One of the popular questions we’re asked after a wig purchase is, “How do I take care of the wig?” It’s an important question because the more you know about caring for your wig, the longer it will last and the more you will enjoy it. Here are the 5 most important things you need to know to care for your wig.
1. Product overload: More isn’t better.
Most people believe that the more shine or moisture products you put into the wig, the better looking it will be. Unfortunately, putting too much products in the wig will not only make the wig look unnatural, but you may end up damaging the fibers which will reduce the longevity of your wig.
For both synthetic and human hair, I suggest a simple wig spray. Most wig sprays like Natty Wig & Braid Spray or the Organic Natural Weave and Wig spray line will give you a natural shine and healthy look. Organic Natural Curl N Wavy Wig spray is a great aid to define the waves and curls of your wig. Specifically for human hair wigs, a dollop of Argan oil is great for natural shine and helps to reduce frizziness.
2. Using the right tool: Brush v. Comb
Using a wig brush or a comb is all dependent on the style of your wig. Wig brushes usually have metal bristles which are great for detangling straight hair. Wig brushes should always be used on straight hair. For wavy to semi curly hair, a wide tooth comb is the best way to detangle and define the waves and curls. A brush will loosen the curls causing the texture of the wig to change. For extremely tight curls , your fingers will do the trick. It allows you to individually detangle and create more curls in your wig. For all wigs remember to start from the ends of the hair to the root, or else you will create more tangles.
3. Storing Your Wig.
Depending on how often you plan on wearing your wig, the best place to store your wig is on a mannequin head. The mannequin doesn’t have to be the same one found in the store. A foam head mannequin, or even a travel plastic mannequin can be used. Mannequins help the wig retain the shape and style you personally create. Storing it in the original box after use should only be done if you plan on wearing it once in a while.
4. Washing Your Wig.
This is one of the most important aspect of taking care of your wig. If done incorrectly, you will not get the results you had hoped for.
Both synthetic and human hair are shampooed in the same way.
– before washing, make sure you detangle your wig with a brush or comb
– fill a large bowl or your bathroom sink with cold water. Enough water that all the hair on the wig can be submerged in
– add a cap full of your wig shampoo into the water and lather
– place wig into mixture. do not agitate wig or wash like clothes. Leave in mixture for 10 minutes
– rinse wig under flowing water
-With synthetic hair, repeat the shampoo method but this time with a conditioner
– For human hair wigs, I recommend Silicon Mix conditioner. Saturate wig with conditioner for 15 minutes then rinse out.
To dry wigs, hang it using a clothes pin and let it air dry. Although human hair wigs can handle a blow dryer, it’s always best to air dry your wigs. DO NOT dry wigs on the mannequin head because it will stretch out the cap, making it unwearable.
5. Styling Your Wig
The great thing about synthetic wigs are their ability to retain style memory. that means after you wash them, they go back to their original state with little to no work. Once your synthetic wig is dry, apply wig spray and brush or comb depending on the style.
Human hair wigs require more work. Whether straight, curly or wavy, a heating tool may be necessary in creating a polished look. Before applying any heat, make sure you use a heat protecting spray to protect the fibers from heat damage. Rollers, rods and other styling tools can also be used. Use a light holding spritz or foam to ensure that your curls or waves last longer. To finish, add a little argan oil to your wig.
Follow these essential tips and your wigs will last longer longer.
How do you take care of your wigs? Share your steps by leaving a comment below.