I’m quite pleased with today’s post and the collaborative spirit behind it. I recently got a great wig and I know many ladies have at least one wig to save them on bad hair days so I figured a wig maintenance post is in order 🙂 . Seeing as I’m not a professional with wigs, I turned to a great wig maker (someone found her on TGC, tried her out and absolutely loved her wig), The Wig Fairy for wig maintenance tips. Without further ado, here they are:
How to maintain your wig
You’ve bought a wig and you’re excited. If you’re anything like me you’ve probably named her too. Apart from a name, your new wig will also require some TLC to stay in the best shape. There are two types of wigs -synthetic and human hair wigs. The type of care a wig needs depends on the type of wig it is.
Synthetic hair wigs
1. Do not apply heat
Most synthetic wigs will melt when exposed to high temperature so avoid applying any form of heat to these wigs. However there are new synthetic wigs that are heat resistant to a certain degree, this will be stated clearly on the care instructions for the wig. Do not exceed the recommended temperature.
2. Do not wear often
If you’re like me and you’ve traded the braids and weaves for wigs, synthetic wigs aren’t the best for you. Wearing a synthetic wig too often may lead to tangling and shorten it’s life span. However you can invest in a couple of synthetic wigs and alternate them so you’re not wearing one too frequently.
3. Wash monthly
Wash your wig monthly by gently swishing it in lukewarm(remember the heat thing?) water with a little amount of shampoo.
4. Invest in a wig stand
This applies to both human hair and synthetic wigs. A good wig stand will help you store your wigs so that they don’t tangle or lose their shape. There are plastic wig stands or Styrofoam heads.
Human hair wigs
1. Heat protectant
Always use a heat protectant before applying heat to your human hair wigs, just like you do to your own hair.
2. Brushing technique
Use a paddle brush when brushing your wig. Always start at the ends of the hair and work your way up. This reduces tangles and shedding too.
3. Wash and condition
Depending on how often you wear your wig, wash and condition it with a good shampoo and conditioner every 2-3weeks. If your wig has been coloured or bleached e.g ombré you may want to deep condition it as well.
4. Curly wigs
If your human hair wig is curly e.g deep curls, kinky curly etc a helpful tip is to detangle when wet or damp. This prevents shedding and makes the process generally easier.
5. Use serum
Use a good quality serum often or as needed. I apply serum to my wig every five days when I’m wearing that wig for a whole month. Also apply a curl activator on your curly wig as needed.
6. Storing your wig
Put your wig in big braids or twists when not in use. And also invest in a wig stand.
These steps will keep your wig looking on fleek and help it last longer.
Those are the wig maintenance tips given by our darling Wig fairy. Check out her PROFILE for pictures of her work, prices and contact details and get yourself a great wig 🙂
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