Washing your wigs is a great way to help your wig last longer. New human hair wigs or even an old human hair wig washing it is absolutely essential in taking care of the wig. Washing the hair is really up to you, but a lot of people wash their wigs at least once every two weeks or should probably be washed every 10-15 wears. Let's get to learning how to wash our human hair wigs properly.
●Shampoo & Conditioner
Step 1: Detangling the wig
Using the paddle brush, and gently detangle the hair. Start from the bottom of the hair and work your way up to the root. Do not pull or tuck on the hair because we want to avoid as much shedding as possible. If you do not detangle the wig before washing it it will result in hair loss and damage to the wig.
Step 2: Rinse the Wig
Wet the wig with cool or lukewarm water. Do not use hot water on your wigs because it will damage the fibers on the wig. Make sure you fully submerge the wig under the faucet. If your wig is a long-haired wig, use the shower to submerge it in water. When you are done rinsing the wig, remove the excess water with your hands gently. DO NOT wring out the excess water. You want to be gentle with your wigs.
Step 3: Soak
Use the basin and mix shampoo and cold water together. Put the wig inside the basin with the shampoo and cold water, please make sure the wig is turned inside out first. Then gently swirl the wig in the shampoo water. Do not rub the hair together. Let the wig soak for about 5 minutes.
Step 4: Shampoo
Remove the hair from the basin. Using your fingers comb the hair of the wig from the roots to the ends of the wig. Please do not wash the hair with too much force because this can cause damage to the strands of the wig. Getting specialized shampoo products for washing human
hair wigs or mild shampoos for color-treated hair will ensure that the wig will last for a long time and less damage to the hair. These shampoos are gentle. They will not damage the hair.
Washing out the shampoo with cool water. Start from the base and let the water run down to the bottom of the wig. Rinse the shampoo out until the water starts to run clear. Then use a towel and blot the hair gently. The wig needs to be damp, but not soaking wet before conditioning the wig.
Step 5: Condition
Apply the conditioner on the hair and place it in the basin. Let it sit for about 30 minutes to an hour.
Starting at the bottom of the wig with your fingers gently comb through the strands. The best conditioners to use for conditioning a human hair wig are the ones made for human hair wigs or the ones that help with color-treated hair.
Do not apply conditioner to the root or near the wig cap because that will loosen up the hair. The main focus should be midshaft and the ends of the hair.
Rinse hair out with cold water from the top of the wig and let the water run down to the bottom of the wig. Make sure all the conditioner is out of the wig before blotting it to dry.
Do not skip the conditioning step. The wig needs conditioner to keep the wig feeling soft, moisturized, and looking shiny and this is what we want because this gives the wig a more natural look.
Step 6: Oil
Human hair wigs need oil just for the same reasons natural hair needs oils. Apply some natural oil to the wig while it is still damp. A small amount of oil. Do not be heavy-handed with the oil.
The best oils to use for human hair wigs are natural plant based oils and butters like:
The best form of these oils are “cold pressed” versions of them because that is the purest form of the oil. These oils will keep the cuticle smooth, keep the hair supple, strengthen the hair, and
replace lost protein from the hair. When oiling your hair stay away from mineral oils. Mineral oils do not absorb in the hair, it only coats the hair, it prevents moisture from getting through the hair shaft this will cause the hair to become hydrated which will make the wig brittle and prolongs the dehydration of the hair and will cause breakage.
If you apply too much oil to the human hair wig it will give a greasy look. If you accidently apply too much oil in your human hair wig there are two easy ways to fix it:
●Dry Shampoo: Dry shampoo is a spray solution that will absorb the excess moisture and oil that is on the human hair wig. Section the wig into small parts. Spray the wig with the dry shampoo, make sure you are about 5-6 inches away from the wig. Make sure you do not miss any sections of the hair and do not spray too much on the wig because we do not want the wig to become wet. Massage in the dry shampoo gently with your fingertips until it is all absorbed into the wig. Repeat this process until you get the look you want and the way the wig feels.
●Re-wash the wig.
Step 7: Dry
Use a towel to dry the wig. Do not blow dry the wig. Blow drying the wig will potentially damage the wig by melting the fibers. Also, do not brush or comb through your human hair wig when it is wet. When you comb and brush the hair while it is wet it will cause the hair to break, stretch, and frizz. If you do need to comb through the hair, use your fingertips to do so until the hair is fully dry all the way through before you touch it with a brush or comb.