How to Take Care of Wigs
- A wig can be a really fun way to spice up your hairstyle and change your look. Perhaps you just want to make a glamorous pony tail look longer with a few extensions, or you want to completely transform your image for a special occasion or a fancy dress party. No matter how you like to wear them, wigs are a fantastic fashion accessory. However, if you want your wigs to last long and look their best, it is important to give them proper care. You take good hair of the hair on your head, so don’t neglect the hair in your wig as well. Here are some important things that you should know about taking care of your wig. How to Take Care of Your Wigs A Handy Guide
- It is important to keep your synthetic wigs clean. If you let your wig become sweaty, oily or covered with hair products, it will become tangled and it can eventually be destroyed. Before you shampoo your wig, you should spray a mixture of water and conditioner onto the wig itself and brush it from the bottom up to detangle it. Always detangle the hair completely before shampooing. Remember, you will not be able to shampoo the wig like your natural hair because if you scrunch it and bunch it the hair will become quickly tangled. Instead, you must fill a basin of water and shampoo, then gently swish your wig around in the water. You can very carefully run your fingers through the hair, but don’t pull too hard. Afterward, rinse the hair out in clean tepid water. Gently squeeze out the excess water with your hands. Don’t brush the hair right away when it is wet, as it will be more likely to break. Instead, place it on a wig head and let it dry first. Avoid using a hair dryer on a lace wig. Instead, you can let the hair dry naturally or set it under a larger salon style dryer. If you are going to be wearing your lace wig while exercising or sleeping, be sure to braid it into a few large braids to protect it. Hair Care for Your synthetic wig
- If you are wearing a lace wig for the first time, keep in mind that lace wigs are very delicate. They are merely strands of hair that are knotted into a lightweight lace fabric. Try to avoid brushing them with a regular brush or scratching your head vigorously. Always be gentle when putting them on and taking them off. When you are attaching a lace wig, you will need to use a wig adhesive. Before you start using the adhesive, try a small amount on your skin to make sure that it doesn’t react negatively. Do this 24 hours before you use the adhesive. How to Attach a Lace Wig You can prepare your own hair before you attach your lace wig. First of all, wash your hair and give it a deep conditioning treatment. This will help to keep your own hair soft and supple. Make sure that you let your hair dry completely before attaching your wig. In order to keep your hair from sticking out of the edges of the wig, you can braid your hair very close to your scalp or wrap it flat against your head, secure it with clips and bobby pins or a wig cap. Preparing Your Hair in Advance
- Trimming the Lace All brand new lace wigs will have a strip of bare lace around the perimeter of the wig, which needs to be trimmed away first before the wig is worn. Once your real hair is secure, you should place your lace wig on top of your head, lining up the front hairline of the wig with your hairline. Once you are happy with the way it looks, you can lightly trace your natural hairline into the lace front of the wig. Then you can cut off the excess lace up to this line with a pair of scissors, cutting as close as possible to the hair without cutting into the hair line at all. You want to leave approximately 1/8 of an inch or 1/4 of an inch of bare lace ahead of the actual hairline. This means that if the lace begins to fray a little, you will not lose your hair at the hairline. You will not notice the small strip of lace, as it is disappears against your skin. Attaching your wig in front of your actual hairline also means that there will be less chance of getting glue in your hair.
- Gluing on the Wig Before applying the adhesive, rub some medical grade alcohol into your skin around your hairline. This will clear all of the oils out of your skin so that the glue will adhere better. Position the wig, then mark the placement with an eyebrow pencil. Place a flesh toned wig cap designed for this purpose around your hair and then look in the mirror and line the wig up carefully with your hairline, to ensure that your hair is completely covered. The cap will provide a protective layer that will cover your natural hair. It will also stop any small strands of your natural hair from slipping out under the wig. Using a small toothpick or a cosmetic applicator stick, apply a very thin layer of adhesive around the perimeter of your entire head. You will only need to use a small amount of adhesive. Leave it for ten minutes to allow it to become mostly dry and tacky. If you need it to dry faster, you can use a hair dryer. It is also possible to attach the wig with tape that is specially designed for this purpose. Once the adhesive has become tacky, you can then apply the lace wig. Remember to be careful when you are putting the wig on – don’t let it touch the adhesive until it has been placed properly.
- From the centre of your head, going from one side to another, press down the edge of the wig into the adhesive with a comb – avoiding touching it with your fingers because they will get too sticky. If you smudge the excess adhesive onto your skin, you can use a Q-tip and some solvent to remove it once it is set. Take a close look all along your hairline to see if there are any areas that need touching up. Then, leave the wig alone without moving it for at least fifteen minutes so that it can set. If you need to apply the wig in the back, you can follow the same steps. How to Remove a Lace Wig When it comes time to take off your lace wig, start by pulling back all of the hair into a ponytail and smoothing back your baby hairs. Use lace adhesive remover to take off the adhesive from all around the perimeter of the wig. Next, very gently peel the lace away from your skin. Don’t rush, take your time so that you don’t damage the wig or hurt your skin. You can start at the back of the wig and gently release it, then move to the front and pull it away from your skin piece by piece until you reach the centre of your hairline. Use a small towel to gently wipe away any dried on adhesive residue from the lace with a towel. Store your wig on a wig-head so that it will hold its shape.
- Hair Care Tips for Synthetic Wigs What if you have a synthetic wig? These types of wigs require some special care as well. Here are some tips to keep in mind for caring for a synthetic wig: ? If your wig becomes tangled, you should use a wide tooth comb and work from the bottom up. Don’t pull too hard, or you will pull the hairs out of the wig. ? When you take your wig off at the end of the day, simply run your fingers through the wig’s hair to give it a quick detangle. ? Store your wig overnight on a wig head, so that it will maintain its shape. ? Sometimes giving a wig a quick haircut will give it a much more natural look and make it more convincing to others that it is your real hair. However, be careful to make sure that you actually like the look before. Once you make the cut you are stuck with the style whether you like it or not.
8 . Use an oil sheen spray to stop your synthetic wigs au from looking old or frizzy. This can help to tame a frizzy and frayed wig and make it look silky and smooth again. You only need to use a small amount; just a quick mist all over the wig will be enough. ? Oil sheen spray can be found in any Afro-Caribbean hair shop or can be purchased online. With these tips in mind, you will be able to keep your beautiful and stylish synthetic and lace wigs in excellent condition so that you can enjoy wearing them over and over again.