Techniques for Other Hairstyling Practices
Low-hanging ponytails or buns, wigs, and natural hairstyles generally are considered safe when applied correctly.[1,5] The following recommendations can be made to patients who have a low-hanging ponytail, bun, wig, or other natural hairstyle:
Before a wig is applied, hold the hair against the scalp with a cotton, nylon, or satin wig cap and with clips, tapes, or bonds. Because satin does not cause constant friction or absorb moisture, it is the safest material for a wig cap.
Achieve a natural hairstyle by cutting off chemically processed hair and allowing hair to grow out.
Hair that has not been thermally or chemically processed better withstands the stresses of traction, pulling, and brushing.
Caution patients that adding synthetic or human hair (ie, extensions, weaves) to any hairstyle to increase volume or length using glue or sewing techniques[1–4,11] can cause problems. The extra weight and tension of extensions and weaves can lead to alopecia. Glue can trigger an irritant or allergic reaction, especially in women who have a latex allergy.[1,4,5,11]
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