Many men and women today choose to wear wigs for a variety of reasons. This can include anything from hair loss or thinning, or a desire to try out a different look. To look their best, the wearer needs to properly care for their wig, and there are some essential care products. These include shampoo and conditioner, liquid mousse, brushes, and styling picks. In addition to the primary ones, the wearer should know how different care methods can benefit or damage a wig, depending on whether it is synthetic or made from real hair.
Shampoo is necessary to help clean the wig. The kind chosen depends on whether the wig is synthetic or made of real hair. For the former, only use specifically made formulas, and for the latter, use phosphate-free shampoos.
After shampooing a wig, the wearer needs to condition it to restore the original style. Conditioner contains a variety of oils that soften the wig and bring out its luster. As with shampoo, it is important to choose the right one. There are both spray and cream options. Depending on the type used, conditioner may be left in the wig or washed out.
3. Liquid Wig Mousse
Liquid wig mousse is essential for anyone who wants to style his or her wig. This is a very important styling tool. For curly or wavy wigs, the wearer should apply some mousse, scrunch it to create curls, and finally use a styling pick to set them.
There are special brushes designed for use with wigs, and brushes made for regular hair should probably be avoided because they could cause too much tension and break the stands of the wig. Wigs made with real hair tend to be more durable and forgiving, so it may be easier to use a brush with this type of wig. Finally, a wire brush should be used to brush a synthetic hair wig.
Styling picks are essential for caring for a wig, because they tend to be gentler on the hair than a brush. Picks are also very useful for styling a wig as they can help arrange the hair. It is better to choose wide toothed styling picks because they are gentler on the wig. It may be a good idea to always bring a pick along in case a wig needs touching up while on the go.
Caring for a Wig
In order to prolong the life of a wig, the owner should care for it properly. Wigs made of synthetic and real hair both have advantages and limitations and need to be cared for differently. There are a number of agents that can actually damage a wig, and wigs need to be washed on a regular basis. Wigs can also be styled either by a professional stylist or touched up by the wearer.
Differences Between Synthetic and Real Wigs
When looking for a wig, one has to decide between wigs made of synthetic or real human hair. There are a number of advantages and limitations to each type of wig.
Type of Hair
Obviously, a wig made of human hair is very natural looking. It is also more durable than synthetic hair.
Unfortunately, real hair wigs are more expensive than synthetic ones and require more care. Just like real hair, this type of wig can get frizzy on a humid day.
Synthetic wigs have improved a lot, so the high quality ones are almost indistinguishable from natural hair. They also hold their style better than a wig made of real hair.
Some wearers have a problem with synthetic wigs because they feel they do not look natural enough. They may also not last quite as long as a wig made of human hair and may be sensitive to different products.
What Can Damage a Wig
A number of things can damage a wig and shorten its lifespan. Heat can dry out the wig and damage it. Wigs should never be exposed to temperatures more than 160 degrees Fahrenheit. This means that someone wearing a wig should not open an oven door or get near other heat sources. This includes curling irons, straighteners, and hair dryers. Products designed for real hair should also not be used with wigs. This includes shampoo, mousse, and brushes. One should never use bleach or other harsh agents on their wig, and it is not wise to wear a wig when swimming.
Washing a Wig
There are a number of opinions on when to wash a wig. Some say as soon as the wig has been worn 12 times, while others suggest waiting until 20 or 30 times. Washing a wig too often can actually cause it to wear out faster. Other factors may also affect how often a wig should be washed. If the wig is around strong odors like smoke or perfume, it will need to be washed more often. It is important to know how to wash the wig to avoid damaging it. The process of cleansing a synthetic wig is different from the instructions for a wig made of human hair.
Washing a Synthetic Wig
- Brush the wig with a suitable brush.
- Add one tablespoon of wig shampoo to a sink of cold water.
- Put into the sink and move it around a little bit, but do not rub it.
- Rinse the wig with cold water until all the shampoo is out.
- Pat the wig dry without rubbing it down or squeezing it.
- Lightly apply a conditioning spray to the wig.
- It is best to dry the wig on a slender object to avoid stretching out the cap.
- Do not brush the wig until after it has dried completely.
Washing a Real Hair Wig
- Detangle the wig with a comb or brush, starting at the ends and working up to the cap.
- Wash the wig in cold water. To avoid getting the wig tangled again, the water should be running in the same direction as the wig hair falls. It should never be soaked in a basin of water, as this causes the wig to tangle.
- Distribute phosphate-free shampoo through the wig using the fingertips.
- Rinse the wig with cold water to remove the shampoo.
- Pat the wig with a towel to remove any excess water.
- Apply conditioner to the wig.
- Wash off the conditioner with cold water and pat the wig down with a towel. The wig should not be squeezed or wrung out because doing so could ruin the shape. Instead, the wig should be air dried on a stand to preserve its shape.
Styling a Wig
Wigs come in a wide variety of styles, but the wearer may still want to do some styling. Experts recommend the wig be taken to a professional stylist if there will be any cutting or major styling to be done. More basic styling can be done with liquid mousse and styling picks.
To eliminate frizz, increase shine and make styling easier, wig serum may be helpful. Combating static cling in a synthetic wig is also an easy fix: After removing the wig before bedtime, spray a 50/50 mixture of water and fabric softener, dab it lightly with a towel, and let it air dry overnight.
Wearing a wig cap helps keep the wig clean, thereby eliminating the need to clean it as often. Taking proper care can help keep it looking gorgeous for longer, but the wearer should also keep an eye out for signs that a wig needs to be replaced. This includes dulling color, frizzy hair, the style not lasting for the day, and the wig feeling uncomfortable when worn.
Finding Wigs on eBay
It is easy to find a wide range of wigs on eBay. Use the Search tool found at the top of every page and enter the keyword "women's wigs" or "black curly wig", for example. On the resulting listing pages you can narrow down the items by selecting a wig by the style, length, color, texture, cap construction, and type of hair.
The right wig care products can also be found on eBay. Use the Search bar again and enter keywords such as "Shampoo", "Conditioner", "Mousse and Spray", and "Brushes and Combs".
There are many different products made for wigs, and some essential ones include shampoo, conditioner, mousse, brushes, and styling picks. It is important to take good care of a wig to extend its lifespan. The buyer first has to choose between wigs made of synthetic hair or real hair. There are both advantages and limitations to each type, so the buyer has to weigh these options. One also needs to realize what damages a wig and how to properly wash synthetic and real hair wigs. Moreover, not knowing how to properly style a wig could cause it to become damaged, so it may be better to take it to a professional stylist. Taking proper care ensures a wig lasts much longer.