How to Care for Human Hair Wigs
Updated: Jan 22
HOW TO CARE FOR HUMAN HAIR WIGS
Human hair wigs are substantially more expensive than the synthetic wig varieties. Human hair wigs allow for a more natural appearance, whether it’s for occasional or everyday wear.
Although it is the most natural and durable of all fibers from which wigs are made, human hair is more of a challenge to maintain. When the hair gets wet, it will lose the style, just as your hair does. Curly or wavy hairstyles are easy to take care of because most styling require it being worn moussed and scrunched. Wearing your hair bone straight requires minor maintenance unless the hair reverts to a curly pattern. Most trending style require some amount of heat for styling.
The same is true (to a certain extent) regarding human-synthetic blends. The synthetic hair holds its shape well after washing, but the style may need to be touched up a little with a curling iron to refresh the style. It is a lot less hassle than styling is again from scratch like 100% human hair.
Wigs that are made with 50% human hair and 50% advanced synthetic fibers are a good combination because it gives you the best of both worlds. You will have the longevity of human hair paired with the synthetic hair’s ability to hold its shape after washing. Please keep in mind that even though the wig contains human hair, defer to the synthetic heat styling methods. Most synthetic fibers can tolerate a curling iron set to LOW or WARM. Steam setters and hot rollers may also be used but remember to use end papers to ensure that the ends of the hair remain smooth.
In order to protect your investment, there are things you ought to do to extend the life of your wig.
CARE AND STYLING PRODUCTS
Although the hair used in making human hair wigs is grown on a human head, after harvesting, the hair may be chemically processed to remove the cuticle in order to minimize tangling. (This does not apply to Virgin hair, which has never been chemically processed in any way.) Most manufacturers use the processed hair because it doesn’t have to be harvested as carefully as Virgin hair, and is, less expensive to produce.
In addition, hair from India or Asian sources start out with a dark brown or black color. The color is then bleached out and dyed back into the hair for uniformity of color. The hair is later mixed and blended to meet the company’s requirements. The harvested hair goes through massive chemical processing before it is offered in stores. Therefore, it is best to use shampoos, conditioners, sprays and other styling products formulated especially for processed hair. Heavy oil-based products can coat processed hair and make it appear dull and lifeless.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR WASHING YOUR HUMAN HAIR WIG
Detangle the hair before washing. Use a wig pick (for curly wigs) or a wire wig brush (for straight hair).
Add lukewarm water to a large pan or bowl. Draw enough water to cover the wig.
Dissolve a capful of wig shampoo and baking soda. Dissolve the baking soda completely to avoid any chalky residue. (Baking soda serves as a great addition to your regimen especially if your wig has absorbed cigarette smoke or other odors. Soak the wig for 5 minutes.
Swish the wig our hairpiece around while gently squeezing the hair. Keep the hair moving in one direction or it may tangle. If you have a lace front, carefully remove the make-up and adhesive residue before
Rinse the wig well with lukewarm water.
Draw a new bowl of water. Add a capful or wig conditioner to the water. Work the conditioner through the hair. Swish the hair around (in the same direction). Rinse with fresh water. Gently squeeze out the excess water. To towel dry, lay the wig out on a towel and blot gently. To air dry, place the wig on a wig stand. The wig can also be dried using a blow dryer. Low heat should be applied.
STYLING INSTRUCTIONS AFTER WASHING YOUR WIG
Pin your wig onto a wig block or wig head to comb out gently. DO NOT brush wet hair. Add a detangler if needed. If working with long hair, comb the hair out starting at the ends and working your way up to the roots.
Once your wig has been detangled, allow it to dry overnight or place under a hood dryer if being set in rollers.
**Allow synthetic wigs to air dry completely before styling. If styling with a hot iron, do not let the iron get too hot or it will damage the synthetic wig fiber. If the iron is too hot, the synthetic hair fiber will appear straight and limp when the iron is removed. Too much heat can result in the fiber melting and frizzing at the ends. If you feel that the barrel of the iron is too hot, mist the barrel with water to cool it down before applying to the hair. Proceed with caution when using a hot iron on any synthetic or human-synthetic blend wig. **
SLEEPING WITH YOUR WIG ATTACHED
Wigs provide an easy change of style by giving you a new look in just minutes.
Various lengths, colors, styles and textures allows extreme versatility. Wig caps are constructed in multiple ways and may be purchased in a variety of styles such as capless, glueless, hand-tied, monofilament top, French top, lace front or a combination.
Some wigs, such as Lace front wigs, are especially convenient because they look natural and may be worn for weeks without having them removed.
You can sleep in your wig regardless of the type; however, it is important to understand the maintenance involved to keep your wig intact.
Thoroughly detangle your hair before going to bed.
Invest in a quality satin or silk scarf to wrap your hair up at night. It should be large enough to wrap around your head comfortably. The silk and satin material will not snag the hair fibers or cause static. It will also cut down the friction when you move your head while sleeping.
If you are unable to wrap your head with a satin or silk scarf, consider purchasing a satin or silk pillowcase. This type of material prevents friction, which protects your wig from tangling or becoming damaged. Should you decide to use a scarf and a specialty pillowcase, the two should be the same fabric.
Unwrap your hair each morning. Finger style your hair or use a heated styling tool if necessary.
Always detangle the hair throughout the day to keep your wig from frizzing and matting.