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Bleach Bath Hair: Remove Tangles From Lace Wigs and Weave

Updated on June 28, 2016

Bleach bath hair on lace wigs can help with aggressive tangling, especially on kinky or curly hair units. Bleach bath hair works by altering the pH level of the hair, temporarily smoothing out the hair. This method is usually used on lace wigs with human hair attached to them, but it can also be used on weave wefts that has tangled. Please realize that this method requires close attention to detail and timing. This method should also be used as a last resort to revive tangled, dead hair. Now that my cautionary statement has been noted, here is the instructions to successfully complete a bleach bath hair treatment on your lace wigs, falls, and weave wefts.

Step 1. Bring a gallon of water to a boil. Use a pot with stainless steel – you are going to be using caustic chemicals that can potentially interact with pots that have a non-stick coat on them. While the water is still steaming hot, pour in ¼ a cup of Clorox brand bleach. Stir the mixture for a few seconds.

Step 2. Place the lace wig into mixture. Submerge the unit by using the spoon to push it down to the bottom of the pot. Allow it to sit in the mixture for 3 minutes. Make sure to use a timer. Leaving the wig in the water for too long can cause the hair to lighten.

Step 3. Remove the wig from the water with a spatula. Allow it to cool for a few seconds. Start combing out the unit with a wide-tooth comb, starting from the bottom and working your way up. The bleach bath hair treatment will allow you to comb the hair with relative ease. Once the unit is tangle free, rinse the unit with warm water.

Step 4. Pour ¼ cup of ammonia in 4 cups of warm water. Dip the hair in this mixture, going up and down for about 20 seconds. This will help neutralize the bleach. Once again, rinse with cool water.

Step 5. Saturate the hair with Silicon Mix. This is a silicone-based deep conditioner that is commonly heralded by wig wearers. The silicone will add moisture to the hair. Once the hair is saturated with the silicon mix, place it in a zip-lock bag. Place the zip-lock bag in a pot of simmering water. Simmering means that there's little to no bubbling action. Do NOT place the hair in boiling water. Allow the zip-lock to sit in the water for 5 minutes. Turn the zip-lock bag over to the other side,and allow it to sit for another 5 minutes.

Step 6. Rinse the hair with cold water. This will help seal the hair cuticles. Use your favorite leave-in conditioner.


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