STOP! You’ll Ruin Your Wig!

DSC_0139Top Mistakes to Avoid When Caring for Your Wig

You’ve done the research. You’ve tried on a variety of caps, brands and styles. You’ve had a stylist cut and color your wig to perfection. Now please take special care of your beautiful investment!!!

Caring for your wig isn’t difficult, but many times people fail to follow the simple guidelines that we share with our clients for them to get the most wear and best look from their hair pieces. Many times we can repair the damage, many times we can’t. Here are some of the most common mistakes that we have seen in caring (or lack thereof) for a wig or clip in extensions:

  • Using the Wrong Shampoo or Conditioner – I cringe to think about the times when a client spends hundreds of dollars on a gorgeous wig only to scrimp on hair products such as shampoo or conditioner. You wouldn’t buy a Ferrari and drive it through the gas station car wash! Please buy only certified salon quality products that are gentle and nourishing to your strands.
  • Over-exposure – Too much chlorine or too much sun will fry your human hair wig just like it will fry your natural hair. Wear a hat or avoid swimming if possible.
  • Avoid DIY Projects – I get it; caring for your hair can seem expensive. However, taking shortcuts such as trimming your wig or dyeing it yourself could end up costing you more money if you irreparably ruin your wig. Unlike your real hair, if you cut it too short it won’t grow back!
  • Cautiously Curl – Frequently curling your human hair wig will dry out your wig justHRA%20-%20Human%20Hair%20Wig%20Care as it will dry out your natural hair. Also, heat can melt synthetic hair, so carefully choose what type of hair is best for your lifestyle. Heat Defiant HD wigs are the new synthetic fiber and can easily be ruined. So remember, always use a heat resistant spray like Jon Renau’s heat defiant spray and use a big tooth comb when caring for your hair pieces.
  • Tangled – No one wants to look like tumbleweed so take off your wig when you sleep, use only special brushes designed specifically for hair pieces, and brush carefully starting from the bottom to the top. Also, a leave-in detangler will help to avoid excess pulling and damage.
  • Proper Storage – Just like a shirt tossed on the floor, your wig will look like a rumpled mess if not carefully put away. Head forms are inexpensive or you may want to put your hair piece back in the original box or bag in which it came (however, it may not hold a style as well in the packaging).

If you are still unsure of how to care for your wig, please stop in to Wig Works or Extensions for Hair Salon. There are notable differences between synthetic and human hair wigs, and our experts will be more than happy to find the right one for you and give you the proper information to keep your investment looking its best.

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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