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Human Hair Wig Care


Wig Care
No one's arguing. Buying a wig can be a long and involving process. Learning about different wigs, deciding which one, choosing a style and color. Once that is over you expect it to be a tax free ride. No more hair or hair loss to worry about. Plop on the wig and you are all set. Guess again! Buying a wig is only the beginning. Wigs require constant care and maintenance. The better you care for it the longer it will last - and the longer it will be until you have to embark on another wig spree. Wig care may be timely, but setting this routine will save you time and money in the long run.

Wig Care For Human Hair Wigs

  • Keep Your Wig Dry- If you want your wig to keep its shape, make sure to dry your own hair completely before you put the wig on. Wigs are formed on an open-weave net and are fitted with adjustable tapes along the temple, or with elastic and Velcro around the ears. If you wear it on top of your own wet hair, the net will expand and it looses its shape and the hair will loose its shape - it will get puffy and hard to style. This includes sweat. However, since you probably will sweat under the wig, here's a helpful tip:  Try a little cornstarch-based baby powder or a cotton liner at the edge of your wig. And for those of you who desire a great wet look for your human hair wig, simply mist your wig with clean cool water while gently shaking.

  • Tend To Your Wig Daily. - At the end of each day, gently comb out any tangles using your fingers (be sure to use styling tools specially made for wigs).
  • Brush Carefully Brushing from the roots down is the quickest way to lose all your hair- especially a hand tied wig! Regular brushes cause damage, and combing from the roots can open up the knots, thus loosening the wig hair. Therefore, the “grass-roots rule” in wig care is: Use only a wire wig brush or pick and work gradually from ends to roots. You should never brush, pick, comb or curl a wet wig unless you are resetting it entirely.

  • Don't use too much heat. Ideally, you should let your wig dry off naturally after you wash it and style it later with a blower. However, moderate heat is fine for human hair wigs, as long as you monitor for overheating (easy to forget when it's not your own hair!) Heat can soften the glue and cause the wig to lose its shape. When you do use a blow dryer to style, make sure you use the COLD air setting and not the hot. On the final shine, it's OK to use the hot air for a very short time - but not close to the hair. Do not dry your wig with a curling iron; however you may use it to style once the hair is dry. A great alternative if you don't want to restyle all the time, and to avoid exposure to the heat, is to put in some rollers in between uses to keep the style. This procedure is a “breeze,” and it's a “cool” technique that will not only save time, but prolong the life of your human hair wig as well. Finally, be careful when you're cooking. Some women have been known to singe their bangs while taking a pizza out of the oven!
  • Store Your Wigs Properly. When you are not using your wig, it is very important that you keep the netting in the right shape. Folding and packing your wig will wear it out very quickly. Thus, when you remove your wig, keep it on a wig stand (or "head form") to maintain the shape. You can use a Styrofoam head, a metal wire head, or make your own out of soda bottles. Begin by cutting the top of two empty 64 oz. soda bottles. Throw out the top haves. Face the two sides of the cut edges of the bottom of the soda bottles. Force one into the other, creating a football shaped stand.

Do not place a wet wig on a Styrofoam head (it will stretch), but on a metal/wire stand or a plastic stand only, so the inside cap dries properly. Cover with a hair net that holds the style without matting. Avoid leaving your wig near heat (radiators, vents), direct sunlight, humidity (showers), or dusty areas.  

  • Don't Wash Your Wig Daily For the best care of your human hair wig, washing it every 2 weeks is most commonly recommended. However, if you're especially active, use heavy hairspray, or live in an especially humid or poor air quality climate, you should wash about once a week to remove excess perspiration and dirt.

  • Wash Your Wig in cold Water. Wig experts caution: Wash your wig with COLD water ONLY. Never wash with hot water.
  • Gently Squeeze Out Excess Water. Experts from the world of wigs caution: Do not rub, twist or wring your human hair wig! Rather, gently squeeze out excess water without twisting, or gently towel blot. As the wig dries, you can also shake it out periodically to speed drying. Finally, human hair wigs can also be blocked on a canvas head, held by a clamp and styled.

Use the right Shampoos Unless you have a virgin hair wig, only use hair supplies that are safe for permed, colored or processed hair. All shampoos and conditioners are safe for virgin hair

Silicone Drops and Formula Capsules Will Revive Hair -If the hair looks dry and limp, you can add silicone in drops or spray to give flexibility to the hair. Silicone also repairs split ends. Note that after you add silicone twice, you should wash the wig because the silicone absorbs dust and it can make knots.  You can also purchase formula capsules to keep the hair in great shape - just put a little in your hand and rub on when the hair is still damp and it will fix the split ends.

Re-dye or perm your human hair wig at a professional salon.






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