Back in 2014, I had a friend who got her first wig as a birthday present from her aunt, and back then, the gift gave her the “rich woman” look. No one understood the use of a wig amongst us, and we all believed it was not just essential for a lady. My friend was ecstatic, and she wore it well for a few months and enjoyed it. She did not have to make her hair anymore, all she needed was to brush her wig every morning and she is ready for class. She just focused on making protective hairstyles all the time and put on her wig for any outing, made everything quite easy for her.
A few years ago, wigs were known to be worn by ‘rich folks’. Everyone believed that having a wig equates to having money to spare. Then fast forward to the present day, the wig has become a ‘must-have’ and a complete necessity for ladies. It has created an opportunity for people with hair loss, medically or not, to wear a hairstyle and rock it however they want. They’re just so convenient, and they also provide an easy way to switch up your look at any time. Just as the world has accepted that wig is not only a fashion trend but also a needed item, the wig industry has as well become massive in ranking. Now, there are wigs available and affordable for different classes. The common saying in the industry now is “You do not need to break the bank before you own a wig”. Wigs also serve as the perfect means of giving the natural hair a break, reducing pulling and manipulation of your hair. Before you wear wigs, your afro-textured hair can be left in a natural protective hairstyle and left for 3 weeks, this reduces the risk of having tension on your hair.
One of the biggest issues concerning wigs is not owning them but taking care of them. There are many wigs owners that do not know what to do to maintain the wig(s) they have and just abandon it when it starts showing them signs of weakness or splits and damage. Some people still find it shocking that wigs could be repaired or revamped (as most stylists call it).
SO HOW DOES ONE MAINTAIN OR TAKE ARE OF WIGS
- Is your wig human hair or synthetic hair?
The first and most important thing is to differentiate what type your wig is, whether it is human hair or synthetic. Knowing this is necessary because the two wigs are different and are not cared for the same way, just as their life span is different. Human hair wigs are more durable and resistant to heat than synthetic wigs, so they tangle less and rarely melt. While synthetic wig is for you if you want your wig to stay in place as long as possible with relatively little effort.
- How is a wig washed?
It is ideal to use lukewarm water when washing any wig. It is not a wise decision to use cold water or hot water. Hot water can dehydrate the hair, and even though cool water does not have serious side effects, it makes it more challenging to rinse out any applied hair products. It is best to maintain a lukewarm temperature – not too hot or too cold. Wigs should be washed after wearing them 6 – 8 times, sometimes people wait after wearing them the 10th time, but it should not exceed that number.
- What should be used to wash wigs?
The key to a wig’s long life is to use wig-specific shampoos and conditioners. Some conventional shampoos and conditioners contain harsh chemicals that can potentially destroy your wigs, and unlike natural hair, wig hair does not rebuild itself after a while. There is no better way to revitalize your wig than to wash it with your wig shampoo and conditioner.
- Do not use heat on wigs that are not heat resistant
As we all know, heat tools are harmful to afro-textured hair, and wigs are no exception. Some wigs (aside from synthetic wigs) are not heat resistant, and using heat tools on such wigs will not only result in poor results but will also permanently damage the hair. Because not all human hair is entirely heat resistant, it is critical to consult a professional before using heat tools on it.
- Dry out your wigs before storing
Air drying (not using any heat tools) your wig before storing is another procedure that should be taken seriously when it comes to wigs. Storing while the wig is still wet or damp will only result in mold growth and discoloration. For storage, try using a silk bag or wig heads and while drying, avoid rubbing, twisting, or wringing your wig.
- Visit professionals for revamps and styling
You are not a professional stylist, nor do you speak the hair language.
It is why it is necessary to pay a visit to one if and when you think your wigs need a revamp. This procedure is the complete care of wigs and making them look brand new again. Also, when it comes to styling your wig, it is best to leave it to a professional. Keep in mind that if you cut the hair on your wig, it will never grow back.
- In between use, keep your wigs in the right position
Returning home after a long day, most ladies remove their wigs and throw them on their tables and chairs. It is not the proper position.
Ensure that you keep your wig in an upright position in between wears, this will help reduce damage and tangles. Get a wig stand, and if you can not get one, you can also try hanging it on the edge of a surface where you know there will be no friction or crease. You can also use a thin material to cover the wig, to keep dust away.
Wearing wigs all day and everyday does not give an opportunity to ignore or pay less attention to your afro-textured hair. Whether you wear your hair out or not, it still requires care and attention.