From a customer e-mail:

I was wondering about the fact that you use plastic, most other shops only sell metal brushes and combs for wigs, is there a reason you use plastic? I never knew that using plastic was okay, I was always told use metal brushes and combs to prevent static.

I’ve heard this before. I think it’s one of those “common knowledge” sorts of things that isn’t really true.

The thing is, most of the static actually just comes from wearing the wig. The strands rub up and bump up against each other and that is what makes the tangles happen. The composition of the comb makes little, if any, impact on the static build up.

It’s actually much more important, in my opinion, to focus on the teeth of the comb and how wide and thick they are. The instruments we use to style the wigs can do a lot of damage – not due to static, but due to PULLING. This pulling causes human hair to break and synthetic hair to snap back and kink into place until the ends of the wig feel like an old dish sponge. Using a comb with teeth that are very thick and wide apart minimizes how much of the hair can get caught in the teeth and minimizes pulling via extension. 😉

This, by the way, is why combs are preferable to brushes. If you need to use a brush, though, go for one that is loop-ended or made specifically for wigs and use it as infrequently as you can possibly get away with. Brushing is WAY harder on your wigs than combing with a good, thick, wide-toothed comb! Besides, people who are telling you to use metal brushes . . . are trying to get you to buy their metal brushes. 😉

PS – One more thing about the Jon Reanu comb: I just really like that comb 🙂

The comb from Jon Renau is super-lightweight (so easy to carry in a purse or pocket), gentle as a lamb on your wigs, has an ergonomic handle, and nice wide teeth. It’s my favorite wig comb from any of our brands, which it is why it’s the only one I’ll carry.

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By Eseandre

There seems to be three main types of synthetic wig owners.

The first group is made up of those who are almost scared to touch their wigs because they think that the slightest modification will ruin their wigs. The second group is made up of those who think they can do anything they want to their synthetic wigs and the wigs will be just fine. And the third group understands that there are dos and don’ts when it comes to handling a synthetic wig. These wig wearers know that when you show your wigs love and treat them right, that care and pride will shine right through.

So out of these three groups, where you want to be?

You want to be a wig wearer who’s smart and savvy, especially when it comes to caring for your hair. Don’t subject your wigs to the extremes. Help ensure that you can enjoy them for a long time by learning what synthetic wigs can and cannot handle.

Things you can do to your synthetic wig

Overall wig maintenance involves cleaning, storing and maintaining the wig’s shape. Synthetic wigs are no exception. The best part is, all of that it is pretty easy. You can do it all with a few simple tools and products.

Take your wig off at night and hang it on a wig stand. This step is crucial in maintaining the shape of a wig and its curls, and also in preventing tangling. If you can avoid it at all costs, please don’t go to bed with your wig on. If for some reason you just have to sleep in your wig, then do good to wrap it up in silk bonnet.

Detangle your synthetic wigs with care. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle straight wigs and wigs with loose curls. For wigs with tighter curls, use your fingers and gently remove any curls. Under no condition should you use a tight-tooth comb for your synthetic wigs because it pulls at the wig strands and causes them to break. Another thing to keep in mind is to always detangle the hair before washing your synthetic wigs. This will prevent any existing tangles from getting even worse.

Moisturize your synthetic wigs. Luckily, synthetic wigs do not need as much styling product as human hair does. All you need is a little to add lustre to your wig, so if you choose to use a shine serum of spray, remember to use them sparingly. Wigs can get dry after a while, so get a good moisturizing product that’s specifically formulated for synthetic hair. Never use sheens or sprays that are meant for natural hair for your synthetic wigs. Some of those products can have alcohol in them and the alcohol can dry out the wig and cause it to get coarse.

Style your synthetic wig.

You can maintain the style of your synthetic wigs by storing them properly on a wig head, using the right comb for detangling and keeping curls rolled up in curling rods or rollers. Synthetic wigs cannot withstand heat so avoid using hot styling techniques except for wigs that are stated to have a heat protectant surface.

Apply little products on your synthetic wigs. Again, synthetic wig maintenance does not require a lot of product. Using a lot of product will only cause your wigs to lose their shine from product buildup.

Pick the appropriate products for your synthetic wigs. Synthetic wigs are very different from human hair. That means what works for human hair won’t work for synthetic hair most of the time. When picking out a moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner and other styling products for your wigs, make sure you get products formulated for synthetic wigs. Remember…say, “Yes!” to synthetic wig products, and say, “No!” to natural hair products.

Have a good washing routine for your synthetic wigs. It’s a bad idea not to wash your synthetic wigs. How else do you think all of that product build up will come off?!? Think about it. You’re putting a wig on your head and close to your scalp and bio hair. Keep your wigs clean on a regular basis is an absolute must. If you need help remembering how often you should wash them, set a washing schedule for every three to four weeks. Three to four weeks is the sweet spot. Washing your synthetic wigs too often can actually damage your wigs by making them coarse, dry and brittle.

