For all you wig owners out there, this is the necessary page for you to be. You may own a wig and know how to put on one as well. You may even be very informative on all the different kinds of wigs out there. BUT, do you know how to take care of one? Taking care of a wig is slightly different from taking care of your real hair. Obviously, as you can't take off you self-grown hair and place it somewhere else overnight (Impossible!).
A lot of women do not know how to really treat their wigs with care. This is not really your fault, as most stores or wig brands do not really give you that necessary information. By taking care of your wigs, you will be saving A lot of money, as well as, your wigs will LOOK and FEEL AMAZING.
Is that not why you bought your wig/s in the first place? :)
How To Wash It
You should wash your wig after every 12 to 15 wearings, depending on the amount of hair products that you use. The products used on your wigs is the more often you will have to wash them. Perspiration also can cause you to wash your wigs more often as well.
I would recommend not using so many products on wig, as the more you wash your wig is the more the wig's condition degrades. To wash your wigs, you should follow these detailed steps:
1. Remove Items From Your Wig
------ Before starting anything, make sure that all your pins in your wig are removed and placed somewhere else.------
2. Comb Out Any Tangles
------ With an appropriate brush, like a wig brush or a wig comb, comb out any knots and tangles in your wig. This has to be done before any washing, as without detangling your wig, it will get more tangled and very difficult to comb out when dry as well.-------
3. Add Cool Water To Your Sink or Basin
------ Fill your sink or two basins with cool water and while the water is still running, in the sink, add a small amount of wig shampoo to the water; preferably about 5 to 6 drops. Then in one of the basins or the sink, just slightly swish the water with your hands to properly spread the wig shampoo concentration.------
4. Place The Wig In The Water
------ Gently place the wig into the wig shampoo concentrated cool water and allow it to soak for about 15 - 20 minutes. If you must, slightly swish the wig with your hands for only about a minute. But besides that, DO NOT agitate the wig during its soaking process. Then, after 15 -20 minutes, remove the wig from the concentrated water and gently squeeze out the water from the wig.-------
******** During this whole washing process, DO NOT comb your wig until it is dry. **********
5. Just Like Step 3
------ Follow the same instructions like step 3, EXCEPT for instead of adding wig shampoo, ADD wig conditioner to a newly filled sink or to the second basin.------
6. Just like Step 4
------ Follow the same instructions like step 4, except for this time with wig conditioner. Also, instead of soaking your wig for 15 - 20 minutes, soak the wig for about 5 - 10 minutes. Then, after those minutes are over, gently squeeze out the excess water from the wig.-------
7. Skip Steps 5 or 6 If....
------ If you have a spray leave-in wig conditioner, you do not have to do steps 5 or 6. Instead, rinse out your wig in cold water and gently squeeze out the excess water. Remember, when I say rinse I mean either let the cold water run over the wig or soak the wig in cold water with a only a minute of swishing it if necessary. DO NOT pull, twist or agitate the wig at all.------
8. Dry The Wig With A Clean Towel
------ Gently place your wig on a clean towel and cover the towel over the wig. Then, gently blot the damp wig with the towel. DO NOT at any time wring the towel with the wig in it, for it to dry. Doing that WILL disturb your wig's end result appearance.--------
9. Hang It to Dry
------ Place your newly cleaned wig on a wig stand and leave it there to dry overnight. If you have a leave-in spray conditioner, then spray the wig with it while it is on the wig stand.------
10. Add Some Sheen!!
------ When your wig is fully dry, spray some wig sheen on, not only to protect it, but to prevent static as well as to promote the longevity of your wig. -------
11. To Finish, Just Brush :)
------ After adding sheen to your wig, gently brush it using a wire wig brush or a wig comb, to your desired style.-------
Now that your wig is clean and you've done your makeup, put on your wig, go out and feel as amazing as you are.<3
If You Prefer to Watch than Read :)
How To Remove Shine
When you buy a wig, you buy it to look and feel beautiful. However, there is only problem. The wig looks too shiny making it look plastic and somewhat fake. Now you don't want that, do you? Well, no problem. Here are some instructions on how to make your hair look less synthetic.
1. Wash It
By washing your wig, the excessive shine could go away. Just follow the instructions on my former topic "How To Wash It" to hopefully remove that shine.
If you've washed your wig and that unwanted shine is still there, then move one to this next step.
2. Use Vinegar
Pour a cup of white or apple cider vinegar into a bowl . Then gently place your wig into the vinegar bowl to soak for about 5 - 10 minutes. Remember, NEVER comb or disrupt your wig when it is wet. Just place and leave it in the vinegar to soak.
