Love me, love my wig!
If you have made the decision to purchase a wig for a variety of reasons, whether it be due to cancer treatment, hair loss or alopecia, you may feel a little apprehensive. Naturally, you’ll have a lot of questions about what to expect from your wig and how to look after it.
Choosing your wig – deciding between synthetic or natural hair wigs, and experimenting with new styles and colours – is a big decision. Once you’ve made your choice you don’t want to risk ruining it through neglect. After all, a stylish looking wig is not just a confidence booster but an investment as well, so it’s important that it stays looking gorgeous!
Without proper care, a wig can quickly become tangled and matted, will start to shed, or the cap may lose its shape. But with some simple tips, it will stay looking beautiful for many years to come.
One of the questions that we’re always asked is: ‘Can I use normal hair products on the wigs?’
The simple answer is ‘yes’. Although there are some fabulous specialist products available, you can quite happily use everyday products. Hairspray, mousse, gel or a little wax are all fine; the important thing is that you wash, condition and style your wig properly to avoid a build-up of products.
You’ll also find that whether you opt for a synthetic or natural hair wig, a moisturising leave-in spray is your new hair-care superhero! Get one for your handbag as well as your bathroom and your wig never need suffer a frizzy bad hair day!
When deciding on a wig, the choice between synthetic or natural hair is the major one, and there are pros and cons for each.
- Synthetic hair tends to be a cheaper option and is easier to care for – just dry naturally after washing and it will return to its original style. However, the fibres can become damaged with intense heat so styling options are more limited. The easy fix for this is to buy two different styles – perhaps one straight and one wavy – so your style is stunning and ready-to-wear for any occasion whenever you are!
- Human hair wigs offer more styling alternatives and can be curled, straightened and blow-dried. They tend to look more natural but are more costly.
Here’s a good routine to carry out on your wig very 8-12 wears (depending on build-up)
- Gently de-tangle the hair with a wide tooth comb. Start from the ends taking care not to pull out hair.
- Rinse, then massage a small amount of mild shampoo evenly throughout the hair and cap before gently rinsing again.
- Condition. For synthetic hair, use leave-in conditioner towards the ends, avoiding the roots. For human hair, conditioner is not always necessary, only when the fibres dry and are lacking in shine. Again, keep conditioner to the ends, away from the roots.
- Dry the hair by firstly blotting with a towel. For synthetic hair: leave to dry naturally on a wig stand. For human hair: dry and style as normal hair. Use styling products as required.
Products that we recommend for both natural and synthetic hair are Trendco’s T-Range Fibre Shampoo and Soften ‘n’ Sheen wig conditioner; and our own brand Nicky Marcar wig shampoo and NickyMarcar wig leave-in conditioner. All can be purchased online.
For more advice, just ask!
The right hairpiece can raise your self esteem and bring a little fun and glamour to your life; and with a bit of TLC your new wig should last until you’re ready for your next change of style!