It is important to properly care for your human hair wig in order to achieve maximum lifespan and the best appearance. Maintaining and washing your human hair wig is not difficult; it just requires attention and gentle care. Most human hair wigs are made with hair that has been dyed and chemically processed in order to remove the cuticle. Human hair wigs must be handled gently as these processed make the hair more fragile. Although Remy human hair retains the hair cuticle, it is still more delicate than unprocessed hair.
This guide will cover how to properly wash, condition and style your human hair wig as well as helpful tips and pointers for maintaining your natural hair wig.
Hair Care Products for Human Hair Wigs
Use only hair care products designed for human hair wigs. Do not use standard hair care products from the drugstore. The chemicals they contain can decrease the lifespan of your wig. Invest in quality products to maintain your wig.
How Often To Wash Your Human Hair Wig:
It is recommended to wash your human hair wig every 7-14 days of wear. Each time your hairpiece is washed, the lifespan of your wig is shortened. For this reason, the wig should not be washed more than is necessary. Using as few styling products as possible on your wig will allow you to wash it less often and extend its life. Wearing a wig cap underneath will also extend the life of your wig. The wig cap will help absorb scalp oils, keeping them away from the base of the cap.
How to Wash Your Human Hair Wig:
Before washing your wig, gently comb it out, removing all tangles. Start at the tips of the hair and work your way up to the base of the cap. Make sure that you are only using a comb designed for wigs. For stubborn tangles, applying a spray conditioner can help loosen them.
To shampoo your wig, many salons recommend submersing your human hair wig in a basin of water with a small amount of shampoo. We do not recommend doing so as it can tangle the wig, making it highly unmanageable. To wash your human hair wig, start by getting it wet under running water. To do so, you can hold the wig under the faucet from your sink (but only if the hair is short). For longer wigs, we recommend holding the wig under the faucet of your bathtub or shower so that the hair does not get tangled in the basin below.
How to Condition Your Human Hair Wig:
While the hair is still wet, spread a small amount of human hair wig conditioner into the palm of your hands and work evenly into the hair. Avoid application of conditioner to the base of the wig as it can loosen the knots on the cap, causing hair loss to your hair piece. Leave the conditioner in the hair for 3-5 minutes. While the hair is wet and saturated with your wig conditioner, very gently detangle the wig, starting at the tips of the hair and working your way up. Your fingertips are the most gentle, but a wide toothed wig comb can also be gently used. Be gentle and do not stretch the hair. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair under cool running water. Gently squeeze excess water from the wig (do not rub or wring) and lightly blot hair with a towel (do not twist or wring). If you choose, you may apply a small amount of argan oil treatment throughout the hair to add vibrancy, moisture and protection to the hair.
Drying Your Human Hair Wig:
It is best to allow your human hair wig to air dry on a wig stand as this is most gentle on the hair fibers.
Human Hair Wig Care Tips:
Store your wig on a wig stand or form that is smaller than the base of the cap to prevent the cap from stretching.
Direct sunlight will fade the hair so avoid storing your wig where it will be exposed to light.
Do not wear your hairpiece while sleeping. It may result in hair loss, breakage and matting.
Avoid contact with chlorinated water, sea water and hot water to avoid damage to your wig.
Over time, your wig will lose hair. This is a natural part of the life cycle of your wig.