Wig Maintenance 101: How to Care and Maintain Your Wig

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Although it’s not your own real hair, you still need to take good care of your wigs as if it were your own. Your wig can be washed after you’ve worn it 10 times, or sooner if you wear it every day. Taking care of your wig depends on the type of hair used: if it’s made from human hair brush and/or use fingers to gently remove any tangles, and smoothing them over.


Wash the wig(s) by dipping it in a basin full of water with a small amount of mild shampoo. Swirl your wig for 5-10 minutes, before rinsing in cold water. Pat the wig gently with a towel to remove excess moisture. If you use a brush not designed for wigs, you run a high risk of permanently ruining the fibers. I did this many times and my wig looked like I added volumizer to it, resulting in me having to discard it.


(The brush shown in the photo above uis not the one to use for a wig. There are special brushes with steel pins that are designed specifically for wigs. Refer to photo towards end of this article).

For optimal results, follow up with a small amount of conditioner and leave in for a few minutes before rinsing. Air dry the wig thoroughly before brushing and styling. When I wash my wigs, I sometimes used human hair conditioner if I didn’t have wig conditioner on hand. Using regular human hair conditioner isn’t recommended due to it being formulated for regular human hair.


The above is the result of not caring for your wig properly. A wig should NOT look like this. From my hands-on personal experiences: If the wig is a curly one and the wig has lost its curl, use regular foam hair rollers or the flexi hair rollers as seen in the photo below:


As for synthetic hair, the care routine will slightly differ: Start by removing any tangles by using a gentle wig brush and/or fingers. Use a wig shampoo made for synthetic wigs (and not shampoo made for regular human hair). Mix shampoo with a basin full of water as instructed. Gently soak and swirl the wig for five minutes.  You can follow it up with synthetic wig conditioner and the steps are the same as for human hair wigs.


A note of caution for synthetic wigs: hair dryers or any hair tools that use is a big no-no as it can ruin the fibers. I’ve done this twice and the hair either melted or made the hair so dry that combing it made it worse. And conditioning the wig did nothing to return it back to its former style. ****I will later add a photo of a wig of mine that wasn’t properly taken care of****


Styling your wigs



Your wigs can be styled by a brush/comb made for wigs (like the brush seen above), or even a simple as your fingertips. It’s not advisable for you to use the same brush you use for your natural hair, as these brushes can overstretch the tresses, damaging the fibers for good.

Adding a dash of fabric softener or spraying water are two great ways of removing static cling from within your wigs. In my opinion, I would use water instead of fabric softener for the health benefits (less chemicals in your natural hair). To keep your wig in top shape, purchase a foam or mannequin wig head. You can buy one either online or in most beauty stores, the lowest costing $4 and the highest I’ve seen cost $60.

If you don’t have the space to keep multiple wig heads, store them in the packaging it comes in but don’t just stuff it into the plastic bag but carefully place it in the packaging with the top part facing the opening of the bag. Keep the packaged wigs in a cool dark place because heat from any source can permanently ruin the fibers, as I mentioned earlier.

So there you have it. Maintaining your wig and keeping it in shape for the long haul takes work. If you don’t take care of your wig properly, you’ll be purchasing wigs very often.


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