OK it's time to talk wig care... that is, caring for synthetic wigs; but if you have a human hair wig, there's a separate guide about how to care for human hair wigs with the lowdown on everything from styling to deep conditioning.
We’ve talked Remy, different hair textures, the different hair colours (and which hair colours complement different skin tones) and styles now it’s time to talk about how to care for your synthetic wig whether it's a lace front, monofilament cap or full lace wig.
It’s easy to get carried away with your new wig by over styling and over washing, so read our guide to caring for your synthetic lace front wig (or SFLW for short) to prolong your wig and maintain its style.
The synthetic lace wigs from TCPG are made from heat resistant fibres which can withstand temperatures up to 180 degrees Celsius (400F). This is great for straightening curly (kinky, Afro or regular) synthetic lace wigs or curling straight (Yaki, silky or kinky) synthetic lace wigs.
To do this in the safest way for the wig is to only use low heat settings and only heat style infrequently.
Heating with high temperatures or too frequently will shorten the lifespan of the wig and may damage the fibres.
If you find yourself inclined to get the tongs or straighteners out on a daily basis then perhaps it’s worth buying two wigs of different textures (similar length and colouring) that you can wear interchangeably.
Curly wigs may become frizzy so invest in a wig spray to smooth it out. If the hair becomes frizzy (this can happen to curly wigs and non curly wigs) try soaking the wig in water mixed with fabric conditioner for about 30 minutes. Shampoo and air dry – never blow dry your synthetic lace wig.
Using a wide tooth comb on your wig is the best way of preserving it. Brushes are only advisable on the straight variety of wigs, - straight, silky straight and Yaki.
Washing your wig every 10th time of wearing is fine. If you wear your synthetic wig or synthetic lace wig for days at time then every couple of weeks is ideal (of course if spend time in environments with strong smells, then wash more frequently or use something like Febreeze and let it air dry).
You can use an ordinary wig shampoo or a wig shampoo and you can also use a liquid laundry detergent.
A tablespoon of shampoo and sink full of cold water is all you need. Gently move the wig/hairpiece until you have some lather.
Leave the wig to stand in the water for no longer than five minutes.
Rinse with cold water until all of the shampoo/soap is gone.
Repeat this process with fabric conditioner if your wig has become frizzy.
Drain and blot gently with towel.
Never wring or squeeze the wig just let it air dry – never blow dry your wig. You can hang your peruke on a can of hairspray if you don’t have a stand.
At this point if you want to set your hair, you can use rollers and setting lotion and leave the wig until completely dry. This is a great alternative to heat styling.
Remember that you will lose some strands of hair from your synthetic lace front wig when you wash it and that this is normal; this is why it’s best to wash it on a need only basis to preserve the life of your wig.
Follow the KISS rule here and keep it simply simple.
A bit of water sprayed on is fine or use the hairsprays you like if you want to hold a style – a word of caution; if you use a lot of hair products your wig will end up clogged with it and you’ll have to wash the wig more frequently.
The aim hair is to keep wigs dust and moisture free, so if you use your wig frequently a Styrofoam head or stand is fine. If you use it less frequently then in a hairnet inside a plastic sealable bag is best.
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