Do you know what the fastest way to change your look is? There is no denying that changing your hairstyle is the most effective way to do this. But, how to get it without cutting, bleaching or dyeing your hair which seriously damages your real hair? Most hairstylists will recommend you to use hair extensions. And, nowadays, one of the most popular types is human hair wigs. So, is there anything people worry about when using wigs? Nothing is worse than everyone stares at you because they know your hair isn’t really yours. Whether or not people can tell if you are wearing a wig depends not only on the quality of your wig but also on how well you take care of it. Keep reading to know about wig maintenance, particularly how to keep it looking fresher, fuller and more natural.
Wear Your Wig Less Often
We aren’t saying not to wear wig every day. Here, we mean you shouldn’t wear the same wig for every day. If you are an everyday wig wearer, let’s buy two wigs to rotate together. There is a fact that the less frequent you wear your wig, the longer it will last. Besides, rotating will allow you to care properly for your wigs on “off” days.
Wash Your Hair, But Not Too Often
You may not need us to tell you that daily washing can dry your wig out, turn it brittle and lose its shine, right? This is true to wigs made of synthetic and human hair. Keep in mind that if you’re rotating your wigs, you should able to wait a few days between washes. If you don’t have two wigs to rotate, wait a few days between washes to get good wig maintenance.
Invest In A High-Quality Products For Wig Maintenance
Do you agree with me that not all shampoos and conditioners are created equally? It means that not all hair types can use the same product. To be honest, it’s necessary to invest in a high-quality shampoo and conditioner specially designed for wigs for a long-lifespan wig. Traditional shampoos and conditioners have harsh chemicals that can permanently damage your wig. Once your wig is damaged, it cannot be healthy back as it’s before.
Practice Proper Wig Washing Techniques Is Also Necessary For A Wig Maintenance
Gone are the days of rubbing shampoo in your scalp. Follow these techniques when washing your wigs.
- Soak your wig in soapy water for a few minutes. Then, gently comb the shampoo through your hair. Don’t rub or massage your wig because it can result in residue buildup and possibly cause permanent damage.
- Gently rinse the wig in clean, lukewarm water until all the soap is gone.
- Repeat this process with your conditioning product. The conditioner will help keep the hair moisturize and smoothen it as well.
- Use a detangling brush to detangle your wig immediately.
- Let the wig air dry on a wig stand. Avoid using a hairdryer on your wig because the heat from the dryer will break the hair cuticle and damage your human hair wig.
Put Down Your Curling Iron
We all know heat tools damage hair, this is still true with wigs. Why’s that?
When using a heat tool on your wig, the wig hair will get many problems like damaged, dry and brittle, split ends, etc. Moreover, because the wig hair doesn’t repair like natural hair, the damage is permanent.
Heat tools like hair dryers, curling irons and flat irons can all permanently damage your wig. More seriously, if you own a synthetic wig, heat tools can melt your wig.
Make sure that you use a towel to pat the water from your wig and let the hair wig air dry. If you want a wavy or curly look, try some ways to get curly patterns without using heat. Remember that most wigs come pre-styles, therefore, you can choose your favorite wig before it is shipped to you.
Get Help From Your Stylist For A Professional Wig Maintenance
Styling wigs is an entirely different process than styling natural hair. Your stylist should be able to give you some tips and tricks for styling your wig without damaging it. More importantly, if you make any mistake in styling your wig, it will be permanently damaged. All hairstylists have to invest a huge amount of money to learn how to cut human hair and wig hair, so they are less likely to mess it up. Make sure whenever you want to buy a wig, ask your stylist to get advice for the best one. They are sure not to forget to give you some tips for your wig maintenance.
Don’t Sleep With Your Wig
Honestly, it’s not a good idea to sleep in your wig. Sleeping in your wig will considerably reduce the lifespan of your wig since friction exists between your hair and pillow may cause tangles, frizz, and dryness of your wig. But, it’s very common that people sleep with a wig on. If such things happen, remember to find out some tips to reduce the damage that sleeping in your wig causes.
Keep Your Wig Covered and Upright between Uses
When you aren’t wearing your wig anymore, make sure it is appropriately stored in a box, storage bag or cool room. It’s also a good idea to invest a small humidifier in the storeroom, especially if you live in a dry climate. A humidifier will keep your wig strands from drying out. Another small tip is to use a light cover to protect the wig from dust and exposure.
Don’t Neglect Your Own Hair Just Because You Wear a Wig Everyday
Maintaining clean hair and a healthy scalp is something you should be doing already. When you have a healthy scalp, you can prevent your hair from residues, oils and grease. Plus, with a healthy scalp, you will feel comfortable when wearing your wig. In a brief, although you wear a wig, never forget taking care of your real hair.
There are many articles and videos on the Internet showing effective tips for wig maintenance. But, the most important thing is that you need to consider whether they are really true to the type of wig you are using or not. Wig maintenance requires practice and dedication, but once you’ve implemented these tips, you’ll start seeing your wigs last longer and look better. Hopefully, our guides today are useful for you.
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Hello there. I’m Elara Larson. I’m a hair stylist and blogger about the latest trends in hair extensions. I hope to help you find the best extensions for your needs. Thanks!
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