Caring for your wearable hair doesn't have to be complicated. The secret to keeping your wigs and hairpieces looking brand new longer is knowing what products to use, how often you use it, and how to style it after. Follow this guide and learn how you can keep your hair in top conditions.
Shampoo and Conditioner
Not all shampoos and conditioners are the same. And if you’re wondering whether it is okay to use regular shampoo to clean your wigs or hairpieces, the simple answer is no. Yes, regular shampoo does perform its job as a cleanser, but unlike wig shampoo, it will also make the hair change color, deteriorate, and ultimately shorten its lifespan.
But don’t panic just yet! Although the damage might be irreversible, it’s still not too late to switch to the proper hair product. If your wearable hair is made from human hair, consider deep conditioning it to restore some of the moisture.
Excessive washing will cause your wig and hairpiece to lose its natural shape, color, style, and ultimately shorten their lifespan. Conditioning too often can also leave your wearable hair limp and lifeless. That’s not to say you should never wash or condition your wigs and hairpieces. To maintain their optimal look and feel, only do it when it’s necessary.
Few factors determine how often you should wash your wigs and hairpieces:
- How often you wear it
- The environment you’re in
- How your wig or hairpiece is behaving
So a good rule of thumb: when your wigs or hairpieces starts to look dull, feel coarse, or smells, it’s probably time to grab that shampoo and conditioner.
Human hair and synthetic hair requires different attention. The benefit of synthetic hair is that it is low maintenance. There is no need for restyling after every wash. But if you ever do find them losing their form, a few shake or brush should do the trick. Never use intense heat, even with heat-friendly synthetic hair, as the heat will cause irreparable fiber damage.
Human hair, on the other hand, loses their shape after some time. The good news though is that like the natural hair on your scalp, wigs, and hairpieces made with human hair can be restyled with heat applicators.