Caring For a Human Hair Wig: 4 Things You Should Know

(Updated March 31, 2019)

Even with a high-quality human hair wig, the lifespan will depend heavily on how you care for it. We’ve done our part to produce a luxurious hairpiece; now it’s your turn to maintain it. 

Luckily, caring for your new wig isn’t complicated, but there are a few things you should know to keep it looking as gorgeous as the day you got it.

1. Don’t go overboard on the washing

Unlike your real hair, which absorbs natural oils right from your scalp, a wig can go a long time without being washed. As a general rule, we suggest washing your human hair wig after about 7-10 uses or once every two weeks. A great way to get more use between washes is to use a wig cap, which will absorb oils and other residues. Using less product also helps lengthen the lifespan of your wig and can reduce the amount of washing it requires.

2. Wash under the shower, not in the sink

Some tutorials will suggest submerging your wig in a sink full of water with some shampoo, but unless your wig is extremely short, this is just a recipe for massive tangles, which can result in damage and hair loss as you struggle to brush them out. We recommend holding it gently under cool water in your shower until it’s fully wet and smoothing shampoo from the base to the tips. Gently rinse to remove residue and squeeze excess water out before conditioning. The trick here is to be gentle. No twisting or lathering! The same goes for the conditioner. Smooth evenly into the hair, from mid-shaft to ends and let sit for five minutes before rinsing. If needed, you can gently detangle the hair with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.

3. Don’t use drugstore products

By this, we really mean, generic store brands. Unfortunately, in today’s era of fast fashion and mass-produced products, it can be tempting to find the cheapest version of an item. But if you’ve already invested in a high-end wig, now is not the time to cheap out on products.

4. Let your wig air dry on a wig stand

Just like on real hair, using excessive heat tools can be a source of damage. For this reason, we suggest letting your wig air dry when you can, as this is gentle on the fibres. If you must use a dryer, opt for a cool air setting and angle the airflow downwards. Similarly, it’s best to dry – and store when not in use – your wig on a specialized wig stand, as this will help keep its shape and avoid tangling or breakage.

Caring for your new wig isn’t exactly labour-intensive, but it’s good to be aware of the best practices to keep it healthy. After all, the low-maintenance aspect is why some people absolutely love the idea of wigs, but like most things in life, care and attention pay off. Browse our collection of high-end human hair wigs.

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