Wig Supplies: The Importance of Using the Right Products On Your Wig

DSC_0047Have you walked down the hair care aisle of a grocery store or a big box store lately? It can be overwhelming! There are rows and rows of brightly colored packaging each boasting how it can protect hair color, preserve spring-like curls, prevent split ends, or add 50% more radiance. The options get even more complex when you walk into a beauty supply store or salon. The prices are higher and so are the promised results. Furthermore, if you have a wig which products are right for your expensive hair piece and what additional products are available to keep it in place and looking great? Hopefully this list will help!

Combs and Brushes– Use only wide tooth combs and wig brushes designed with unique bristles that are designed for wig care. Regular combs and brushes will damage your wig since they tend to tug and loosen the strands.

Shampoos and Conditioners – For human hair wigs, any salon quality product will work beautifully with your wig since it is made for human hair. For synthetic hair, use a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically made to cleanse these fibers.

Tapes and Liquid Adhesives – There are two types of wig adhesives: adhesive strips DSC_0122and liquid/semi-liquid adhesives. Different adhesives are used depending on your needs. For instance, daily glues can hold your lace wig in place until you decide to remove it at night and tends to be extremely secure and comfortable. It also dries clear for a natural hairline and you can sleep in it if needed. However, it will lose its effectiveness by the following day and must be reapplied.

Another option is the medium hold glue that can last between 4-7 days. Finally, long-term permanent glue is designed for wigs and lace wigs that will not be removed for several weeks. (It is also recommended to dab a bit of the glue on your skin first to test for sensitivity.)

Scalp Protectors – This is used to help adhesives work better, especially for those who have oily skin or need better adhesion during swimming or sports activities.

Adhesive Remover – Adhesives are obviously strong and you will need a solvent to help dissolve any residue from your scalp and to prevent damage from pulling on the wig (or hair loss if the adhesive is embedded in your natural hair).

Wig Caps – If you want to cover your natural hair with a wig, a wig cap covers your hair and prevents slippage.

hair careWig Stand – The best way to store or dry your wig is on a wig stand. There are many types available that help to ensure that your wig maintains its style and shape.

Wig Clips – Sew in clips have mini-combs attached for women who wish to clip in their lace front wig, frontals or wefts. You can clip your wig to your natural hair for a secure fit.

Finding the right products for the care and wear of your wig can seem intimidating. That is why at Wig Works and Extensions for Hair Salon, we have a friendly, knowledgeable staff that is excited to help you with all of your hair care needs. Come in today and we can help you to pick out the items that are just right for you!

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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