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Can You Swim with a Removable Wig or Hairpiece?

Generally, the answer to this question is no, it is not recommended that you enter a pool or ocean with your removable wig or hairpiece. However, there are exceptions and varying scenarios where you can protect your hair from the potential damage your removable wig or hairpiece might suffer when you’re swimming.

Summer is near, so we know you’re thinking about this. Whether you’re at a gorgeous ocean beach, or you’re at your local pool, there are many reasons why you wouldn’t want to remove your wig before your take a dip in the waters. Maybe it’s not convenient for you to take it off and put it back on again later. Or maybe you’re dealing with alopecia or hair loss, and you just simply want to look your best with a full head of hair.

The thing is, it isn’t the water that’s harmful to your removable hairpiece – it’s what’s in the water! The good news is that there are ways you can protect your removable hairpiece from the damaging effects of salt water and chlorine.

Is there a difference between synthetic and human hair removable wigs in water?

Chemicals like chlorine can be detrimental to your hair in general, whether it’s natural or synthetic. The chlorine is great for killing bacteria that can make you sick, but it can also damage the hair if exposed too long.

If you swim often and you’re trying to decide between a synthetic removable wig and a human hair removable wig, then we suggest investing in a one that will primarily be worn when you do go swimming, or a “swimming wig.” If you’re not concerned about the wig’s shape or style over time, then this would be a great way to both look your best out in the water, and look your best with another wig for other occasions.

Removable human hair wigs are expensive, and tend to look more natural because of their ability to retain moisture. However, because chlorine can be damaging to regular hair, you likely wouldn’t want any damage done to a big investment like a natural human hair removable wig.

Likewise, if you’re thinking of swimming in the ocean, salt can dry out your hair. It will pull the much-needed moisture from your natural hair removable wigs and pieces! Even using products that add moisture back into your hair won’t bring your human hair removable wigs back to their original state. And don’t forget that the sun, too, can damage human hair! It’s recommended that you take the risk with a synthetic removable wig instead.

Other methods to protect your hairpieces

If switching out for a different removable hairpiece is not possible, try out these methods for keeping your removable hair piece protected!

  • Wear a swim cap. You can look like an Olympian AND protect your hair piece all at the same time. Swim caps are inexpensive, and they’re a great investment for just about anyone who wants the convenience and the protection.
  • Invest in hair products formulated for swimming. There are many brands on the market with products targeted specifically to swimmers and to those who enjoy swimming. There are serums you can apply before your hair gets wet to protect it from chemicals and sun damage. There are also products that you can apply after to remove the salt and chlorine, and to add moisture back to your hair.
  • Get water-resistant wig glue. One of the other issues with hair pieces in water is the chance that it may slip off while you’re swimming. To help avoid this problem, look for water-resistant adhesives that are better at keeping your wig and hair pieces in place while you’re active.
  • Wear a headband designed for swimming. There are some special bands on the market that are used for when people want to reinforce their wigs while they’re swimming. They press down on your hairline, protecting your wig from the water and also assisting with the grip on your hair piece.

If you're looking for the type of hair piece that you can wear in the water without worrying about any of these issues, then contact us about our Virtual Reality hair pieces and custom wigs that can be worn just like any hair! Click here to schedule an appointment today or by call our team of hair restoration experts today at 800-966-9505.

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