Although human hair wigs can look more authentic many wig-wearers prefer to buy synthetic wigs. Synthetic wigs are generally less expensive than human-hair wigs but in addition they are easier to care for. Human hair wigs need to be taken to a wig-maker for repairs and upkeep but wig-owners can fix synthetic wigs by themselves with a few simple strategies.
Use synthetic hair products when working on the wig. These products were created specifically for synthetic wigs and will make the process of fixing a synthetic wig much easier and more effective.
Remove tangles from a synthetic straight hair wig by brushing the wig with a wide-toothed brush in the same direction as the wig's setting.
Remove tangles from a synthetic curly hair wig by using fingers to detangle.
Clean and remove excess dirt and spray from a synthetic wig by shampooing it in a basin of lukewarm water with a small amount of wig shampoo added.
Dip the wig into the water several times, taking care not to tangle the wig. Pat the shampoo into the wig without wringing it. Pat the shampoo into the wig's cap as well.
Rinse the wig well by allowing fresh water to wash over the wig, running down the wig in the direction that the hair falls.
Hang the wig on a wig stand to dry.
Shampoo the wig every week or two, using synthetic wig conditioners in between shampoos.
Adjust the size of the cap of the synthetic wig by pulling on the adjustment strap at the back of the wig if it is too big.
Adjust the size of the cap by stretching it over a canvas block if it is too small.
Work through a frizzy synthetic wig by spraying the hair with some water and a bit of leave-in conditioner. Comb the conditioner through the wig.
Put a curling iron on its lowest heat setting and pull the hair through the curling iron.
Brush the hair while the hair is still warm and smooth it out. Pull it firmly from the cap when brushing.
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