Wig care instructions

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  1. Start by detangling the hair on your wig. Gently comb or “pick” from ends and work gradually toward the root area of the wig.
  2. Turn your wig inside out.
  3. Under running water pour a capful of synthetic wig shampoo into a basin of cool water to create lather.
  4. Submerge wig and gently swish, flip, and press water throughout. Let sit for 5 minutes in a basin. DO NOT RUB.
  5. Rinse your wig in a basin of cool water twice.  
  6. Under running water, pour a capful of synthetic wig conditioner into a basin of cool water.
  7. Submerge wig and gently swish, flip, and press water throughout. Let sit for 5 minutes in the basin. DO NOT RUB.
  8. Rinse your wig in a basin of cool water twice.  
  9. Gently squeeze out excess water from ends.
  10. Loosely roll wig in a towel and let stand for up to 30 minutes.
  11. Return wig right side out. 
  12. Place wig loosely on a metal or plastic wig stand (all styles) and let sit at room temperature.
  13. You may choose to place some paper towel under and/or on top to draw out additional moisture.  
  14. When damp or mostly dry, you may spray your wig with a specially formulated synthetic conditioning spray.
  15. When completely dry, shake, brush, or pick out your wig starting with the ends and work gradually toward the root area of the wig.  
  16. Hair should return to and maintain its original shape, style, and texture.

Important Precautions and Recommendations:

  • Due to potentially sudden temperature changes, do not rinse your wig under running water. 
  • Avoid hair becoming entangled in drain.
  • Never comb or brush when wig is damp or wet.
  • Once dry, a “wet brush” is recommended. Avoid using standard hair brushes because they can create excessive tension and overstretch the hair, causing increased shedding and damage to the wig cap.
  • While drying your wig, do not stretch it over a styrofoam head form.
  • Do not wear your wig while taking a shower or going in a pool, hot tub, lake, or the ocean.
  • Do not place near a heat source or in bright sunlight.
  • Do not expose your wig to any extreme heat sources (ie. stove, oven, grill, dishwasher, fireplace, etc.)
  • Do not use heated tools on your synthetic wig such as blow dryers, heated rollers, and curling or flat irons.

 It is recommended that you wash your wig after 7-10 uses.

Additional tips: 

  • You may apply self-stick moleskin to any area that is irritating your scalp under the wig cap.
  • Wearing a nylon wig cap under your wig may increase comfort and air circulation.
  • Specially constructed sweat pads can be worn to prevent excessive sweat on your brow.
  • To reduce static electricity you may rub dry synthetic hair with a dryer sheet.
  • After your wig is dry, it may be styled using mousse and/or hairspray made especially for synthetic fiber.

While holding the wig upside down and open on either side, “dive in” with the front of the wig closest to you and the back further away.  The wig will initially be positioned low on your forehead. Pull the back over your occipital bone while easing the wig up until it rests on your natural hairline. Make sure ear tabs are equally positioned on either side of your head to ensure the “part” is properly aligned. Run your finger under the edge of your wig to pull out any hair that has curled under. Experiment with position and gather trusted opinions. At this point, you may gently brush and reposition your hair with one hand while holding the wig in position on top with the palm of your other hand. Decorative items such as barrettes and bobby pins, clips, elastics, scarves, headbands, and hats may be worn to reflect your personal style.  Take care to not “rough up” the hair or tear/snag the netting of the wig cap.

Sally’s Beauty Supply is an excellent resource for synthetic hair products such as shampoo, conditioner, leave-in conditioner, and other styling products and tools such as wet brushes, nylon wig caps, and head forms.

2 Comments

  1. Darrien Hansen

    on 15 October 2020 at 12:04 pm

    I found it helpful that you mentioned how you should refrain from using running water to wash your wig in order to prevent temperature inconsistencies. My sister is interested in buying a wig since she recently donated most of her hair last month, but she needs to find one that will be easy to maintain so that it doesn’t dry out before her wedding next month. Hopefully, she can find one that will suit her particular needs.
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  2. Toby Ryan

    on 23 November 2020 at 3:49 pm

    I think you make an excellent point when you mention the importance of staying away from fireplaces so that your wig isn’t exposed to high temperatures. My sister is planning on getting married in an outdoor venue next month and is planning on setting up some campfires so that guests can stay warm, but my wife needs to make sure that the wig she buys doesn’t get damaged since she wants to wear it during the reception. Maybe she should learn how to protect the wig that she decided to get.
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