Please note: These are general guidelines for caring for a wig. Please refer to the manufacturer’s instructions to find the best way to care for your individual piece. If you have questions please do not hesitate to Contact us.
How do I wash my hairpiece or wig?
- Fill your sink basin with cool water.
- Add a cap full of synthetic wig shampoo and blend in. Never use regular shampoo on synthetic wigs! If the wig has picked up the odor of smoke or other strong odors, you may add a teaspoon of baking soda to your basin, and blend in.
- Gently swish the wig or piece in the water for about 30 seconds to a minute until saturated. Gently scrub the front of the wig cap, where it meets the forehead until clean.
- Leave the wig soak in the basin for about 15 minutes
- Empty the basin of water and rinse the wig or piece in cool water. It is very important to use cool water on curly wigs, as warm water will over-relax the curls.
- Gently squeeze out excess water. Do not rub or twist.
- Spread the wig out on an absorbent towel and leave in a ventilated area to dry overnight. You should spray on a little leave-on wig conditioner, when you start the drying process.
- When the wig is entirely dry, and not before, re-style the wig gently. We recommend a pick and not a brush. Shaking and fluffing by hand is your best starting point for styling. We offer good quality wig shampoo and conditioner for our customers. Do not use regular shampoo. It is too strong even for human hair wigs.
Follow the same first seven steps as above using lukewarm water instead of cool, and the manufacturer’s prescribed shampoo and conditioner for your human hair wig.
Wigs may be set in rollers if desired and placed under a dryer or left overnight to dry at your discretion. A hot curling iron may be used on human hair wigs. We offer human hair wig conditioner and shampoo for our customers.
How often should my piece be washed and styled?
Wash your piece as little as possible. Think of it like a fine cashmere sweater. Picking up odors and “hat” stains on the cap at the forehead, are reasons to consider giving it a bath. Depending on the piece’s environment, this will vary from every 12 wearings to every 25. Use your eyes and nose to determine this. You should wash your piece very rarely. If you wear a wig every day, it’s a good idea to have a back-up piece, so you won’t be “down” for washings.
You mini-style your piece every time you wear it, but with your fingers and a pick and very gently, If knots have accumulated at the ends a straight or slightly wavy wig, pick apart the knots by starting near the end of the hair and working your way back to the top, using a little spray-on leave-on wig conditioner/de-tangler as you do. (We offer this product.)
Can I use a blow drier or curling iron on my piece?
No blow drier or curling iron! Excessive heat will melt or frizz the plastic in your fibers.
- Pin the wig or piece to a styrofoam head or “block” so you can work on it.
- Select rollers of the proper size to re-set your curls. Wire mesh rollers are best.
- Wet the entire hairpiece with lukewarm water and set the curls. Use perm papers, which you can get at a beauty supply house to protect the ends of the hair. Use plenty of rollers with a little hair in each for best curly results.
- Take the pinned up piece to the sink basin. If you have a spray nozzle at your basin it is best to “spray” the hottest tap water on each set curl for about 3-4 seconds. This process, relaxes the hair without damaging it like a curling iron.
- When you are done relaxing all the curls, immediately spray each curl, in approximately the same order as you “relaxed” them with icy cold tap water. You can also use a mist bottle, filled with some ice and water. This “freezes” the curl into a new semi-permanent curl pattern.
- Allow your hair to air dry overnight, and when dry, take down the rollers. Now you’ve re-set your curls the most professional way possible.
Yes a hot curling iron may be used on any human hair wig. The better method is to set them on rollers and use a hairdryer to set the curls.