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How to Prevent Human Hair Lace Wigs from Tangling

Updated on September 22, 2012
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How to keep your lace wig from tangling

So you bought an expensive human hair lace wig and you are very excited about wearing it. But after just two weeks of wearing your beautiful lace wig, it begins to tangle, which alarms you & crushes your confidence. After all, it's not like you went out and bought a cheap synthetic wig at the beauty supply store. You decided to invest in a high quality human hair lace wig because it looks realistic & more natural than a synthetic wig. In addition, buying a good grade of human hair would last longer & actually save you money in the long run. So you ask yourself: "Why is my expensive Virgin Indian or Virgin Brazilian lace wig tangling?" Well there could be a number of reasons why your lace unit starts to tangle or matte. Below are some dos and don'ts in the care & maintenance of your lace wig along with some solutions to detangle your hair before the tangles start to consume your life & cause you grief. By following the guidelines below, you can prevent your lace wig from tangling or at the very least, keep the tangles to a minimum. I hope this guide helps you maintain beautiful healthy & smooth, tangle-free hair.


Guidelines to detangle or prevent your lace wig from tangling


Do not wash your lace wig with shampoos that contain harsh chemicals or a high ph-balance.

Use salon brand moisturizing shampoos that are infused with vitamins & herbs and that have a low-ph balance. Normal healthy hair has a ph-balance of 4.5 - 5.5, so buy a shampoo that's within that range or a little below it. Some shampoos have a very high ph-balance, which will damage the hair and leave it dry & dull looking.


Do not wash your wig while it's on your head.

Take the wig off your head, add a little shampoo to a sink of luke-warm water. While holding the top of the cap with one hand, emerse the wig in the water, and gently glide your fingers through the hair, from root to tip to cleanse it. Next, add conditioner to the hair and rinse under a faucet of cool running water. Allow most the water to run off the hair into the sink, and then lightly wrap your lace wig with a thick towel to drain off excess water.


Do not lay your wet wig on a flat surface to dry.

After washing, place the wig on a wig stand or styrofoam head, and add a light hair moisturizer or leave-in conditioner and finger comb the product throughout the hair. Allow the hair to dry before styling & attaching to your head.


Do not wash your wig too often.

You should wash your lace wig no more than 2 times a week to preserve the strength & health of the hair. Washing too frequently will sap all the life and nutrients out the hair, leaving it dull, brittle, and dry.


Do not use a regular comb or brush to style or detangle your lace wig.

Use a wide-toothed comb, or a shower comb, or a vent brush to style your lace wig. Do not pull or tug on the hair.


Do not brush the lace wig while it's wet.

Avoid brushing wet hair because the strands will break-off from the base of the cap and leave bald spots on your lace unit. Hair is in its weakest state when wet.


Do not use shampoos & hair conditioners in full strength to avoid heavy build-ups.

Use an empty container that has a spray pump to make your own diluted shampoo or conditioner, and then apply to hair.


Do not use products that contain alcohol.

Alcohol will dry hair out and damage the delicate structure of the cuticles.


Do not use overuse hair products.

Adding too much hair products to your lace wig will lead to a messy, clunky build-up. Excessive use of oils, mousse, gels, and other hair products will cause the hair to tangle, matte, and make the hair look unclean, limp & dull.


Do not hold on to dry brittle ends.

Pay special attention that you add a little extra leave-in conditioner to the ends of the hair. Sometimes you cannot save the ends, and it's best to clip or trim the ends off. Cut off the dry, split ends before they split all the way up and cause horrific tangles.


Do not blow-dry your hair.

After washing your hair, allow it to air-dry so the hair will stay smooth & manageable. Blow drying the hair will make it frizz and feel hard & stiff.


Do not wear hair down in hot humid weather or very cold temperatures.

Spritz on some extra leave-in conditioner and wear protective styles by putting your hair in a bun or ponytail.


Do not go swimming without protecting your hair.

To prevent tangles, it's best to wear a swimming cap so your lace wig will not get too much chlorine from a swimming pool or salt water from the beach. Before getting into the water, add a leave-in conditioner and leave hair down. Do not braid hair or wear a ponytail because those styles tend to trap excess chlorine & salt water.


Do not go to bed with wet hair.

To prevent your lace wig from tangling or matting while you're sleeping, add a leave-in conditioner, and then finger comb or use a wide-toothed comb to work out any tangles. Also, wrap your lace wig with a silk or satin scarf. Or, sleep on a satin or silk pillowcase so your hair will rub against something smooth and not against rough cotton linen, which can cause tangles to form overnight.

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      Bonny OBrien 

      5 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Really helpful hub. I am having the worst time with my 2 beshe human hair wigs. The keep matting up in the back and sticking out when I am wearing them. The cap construction sucks. which would be the most inexpensive wigs to by. I have also wore synthetic as well. I am a cook so I am always around heat.

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