Then, after 5 - 10 minutes, take out your wig from the vinegar and rinse it thoroughly with cold water. To remove excess water, gently squeeze the wig and place it on a wig stand to dry.
If your wig still has that synthetic shine, then try step 3.
3. Use Powder
You can use baby powder to remove the shine from your wig. All you have to do is place only a little bit of baby powder on your dry wig. Too much powder can give your wig a gray, faded look. Brush your wig using a wig brush and shake the wig over a container or waist bin to get rid of any excess powder.
You can repeat this process continuously until you get the best natural look that you desire.
How To Store It
1. On A Wig Head or Wig Stand
Place our wig on a wig head or a wire wig stand to store it.
If you are on a budget, the cheapest wig stand to get would have to be a Styrofoam wig stand. Styrofoam wig stands are great for keeping your wigs in place and are lightweight as well. If you are thinking of going a little bit more expensive on a wig head purchase, then get a plastic wig head which is also called a mannequin head.
Portability wise, a wire wig stand is a more convenient and smarter choice to use. With a wire wig stand, there are really no worries when it comes to your wig fitting on it. Any wig can be placed on a wire wig stand without any size problems at all. When it comes to air circulation also, a wire wig stand is best as it allows for wig to breathe, preventing it from trapping bad smells. And finally, to add to that, a wig stand is very portable as it can be easily put apart, placed in your travel bag and be put back together with ease.
2. In High Places
Store your wigs on an open, high surface, to prevent it from being tampered with by any family members (kids) or by your pets.
3. Away From Damaging Environmental Conditions
A dirty wig is not very appealing. Keep your wig away from any dirt or dust. It should be in a clean, open space.
Also, you should keep your wigs away from anything that is connected to the word HEAT. Keep your wig away from things such as lamps, your oven and heaters. It should be kept away from direct sunlight also. Heat exposure could damage the texture and look of your wigs. It is best that you store your wigs somewhere that is room temperature at all times.
4. For Travel
Store your wig in a travel container to protect it from crushing and being ruined. When choosing a travel container, choose one that is waterproof and closes properly and tightly for the best wig protection possible.
How To Style It
Different types of wigs have different methods on how to they should be styled. Here are some easy to do instructions on how to style your wig to the style of your liking.
1. Ask a professional
If you want to have your synthetic hair cut, then it is best that you have it done professionally. A professional can cut our hair to any style that you want.
2. Brush or Comb
Brush or comb your wig with a wig brush or comb carefully before and after putting it on. DO NOT comb or brush the roots of the wig.
If your wig is placed on your head, then use your fingertips to comb and style it the way you prefer.
3. Curl It.
For Synthetic Wigs
For synthetic hair, you should NOT apply any heat to your hairpiece. Instead, to curl it, you should, after washing your wig, placing it on a wig stand and applying a small amount of hair setting lotion or mousse; place hair curlers in your wet wig to get the desired look you wish to have. You can then secure these rollers with T-pins or clips, if necessary.
When your wig is finally dry, remove those curlers and style your hair by gently using a wig comb or wig brush to get the hairstyle that you want.
Human Hair Wigs and Heat-Resistant Fiber Wigs
For human hair wigs and heat-resistant fiber wigs, you can style it the same as you would with your own hair. Heat-resistant fiber wigs can use heat as they were made, as said in their name, to resist heat.
To get a curly look, just use a curling iron and if you want, some hair curlers as well.
Remember, when using heat, I would recommend using a heat protectant hair spray. Also even though your wig can resist heat, do not overdo it.
4. Straighten It.
If you have a synthetic wig that is curly or curled or even straight, YOU CANNOT straighten it to your liking with any form of heat at all. Adding heat will damage and melt your wig severely. If you want a straighter look, I would suggest that you either get a human hair wig or get a synthetic hair wig that is straight.
For a human hair wig or a heat-resistant fiber wig, you can easily get a straightened look by using a flat iron. Remember to use a heat protectant hair spray before adding any heat tools to your wig.
How To Reduce Volume
If you feel that your wig has too much volume, giving you an uncomfortable look, then just follow this one simple step. To reduce the volume in your wig, just spray it with cold water and gently comb it with a wig brush. You can repeat this step, when the wig dries, until you feel that it is at the right volume.
If the thread holding your wig together loosens, find a similar color thread that matches your wig and sow the lining back together to replicate the similar patterns shown on the wig.
If your wig is falling apart, then use an adhesive water proof glue to glue the tracks back together.
You can also use glue instead of thread if you are not a sowing expert when sowing the wig lining back together.
Hope this helps!!