Fabric softener is ideal for synthetic wigs since it detangles and softens the strands without putting too much pressure on them. Scrubbing can damage the wig’s appearance, so avoid it.
How often should I wash it?
Experts advise not to overdo it and to wash the wig as it gets dirty optimally – after 12 days of wear. But here there are nuances.
The product needs to be washed if the hair is tangled by wind and rain or has been stored in a stuffy place for a long time and acquired a specific smell.
Short wigs have to be washed less often than models with long curls. And natural strands get dirty faster than artificial ones.
In high humidity hair gets dirty faster, so it needs more care and frequent washing.
But again, this is all individual. If the strands, even after daily wear for ten days, look clean and do not have an unpleasant smell, you can wait for the washing.
But if you are caught in a downpour and a brisk wind, without washing you just can’t comb the tangled curls.
What to wash with?
Before you wash a wig, you need to decide on a suitable product:
- Models made of human hair can be washed with an ordinary shampoo and balm. There is no point in spending serious sums to buy special care products – what is good for natural hair will also be good for natural wigs.
- Experts recommend washing hair made of kanekalon and thermal fiber with products for weakened split hair. It is also advised to include a conditioner in the care – it facilitates combing.
- Cheap polyamide and acrylic get dirty very quickly. In addition, these synthetic fibers cause excessive sweating, which leads to unpleasant feelings and is accompanied by a characteristic smell. Products made of these materials are washed with ordinary shampoo, and to remove a little artificial shine and untangle the strands, soak for 12 hours in a fabric conditioner.
Important: Frequent washing reduces the life of the wig, so for non-critical dirt is enough to use dry shampoo. And it is desirable to minimize the use of various styling products.
How to wash a wig with Fabric Softener
- For washing, boiled warm water is optimal. But if there is no time, you can simply soften the water by adding a little baking soda to it. This way the dirt will be removed more effectively.
- Dilute a capful of shampoo in a bowl of water and immerse in its pre-brushed wig. Leave it to soak for 10-15 minutes.
- Lightly rinse the tresses without enthusiasm, harsh movements or vigorous rubbing. Pay particular attention to the most contaminated areas – forehead, temples, nape of the neck. Rinse under a running tap.
- All that’s left is to soften the hairs for easy combing. For this, fill a bowl with water and dilute a capful (2 tbsp.) of conditioner (you can use Lenore). Leave the product in this liquid for half an hour, and then rinse under cool water.
- Put the washed wig on a soft cloth to dry, and then – on a special dummy or jar. Dry the wig away from the sun and heat sources.
- After drying, comb the canécalon strands. It is better to do it with a comb with rare teeth so as not to damage the hair.
- The final touch is styling. All you have to do is shake the wig and it will take its original shape without any effort on your part. This is the magic of kanekalon!
If you have a modacrylic wig, feel free to follow these instructions, as this fiber is similar in composition and shape to kanekalon and needs similar care.
How to wash a natural hair wig
Natural wigs are a recognized sales hit, because no matter how hard the manufacturers of artificial fibers try, human hair will always win out in beauty and naturalness.
They can be dyed and toned, curled with thermo-mogoodles and styled with a hair dryer – in general, to experiment with images according to your taste and mood.
Care for the natural wig is not more complicated than their hair: gentle combing, regular washing, gentle styling.
Hairdressers give clear instructions on how to properly wash natural wigs at home:
- It is recommended to start with gently detangling the strands and combing the hair. You can use a flat wooden comb with sparse teeth. If your hair is curled into curls and curls, then comb the curls with your fingers.
- Prepare warm, soft water for washing – add a little baking soda and shampoo to it. Soak the pad for a few minutes and run lightly along the hair. Under no circumstances rub or squeeze the strands.
- Rinse off the shampoo under running water and apply conditioner to the strands to keep them supple and lively. After 5 minutes, rinse off the conditioner by holding the wig strictly vertically under a stream of water so that it flows from the base to the tips.
- Wet hair should be placed on a soft towel and left to dry for a few hours. It is recommended to blow-dry your hair with a hair dryer on a dangler or an ordinary can.
Important: To avoid damaging natural hair with a curling iron or tongs, try to curl only the ends.
Rules for brushing the wig
Only a completely dry wig can be combed to avoid damaging the hairs and tearing them out of their base. Professional stylists do it according to the following scheme:
- Choose an ordinary comb with rare large teeth.
- Start with the ends. At first, they are well combed, gradually rising to the top.
- For convenience, the hair is divided into small sections, and each is combed separately.
- Tangled hairs are gently unraveled by hands so as not to pull them out of the base.
- Knots that are not amenable to untangling are cut with sharp scissors.
- Stack and give the desired shape by putting the wig on your head.
- Store the wig in a special breathable mesh bag that protects it from dust and dirt, away from UV rays, radiators, and heaters.
Now you have a detailed diagram on how to wash your wig with a fabric softener without damaging it. Follow our advice and always be beautiful!