More and more women who struggle with hair loss wear wigs with pride. In fact, wigs are now used to change styles and hair color depending on their mood. With wigs becoming more popular, the demand for wig care products has skyrocketed as well.
Whether you’re wearing full lace natural human hair wigs or synthetic ones, wig maintenance is essential. A good wig isn’t the same as getting a haircut. Most people assume that the only thing they need to do is the occasional shampooing. Of course, that’s not enough. Here are a few things you need to know about wig care.
1. Know the difference
To properly care for your wigs, you need to determine whether it’s a lace wig or a regular one. It’s not about the material, and both lace and regular wigs can be made of human or synthetic hair. A regular wig is hair wefts sewn onto a wig cap. Lace wigs, on the other hand, don’t have a wig cap. The hair is instead sewn or glued into a base of lace fabric, giving it the appearance of a scalp.
Lace wigs look more realistic because they’re often glued onto the hairline for a more natural look. In some cases, an elastic band is used instead of adhesive. One important thing to remember is that the lace in a lace wig should match the wearer’s skin complexion.
2. How to clean a lace wig
Some people assume that because a wig isn’t actually made of hair (spoiler alert: it is), they only need to toss it in the tub for a quick wash. Proper wig maintenance procedures have to be followed to prevent permanent damage.
Because the hair is sewn through the lace in lace wigs, gentle handling is essential. One wrong move, and you can pull out a waft of hair. After using the wig, apply glue removing solution on the lace to dissolve the adhesive. Once the adhesive has been removed, brush the wig starting from the bottom, drench it in warm water, and then shampoo.
When shampooing the wig, squeeze the hair instead of scrubbing it. If tangling can’t be avoided, use a special detangling brush to straighten the wig. After shampooing, you can dry it with whatever method you prefer.
3. How to comb a wig
The wrong type of comb can destroy a good wig. While there are many types of combs available, you should only use a wig or detangling brush when dealing with lace wigs. Detangling brushes don’t exert a lot of resistance on the hair strands, making it easier for the stems to get through the hair. Do not put a lot of pressure when brushing a wig.
All lace wigs have a maximum lifespan of 3 months with regular use. Due to their construction, lace wigs can shed a lot of hair towards the end. Holes can form in the lace, which can be repaired with permanent glue or sealer. For bald patches, all you have to do is to sew in new hair.
A final word
Wigs can be difficult to maintain, but with a bit of patience and preparation, your wigs can last for a long time. Don’t forget to store them in a cool, dry place.