How do I wash my Human Hair wig?
A Beginner's Guide: Washing Your Wig Step-by-Step
If you're new to wig maintenance, don't worry! This step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of washing your wig to maintain its shine, softness, and longevity. We'll cover everything you need to know, from the tools and products to avoid, to common questions about wig care.
Step-by-Step Wig Washing Guide
1. Gentle Brushing: Before getting started, gently brush your wig to remove any tangles. Make sure to maintain the desired part while brushing.
2. Rinsing with Cool Water: Using cool or tepid water, rinse the wig from the base to the ends. Be cautious not to use excessive water pressure on the lace area, and avoid holding the base directly under the water flow, as this might loosen the knots.
3. Shampooing: Fill a basin or sink with cool or tepid water and add a small amount of color-safe shampoo. Dip the wig into the soapy water while gently holding the parting to prevent tangles. Repeat this step 2-4 times until the wig is clean.
4. Rinsing: Empty the basin and refill it with clean water. Rinse the wig under low water pressure, ensuring all shampoo is thoroughly removed.
5. Conditioning: Apply conditioner from the mid-lengths to the ends of the wig, avoiding the base and root. Allow the conditioner to sit for up to 10 minutes on a towel.
6. Final Rinse: Rinse the wig under clean, running water with low pressure, ensuring all conditioner is washed out.
7. Drying: Gently pat the wig dry with a towel. Avoid wringing, pulling, or squeezing the hair with excessive force.
Tools & Products You'll Need:
- Color-Safe Shampoo and Conditioner (e.g., "Ghost" Shampoo and Conditioner by Verb)
- Gentle Detangling Brush (e.g., "The Original Detangler" by Wet Brush)
- Clean Sink Basin or Small Tub
Never-Evers of Wig Washing: Avoid the following when washing your wig:
- Non-color-safe or clarifying shampoo
- Washing it on your head or in the shower
- Using hot water
- Letting it sit in water
- Washing without detangling first
- Exposing knots to high water pressure
- Rubbing or dragging a comb along the lace area
- Using homemade masks or treatments
- Leaving your wet wig to dry without proper airflow or storing it away before ensuring all moisture is out
FAQs about Wig Washing:
1. How often should I wash my wig? We recommend washing every 10 full-day wears. Adjust based on your activity level. Overwashing can shorten the wig's lifespan.
2. Is it normal for the water not to be clear? Yes, the initial washes may have tinted water due to hair dye. This is similar to salon-dyed bio hair and can also be caused by dirt accumulation.
3. Will the color fade? Proper care prevents drastic fading. Some colors may need re-toning or refreshing every few months, especially blondes or colored greys.
4. Can I do a deep conditioning treatment at home? For best results, entrust deep conditioning to professionals. Professional-grade products ensure optimal wig health. (We offer this as a maintanence service for our clients)
Regularly washing your wig using the proper techniques can extend its lifespan and maintain its vibrant look. By following these step-by-step instructions and avoiding common mistakes, you'll enjoy a well-kept, beautiful wig that continues to dazzle.