The Ultimate Guide To Make Your Wigs Last Longer
Hey girl! So, you bought a wig, and it's flawless, the bounce, the sheen, the color! Then bam, after a few wears you begin worrying about the longevity of it right? We've all seen it, wigs looking dry and tired.
I understand wigs can be a bit tricky and difficult to upkeep and manage if you do not know the proper steps to preserve your wig. How can I keep the bounce, sheen, and strands in tack as if I just took it out of its packaging is ordinary question wig buyers ask faithfully?
Wigs are amongst one of the favorite protective styles in the African American community. Rather synthetic or human hair, wigs are a considerable investment and who doesn't t want their investment to last right?
No worries, I am here to give you some tips to have your wigs lasting longer than they ever have. Want to know how? Keep reading The Ultimate Guide To Make Your Wigs Last Longer!
Human Hair Wigs Vs. Synthetic Hair Wigs
Synthetic hair has gotten better over the years. At times it is hard to tell the difference if you are new to hair extensions world. It is vital that you know which hair type you are purchasing so you will then know how to care for your wig properly! Budgets are different and buying according to that will point you in the right direction.
Human Hair Wigs
Human hair offers the most natural look and feels because well, its human! Human hair wigs can be cut, colored, and styled as if it was your hair growing from your scalp. Human hair wigs are of course more expensive, but the versatility you can achieve offsets the cost by far. There are generally four basic types of human hair used in wigs: Chinese hair, Indian hair, and mink Brazilian hair.
Synthetic Hair Wigs
The most appealing aspect to synthetic hair to me is it can be worn right out of the box! The fibers used have "memory" for waves, curl, and volume which allows your wig to pop back into place with minimal effort, what woman doesn't love that? Synthetic hair also offers hold in lousy weather, that means no drooping or frizzing in human and wet weather!
How To Maintain Your Wig
I know, there are many wig types on the market, but there are universal rules that you should follow no matter the style, texture, or length of your wig to maintain it. If you find yourself doing these things you may be shortening the usage of your wig!
One: Wear Your Wig Less Often
Okay, it is a protective style, I'm not saying not to wear a wig every day. I am telling you, you shouldn't wear the same wig every day.
Over time the color fades, the threads start to tear, and the overall appearance tends to diminish!
If you're an everyday wig wearer, consider buying multiple wigs and rotate them. The less you wear your wig, the longer it will last!
On their "off days" be sure to care for your wig correctly.
Two: Use High-Quality Products To Maintain Your Wigs Girl!
Quality over quantity, not all products are created equal. Using products designed explicitly for your wig is one of the significant keys to wig longevity. Traditional shampoos, conditioners, and other products have harsh chemicals the will permanently damage your wig. Once your wig is destroyed, there is no return. I suggest that you invest in products made for wigs, doing so will ensure the longevity, and you won't have to worry about greasiness and product build up!
Three: Wash Your Wig, But Not Too Often
Everyone knows that washing your hair too often can dry your hair out, making your hair brittle and making it lose its shine.
The same goes for wigs - both human hair and synthetic.
Four: Wash Your Wig Properly
Gone are the days of rubbing shampoo into your scalp and ends. Doing so will cause the hair to tangle and wear your wig out sooner than you'd like, trust me I've been there.
Follow these techniques when washing your wigs:
Soak your wig in soapy water for a few minutes. (Shampoo and water). Then gently comb the shampoo through the hair. DO NOT rub or massage the product into the wig as the friction will create clumps and knots in your wig hair, and possibly can cause irreversible damage.
Rinse the wig gently, in warm water and comb through. Repeat this step necessarily until all the shampoo is gone.
Repeat steps one and two with your conditioner.
Detangle your wig immediately with a detangling brush. Ensure you are combing from the ends up.
Air dry your hair if possible, this option will cause less heat damage. If you have a wavy or curly wig, be sure to allow them to air dry as well. You must air dry your synthetic wigs; heat can completely melt a synthetic wig.
Put Down The Heat
We all know heat tools cause damage to hair, and the same is true with wigs. I know, we love them but use it in moderation.
Hear me out, when you use a heating tool on your wigs, the hair gets damaged, it becomes more susceptible to brittle split ends hair loss and dull sheen. Moreover, because wig hair doesn't repair like natural hair, the damage is permanent.
Do Not Sleep Or Shower In Your Wig
Just trust me on this one okay! Wig bed head is far worse than regular bed head. Just don't do it! If your wig is sewn down, wear a scarf or bonnet.
Keep Your Wig Covered And Upright Between Wearing Them
When you aren't wearing your wig, make sure is store appropriately. You can't slay the runway with a tired wig. Keep your wig in a cool room. If you have not learned anything else from this pot, it should be that heat and wigs don't mix well.
Also, leave your wig on a mannequin head or a styrofoam head, and use a light cover to protect the wig from dust and exposure.
Do Not Neglect Your Hair Underneath Your Wig
This tip is last, but it is most important. Maintaining clean hair and a healthy scalp is something you should be doing already. If not, today you will start and here is why! When you have a healthy scalp, you'll prevent residues, oils, and grease from seeping into your wig. Plus, with a healthy, clean scalp, your wig will feel more comfortable.
How To Maintain Your Lace Front Wig
Lace front wigs offer many benefits! Besides going for the natural hairline on the frontal, there are vital things to remember no matter when or what kind of lace front you have. These golden rules will keep your wig, natural hair, and scalp healthy for the long run!
One: Use The Correct Adhesive
First and foremost, trying to install the adhesive on your own if you are a beginner. Before wearing your wig for the first time, do a patch test to ensure you're not allergic. There are glues specifically made for securing your lace front in place, do your research!
Two: Remove Your Wig After Six Weeks
Lace fronts have expiration dates too! Six weeks is just a guideline, the maximum length of time depends on the adhesive you use. Some glue are made for short-term use only. Once the six week time period is up, it is time to remove the wig and give your hair the attention it needs in the form of thorough cleaning, deep conditioning and moisturizing.
Three: Practice Gentle Removal Methods
Don't take your lace front off when in a rush. Use a designated adhesive remover. If you feel resistance, apply more remover and wait several minutes before trying again.
Maintaining Your 360 Lace Front Wig
Avoid Direct Heat
Just like any other hair, the exposure of direct heat to the lace closure should be avoided entirely. Thus, when you place the 360 wig on your head, ensure that it is protected from direct heat and sun.
Comb It Gently
Your 360 wig will need to be combed out as often as you would comb out your natural hair. When brushing be gentle and cautious of tugging. Although the hair is generally secured in the lace base, be careful of sudden force dislocating or loosening from the base.
Maintaining The Wig
Wig maintenance requires practice and dedication, but once implemented these tips; you'll start seeing your wigs lasting longer and looking much better. Take care of your wig, have fun, and look fabulous!