Summer Is Here!!! (Now How Do I Care for My Wig or Hair Extensions in This Heat?!?)

wet-hair-2Ahhh, summer. Don’t you just love it?! The kids are out of school. The temperature jumps up. Vacation plans are made… but wait a minute… can I wear my hair extensions in the pool or ocean? Will I get overheated if I wear a wig in the warmer weather? Is there a way to protect my hair pieces from the damaging rays of the sun? These are all valid questions and I’m sure that you have many more. Here are a few tips and guidelines to help you during the grueling days of summer.

  • While many prefer to choose human hair wigs, you may want to consider switching to a synthetic one during the warmer months. They tend to be lighter and cooler.
  • Think about how you want to style your hair. Short haircuts or long hair stylishly braided will keep your locks off your neck so you can feel the breeze.
  • Stay away from extreme heat. For example, keep your wig carefully kept in a box inside the car and definitely not in the trunk. The heat and smoke from grilling are also not your friends.
  • You may find that you’ll need to wash your wig or hair extensions more often during the summer months due to an increase in perspiration. Wash your hair pieces as you normally would (about every 4-5 wears), but avoid over washing them which could damage your investment.
  • Can you swim with a wig or hair extensions? Well, yes and no. You should avoid swimming if you have human hair extensions (especially if you are blonde). Extensive exposure to water (and particularly chlorine) can loosen the adhesive and dry out your hair. If you must swim and have high quality human hair extensions, apply a leave-in conditioner before you swim to protect your hair from chlorine and sun damage. After you swim, deep condition your strands with a regular conditioner and heat cap. Synthetic hair tends to hold up a bit better since it is a plastic-based product and doesn’t absorb the chemically enhanced water. Don’t wear a swim cap; those just pull on the extensions and loosen their grip. However, wigs are another story; if you have NO hair then you can either wear a swim cap that is fuller to mimic hair underneath or use tape to adhere the wig to your scalp.
    Some of the stylish hats that we sell at Wig Works.
    Some of the stylish hats available  at Extensions for Hair Salon and Wig Works
  • Wig technology has come a long way in recent years and there are many products to help you stay cool:
    • Wig liners and skull caps can absorb sweat and prevent skin irritations.
    • Gel bands lift your wig slightly off your scalp which allows sweat to evaporate and air to cool your skin. Moreover, gel bands will prevent your wig from slipping out of place.
    • Fishnet caps are naturally ventilated and lift your wig base away from your head. These are great because they fit any head size and will keep your wig in place.
    • Good ole baby powder is also an inexpensive option to absorb sweat without causing skin irritations.A leave-in conditioner is additionally a great idea if you are planning to be in the sun for any length of time. Hair tends to dry out in the heat, so this is a simple way to protect your wig or extensions. You might also think about adding hats or scarves to your fashion arsenal to guard against those damaging rays.

Just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean that you can’t look your best. If you still aren’t sure which of the above options are best for you, feel free to drop in to Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon. We have a variety of products in stock where you can see what looks and feels the best for you. Summer, here we come!!!

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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