Wig Care & Maintenance: Everything you need to know!
The Shara Hair Guide
How To Properly Store Your Wig (Straight or Curly)
Do not underestimate the Importance of properly storing your wigs! Its a fact your hair will last a much longer time and stays tangle-free when you stored well.
Here are a few of the best ways to store your wig :
Mannequin heads and wig stands are great as they mimmic the shape of a head and help wigs retain their shape. If youd prefer to have your wigs out of sight, wig hangers are perfect for you! Adding a hair net around your wig will further prevent tangling.
How To Maintain Your Straight Wig
Most assume you dont need to maintain your wIg, but do you go days without brushing or combing your hair? NO! How can your human hair wig not require any attention from you at all? But maintaining your wig doesn't need as much energy as your own hair.
Here is a guide on quick regular maintenance method to keep your straight looking good as new.
1. Spray lusteriser or silicone
Lightly spray each section of the hair with lusteriser or silicone spray.
2. Gently Brush the Hair
To remove tangles, gently brush the hair from bottom making your way up to the weft. Make sure that you always use a wide-toothed comb when brushing tangled wigs. Regular combs and hairbrushes will ruin the hair, leaving your wig looking frizzy and result in shedding.
3. Store your Wig Carefully
The final step in how to care for straight wigs is ensuring that you store your detangled wig carefully. Gently cover the wig with a hair net to keep the hair in place and to prevent further tangling. Then, put your wig on a wig stand or wig hanger.
How To Wash Your Straight Wig
Before we get into how to wash your wig beginners and alot of non beginners wonder How Often Should I Wash My Human Hair Wig?
How often one should wash a wig is a personal choice as it depends on how often you wear your wig, activities you partake in, how much you may sweat. However, many women choose to wash their lace front wigs once every 3 weeks or monthly. But there are telltale signs like if the hair begins to feel sticky or dry, it may be time to give it a rinse.
Remember, its always best to take your wig back to the retailer for washing and treatments. But if you aren’t in a position to do so, here’s how you would go about it:
Step 1: Preparation
Begin by prepping your wig. You'll want to use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently comb through any tangles. It's best to start from the bottom and work your way up toward the roots.
Step 2: Rinse
The next step involves getting your lace wig wet. Place your wig under the faucet and use cool to lukewarm water to fully submerge it. If you have a long-haired wig, place it under a shower faucet to prevent the locks from going down the drain. After rinsing, gently remove the excess water with your hands and get ready to shampoo. Go easy on it-do not twist to wring it out.
Step 3: Shampoo
Place a small amount of shampoo into your hands and stroke the hair from roots to ends, keeping the shampoo away from the scalp of the wig. It's important not to be heavy-handed when it comes to shampooing -avoid scrubbing or rubbing the hair, as this could damage the strands.
For the best results, use a recommended product like AK Shampoo, that is specially made for human hair wigs. The shampoo is gentle enough not to damage the hair and designed especially for your wig's needs.
To remove the shampoo, run cool water from the base down to the bottom of the hair. Once you've gotten rid of the shampoo and the water runs clear, use a towel to gently blot the hair before applying conditioner. The wig can still be damp, but you don't want it to be sopping wet.
Step 4: Condition
Now you're ready to condition. Just like the shampoo, you'll want to use a wig-approved hydrating conditioner. Work a small dab into the wig, starting at the bottom. Gently comb through the strands with your fingers, keeping the conditioner away from the base of the wig. You can let most conditioners set for one to five minutes, but follow the directions on the bottle. Once the time's up, run cold water from the top of the wig down to the ends of the strands, making sure you get rid of all the conditioner before blotting it dry.
Step 5: Dry
You've washed and cleansed your lace wig, so now you just have to wait for it to dry. Use a towel to lightly blot it and then leave it on a wig stand to air dry. Avoid using a blow dryer and brushing the hair until the lace wig is completely dry. Once it's no longer wet, you can style your wig as you normally would.
How To Maintain Your Curly Wig
The first step in maintaining your deep wave wig is having the right tools and equipment for the job. Youll need a big tooth comb and some AK Leave in Conditioner. And youre all set
1. Removing any tangles
We'll begin by moisturising and hydrating your curls with some Leave in Conditioner. Spray the conditioner on your wig. Especially on the ends of the strands if small knots are present or starting to form.
2. Removing any tangles
Now, gently detangle any knots in your curls by using a wide-toothed comb at the ends of your wig and work/comb your way up to the wig. This ensures the least amount of damage is applied in the detangling process.
3. Thats it!
You can proceed with styling your wig or storing it away.
Curly Hair Maintenance Kit
How To Wash Your Curly Wig
1. Detangling the wig:
Similar to your straight wig, the first step in washing your deep wave wig is to gently detangle it. Start by using a wide-toothed comb or a wig brush with wide, spaced bristles. Begin at the ends of the wig and work your way up to the roots, being careful not to pull or tug on the hair. This helps prevent breakage and tangling during the washing process.
2. Shampooing the wig
Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild shampoo specifically designed for wigs. Avoid using regular shampoos that contain harsh chemicals, as they can strip the hair’s moisture and disrupt the wave pattern. Gently immerse the wig in the water and swirl it around to distribute the shampoo. Avoid rubbing or scrubbing the hair, as this can cause frizz and tangles. Instead, gently squeeze the hair from root to tip to remove any dirt or product buildup. Rinse the wig thoroughly with clean, lukewarm water until all the shampoo is removed.
3. Conditioning and deep conditioning:
After shampooing, it’s time to condition your deep wave wig. Use a recommended wig-specific conditioner like AK Leave In Conditioner, that is moisturising and nourishing to curls. Apply the conditioner evenly throughout the hair, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends. Avoid applying conditioner directly to the roots, as it can weigh down the hair and cause it to become greasy. Leave the conditioner on for a few minutes to allow it to penetrate the hair shaft and restore moisture. For a deep conditioning treatment, cover the wig with a shower cap or plastic bag and apply low heat using a hairdryer for 10–15 minutes. The heat helps the conditioner to penetrate the hair cuticles, leaving your wig soft and silky.
4. Drying the wig:
After conditioning, gently squeeze out any excess water from the wig. Avoid wringing or twisting the hair, as this can cause damage. Lay the wig flat on a clean towel and gently pat it dry. Do not rub vigorously, as this can create frizz and disrupt the deep wave pattern. Allow the wig to air dry completely in a well-ventilated area. Avoid using heat styling tools or exposing the wig to direct sunlight during the drying process, as this can damage the hair fibres. Once the wig is completely dry, you can proceed with styling or storing it away.