To find suitable wigs that you can swim in, research if the piece can be exposed to water. Carefully consider the wig's construction and make sure there's a method of securing the piece to your head while swimming. To avoid damaging real hair while wearing the wig, look for lightweight pieces that facilitate the drying process.
Wigs that you can swim in are typically constructed from human hair. While wigs made from synthetic hair hold hairstyles better and feel lighter on the head, synthetic hair frizzes when exposed to water and allowed to dry unattended. The wearer must take immediate action to maintain the style. Softer, more pliable human hair wigs react like natural hair when wet. The pieces require no special treatment after swimming besides a quick rinse with clean water.
To maintain aesthetic quality for wigs that you can swim in, the hair is attached in a special manner. Regular wigs attach groups of hair to rows, also called tracks. These tracks stand out as the hairstyle shifts during heavy physical activity, including swimming. Wigs made for swimming attach individual hair strands to a mesh or membrane type base, mimicking natural hair growth. The thin base also reduces bulk, making it easier to wear swim caps.
Wigs that you can swim in use adhesives to form secure head attachments. Available as separate purchases, three adhesives provide users with various lengths of effectiveness. Specially designated, medical grade beginner acrylic glue attaches wigs for a period of 1 to 10 days. Medical grade copolymer wig glue attaches pieces for a period of 1 to 6 weeks. Two-sided wig tape attaches a piece for 1 to 3 days. Allow adhesive to set for 24 hours before swimming.
Wigs that you can swim in have the ability to be combed and blow-dried without damaging the piece. The wig can still be worn during the drying process. Allow the piece to air dry during normal activity in the sun or by sitting under a hooded dryer. Such drying methods are not recommended for regular wigs. The pieces must be allowed to air dry, undisturbed, on a wig stand. Intense heat can singe the hair strands.
Splitting her time between El Paso, Texas and Philadelphia, Penn., Jade Blue began writing in 2009. Blue has written for various websites, specializing in travel-related topics. She holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from Philadelphia University.