Know how to wash synthetic wigs. When wash time comes around, you’ll need cold water, synthetic hair shampoo, synthetic hair conditioner, a wide-tooth comb and a towel.

Before any wash session, detangle your wigs the right way. Then, get your synthetic hair shampoo and add some to a small tub of cold or lukewarm water until the water is mildly foamy. Make sure there is enough water in the tub to immerse your wigs in it. Place your detangled wig in gently and make sure it’s completely flat in the cold water and shampoo solution. Make sure that the wig is completely immersed. Let it sit in the water for 10 to 15 minutes gently moving it from side to side. Do not try to wash the strands with your fingers, the shampoo solution will dissolve all the dirt on the wig and it will easily float away.

When the time is up, take your wig out and rinse it under running water. Mix together a synthetic conditioner and cold water solution and once again place the wig inside it making sure it is completely immersed in the solution. A fabric conditioner can be a substitute for the synthetic hair conditioner. Allow to soak for 5 to 10 minutes, take out the wig and place in between a folded towel and pat dry. Place the wig on a wig stand and let it air dry.

To sum it all up, here’s a list of what you can and cannot do to your synthetic wigs:

● You can apply a synthetic wig serum/spray to maintain a healthy shine on your wigs.
● You can’t use natural hair products on synthetic wigs.
● You can detangle your synthetic wigs with a wide-tooth comb or with your hand depending on the curl type.
● You can’t use tight-toothed combs to detangle your wigs.
● You can style your synthetic wigs with rollers or curling rods.
● You cannot apply heat to synthetic wigs unless it is a heat-safe wig.
● You can use synthetic hair products on your wig and not human hair products.
● You can store your wigs carefully on a wig head.
● You can air dry your wigs.
● You cannot use heat to dry your wigs unless it is a heat-safe wig.
● You can wash your wigs with cold or lukewarm water. Don’t wash them with hot water.
● You can use a towel to pat your synthetic wig dry. Do not squeeze it.

Keep these things in mind and your wigs will be just fine.

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Curls come in all kinds of shapes, sizes, and configurations. Each of these attributes will have a significant impact on how much VOLUME you can expect your wig to have.

Curly wigs ALWAYS appear to have more hair than straight wigs. This is because the texture encourages volume and body with minimal amount of styling and will not lie flat unless you straighten it.

Shape: round curls – such as barrel curls or those that look as though they’ve been styled with a big, round brush – will give you more volume (i.e. bigger hair) than narrower curls or waves.

Size: bigger curls will give you bigger hair!

Configuration: The higher up on the hair shaft and the closer to the “scalp” of the wig the curls begin, the more voluminous your hair will be!

We’re going to use some examples to show you how this works!

This is Jamila Hi by Ellen Wille.

Shape: The curls here are corkscrews.

Size: In terms of tight corkscrew curls, these are fairly large.

Configuration: The curls start about 2” away from the base of the hair.

The Result: Jamila Hi is a wig with a LOT of volume all over!

This is Charlotte by TressAllure.

Shape: The curls here are blown-out barrels, similar to what you would achieve with a round brush.

Size: Very, very large and loose

Configuration: The curls start about 3” – 4” away from the base of the hair and are ONLY in the back of the wig.

The Result: Charlotte is a wig that is sleek and fits close to the face in the front, and “blooms” with volume in the back. The volume in the back is substantial and has lots of built-in lift, courtesy of the permatease in the cap and the hair texture.

This is Ashley by Envy.

Shape: The curls here are classic round barrels.

Size: Large

Configuration: The curls start about 5.5” away from the base of the hair, or around the mid-face on most women.

The Result: Ashley is a monotop, lace front wig so she has relatively low volume on the top (and has a LOT of hair up there to compensate for the lack of permatease). The curls hit right at the mid-face, which means that the volume “blooms” in that location. This is a great style for folks with narrow or square faces who want to soften their angles or add volume in those places . . . but it will make the lower part of the face look bigger due to the volume, so it’s not a great shape for round faces.

This is Jessica by Jon Reneau.

Shape: The curls here are loose round barrels with some variation in direction.

Size: Medium

Configuration: The curls start about 3” (in the front) and 5.5” (on the sides) away from the base of the hair.

The Result: Jessica is a permateased wig so she has built-in volume on the top. The curls hit right at the mid-face, which means that the volume “blooms” in that location, though there is ample volume all over due to the cap construction. Variations in the directions of the curls make this a more natural looking curl pattern AND adds some volume. Like the Ashley above, this is a great style for folks with narrow or square faces who want to soften their angles or add volume in those places.

This is Socialite by Gabor.

Shape: The curls here are loose round barrels with some variation in direction.

Size: Very large

Configuration: The curls start about 5” (in the front) and 8” (on the sides) away from the base of the hair, or around the jawline on most women.

