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Yes, Your Wig and Topper Need Love Too!

Unfortunately, alternative hair does not last forever. Synthetic hair on average needs to be replaced every 6 months and Human Hair pieces about every year. Keeping your wig or topper looking great during that time is possible with these tips.

How do I care for my hairpiece??


Keeping a synthetic hair wig looking fantastic and lasting as long as possible takes a little care and love. Here are some tips to help you rock that wig with confidence:

  1. Gentle Handling: Treat your wig like the delicate beauty it is. When you’re putting it on or taking it off, be gentle. Hold the wig from the base or the cap, not by tugging on the hair strands.
  2. Detangling: Use a wide-tooth comb or a wig brush designed for synthetic hair. Start from the tips and work your way up slowly to prevent breakage. Be patient, and detangle with care.
  3. Washing: Only use a synthetic wig-friendly shampoo and conditioner. Fill a basin with cool water, mix in the shampoo, gently swish the wig around, then rinse. Don’t rub or wring it.
  4. Drying: After washing, gently blot the wig with a clean towel to remove excess water. Never twist or wring it. Place the wig on a wig stand or a clean towel to air dry. Avoid using heat sources like hair dryers on synthetic wigs, as they can damage the fibers.
  5. Styling: Avoid high-heat styling tools like curling irons or straighteners on synthetic wigs, unless they’re specifically labeled as heat-resistant. 
  6. Storage: When you’re not wearing your wig, store it on a wig stand or a mannequin head to maintain its shape. If you don’t have a stand, you can lay it flat on a clean surface.
  7. Avoid Heat: Synthetic wigs are sensitive to heat, so keep your distance from sources like ovens, grills, or open flames. Even hot water from showers can damage the fibers, so be mindful.
  8. Use Products Sparingly: If you use wig sprays, gels, or other styling products, use them sparingly and choose ones that are specifically formulated for synthetic hair. Avoid products with alcohol, as they can dry out the fibers.
  9. Rotate Wigs: If you’re rocking your wig daily, consider having more than one to rotate with. This helps reduce wear and tear on a single wig, extending its lifespan.
  10. The Fuzzies: The ends becoming fuzzy is inevitable with synthetic fibers. The good news is that many styles can be smoothed out professionally several times during the life of the wig. Bring your wig in for an assessment by a professional and they can let you know if it is possible to give her a little hair love and bring your wig or topper back to life.

 Remember, taking care of your synthetic hair wig is a little bit of effort for a whole lot of fabulousness. With these tips, you’ll be flaunting that wig with style and confidence, and it’ll be looking great for many wears to come

Human Hair Care

Maintaining a human hair wig takes a bit more effort, but the results are totally worth it. Here are some tips to help you keep your human hair wig looking fabulous and lasting as long as possible:

  1. Gentle Handling: Treat your human hair wig with utmost care. Just like your natural hair, it’s sensitive to rough handling. Comb it gently, starting from the tips and working your way up to prevent breakage.
  2. Washing: Wash your human hair wig with a sulfate-free and paraben-free shampoo and conditioner. In a sink rinse with lukewarm water and gently work in the shampoo. Gently rinse in cool water thoroughly. Follow with conditioner, letting it sit for a few minutes, and rinse again. Be sure that if your wig is hand-tied, to avoid placing conditioner at the base of the piece. It can cause your wig to lose hair if conditioner or oil gets on to the knots of the hair.
  3. Deep Conditioning: Deep conditioning helps keep the hair soft and manageable. Use a leave-in conditioner or a hair mask designed for human hair wigs. Apply it from mid-length to the tips, avoiding the roots, and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing.
  4. Styling: Human hair wigs can be styled just like your natural hair. You can use heat styling tools, but be sure to use a heat protectant spray. Opt for low to medium heat settings to prevent damage.
  5. Storage: When you’re not wearing your wig, store it on a wig stand or mannequin head to maintain its shape. If the wig has a lace front, be extra careful not to stretch or distort the lace.
  6. Regular Brushing: Brush your human hair wig regularly to prevent tangling. Use a soft-bristle brush or a wide-tooth comb. Hold the hair at the roots while brushing to avoid putting stress on the wig cap.
  7. Avoid Harsh Elements: Protect your human hair wig from harsh elements like excessive sunlight, chlorine, and saltwater.
  8. Professional Maintenance: Just like you visit a hairstylist for trims, consider taking your human hair wig to a professional wig stylist for periodic maintenance. They can trim the ends, reshape the style, do a deep conditioning treatment, and give your wig some TLC.
  9.  Drying: After washing, gently pat the wig with a clean towel to remove excess water. Place it on a wig stand or a mannequin head to air dry or blow dry into your desired style. Avoid wringing or twisting the hair.

So there you have it, the ultimate guide to keeping your alternative hair in tip-top shape, whether it’s synthetic or human hair. With these care and maintenance tips, you can make your wigs and toppers last longer while looking absolutely fabulous. Remember, your hairpiece deserves some love too, and by following these steps, you’ll ensure it continues to rock your style with confidence. If you ever have any questions or need professional assistance, don’t hesitate to reach out. Your journey with alternative hair should always feel like a beautiful and empowered one. Cheers to your stunning locks!

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