HOW TO REDUCE AND ELIMINATE HAIR MATTING IN THE NAPE OF THE NECK
Updated: Jan 22
Have you ever wondered if there were good tips to follow in order to reduce or eliminate the matted, frizzy hair in the nape area?
Yes, it seems like a simple fix, but this question is asked over and over again by many wearers of wigs and hair extensions.
We’ve compiled a list of 12 tips that will help you fight the frizz and make your style last much longer…
1. Remove the Wig Combs
Many wigs are offered with wig combs in the nape area. They are added for security, however, much of the hair in the nape area gets caught in the combs.
2. Use a Styling Tool Specifically Designed for Wigs and Extensions
A plastic or rubber comb will collect negative charges on its surface and produce static in the hair. Use a styling comb or brush that is specifically designed for wigs.
If a plastic comb or brush is used, lightly spray the tool with an antistatic agent such as Static Guard® before styling to create a barrier to repel the static.
3. Finger Comb and Detangle Your Hair Periodically Throughout The Day
Long hair tends to bunch up around the nape area when wearing necklaces and large collars.
Finger comb and detangle your hair periodically throughout the day to reduce hair collecting in the affected area.
4. Lightly Mist Your Hair with a Solution Made of Cold Water and Fabric Softener
Synthetic wigs tend to lose style and shape when the fibers develop static electricity or cling.
Fabric softener contains ingredients that have a positive charge that will create a balance between the ions. Synthetic hair doesn’t have real moisture like human hair, so it tends to be very dry. Fabric softener acts as a great conditioning agent.
• Use 2 parts fabric softener with two parts cold water.
• Add the water and softener into a spray bottle and mix well.
• Spritz your wig with the mixture and allow to air dry completely before styling.
5. Avoid Excessive Exposure to Heat
Avoid subjecting your wig to excessive amounts of heat. Use extreme caution when around hot ovens, stoves and grills.
The fibers of synthetic wigs will be permanently damaged as the heat will singe the hair.
Also avoid extreme amounts of sun and a heated neck (sweat).
6. Silky Fabrics are Best
Silky fabric and clothing will allow the hair to glide effortlessly without snags, friction and static.
7. Avoid Fibrous Fabrics and Material
Certain types of material and fabrics will instantly cause the hair to stick, become matted and tangled. The fabrics include wool, felt and fleece. If matting is constantly an issue, be sure to stay away from the above three materials.
8. Have You Ever Tried a Fabric Sheet?
Simply rub a fabric sheet up and down the nape area to reduce static cling. Any fabric / dryer sheet will work, but if your skin is highly sensitive, please use a product that is free from perfumes and dye.
9. Add Heaviness to the Nape Area by Adding an Extra Hair Weft
Adding an extra weft to the lower section of the nape area will weigh the hair down, thus restricting excessive movement across the back.
10. The Application of Hair Oil
Flip your hair and “lightly” add oil to your strands*
This is normally not suggested for synthetic fibers, but we’ve found that a light Moroccan oil or pure silicone (such as Simply Stylin’ Silicone Spray) will work wonders!!
11. Thoroughly Detangle the Hair at the End of the Day
Free your hair of all tangles before retiring at the end of the day.
It is suggested that your wig is removed each night.
However, if you are not able to do so, detangle your hair, pull it up into a high clip or bun and sleep on a satin pillow case.
12. Good Ole’ Bobby Pins… They Are Handy as Ever!
This simple little trick will drastically reduce the tangling and matting and extend the life of your hair and extensions.
• Lift the hair in your nape area
• Part out a ½ inch across the bottom section
• Raise the parted section and pin it up into the loose hair
Not only will this stop the matting, but it will create volume and a light bounce to your hairstyle.
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