Proper Wig Care

Your wig is an investment and you undoubtedly want it to look great and last for as long as possible. Proper care of your wig isn’t difficult, but it does need to be done gently and with the right products. Here are some basic steps to keep your wigs soft, clean, and gorgeous.

Washing and Conditioning Your Wigwig cleaning

First of all, you need to find the right products to address your needs just as you would with the hair you were born with. When you purchased your wig, your stylist probably told you if it is made of synthetic or human hair. That will dictate which products you apply to it. Your best bet is to ask your stylist what products she recommends for you to use on your synthetic wig, but professional hair care shampoos and conditioners for a human hair wig work wonderfully. When you are ready to wash, gently detangle your wig using a wide comb (or pick for curly hair) and start from the ends and work your way to the top. Put cool or lukewarm water in the sink (hot water may damage the fibers) and swirl in your gentle shampoo. Totally submerge and let soak 1-6 hours. If the water is dirty, rinse and soak again until water is clear. To rinse, allow the water to run down the shaft of the hair and never wring, scrub, or twist the hair. With a soft towel, pat dry the hair to get rid of the excess moisture. Next, apply your spray on conditioner. If you want straight hair, let it dry straight .  If you want curly hair let it dry curly. Many experts suggest that you wash your wig at least once every two weeks or more (depending on your activities) or after wearing it about six times.  Also, never sleep on wet hair – it will be a matted mess by morning.

Daily Care

Synthetic wigs have the wonderful advantage of being low maintenance. However, heat from a hair dryer or styling tool can damage the fibers. If you like to try different styles often, you may want to consider human hair or heat-friendly synthetic hair. With human hair, you need to hydrate the hair daily. While this normally happens with oils in the scalp, this obviously doesn’t occur with wigs. There are several different types of leave in conditioners and protectors that your stylist can recommend.

About Janelle P.

I am proud to be one of the foremost hair loss specialists in the Bay Area with over thirty years experience in the field. At age 12 I began styling wigs for fashion and fun and assisted my mother after she established Wig Works in the early 1970’s. My passion for hair led me to Honolulu where I worked closely with legendary stylist Paul Mitchell. I had the honor to perform onstage platform hair styling with Mr. Mitchell, as well as legendaries Jean Braa, Zenon, and Alan Bush. I was also highly involved with the development and distribution of the Paul Mitchell line and later worked as a color representative for L’Oreal and stylist instructor for Matrix. I returned to the Bay Area and expanded Wig Works, with the establishment of Extensions for Hair. The revolutionary new hair extension method offered my clients with thin hair the opportunity to augment their style rather than relying on a wig or hair clip for length or fullness. These hair extensions are popular with women of all ages. Furthermore, I survived breast cancer twice and once lost all my hair from chemotherapy, so I have a unique perspective on special hair needs.
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