Just as the name indicates, human hair wigs are pieces that are made using actual human hair fibers as opposed to synthetic materials. While synthetic wigs require less maintenance and are more affordable, they also have a shorter shelf life and lack the range of versatility that human hair wigs can offer. Human hair wigs can be styled and cared for in the same manner you would your own strands. These wigs can be shampooed, flat ironed, blow dried and even dyed. However, this freedom comes at a price. Like real hair, these wigs are not indestructible. Once a certain amount of damage is done they become unusable. At our hair replacement studio here in the Charlotte, NC area, we are experts in the styling and maintenance of human hair wigs. See below to read our tips on how to best care for human hair wigs and learn what can be done to revive a wig that is worse for wear.
You must handle your human hair wigs with proper care if you want them to have a long lifespan. These hair pieces may even require a higher level of maintenance than the hair that grows out of your scalp. It is best to stick to a consistent routine when caring for your human hair wig. Washing should be done on a weekly or biweekly basis as needed, with lukewarm water. Washing your wigs more than necessary can diminish the durability of the strands. Dry shampoos can be used in between washes. Inexpensive drugstore-bought shampoos and conditioners are not good options for these wigs. The only hair products that should be used are ones specifically manufactured for human hair wigs.
Patience should be used when drying human hair wigs. While there can be an urge to take out a blowdryer to quickly get the job done, air drying will do less damage to your wigs in the long term, particularly if you use other heat styling tools like curling and flat irons. If blow drying is necessary, it should be done using the lowest heat setting. Additionally, the use of heat protectant sprays and serums are highly suggested.
While these are preventative measures to ensure you get the longest life out of your human hair wig, what happens when your hair begins to show signs of wear and tear? Human hair wigs can become damaged due to a number of reasons such as lack of moisture, overuse of heat styling, and general over manipulation. If your wig is dry, stiff, and tangled, it is time to take immediate steps to bring it back to good health. Specialized leave-in treatments and deep conditioners for human hair wigs can be used to bring moisture back into your wig, while gentle detangling with a wide-tooth comb on damp hair can help get rid of tangles. When the hair is in this condition, it is best to take a break from heat styling tools.
Need help in the care and styling of your human hair wig? Let us assist you! Not only does Headline Studio have stylists who are skilled in handling human hair wigs, but we also sell our own collection of high quality wigs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.