sun. Of course, it can be hard to know how to be both stylish and comfortable during the heat.
Many women avoid wigs during the summer months to avoid overheating. But we have some very good news! You don't have to! So don’t sweat it – Headcovers has tons of tips to help you rock the best summer hairstyles while staying cool.
How to Stay Cool in Wigs
Tip #1: Choose Synthetic Wigs
Human hair wigs are great during cool weather, but you might want to consider a synthetic hair for warmer weather.
There are several reasons why we recommend synthetic wigs for hot summer days:
- Wigs made from synthetic fibers are lightweight, making your head more comfortable and cooler.
- Synthetic wigs retain their style, meaning they won't get frizzy and hard to manage in the humidity like human hair wigs.
- Synthetic fibers are more resistant to fading or changing colors in the sun.
However, there are also things to keep in mind when wearing a synthetic wig:
- Synthetic fibers can melt in high heat, so it’s important to avoid open flames (e.g. the outdoor grill) or hot hair-styling tools, unless you opt for heat friendly synthetic hair. Don't leave your wig alone in a hot car—that's a recipe for disaster.
- This type of wig may be more resistant to color change than human hair wigs, but they can still be damaged by the sun. Take note of how much time you are spending in the sun, and be sure to wear a hat or scarf over your wig if you are going to be in the sun for extended periods of time. This will protect both your wig and your skin from sun damage.
- While it’s not good to over wash your wigs, you are more prone to excessive sweating in the summer. Oils can get clogged in your scalp and the hair stands of your wig. If you feel your wig is getting dirty more quickly than usual, go ahead and wash it more often following proper care tips.
- Store your wigs in room temperature away from sun exposure when you’re not wearing them.
Tip #2: Go for Short Styles
- Short styles keep hair off your neck, which means you will be cooler.
- Less hair means less weight, which again means—you guessed it—you will be cooler!
- Short styles are cool in more way than one; they're also super trendy, especially for the warm season.
- Can you say versatile? There are so many options to choose from, and the possibilities are endless – you can try a bob one day, a pixie cut the next, and a cute and curly 'do the day after.
- Another huge bonus of short styles? They are often less expensive than their longer counterparts. Win!
- Short wigs are low maintenance. Who has time to constantly worry about their hair while they're having fun in the sun?
Tip #3: Wear Hair for Hats
If its a particularly hot day, you may not feel like wearing a wig at all. Instead, wear hair for hats! Our hair halos and bangs have open tops and are designed to be worn under hats and scarves. They're perfect for hot days, because they allow your head to breathe. Try pairing these unique hairpieces with lightweight hats, breathable bamboo headwear, silk scarves, cotton bandanas, UPF protection sun hats, and more.
More Tips for Summer Hairstyles
- A wig cap creates a barrier between your hair and the wig, an essential feature during hot weather. Select a wig cap made of stretchy bamboo because its natural moisture-wicking will keep perspiration off of your head.
- Avoid chlorine and saltwater while wearing your wig because they can damage the fibers. Take it off and wear a swim cap instead to protect your scalp. With all the cute swim cap styles, you’ll be tempted to wear it after you’re out of the water!
- Add hair accessories like headbands and hair pins to your wig to create a fun and feminine look.
What's your favorite tips for staying cool in your wig? Let us know in the comments below!