How to make wig life a breeze?

Building consistent routines or rituals is one of the best tips for making wig life a breeze. It personally has taken me a long time to figure this out but I learned over time that some of my worst wig moments were the result of poor planning on my part. Below are the new routines/rituals that have worked well for me; please use this as a guide and build your own.

PM Routine

You will need: a petite mannequin head, wig brush, teasing brush, wig pins, rubbing alcohol

Prep your wig or hairpiece in the evening, that way when you wake up, you can just put it on and go! Mornings are crazy for everyone - you are tired, kids need help, breakfast, dog, and so on! Take 5-10 mins in the evening to prep your wig; you be will setting yourself up for success.

  • If needed, remove, and pre-apply wig tape
  • If needed, wipe any silicone or PU tabs down with alcohol
  • Brush your wig or hairpiece - keep in mind your piece is hand
  • If the ends feel dry
    • Human Hair | Apply 1-2 drops of argan oil and then use your wig brush to the oil through the hair.
    • Luxury Synthetic | Using a water bottle wet the ends. If it is really hair, wet the ends, apply a little bit of conditioner and then rinse it out.
  • Home base, aka your mannequin head. Whenever your wig is not on your head, it MUST be placed on a mannequin head.
    • How to place your wig on the mannequin head
      • Step 1: Hairline - place the front of the wig (hairline) so that it sits on the outline of the mannequin head.
      • Step 2: Take a moment to position the wig how you want it to sit on your head. Basically, if your wig doesn't look good on a mannequin, then it won't look good on you.
      • Step 3: Hairline/Keep Hair Out Of The Cap | Make sure the lace front doesn't tuck under or inside the cap. The easiest way to do this is to just place one finger inside the wig and run your finger along the perimeter of the wig adjusting the lace front and removing any hair that is inside the cap. This will ensure that the lace front will sit flat and that your wig won't be itchy from hairs that have come inside the cap
      • Step 3: If your wig slides around on the mannequin, take some t-pins and place them in the PU tabs which are typically located in the ear tab & nape sections of the wig. If you do not have a PU section, please be careful because the pins can tear the wig material.
      • Pro tip | Never place t-pins in the lace front section of the wig. Doing so, means that you will always have a hole. Because the lace front is delicate, this small hole can easily become a big hole which can cause the hair to shed and it can also change the fit/shape of the lace front.

AM Routine

You will need: petite mannequin head, wig brush, teasing brush, argan oil, hair perfume, & hair dryer
  • Home base, aka your mannequin head. If you are not wearing your wig, this is where the piece MUST live.
  • Store the pins at the base to easily secure your alternative hair to the mannequin.
  • If wig tape was applied the night before, remove the film and apply your wig or hairpiece.
  • If the front of the wig looks flat or if the hair is falling into your face, then take your teasing brush and redirect or push the hair toward the back and away from you using a cold setting on your hair dryer.
  • To make this routine special, spray some hair perfume on the hair my favorite is this one.

Weekly Routine

You will need: petite mannequin head, sulfate-free, color-safe shampoo and conditioner, wig brush, and teasing brush
  • Alopecia-Date Night - Decide what evening will be your "alopecia-date" night. The best way to ensure that your hair will look amazing and that wig life will be a breeze is to build a weekly wash routine. If you don't, I promise the day you need your helper hair to look good; it won't. Alternative hair does tell us that it needs some love; the problem is that none of us want to listen. We get lazy, push the limits, and that is when wig life hurts!
  • Backup - Find a stylist to help you. Some weeks life is going to be crazy, your kids will be sick, you will be sick, work life will be crazy, family visits, and so the list goes on. Set yourself up for success and find a stylist that you trust and ask them if they can "occasionally" help you out. Bonus tip, Drybra will wash and style alternative hair.
  • The morning after the wash, plan on needing 20 mins of prep. Depending on the look that you want for the week, your hair will need a bit of love the morning after the wash, but you only have to do this once a week!
    • Heat Tools Tips
      • Use a heat protector; this will maintain the moisture that you just repaired.
      • If your wig is still damp, please, spray the hair with a heat protector and dry the hair using a hair dryer.
      • Curls, allow the curl to cool/set before wearing the hair (about 5-10 mins). To maintain the curl, when you are not wearing your piece, wrap the hair in a hairnet. Work in 1" inch sections, using the teasing brush smooth the hair out. Put a hair net on the wig or hairpiece and start curling the hair; tuck the hair into the hairnet and allow the hair to cool.
      • Flat iron, apply 1-2 drops of argan oil to the hair for a silky, smooth look. Work in 1" inch sections, using the teasing brush smooth the hair out and work slowly so you only have to pass that section of hair once
If you need additional support, please book a private wig consultation with us, and we would be happy to help. Book Here

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