The Care of Wigs
This is one of the perks of synthetic wigs. There is nothing to it’s care. Some salons charge for this service and I say, “Do it yourself. You really cannot make a mistake!” But first…
HOW OFTEN TO WASH
Some Salons suggest washing your wig after wearing it 10-12 times. But think about that.
- Did you wear it everyday, all day?
- Or did you have it on for a few hours?
- Were you in a smoky environment?
- We’re you perspiring?
They are very important questions to ask when deciding if it’s time to wash your wig. I think it’s more important to ask yourself:
- “How is “she” behaving?”
- Does it look, feel and smell ok?
- Is it easy to manage?
If the answer is yes then DON’T wash it no matter how many times you’ve worn it or how many weeks it’s been. The condition of the wig when you first buy it is the measuring stick. That wig will have a nice clean, natural looking shine, smell “new or fresh” and feel soft and silky like real hair. So…if it starts to look dull or feels coarse, smells a little funny, (usually because you were perspiring over a long period of time) or is not as manageable then it is time to wash your wig. With this criteria it could be every few weeks or every few months. A word of caution… Do Not Over Wash or Condition a Wig. It will not last nearly as long.
10 EASY STEPS TO WASHING A WIG
- Gently brush out any tangles or excess hair spray or product.
- Add 1-2 cap fulls of shampoo to a basin of cool water and swish around.
- Now place your wig into the water and swish around a bit and then let it sit for 5 to 15 minutes.
- It is now time to thoroughly rinse the wig out by either placing it under running water or by filling up the sink several times with fresh water, placing the wig in it until all signs of the soap are gone.
- If you are conditioning (Not necessary or recommended every washing. If it “feels like real hair then this step is not needed. Over conditioning can cause your wig to become very limp and lifeless.) you can add a cap full of conditioner to the last rinse and then completely rinse out of wig or use a “keep in conditioner” that you would apply at this time.
- Gently shake out excess water, perhaps into the shower area, then with a soft towel gently pat dry. Never rub or squeeze. This can damage the fibre and cause it to frizz.
- Using a plastic wig stand, (not a styrofoam head) place the wig and position the fibres in the shape of the style. Do not brush it while it is wet.
- Never use heat from a hair blower. Any intense heat will do damage in seconds creating a frizz that is impossible to fix. (This would include, blast of hot air from the oven, BBQ, hair blower, curling iron etc.)
- Allow to air dry on this plastic stand or anything like it. This allows good air flow. A styrofoam head does not allow air flow and can also stretch out and damage the elastic pieces necessary for adjusting your wig fit.
- After it is completely dry shake it out, lightly brush. Place back on the stand if you’re not ready to wear. This airing continues to keep it clean.