Laverne Cox loves wearing wigs so she can protect her natural hair and scalp.
The Orange is the New Black star frequently wears wigs and weaves so she is aware that traction alopecia – hair loss caused by frequent pulling or friction against the hair – can develop as a result, so she is always extra cautious when installing extensions and weaves, especially around her delicate hairline, and has loose cornrows underneath her wigs rather than tight braids.
“You want to make sure that under your weave, your hair is braided down – and not too tight,” she explained to InStyle. “When we’re braiding, we braid around (the perimeter) of the hair to really be protecting my edges as much as possible. With wigs, the rubbing of the lace is real, so sometimes changing the position of your wigs helps, also.”
The 47-year-old went completely natural with her hair back in 2011 after hair relaxers destroyed her locks and now goes by the mantra of less is more when it comes to haircare.
“I don’t wash my hair that much – I probably wash my hair every two weeks with the braids. And then depending on my schedule, ideally once a month, sometimes six weeks, I take my braids out. We wash, deep condition, sometimes do a hot oil treatment, and then we braid her back up,” she shared.
Elsewhere in the interview, Laverne confessed that she loves “the drama” of wigs and has been inspired to try out different colours following her icy blue look at this year’s Met Gala.
“When (hairstylist) Kiyah (Wright) brought out that ice blue hair, I was like, ‘Yes.’ Then we started playing with colour after that. We did some silver, we did some pink hair, and I want to do more colour,” she added.
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