Synthetic and Human Hair Wig Care
Buying a good quality wig is the first step to happy wig wearing. But maintaining that quality is just as important as the time, effort, or money you put into finding your fabulous wigs. Care must be taken when dealing with wigs, both natural and synthetic. Below will go through first human hair wig care and then only slightly different synthetic wig care.
HUMAN HAIR WIG CARE:
Washing: Use cool to lukewarm water, with mild shampoo and conditioner to you're your human hair wig. Never scrub the wig, just massage the cream in gently, and run it through with your fingers. Place on a soda bottle or wig head to dry.
Setting after washing: There are two ways to set your human hair wig after washing. 1. Allow to dry partially, then comb the wig gently and run some anti-frizz/leave conditioner/hask placenta through with your fingers. Divide the hair into four sections (top and bottom center, left and right). Put the top, left and right sections back with clips or ties. Work with one section at a time. Take a few strands of hair and wrap with rolling paper around the strands (you may need to use more than one per bulk). Starting from the bottom of each bunch of hair and tucking under, roll up towards the bottom of the skullcap. Secure with a "T" pin. Leave alone for several hours to one day depending on climate. 2. Squeeze out liquid slightly and gently. Comb the wig out lightly as per wig type. Set in rollers, and set under a sitting drier for 40-50 minutes.
Styling: Human hair wigs have the advantage of being heat manageable. This means you can use hot tools and equipment on your human hair wigs. Style just as you would your own hair, being careful to avoid the cap (just as you would avoid your own scalp!) Avoid using abrasive chemicals as this can damage the already delicate hair strands.
Brushing: In general, conditions that make combing or brushing wigs complicated are length and density. This means, curly wigs are more difficult to brush out, as are very long ones. For wigs with just one complication (i.e. length or density) you can use a wide tooth comb or your fingers. For wigs without complications (i.e. short-mid length straight wigs) you can use any type of brush or comb. And for wigs with both issues (i.e. very long curly wigs), forget the comb and just brush out with your fingers gently. Wigs should be brushed/combed starting from the ends and working your way to the roots slowly and carefully.
BLENDED AND SYNTHETIC WIG CARE
Only shampoos, conditioners, hair sprays and other styling accessories designed specifically for synthetic wigs should be used to take care of synthetic hair or blended (synthetic/human) hair wigs.
Washing: Synthetics should be washed in cool water, mild shampoo and conditioner. After shampooing and conditioning, make sure to rinse your wig thoroughly in cool water. Always use a soft towel and carefully blot dry (do not scrub). Allow your wig to dry naturally overnight on a wig stand.
Setting: same as above
Styling: Do NOT use styling tools on synthetic hair, as they will melt the hair! The one "tool" that can be used is rather unconventional, but really works. A clothing steamer can be used, while brushing down in sweeping motions, to straighten synthetic hair.
Brushing: Same as above
Washing- Frequency of cleaning will depend on your environment, lifestyle, current weather conditions and amount of perspiration. Suggested guidelines for cleaning are after anywhere between 10 and 20 wears. Not more than once a week, though. One of the best ways to prevent constant washing is to keep your own hair and scalp clean. This will prevent the wig from getting oily or dirty via contact.
Styling- Styling gels etc. are fine to be used on wigs, especially since you can always just wash them out and restyle if something doesn't work with your wig.
Storing- Wigs should be stored properly when not in use. A wig stand or head is your best insurance for keeping the form and style of your wig. During travel, a hair net or plastic bag will work, but a wig box will give your wig maximum protection from damage.
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| July 16, 2018
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