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Caring For Your Wig

Synthetic Wigs

Preparing your wig:

Always begin bey gently brushing your wig thoroughly with a wig comb or brush to remove any tangles.

 

Shampooing Your Wig: 

Using only a little shampoo, fill your sink basin with cold water. Immerse your wig or hairpiece for one minute and wash gently. Do not rub. Run your fingers over the inside of the cap where it meets your forehead to remove oils and sweat. Be particularly gentle on any hand tied areas of the wig cap as this area is the most fragile. Rinse the shampoo out of the wig in cold clear water until thoroughly rinsed. Your wig can be rinsed in a basin of cold water or under cold running water. Blot the wig gently with a towel. Do not squeeze or wring.

Conditioning Your Wig: 

After you have washed your wig, you are ready to condition it. The wig should still be wet from washing. Apply a small amount of conditioner to your hands and rub together. Carefully work the conditioner through the hair, avoiding the cap. You want to keep conditioner away from the cap. On hand tied areas especially, the conditioner can cause the hand tied knots to become untied, resulting in hair loss. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair over cold running water. 

Drying Your Wig: 

Blot excess water with a towel. Do not squeeze or wring. Air dry your wig on a wig stand. Do not use a hair dryer on your synthetic wig unless it is heat friendly, and try not to brush the wig while it is wet. Wig stands are ideal for drying because they allow air to circulate, reaching all surfaces of the wig. If you do not have a wig stand, you may place your wig on a tall slender object (such as a can of hair spray) covered with a hand towel. Do not dry your wig on a styrofoam head as this will stretch out the cap. You may gently shake your wig and lightly work the hair with your fingertips, but wait until the wig is dry to style. Do not allow your wig to dry in direct sunlight. If you wash your wig in the early evening, it should be dry by morning.

 

Washing Frequency: 

For maximum life, it is recommended that you wash your wig every 6-8 wearings. Washing your wig more frequently will stress the fibres and decrease its life span. Washing it less frequently will allow sweat and oils to build up inside of the cap, which will break down the fibres and adversely affect longevity.

Important "Do's" and "Don'ts" for Synthetic Wigs

Exposure to Heat: Synthetic wigs should not be exposed to heat as this will permanently damage and singe the hair fibres. Do not use heated styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons or hot rollers on your wig.Be cautious when cooking. Keep your head away from hot ovens, stoves or barbecue grills. The only exception are synthetic wigs that are specifically labeled as "heat friendly".

Hair Products: Use only hair products that are specifically designed for synthetic wigs. Do not use regular human hair shampoo, conditioner, hair spray or gels on your wig as they will cause build up on the wig, shortening its life span and dulling the hair fibres.

 

Brushing Your Wig: 

Do not brush your wig when it is wet. This will stretch and permanently damage the hair fibres. Try to use brushes and combs that are designed specifically for synthetic wigs if you can. Your regular hairbrush or comb can stretch and stress the fibres.

Human Hair Wigs:

Our advice to human hair wigs is to look after them as you would care for naturally growing hair. Ensure your human hair wig is shampooed and conditioned every 7-14 days of wear. Use sulphate free products sparingly for the longest lifespan of your wig. 

Human Hair Wigs

How Often To Wash Your Human Hair Wig: 

It is recommended to wash your human hair wig every 7-14 days of wear. Each time your hairpiece is washed, the lifespan of your wig is shortened. For this reason, the wig should not be washed more than is necessary. Using as few styling products as possible on your wig will allow you to wash it less often and extend its life. Wearing a wig cap underneath will also extend the life of your wig. The wig cap will help absorb scalp oils, keeping them away from the base of the cap.

How to Wash Your Human Hair Wig: 

Before washing your wig, gently comb it out, removing all tangles. Start at the tips of the hair and work your way up to the base of the cap. Make sure that you are only using a comb designed for wigs. For stubborn tangles, applying a spray conditioner can help loosen them.

To shampoo your wig, many salons recommend submersing your human hair wig in a basin of water with a small amount of shampoo.


We do not recommend doing so as it can tangle the wig, making it highly unmanageable. To wash your human hair wig, start by getting it wet under running water.  To do so, you can hold the wig under the faucet from your sink (but only if the hair is short). For longer wigs, we recommend holding the wig under the faucet of your bathtub or shower so that the hair does not get tangled in the basin below.


