Lace wig care (and caring for all other types of human hair wigs) is key to making sure that your hairpiece looks good and lasts.
It may be a human hair wig but it's still human hair and needs to be cared for in the same way (if you have a synthetic wig, there's a guide about how to care for synthetic wigs).
It’s important to remember that "raw hair" wigs where the entire wig is made from completely unprocessed hair from one single donor are rare.
Wigs made from completely unprocessed hair will be priced in the thousands.
The majority of wigs and therefore wig hair textures are achieved from chemical processing to create waves, curls and straight textures.
The majority of human hair used by wig makers is from naturally straight hair sources and "naturally straight" typically means Type 2a hair, which has light waves in it.
The majority of "silky straight" hair textured wigs are processed from lightly naturally wavy human hair.
Due to the processing of the hair for Remy hair wigs, it’s important to treat your wig well.
It’s a little known fact but leave-in conditioners actually dry out the hair and make it brittle (as the protein contained in the conditioner absorbs the moisture from the hair).
So as part of your wig care routine it's important to to ensure that the hair on your wig is nourished, use vegetable or nut oils (like argan oil, coconut oil and almond oil) or a glycerine and water mix (at a rate of 10% glycerine and 90% water) on a daily basis - a light misting is fine, or smoothing frizz and dry ends.
Using an oil that's absorbed by hair to seal in moisture after conditioning also nourishes the hair by keeping hair hydrated and smoothing the cuticle so that the hair is kept soft and supple.
Frequent heat styling can damage all human hair and so it's an idea to keep the heat styling to a minimum and our in-depth styling guide has more info;
Heat damage is a particular risk with curly hair wigs and there's an all in one care guide for curly hair wigs.
If you have lighter coloured hair on your lace cap wig or traditional cap wig, it's likely that it will have been dyed (lifted) to this colour using ammonia (unless the hair is from a European source).
Due to this, it's better to refrain from using heat styling tools (including high heat settings on hair dryers); however if you feel that you simply couldn't get by without the odd heated roller, straightener or curling wand then using a thermal protection spray or serum will help reduce any heat damage.
Knowing how often to wash your wig as well as knowing the right techniques for washing your wig is essential to good wig care.
Detangle hair prior to washing and to avoid tangling during the washing process (which can lead to shedding), it’s best to wash curly lace wigs and hair extensions in the way described here, using Styrofoam (polystyrene) head as this gives you greater control of washing process and reduces the likelihood of tangling; which is essential for maintaining your monofilament or lace wig.
If you have a long (18" or more), straight textured lace wig, you can use the method above; or if you have a shorter (16" or less) straight wig, your can head for the sink method sink method for washing lace wigs and hair extensions.
Deep conditioning the hair helps to repair and strengthen the hair and you can use a deep conditioner and apply heat to allow the protein to penetrate the hair and ensure that it remains as healthy as possible and leave to air dry - once or twice a month should be fine.
Traditional Cap Wigs and Lace Wig Care... Top Tips
By treating the wig like this you’ll be able maintain the lustre and look of your lace cap wig or monofilament cap wig. It may seem like a lot to take in, but once you’ve had your wig for a while, washed and styled it a few times, it’ll become second nature to you and easy to do.
Care for Other Types of Perukes (Hair Weaves and Hair Extensions)
Maybe you only wear lace wigs, but maybe you wear other hair too.
So if you'd like to know about how to care for hair weaves then you can check out the Caring for Weave Hair Guide or if you're more into micro ring hair extensions (aka micro bead hair extensions or micro loop hair extensions) then why not see our Hair Extension Q&A section for micro ring hair extension care tips and guides.
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