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How to Care for your Wig

Synthetic wigs.

It is best if you do not wash your synthetic wig very often, ever 14 - 20 times of wearing is fine. If you wash it too much can make the life of your wig shorter. Wigs can become frizzy at the back where they rub against clothing or the neck. This is normal if not annoying. 

Fill a bowl with cool water, hot water will damage the wig, add a small amount of shampoo into the water (baby shampoo is fine).  Swish the wig in the water gently and then leave to soak for around 3 - 4 minutes. Rinse the shampoo off in cool water, then pat the excess water off with a towel. Put the wig onto a stand and allow to dry naturally. If you do not have a wig stand, you can stack a couple of baked bean cans or similar and the put the wig on top. It is best not to use the polystyrene heads to dry the wig as they can stretch the wig and it will not dry as quickly as the air cannot circulate. Do not comb or brush the wig whilst it is wet.  The wig will dry in the style it was purchased. You can spray with leave in conditioner whilst wet if you wish.  Shampoos and conditioner can be purchased here:

  • Having two wigs is the best option. When you are washing one wig, you have a spare wig which you can use and also 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. It really doesn't need washing more than that. 

  • Do not use hot water on synthetic wigs. Hot water can frizz the wigs and you could end up ruining it. Heat will cause damage so do not use any sort of heat on the wig such as hairdryer, heated appliances and even watch out for the heat from the oven when opening the door!! 

    Some people feel better about their wig if they get it trimmed slightly by a professional as this makes it look more like their own style. However, it is not necessary to have them cut as they come already styled.

    A few tricks of the trade concerning the frizzing that can happen at the back of synthetic wigs when they have been worn for a while. This is due to the fibre rubbing across clothing or the skin. It IS possible to re-style a wig in that area but PLEASE ONLY TRY THIS ON A VERY OLD WIG THAT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU RUIN IT!! Steam will re-set synthetic fibre so if you put steam onto the hair you want to straighten (keep it away from the rest of the wig or it will all go straight!) steam the problem area and the fibre will straighten. Then either use a brush to set it into the style you want or put some rollers in and leave until the wig has dried and re-set. PLEASE REMEMBER THIS MUST ONLY BE TRIED ON AN OLD WIG THAT DOESN'T MATTER AND WE ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DISASTERS! It is worth knowing though that this is how manufacturers of wigs re-style. You never know it may give your wig a new lease of life for a while!  We have even had customers iron the back of their wigs to get them straight by using a tea towel over the hair and then using a steam iron on a low heat. We would not advocate this but customers DO come up with some ingenious ideas to make their wigs last a bit longer!!

Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs can be treated pretty much like your own hair. They still may not need washing as often and it is best to treat it 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. 

You can use the same products on a human hair wig as you would on your own hair but just remember to treat very gently.

Human hair wigs may need cutting by a professional. In fact, human hair wigs often look far better when they have had a cut. Whilst most human hair wigs DO come in a pre-styled style, others are left long all over so that they can be cut into a desired style. 

Human hair wigs can be more difficult to look after than synthetic wigs as synthetic wigs do not need re-styling once washed. Human hair wigs need more care. Once washed they go straight (or even curly if the donor of the hair had curly hair!) It is then quite difficult to get it back into the style you had.  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! Whilst it can be difficult to get used to styling a human hair wig, once you get the hang of it, it becomes second nature. However, if you are not good at styling your own hair, you  might bebetter to get it washed and styled by a professional or stick to the synthetic wigs which are much easier to deal with! 

It is quite natural for wigs to loose some hair so do not worry if there are some loose strands after washing or combing! 

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