How To Properly Take Care of Your Human Hair Wig
Maintaining and washing your human hair wig is not difficult, it just requires attention and gentle care. Each time your hairpiece is washed, the lifespan of your wig is shortened. For this reason, the wig should not be washed more than what is necessary.
COME THE HAIR
Before washing your wig, gently comb it out, removing all tangles. Start at the tips of the hair and work your way up to the base of the cap. Make sure that you are only using a comb designed for wigs. For stubborn tangles, applying a spray conditioner can help loosen them.
WASH THE HAIR
To shampoo your wig, many salons recommend submersing your human hair wig in a basin of water with a small amount of shampoo. We do not recommend doing so as it can tangle the wig, making it highly unmanageable. To wash your human hair wig, start by getting it wet under running water.
- Let cool water flow over the hair from the base to the tips until it is wet.
- Gently squeeze (do not wring or twist) to remove excess water.
- Apply a small amount of human hair wig shampoo to the palms of your hands and apply evenly over the hairpiece. Do not twist, rub or massage.
- Simply smooth the shampoo on the wig from the base to the tips of the hair.
- Using cool water, gently rinse all shampoo from the hair, allowing the water to flow over the hair from the base to the tips.
- Lightly squeeze excess water from the hair (do not rub or wring). Blot hair gently with a towel to remove excess water before conditioning.
CONDITION THE HAIR
- While the hair is still wet, spread a small amount of human hair wig conditioner into the palm of your hands and work evenly into the hair. Avoid application of conditioner to the base of the wig as it can loosen the knots on the cap, causing wig loss the hair piece.
- Leave the conditioner in the hair for 3-5 minutes. While the hair is wet and saturated with your wig conditioner, very gently de-tangle the wig, starting at the tips of the hair. Your fingertips are the most gentle, but a wide toothed wig comb can also be gently used. Be gentle and do not stretch the hair.
- Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair under cool running water. Gently squeeze excess water from the wig (do not rub or wring) and lightly blot hair with a towel.
DRY THE HAIR
- It is best to allow your human hair wig to air dry on a wig stand as this is most gentle on the hair fibers. Rollers can be used to set the wig.
- A warm sitting hair dryer can be used to dry the hair although air drying is the most gentle option. After the hair is dry, heated styling tools such as curling irons and flat irons can be used.
- It is recommended to wash your human hair wig every 7-14 days of wear.
- Store your wig on a wig stand or form that is smaller than the base of the cap to prevent the cap from stretching.
- Direct sunlight will fade the hair so avoid storing your wig where it will be exposed to light.
- Do not wear your hairpiece while sleeping. It may result in hair loss, breakage and matting.
- Lighter hair colors are more delicate than darker colors because additional processing is needed to achieve the light colors. Over time, your wig will lose hair.
- Avoid contact with chlorinated water, sea water and hot water to avoid damage to your wig.
- Using as few styling products as possible on your wig will allow you to wash it less often and extend its life.
- Wearing a wig cap underneath will also extend the life of your wig. The wig cap will help absorb scalp oils, keeping them away from the base of the cap.