Human hair wigs are a convenient and stylish way to protect your natural hair. They need a bit of extra care if you want them to last as long as possible and look good.
Human hair wigs that are taken good care of can last for years, and can be dyed, trimmed, and styled over and over to suit your changing tastes.
So, how can you make sure that you’re doing what needs to be done to extend the life of your wig?
Here are five simple steps you can start taking today.
1. Don’t wash too much, and use gentle shampoos and conditioners
When washing your human hair wig, wash as you would your own natural hair.
That means watching out for chemical heavy shampoos and conditioners. Using these can damage the hair texture of your wig.
Comb through while washing with a big toothed comb and then rinse with slightly warm or cool water to get all of the product out of it.
Gently squeeze out the excess water after washing with a towel or cotton shirt and leave your wig to dry completely before styling.
The general rule is to wash your wig every six to eight weeks, or every seven to ten wears.
Work out a schedule that’s good for you and makes sense based on your lifestyle and how often you wear your wig.
Human hair wigs don’t have the luxury of getting oil like your natural hair does from your scalp, so keep washing to a minimum.
2. Avoid over brushing and combing
Too much brushing and/or combing of your natural hair can actually damage it, causing it to break.
This is even more true of wet hair, as your hair is in its most elastic state when wet, and therefore more prone to breakage. The same applies to your human hair wig.
When brushing or combing, start off with a good leave-in conditioner after washing to keep your hair soft and manageable, and a wide-toothed comb for detangling.
Also, brushing during the day should be kept to a minimum as well to protect your dry ends from breaking.
In fact, it’s best to put away all the combs and brushes when your hair is fully dry, especially in the case of wavy or curly hair.
3. Avoid blow drying your wig
When drying your wig, it can be tempting to turn up the heat. Although blow drying your hair isn’t particularly bad, too much heat can cause damage to your hair.
Use the lowest heat setting possible if using a blow dryer on your hair.
Also, keep the dryer or curler away from the roots of the wig.
As a general rule, air drying indoors is your best method. You don’t really need to use heat to dry your hair and it’s not necessary for styling as well.
Use the regular products that you use to style your hair and avoid heat as much as possible. Your wig will last a lot longer.
4. Clean the tools that you use regularly
The tools that you use to take care of your hair are also very important. Your hairbrushes, combs and any other accessories need to be cleaned regularly. These things tend to hold onto the products that you use in your hair and can deposit anything that you remove from your hair once right back into it.
Making sure that your tools are clean will help you in increasing the longevity of your human hair wig, and of the tools themselves.
Soak your brushes in shampoo and water and make sure that all the strands of hair are taken out of it. A few minutes should do, but make sure not to take note of the materials.
If you’re using a wooden handle brush, soaking for less time might be better.
5. Store your hair in a clean area, covered
When you’re not using your wig, store it in a clean, dry area. Make sure that it’s stored away from heat and covered to protect it from dust.
The first step to this process is to make sure that your wig is completely dry. Mildew and mold can form from storing your wigs while they’re wet or even slightly damp.
The next step is to decide on the way you want to store your wig. Using a wig head is one of the best ways if you have the space.
Alternatively, you could also use a satin or silk bag. You can also use a box that closes (like the one you get when you purchase a wig from Protect Our Hair). Lay your wig flat in the box for easy storage.
EXTRA TIP: Never sleep in your wig.
The friction between your wig and the material of your pillow can drastically tangle and knot your hair, decreasing the life of your human hair wig.
These are just a few tips to taking care of your wig, but they can make all the difference:
- Treat your human hair wig as you would your real hair and avoid chemically heavy shampoos and conditioners.
- Don’t brush or comb your hair too often, and avoid heat as much as possible.
- Avoid blow drying your wig or using excessive heat
- Make sure that your tools are clean
- Store your wig in a dry, clean area away from heat.
Take control of your style and get the best and most that you can out of your wig. You deserve all the styling options that you need, along with the ability to protect your hair.
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