Proper care of your hairpiece will keep it looking healthy and new for as long as possible. As a general guideline, you should wash your hairpiece every 10 to 15 wearings. Allowing styling products and dirt to accumulate will make your hairpiece dull and rough looking. Regular conditioning will keep your hairpiece shiny and protect it from damage.
Washing Synthetic Fiber Hairpieces
Use shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for synthetic fiber. Regular shampoos are too harsh and can dry out the fiber, leaving you with a brittle hairpiece. Wig conditioners coat and protect synthetic fiber, leaving it shiny and preventing damage and color fading.
- 1. Fill a sink or basin with cool water and mix in a capful or two of shampoo. Immerse your hairpiece and let it soak for five minutes.
- 2. Gently swish the hairpiece back and forth, then rinse with cool water until all the shampoo is removed.
- 3. Gently swish the hairpiece back and forth, then remove from water WITHOUT RINSING.
- 4. Refill the sink or basin with cool water and mix in a capful or two of conditioner. Immerse your hairpiece and let it soak for two minutes.
- 5. Gently blot with a towel. It's a good idea to spray your piece with a leave-in wig conditioner. Allow your hairpiece to air dry on a wig stand (a hairspray can can work in a pinch). You can hang add-on pieces on a hanger. DO NOT USE HEAT to dry your hairpiece. This will melt the fiber. DO NOT comb or brush the hairpiece until it is completely dry.
- 6. When dry, gently shake your hairpiece, then style as usual.
Washing Human Hair Hairpieces
Each hairpiece made with human hair is unique. Human hair comes from a great many different individuals and it varies in thickness, texture, and degree of wave. Most hairpieces are made with human hair that has been dyed and chemically treated to remove the cuticle. This hair is more fragile than hair in its original state and must be treated gently in order to keep it looking good. Human hair that retains the cuticle is called Remy Hair. Remy Hair is stronger than cuticle-free hair, but is still more fragile than unprocessed hair.
Conditioning is crucial to maintaining the look and longevity of your human hair hairpiece. Always use shampoo and conditioner designed for color-treated or damaged hair.
- 1. Fill a sink or basin with cool water and mix in some shampoo (about 1 oz per quart of water). Immerse the hairpiece and allow to soak for five minutes. If it is very dirty, apply shampoo directly to the piece and soak for an extra five minutes.
- 2. If there is makeup or other residue along the front hairline, gently scrub the area with an old toothbrush.
- 3. Gently swish the hairpiece around in the shampoo solution, then rinse with cool water until all shampoo is removed.
- 4. Remove hairpiece from sink and spray with a high-quality leave-in conditioner.
- 5. Blot hair with a towel and put it on a styling block or wig stand. Run a wide-toothed comb gently through the hair to give it root direction. If you use rollers, you can put the piece under a hot dryer or you can let it air dry naturally. After it dries, you can use styling brushes and curling irons.
- 6. When washing hand-tied, monofilament, or pull-through hairpieces, make sure to always wash and rinse with the base facing upwards. Do not swish the piece up and down in the water, as the knots at the base might "push through" the other side of the material. An easy way to prevent this is to pin the piece to a styling block before washing. When blocking a monofilament hairpiece, always use thin straight pins--using T-pins can leave a permanent hole in the base material.
Special Instructions For Hand-Tied, Monofilament, & "Pull-Thru" Bases
- 1. When washing hand-tied, monofilament, or pull-thru hairpieces, make sure to always wash and rinse with the base top-side up. Do not swish the piece up and down in the water, as the knots at the base might "push through" to the other side of the material. You want the water to pass through the base in a downward direction, from roots to ends. An easy way to accomplish this is to pin the piece to a styling block before washing.
- 2. When blocking, always use thin straight pins on the monofilament or polyurethane sections of the base. Using T-pins can leave a permanent hole in these materials.