Have a wig you need to clean and restyle? Here’s instructions on how to wash your human wig. You can use your own shampoo for this! No special products needed. Remember to only brush a dry wig! Combing it while wet can damage the wig.
Sometimes you have to wear the human hair wigs for several days when you're out on a business trip or a holiday vacation. You don't want to or have no time to apply your lace wig every morning but you want to keep your hair clean, so you want to wash your front lace wig while keeping it on your head.
But remember to be more careful to wash your lace wig than you would be while washing your own natural hair.
First, be sure that the adhesive--whether that’s glue, tape, clips or a combination of all three--is still securely on your head and that there’s no peel-up, especially around your edges. If your wig is already starting to come off, washing it while on your head is not a wise option.
Second, be aware of the length of your natural hair. If your natural hair underneath your wig is only an inch or two long, it will dry quickly. However, if your natural hair is long, then it will take a long time to properly dry under your wig. Keep this in mind.
Third, in the shower, tip your head back and gently wet it. You always want the water to be flowing down from the back of your head, because that is gentler on your bonds, especially in the front. If you stand facing the shower so that the water directly hits your wig, the water may pull them loose.
Lather your hair very gently using a shampoo created especially for wigs or a shampoo made for fragile hair (a shampoo for color-treated hair works especially well in that regard). You only need one wash in order to remove the oils and the perspiration that has built up over the past several days.
Tips: Unlike you would with your natural hair, do not intensely scrub the roots or work your fingers deeply into the hair, or you may loosen the wig.
Rinse gently, again with the water running down the back of your neck. Feel with your fingers to make sure that all of the shampoos are out.
After your shower, gently pat your hair dry. Check the bond to see if it’s still tight or if it’s begun to come loose. The adhesive might have turned white in the shower, but you’ll know when you’re done drying your hair because the adhesive will turn clear again. Or when you want to go out, you can glue the lace again to make sure it is secure.
Spray it with a special leave-in created for wigs. The spray is lighter than a cream, which may weigh the hair down. Then, from the sides and working toward the bond, detangle the wig with a brush from your ends to your roots. Re-clip or re-glue any parts of the wig that have begun to come loose. Finally, use a wide-tooth comb to fluff the wig up and blow-dry it to diffuse it.
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