Wig Information and Care Sheet
Wigs are a fun and easy way to change your hair's appearance without the commitment of cutting and dying it! Here's an in-depth guide of the Do's, Don't's, How's, and Why's of wigs to help you get the most out of your product. As always, if you have any questions or need anything, feel free to call us! (603) 298-9978.
Question: How do I store my wig?
Answer: Store any wig with its stuffing to keep the shape of the crown. Wrap it inside the hair net to protect fibers from getting snagged, ripped, or damaged, and store it inside a gallon Ziploc bag. The regular press-and-seal kind is my personal favorite, not the zipper ones. The zippered bags may catch stray hairs and stretch and rip them. The manufacturer packaging generally has a snap to keep the bag closed, and this snap can snag and tangle fibers of your wig, resulting in the need to cut the fibers to separate your wig from the bag.
Q: Do I need a wig cap?
A: That is up to you. Wig caps are very handy for keeping your hair contained under the wig and creating a smooth foundation for your wig to sit on. They're also great for creating a barrier between your scalp and the wig, and preventing your hair's natural oils from dirtying your wig. The stocking type of wig cap is ideal for those with shorter to no hair, to keep the small strands from escaping and to provide grip for your wig. However, this style does not allow for easy bobby pinning through the stocking material. The fishnet styles are ideal for those with longer hair or those wishing to bobby pin the hairnet and the wig down. The holes allow the bobby pins through, but the netting still gives enough grip for the wig and the pins.
Some people do best without a wig cap. Wig caps generally come as a one-size-fits-most, which can be a problem if you find you have a much smaller or larger head. If the wig cap is too small or too tight, it can cause pressure points and headaches after too long a time. If it's too big, the wig cap can slip around causing your wig to slide off as well. Most wig caps are also made of nylon, and can feel itchy or scratchy to some with sensitive skin. So the choice is ultimately up to you, as to what fits your needs and your comfort level best.
Q: Are wigs adjustable?
A: Yes, some wigs are adjustable. The cheaper costume wigs tend to be a one-size-fits-most cap, with elastic on the sides to allow for larger heads. But these wigs don't accommodate for smaller heads. Adjustable wigs have a ribbon along the edge of the cap near the back, i.e., the nape of the neck. The ribbon is stitched into sections, and there is a hook on each side of the cap. You hook the hooks into the sections, hooking them farther apart if you find you have a larger head, or closer to the center if you have a smaller head. Whatever adjustment you need, it is best to hook them evenly on each side to prevent the wig from being pulled unevenly.
Q: How do I put the wig on?
- The first step is ensuring that your hair is as flat to your head as possible. This is achieved by alternating wrapping and pinning your hair down. The closer you can get it to your head, the better.
- If your wig is adjustable, fit the hooks to where you think it would best fit your head. You want the wig to be snug but not super tight.
- Fit the wig on your head from front to back. To do this you place the front edge of the wig closer to your eyebrows, then pull the back of the wig down over the back of your head. Holding the wig upside down and flipping your head into it is generally the easiest way to do this. Adjust the wig hairline to match your hairline. A common mistake is to pull the wig down over your forehead, but this gives you a strange, short forehead look and is a dead giveaway that you're wearing a wig. When wearing a wig cap it is best to have the wig just barely over the edge of the wig cap so you have as much of a natural hairline as possible, but you hide the hairnet's edge.
Q: Can I style my wig?
A: Most wigs we carry are not heat-safe. The formulas of the fibers are various synthetic plastics, and will melt. You can use "cool tools", such as curlers and hair spray. If the wig is heat-safe, feel free to straighten, curl, and blow dry it to your heart's content within the heat rating of the wig. Our heat-safe wig tolerances range from 330, 340, and up to 360 degrees! This is considered "high heat", as most styling tools have a lowest temperature of 225 degrees or so. More often than not, the low to medium setting is more than enough to do what you need.
When brushing your wig, be sure to use a wig-safe brush. If you're set on using a brush, my personal preference of brushes is one with completely wooden bristles and nubs, and the soft rubber pillow that the bristles are set into. Brushes with metal bristles tend to have plastic nubs on their ends, and the wig fibers can get caught and snagged in the space between the plastic nub and the bristle. I favor wide-toothed combs over brushes for styling and detangling. For curly styles, the wider teeth allow more of the fibers to stay together in their respective curls, to maintain the style. The best way to comb curly wigs is to drag the comb down the wig with the tines pointed up. This way, you will not dig into the curls and accidentally separate them. This will preserve the curls, but get those flyaways to come back into alignment.
Q: Can I wash my wig?
A: Yes, but only if you are using wig shampoo and wig conditioner. Shampoos, conditioners, and oils meant for your own head of hair are not formulated for wigs. Naturally growing human hair will absorb oils and moisture from the products you use. Wig fibers are not absorbent, so the products will sit on top of the fibers, making them goopy and sticky. The wig cap will become saturated with the products and can deteriorate. Even if your wig is a human hair wig, wig shampoo, wig conditioner, and wig detangling sprays are the safest products for use on wigs. When washing, do not rub the fibers together as this can kink them. Air drying is the best course of action for a wig, as the fibers can be more delicate and stretchier when wet. DO NOT WRING OR RUB THE WIG. Wringing, twisting, and rubbing can severely damage the wig. You can gently pat it with a towel, but do not rub. Make sure the wig is dry before storing, to prevent mold and mustiness.
