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Synthetic Wig Care

Synthetic Wig Care

No Heat Rule Never use heat. Synthetics are really thin plastic filaments and heat will "frizz it up" and melt it. Do not wear in front of open over or near temperatures above 160º. If you have to wear a wig in these conditions wrap around a scarf to protect it.

Shampoo Safety
Only use wig shampoos and conditioners. Synthetics don't absorb regular hair shampoos. Do not use colors and dies on it.

Wait 'Till It's Dry
Don't brush your wig while its wet, blow it (never use heat), or put in rollers unless you want to completely restyle it

The Misty Water Trick
If The wig "frizzes up" spray some misty water on it and let dry. It will regain its original luster.
It is not recommended to wear it in the swimming pool.

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.

  • Wash Your Wig in cold Water. Wig experts caution: Wash your wig with COLD water ONLY. Never wash with hot water.
  • Brush Carefully Brushing from the roots down is the quickest way to lose all your hair- especially a hand tied one! 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.

  • 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. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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