One of the first questions when buying a wig is: how long will my wig last? Whether you’re new to wigs or are a wig wearing aficionado, you want to make sure you’re investing in a high-quality, long-lasting wig that looks as sleek months down the line as it does on day one.
When it comes to synthetic wigs, they possess an array of benefits. They are more realistic looking than ever, are easy to maintain, and bounce straight back to their original shape thanks to style memory technology.
How long a synthetic wig lasts for is dependent on how you care for it. Generally, they should last between 4-6 months if worn most days. But there are a few handy strategies that can help maintain those luscious locks for longer. Here are 8 tips to keep your synthetic wig beautiful, bouncy and bright!
1. Go Easy on the Heat
Trying to use a curling iron on synthetic wigs will damage the strands and create a terrible burning smell- which is not what you want! Unfortunately, only heat-resistant synthetic wigs can tolerate hot styling tools.
The key to using heat is to keep the temperature relatively low. Synthetic hair cannot tolerate the high temperature that human hair can, so the lowest heat setting will be your best friend. There are also thermal protectant sprays specifically made for heat-resistant synthetic wigs and toppers which keep styling heat-friendly.
If you don’t have a heat-resistant synthetic wig, you can try heatless curling techniques to spare any damage.
2. Don’t Over-Wash
The joy of synthetic wigs is the laid-back washing schedule they allow for. Lathering your locks should generally be done every 15 to 20 wears. However, humid climates and sweat or oils from everyday wear may require more frequent washes.
Washing your wig too often can cause strands to become lacklustre and fall out quicker, losing its density. You will know when it is time to wash your wig as it may become tangled, dull and stiff. When the time comes to wash it, show your wig some love by being gentle and using the right products. Which leads nicely to the next important point…
3. Use Wig-Friendly Care Products
Synthetic wigs have delicate fibres that require specific products to keep them tip-top. Your wig won’t appreciate anything other than wig-specific hair care and you risk drying them out and causing permanent damage.
Wig shampoos and conditioners preserve the colour, shine and softness of your wig. There are also great brands that create blow-dry sprays, hair sprays and intensive hair conditioning masks that maintain wig quality so that you always feel glorious!
4. Brush Your Wig Carefully
Is your wig looking tangled, not tousled? Wig brushes are designed to be gentle when brushing and effective at detangling without destroying.
Ideally, place your wig on a wig stand for the best results. Always begin brushing from the bottom to effectively smooth the hair. The key is being really gentle and careful when brushing. Using the right tools is essential and rejuvenates your wig’s style in no-time.
5. Invest in Suitable Storage
It’s the end of the day, you’re tired and you fling your wig somewhere in your wardrobe. We’ve all done it. But over time you risk more tangles, damage and loss of shape.
A wig stand is the most popular option to maintain style and shape. Wig hangers are another great choice and don’t take up much room in your wardrobe. Satin bags or soft-lined shoeboxes are also excellent at protecting your wig from sun damage, dust and humidity when you’re not wearing it.
6. Remove Your Wig Whilst You Sleep
Over time, sleeping in your wig decreases its lifespan drastically. As you sleep, the oils and sweat from your skin, coupled with friction from movement on your pillow, not only mean its uncomfortable for your scalp but also cause frizz and breakage.
To avoid a matted and tangled appearance, it is highly recommended to use a sleeping cap instead. You can even use more luxurious silk pillows for added comfort and warmth as you sleep.
Removing your wig each night will guarantee longevity and means styling stays simple and quick each day.
7. Don’t Ignore Your Scalp
Give your scalp the same care and attention you do your wig. Proper scalp care extends the lifespan of your wig, as well as keeping it feeling comfortable.
A healthy, hydrated scalp prevents the build-up of dead skin, oils and sweat from our day. This means less impurities getting stuck in the wig cap and less frequent washes are needed – saving you time and effort in the long run!
8. Rotate Your Wigs
Owning more than one synthetic wig has numerous benefits: you can alternate your look, you have back-up choices if one gets damaged, and it’s less hassle! But wearing different wigs on alternate days ensures wigs last longer as they not exposed to the elements every single day.
The other benefit of having several wigs goes without saying – it’s fun! You can choose different colours, lengths and styles and switch it up when you like!
Caring properly for your synthetic wig works wonders at increasing its lifespan. Just a few simple steps are all you need to maintain freshness and rejuvenate your look. With these useful tips at hand, you can ensure your synthetic wig stays sleek, soft and glossy and maintains its density and style month, after month.