Q: My wig is tangled. Help!
A: Cheaper wigs tend to get more tangled and look worse the more you touch and play with it. Once you have the wig where you want it on your head, leave it alone! Flipping your hair, pulling on the curls, twirling the hair, etc. will most certainly turn your wig into a dreaded, matted mess. Fortunately, you can get through this struggle:
Fabric softener is safe on nearly all synthetic fibers, and will help control frizz and static, and can aid in detangling your wig. Soaking it is far more effect than just spraying the wig as the bath will coat all of the fibers evenly. A spray will only get the top layer, and then the layers underneath will start levitating from static and tangling on you. You can also try the wet dryer sheet trick if you're in a bind, but again that only gets the top layers of fibers. Soaking the wig is the only truly effective way to treat the entire wig. DO NOT USE STATIC-GUARD ON ANY WIG. The chemicals in Static-Guard may melt the fibers of your wig. Fabric softener can safely be used on nearly anything from cheap, bottom-shelf wigs to higher end wigs.
- Fill a sink with lukewarm, not hot, water.
- Add a cap-full of fabric softener. You can use more or less to your preference.
- Swirl and soak the wig in the water for 5 to 15 minutes. Do not rub the fibers together as this will kink and damage the fibers. Gently work the tangles out with your fingers. Firmly hold the section of hair you are working on after the cap, so you don't pull the fibers out of the cap. They won't grow back!
- Do not rinse the fabric softener out, otherwise you're rinsing away your static-fighting properties.
- Let the wig air dry. DO NOT WRING IT OUT. Wringing, twisting, and rubbing the wig will stretch and severely damage the fibers of your wig. You may gently pat it with a towel, but do not rub or wring it! ***If your wig is heat-safe, you may use a hair dryer to speed the drying process, although the hot air may add a little static to the fibers.***
You can also use a fabric softener soak to pre-treat your wig. Again, DO NOT USE STATIC-GUARD ON ANY WIG. It might be really tempting to use the quick-n-easy option of Static-Guard, but again this product contains many chemicals and could absolutely ruin your wig.
Another preventative option is to spray the wig with hairspray and comb it (while it's still wet) with a wide-toothed comb to evenly distribute the hairspray. This will give some weight to the fibers to help keep them down, and the holding property of the hairspray will help the wig keep its shape.
Q: My curly wig is all dragged out. Help!
A: A wide-toothed comb will be your curly wig's best bet. The wider teeth allow more of the fibers to stay together in their respective curls, to maintain the style. The best way to comb curly wigs is to drag the comb down the wig with the tines pointed up. This way, you will not dig into the curls and accidentally separate them. This will preserve the curls, but get those flyaways to come back into alignment.
To get major mats out, use a wig-specific detangler or a fabric softener bath and try to gently work the mats while the fibers are wet or damp. Firmly hold the section of hair you are working on after the cap, so you don't pull the fibers out of the cap. They won't grow back!
If you're using a wig brush, the best way to get mats out is to brush using a rolling action, so you don't pull too hard on the fibers. Brush strokes should be in a top to bottom direction, and also roll your wrist with the brush stroke. This way the brush will more roll down the wig gently instead of pulling straight through the fibers.
To recreate the curls, you have to determine which strands go together in a curl, and which direction the curls are meant to wrap. Once all the fibers are untangled, twirl the group of strands around your finger so the curl goes in the correct direction. If the curl looks nice, continue with the next curl to be fixed. If the curl seems to want to flip back and forth instead of wrap nicely, it probably needs to be wrapped the other direction. This process can be tedious, but your wig will have its flouncy curls back.
Q: What is a "lace front" wig?
A: Lace front wigs are the perfect option for anyone looking to have a very natural hairline. Most wigs have what is called a "hard edge"; the hairline of the wig is the end of the wig cap. A hard edge has a more bulky look to the hairline, but can generally be hidden by bangs. Lace front wigs have just that, a lace patch along the front hairline of the wig with the fibers hand tied into the lace. This very closely simulates hairs grown from actual follicles, and because the lace portion is so thin, it will lay very close to the scalp and be nearly undetectable, if worn properly.
Q: How do I wear a lace front wig?
A: Before putting the wig on, you need to trim the excess lace. Wearing the wig before doing so can rip the lace, rendering the wig unusable. Trim along the hairline, leaving about a centimeter of lace. This helps to keep the hairline looking natural, and also gives you some safety net space if, god forbid, the lace starts to unravel, that way your fibers don't immediately fall out. The lace is worn "out", so it lays flat against the skin of your forehead. If you tuck and fold the lace in under the wig, it defeats the purpose of having the lace patch as it forces the fabric up off your head. It can also warp the lace in ways it is not meant to be stretched. The lace can be tacked down with either wig glue or wig tape. You can also use foundation makeup to blend the lace into your skin better, if you need to. If you do use a fixative or makeup on your lace front, it is very important that you wash the wig with wig-safe shampoo and wig-safe conditioner. The glue residue and makeup can make the lace crusty if you store it before washing it.