How do you prevent tangling/matting and reduce shedding?
First, we understand wigs are expensive, so when the hair sheds, it hurts. Below are some simple guides that will reduce shedding, prolong the lifespan, and keep your wig looking great!
Helpful To-Go Tips
One of the best tips we have is that wig life can and will be a breeze if you build consistent routines or rituals. It personally took me a long time to figure this out, but I learned over time that some of my worst "alternative hair" moments were the result of poor planning on my part. Below are the routines we follow; please use this as a guide and build your own ritual or routine.
Prep your wig or hairpiece in the evening so that when you wake up, you can just put it on and go! Mornings for everyone are crazy - you are tired, kids need help, breakfast, dog, and the list goes on! Take 5-10mins in the evening, you be will setting yourself up for success in the morning.
- 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, apply 1-2 drops of argan oil and then use your wig brush to the oil through the hair.
- Home base, aka your mannequin head. If you are not wearing your "helper hair," this is where the piece MUST live. Positive the wig so the front of the hairline sits where the outline is, and then position the wig how it will sit on your head. If your wig or hairpiece doesn't look good on the mannequin, then it won't look good on you.
- Store the pins at the base to easily secure your alternative hair to the mannequin. Apply the pins where the PU tabs are - typically the ear tabs and nape. If you do not have a PU section, please be careful because the pins can tear the material.
- Home base, aka your mannequin head. If you are not wearing your "helper hair," this is where the piece MUST live. Positive the wig so the front of the hairline sits where the outline is, and then position the wig how it will sit on your head. If it doesn't look good on the mannequin, it won't look good on you.
- 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 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 our favorite is this one.
- 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 tells 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 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
- Heat Tools Tips