While synthetic wigs require less maintenance than their virgin human hair counterparts, they still need some care in order to last as long as possible. Even though synthetic wigs look perfect as soon as you take them out of the box, it will take some effort on your part to make them stay this way.
When you first take the wig out of the box, shake it out. Don’t brush it. Allow it to hang for a while before wearing. Each time you take the unit off your head, shake it out and let it hang until you need it again. Don’t fold it into the box.
The wig will last longer if you have a mannequin head to keep it on. If you don’t, you can use hooks and hangars with pins or invest in a special wig stand. As long as the hair is hanging, it will keep its good looks.
Synthetic wigs need to be washed every ten to twelve uses. Before running it under water, untangle it carefully with your fingers. Always wash your synthetic wig in cold water. Apply special wig shampoo. In order to avoid frizz, you can add a bit of a fabric softener to the water. Leave the wig to soak for five minutes and rinse thoroughly. Pat the wig dry. Never wring it. Allow it to air dry while hanging.
If you want your inexpensive wig to look as beautiful as natural hair, be smart about brushing. Purchase a special synthetic wig brush or a boar-bristle one. Start brushing from the bottom, carefully going up to the roots. Make sure the wig is completely dry before brushing. Don’t use hair gel on your synthetic wig. However, water-soluble hair sprays are permitted.
If you don’t remove your wig before sleep, you reduce its life expectancy by half. All your efforts to keep it looking brand new will be in vain if you decide to sleep on the wig. It may become wrinkled and frizzy. No matter how tired you are, make sure you take the wig off and hang it. Even drag queen wigs may be ruined by sleeping on them.
Unless you have a heat safe wig, you have to keep it away from the heat and open fire. Synthetic wigs may melt and become frizzy upon touching a heated surface. Be careful when cooking. Boiling water will ruin your hair just as fast as an open fire. Even the best wigs are helpless against scolding heat.
If you want your synthetic wig to last as long as possible, consider buying special wig care tools. For example, using a special wig cap will make wearing more comfortable and reduce the washing frequency. Consider styling the wig on a wig stand instead of your head. This way you’ll be able to see if you are doing something wrong. Buy special wig brushes and combs to simplify your styling efforts.