Whether it is a synthetic wig or a human hair wig, we all want them to last as long as possible. Here we outline a little information about both types of wigs to help you get the best from your wig or hairpiece.
Firstly synthetic wigs...these do not need washing very often, every 14 - 20 times of wearing is sufficient but this can vary as some people like to wash more often. Washing too much can make the life of your wig shorter though so avoid washing a few times a week.
Fill a bowl with cool water and add a small amount of shampoo, this can be wig shampoo or baby shampoo. Swish the wig in the water gently and then leave to soak for around 3 - 4 minutes. Rinse in cool water, then press gently with a towel to remove excess water. Do not rub. Put wig onto a stand and allow to dry naturally. Do not comb or brush the wig whilst wet. The wig will dry in the style it was purchased. You can spray with leave in conditioner specially developed for synthetic hair if you wish. It is best to use a wig tree or even a few cans of beans to put your wig on to dry. Anything that allows the air to circulate is fine. Foam heads are not suitable whist the hair is wet and are likely to stretch the wig.
Having two wigs is the best option. When you are washing one wig, you have a spare wig which you can use. Rotating the wigs will prolong their life. Also, if you have a disaster where the wig gets damaged you have a second wig to fall back on.
Wash your wig every 2 - 3 weeks.
Do not use hot water on synthetic wigs. Hot water can frizz synthetic wigs and you could end up ruining your wig so be careful around heat and do not use heated appliances on it - heat will cause irreparable damage, even steam from a cooker can frazzle a synthetic wig.
Synthetic wigs often look better if trimmed slightly by a professional as this makes it look more like *you*. However, it is not necessary to have them cut as they come already styled. This is a personal choice.
Human hair wigs can be treated pretty much like your own hair. They may not need washing as often as your own hair and it is best to treat human hair wigs very gently as the hair will not grow again like your own hair! Wash gently, do not rub and allow the water to run in the same direction as the hair to avoid tangling. Once the hair is wet, gentle massage your chosen shampoo into the lengths of the hair, again keeping everything flowing in one direction and avoid rubbing the hair. Rinse. You can wash twice if you feel it necessary but it is not essential. Repeat the same procedure as above with conditioner. This is where you can choose just how long you feel conditioner needs to be left on your wig. 10 minutes is fine but some customers will leave it for an hour and others leave it over night. You will soon find what works best for you. The most important thing to remember is to make sure that whatever you put onto the wig, the hair fibres are not rubbed or tangled in any way.
You can use the same products on a human hair wig as you would on your own hair but as mentioned, always treat the hair very gently. Good quality off the shelf products are fine and wig companies DO sell some excellent human hair products to help prolong the life of your wig. Spray in conditioners which can be left in the hair are excellent. Putting goodness into the hair will kept looking healthy and shiny.
Human hair wigs may need cutting by a professional. Whilst most human hair wigs DO come in a pre-styled design, others are left long all over so that they can be cut into a desired style. Even if the wig is pre-styled, human hair wigs can have far more hair that we are used to so a trim is often desirable.
Human hair wigs can be more difficult to look after than synthetic wigs as synthetic wigs only need a shake and they are ready to wear. Human hair wigs need more care. You can use heated appliances but it is best to let the wig dry around 80% before trying to style it. They will not stay on your head whilst trying to blow dry so waiting until almost dry is easier! Don't feel daunted if you struggle the first time you wash your human hair wig to get it back into style. You will soon get the hang of it and there are lots of video's on YouTube to help you with any problems you might encounter!
It is natural for wigs to loose some hair so do not worry if there are some loose strands after washing!