Four-Step Method To Care For Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs require specialized care, for they aren't able to withstand the same level of use that synthetic wigs do. If you have a wig that's made from real human hair, here's a four-step method to properly care for it.

Step 1: Prepare the Wig for Washing

Before you can actually wash the wig, you should first prepare it to be washed. Specifically, any tangles in the wig should be removed before it gets wet -- you don't want to brush or comb a human hair wig once it's wet. To detangle the wig, comb it with a wide-tooth comb. Begin at the bottom of the hair, and work your way upwards as you remove any tangles.

Step 2: Wash with Cool, Running Water

To wash your human hair wig, use cool running water and shampoo. The water shouldn't be warm or hot, for heat can damage human hair. It also should be running and not still, as the flow of the water will help keep the hair in one direction and prevent tangling during this process.

Once you have water running, wet the wig and then work in a little shampoo. Begin near the top of the wig, and slowly work the shampoo toward the ends of the hair. After the shampoo is lathered in the hair, rinse it out from top to bottom.

Step 3: Apply Conditioner

After you finish shampooing the hair, apply conditioner. The conditioner you use shouldn't be a leave-in conditioner but should rather get rinsed out. 

When you apply conditioner, work it from top to bottom just as you did with the shampoo. Don't get the conditioner too close to the roots, however, because it could damage the base if it comes into contact with the base. 

The conditioner should be thoroughly rinsed out after it's applied, to make sure none is left in and accidentally works its way toward the base. Rinsing with cold water might take some time, but hot water should still be avoided so as to not damage the wig's hair.

Step 4: Let Dry and Comb

Once the human hair wig is thoroughly rinsed of all shampoo and conditioner, let the wig air dry. A blow dryer would only introduce heat and potentially cause tangles. Only after the wig is dry, should you comb it out with a wide-tooth comb. Styling and combing when the wig is dry will keep hair from being pulled out because it grips the comb.

To learn more information about caring for human hair wigs, reach out to a wig company near you.