Human hair wigs, though very expensive, are more popular than synthetic wigs because they give you a more natural look. They also last longer than synthetic wigs. Maintaining a human hair wig is, however, not that easy. If you want your wig to go for years, you need to know how to take good care of it. Follow these guidelines for maintaining human hair wigs.
Wash your wig properly
The first step in caring for your wig is knowing how to wash it. Some of the absolute do’s of wig washing are;
- Use wig shampoo and conditioner.
- Use cold water to clean your wig.
- Comb the wig from the ends before you start washing it.
- Use pure shampoo containing no conditioner.
- If you use conditioner on your wig, keep it far from the roots.
Steps on how to wash your wig;
- Fill a container with cold water and mix it with shampoo.
- Turn the wig cap inside out so that you can clean the dirtiest areas of the wig.
- Immerse the wig in the cold shampoo water and gently swirl it around so that it can absorb the shampoo water. Leave it in the water for 5-7 minutes.
- After, remove the wig and rinse it with cold water.
- Apply some conditioner to the wig but avoid contact with the cap if it is a front lace wig.
- Leave the conditioner for about 2 minutes before rinsing out again with cold water. You can skip the rinsing again part if you are using a leave-in conditioner. A conditioner contains oils which hydrate the hair.
Dry it the right way
- Avoid exposing your human hair to heat as much as possible. The only instance where you may apply heat to your wig is when you want to style it.
- When drying it, squeeze the water out of the hair with your hand but do not wring or twist it. Wrap it in a towel and after, leave it to air dry while hanging on a stand.
Styling your wig
Never comb the wig when it is wet as you could damage it. Use brushes and combs meant for combing and styling wigs instead of your usual hair comb. Style from the ends going up. If the wig is too entangled, you can use a detangling product. You can also use natural oils on your human hair wig to nourish it—but do not do it too often as oils increase the rate at which your wig attracts and traps dust and other particles.
Storing your wig
Have a stand where you can store your wig. The radius of the stand should be smaller than that of the wig so that the wig does not overstretch.
Remember to wash your wig whenever it gets dirty. However, do not over-wash the wig because this will increase the chances of its strands falling out which decreases its lifespan. Also, if you have to apply heat on it, let the setting be low-heat to avoid destroying the hair strands on your wig.