Let cool water flow over the hair from the base to the tips until it is wet. Gently squeeze (do not wring or twist) to remove excess water. Apply a small amount of shampoo to the palms of your hands and apply evenly over the hairpiece. Do not twist, rub or massage. Simply smooth the shampoo on the wig from the base to the tips of the hair.


Using cool water, gently rinse all shampoo from the hair, allowing the water to flow over the hair from the base to the tips. Do not rub, wring or twist. Gently rinse until all shampoo has been removed. Lightly squeeze excess water from the hair (do not rub or wring). Blot hair gently with a towel to remove excess water before conditioning.


How to Condition Your Wig:

While the hair is still wet, spread a small amount of conditioner into the palm of your hands and work evenly into the hair. Avoid application of conditioner to the base of the wig as it can loosen the knots on the cap, causing hair loss to your hair piece. Leave the conditioner in the hair for 3-5 minutes.  While the hair is wet and saturated with your wig conditioner, very gently detangle the wig, starting at the tips of the hair and working your way up. Your fingertips are the most gentle, but a wide toothed wig comb can also be gently used. Be gentle and do not stretch the hair.


Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair under cool running water. Gently squeeze excess water from the wig (do not rub or wring) and lightly blot hair with a towel (do not twist or wring). If you choose, you may apply a small amount of organ oil throughout the hair to add vibrancy, moisture and protection to the hair.

Drying & Styling Your Human Hair Wig:

It is best to allow your human hair wig to air dry on a wig stand as this is most gentle on the hair fibers. Rollers can be used to set the wig. A warm sitting hair dryer can be used to dry the hair, although air drying is the most gentle option. After the hair is dry, heated styling tools such as curling irons and flat irons can be used. Use products sparingly for the longest life span of your wig.

Hair Extensions

  1. Brush before bed and before washing to ensure there are no natural occurring tangles caused by wind or friction

  2. Do not brush wet hair as that is when hair follicles are at their most vulnerable.  

  3. Use an organic and sulphate free shampoo. Sulfate strips hair of natural oils, as there is no direct supply of nutrients from your scalp into the extension strands, its vital that you use a no sulfate shampoo to avoid drying the hair out. 

  4. To avoid damaging the hair extensions, the cuticles and your scalp, only wash with warm water.  

  5. Wash the hair gently in a downward motion with your palms, do not scrub or bunch the hair together as this will cause open cuticles to rub against each other causing friction. 

  6. Rinse between each wash, and wash only 1-2 times.

  7. Whilst wet, add 2-3 drops of natural oil such as Almond or Coconut by gently applying it evenly over the hair, these oils will penetrate the cuticles and add moisture to hair extensions.

  8. Natural oils do the work of most conditioners without the added chemicals and silicones, natural is always best.

  9. Finally, lower the shower head and rinse your hair (not scalp) with cold water, this is known as an Arctic Rinse  it will close the cuticles to lock the moisture and nutrients from the oil in, leaving you with nutrient rich hair extensions. 

  10. Let your hair air-dry at home, take 2-3 hours to wash and naturally dry your hair - Do not use heat as this will swell and dry your strands. 

  11. Apply a small amount of Argan, Almond or Coconut oil 2-3 times a week or when required. Argan oil is a great finishing oil for styling and frizz, however its a dry oil and does not moisturise the hair as well as Almond or Coconut.

  12. For long lasting hair extensions, always moisturise.

Why do some hair extensions become dry after the first few washes?

The simple answer is use of chemicals, heat and lack of moisture. We eat food to feed our bodies with nutrients which eventually makes their way through our system to feed our skin and hair. We cannot feed hair extensions in the same way so we need to use alternative methods.

Use organic and no sulfate shampoos to regularly feed, moisturise and treat your hair extensions. Remember, coloured hair goes through a chemical process, especially when lightened to blondes and special colours, this is unavoidable to achieve the colours we all desire. 
A little moisturising oil (we prefer Almond) each week is key. 

Avoid shampoo and conditioning products which use Sulphates, Isopropyl Alcohol, Formaldehyde and Propylene Glycol, these are strong chemicals which will strip the hair of natural oils and leave them dry and sometimes damaged if used for a prolonged period of time. Most sulfate shampoos and conditioners contain silicones, this is what gives your hair or real human hair extensions that shiny glossy look once washed, if you prefer that finish there are non sulfate shampoos available which combat the sulfate cleansing elements with nutrient rich and essential oils.