How to repair and style synthetic wigs

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How to repair and style synthetic wigs
Taking care of your wig is easy. (dummy image by Vladimirs Koskins from Fotolia.com)

Synthetic wigs are made to last for years of wear, but they must be properly maintained to keep their original appearance and quality. Exposure to the wrong hair care products and accessories can cause irreparable damage to your wig, costing you hundreds of pounds. The worst enemy for a wig is heat. Never use a blow dryer, curling iron, heated rollers or any other heated styling device on your wig. Likewise, be careful when cooking. Getting too close to a heat source, such as an oven or grill, can ruin your wig. For the most part, synthetic wigs are designed to retain their shape and style, so if you follow the proper procedures, you should have little trouble keeping yours looking its best.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Wig brush, comb and pick
  • Wig shampoo
  • Wig styling products
  • Wig stand
  • Spray bottle

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Instructions

    Styling

  1. 1

    Brush out your wig carefully before and after every wearing with a brush or comb specifically designed for wigs. Store your wig on a wig stand to help maintain its shape.

  2. 2

    Wash your wig with shampoo and conditioners made for synthetic wigs and allow the wig to air dry. Do not let the wig dry on a styrofoam form, as this can stretch the cap. Unless your wig has endured extreme conditions, it only needs to be washed after every 8 to 12 uses.

    How to repair and style synthetic wigs
    Change the style of your wig. (Indian mannequin image by Inhumane Productions from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Brush the wig gently with a wig brush or wig comb when it is dry. You can use your fingertips to help shape the wig. Synthetic wigs are made to return to their original style after washing, so you don't need to do much to shape the wig. If necessary, you can use styling products (sprays and mousses) designed for synthetic wigs.

  4. 4

    Change the style of your wig by using mousse. Use your fingertips and a wig pick to add curl and volume to the style. Just like real hair, scrunch the wig to add shape and curl. You won't be able to make any drastic changes to your wig this way, but you can give it different shape and look.

  5. 5

    Take your wig to a hair salon to have it cut professionally to give yourself a new style. Wear the wig during the cut and styling. Slight changes in length and thickness can make a big difference in your appearance.

    Repair

  1. 1

    Use water from a spray bottle to dampen the wig and reshape between washings. This will help alleviate frizz and static electricity.

  2. 2

    Use a product designed to return a wig to its original lustre. These can extend the life of your wig, making the hair fresh and revitalised.

  3. 3

    Have the wig professionally cut and styled if the ends are damaged beyond repair.

  4. 4

    Glue pieces that are coming loose from the wig using hair glue. Use a dab of glue and press the loose piece to the cap for five seconds.

Tips and warnings

  • If you don't have a wig stand, you can use other items to store your wig and help maintain the shape, like tall bottles and cans.
  • If your wig rips, take it to a professional to mend it.
  • Never use products made for human hair on your wig.
  • Make sure your wig is dry before you brush or style it.
  • Do not use treatments on your wig, such as hair dyes or bleaches.
  • Do not swim with your wig.

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