The Result: Socialite is a partial mono wig, so she has a cap with a very light amount of permatease, particularly at the crown. The curls are large and open, giving this wig a very soft and relaxed amount of volume below the jaw, and loose, open curls in the layering around the face as well. The volume is relatively sleek above the jaw, since so much of the top of the wig is straight.

This is Scarlett by Jon Renau.

Shape: Open, wind-blown (read that as “intentionally sloppy,” “shabby chic,” or “Boho”) corkscrews

Size: Large, at least by corkscrew standards

Configuration: The waves hug the face in the front and the bulk of the rest of the waves start about 4” – 5” down from the base of the hair.

The Result: Scarlett has built-in volume in the cap due to the permatease, so there is plenty of volume all over the wig. The curls are intentionally unruly, so while it “blooms” slightly above the mid-face, it will have volume in a casually elegant and uneven fashion all throughout the wig, particularly in the front.

This is Amber by Jon Renau.

Shape: VERY loose, barely defined barrels

Size: Extremely large and open

Configuration: The curls are extremely soft and open. They start below the jawline, with most being below the shoulders. There are some soft curls added to the layers near the face.

The Result: Amber isn’t really a curly wig. There may be some texture, but it is VERY loose and soft and doesn’t really add much in terms of body or volume; it is concentrated too low on the hair shaft and is too loose to give you “big hair” with this wig. The monofilament top and lace front further encourage this wig to have a more natural amount of volume than the product photos might indicate, especially after it’s been washed. The texture merely softens the wig and makes it a bit more feminine.

Shape: Long, well-defined corkscrews

Size: Large

Configuration: The curls are clearly defined and “bloom” at the bottom of the face area, approximately 8” from the base of the hair in the back of the wig with some soft curled layers near the front of the face.

The Result: Brianna, unlike Amber above, IS a curly wig. The uniform corkscrew pattern gives this wig a very classic and pretty amount of volume towards the bottom of the wig. The monofilament top on this wig makes Brianna relatively flat on the top and very voluminous as you go down the length of the hair.

Now that you’ve seen this concept in action, you should be able to apply it to hair while you’re shopping to give you a really good way to determine what the volume will be like on your potential new hair!

You and I both know the product images can be a little less than perfect at times. This kind of knowledge will make it much easier to beat the marketing! Have fun! 🙂

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Product Listing:
Jamila Hi has been re-released as Jamila Plus by Ellen Wille
Charlotte by TressAllure
Jessica by Jon Renau
Socialite by Gabor
Scarlett by Jon Renau
Amber by Jon Renau (also available in large)
Brianna by Envy

We receive, at least one, if not more, tickets a week in the CCHD on this very question: “Can I cut a bang into XYZ wig?”. So here are our thoughts!

Short answer: Yes, you can cut synthetic, synthetic blend or even human hair fiber, but the result will NOT be the same as cutting your bio hair. I learned this the hard way after destroying several wigs early on in my wig-wearing years.

So, we have a few suggestions when considering such a plight:

1) We HIGHLY recommend having a professional, with experience cutting synthetic fibers, cut in the bang or at least provide some additional consultation, especially if this is a piece you have significant money invested. Synthetic Fiber is very different than human hair and is the equivalent to a fiber/fabric (think cotton) vs the actual texture of bio hair. Thus, cutting synthetic hair the same way as bio hair, will NOT result in the same outcome.

Also, many times synthetic hair may need to be thinned in the front, especially if the style is a long bang or one length style and a professional WITH experience in this area is really a great resource.

If you do not have that resource available, another suggestion is to pull out one of your older wigs to practice on, and invest in a pair cutting shears made for synthetic fibers and give it a try it yourself!

2) The style of the wig is another point of consideration. The best styles for cutting in a bang, would be those that are either a NO part (standard cap) or a mono top. A side mono part style, like the Evanna by Rene of Paris, may not respond as well to a bang, given that the part is hard-set into the design. The side parts are made for that part, and if you try to adjust the parting, you will see the wefting and stitching. Thus, cutting a bang into this style, may not achieve the desired result. With the Evanna, you could potentially cut a side long bang, with wispy layers, but again, it may NOT lay flat or give you a straight-across bang affect. This is also a wavy textured wave, and though you could use steam to flatten the fiber, the bang may not lay flat.

Side part styles like Evanna by Rene of Paris, are not recommended for cutting-in a bang:

Whereas, a style like the Aria by Rene of Paris, with a Lace-front and standard cap (permatease) may produce a better result, especially with the lace-front. The fiber may be more likely to lay flat and produce the desired result. Sometimes too, cutting in a bang in a standard cap, helps to further disguise the permatease top.

3) Last word of caution, go slowly. When I cut my wigs, I cut at an angle, into the fiber and do so a little at a time, to see if the fiber is responding well and if not, I can usually stop before it is too late.

Happy hair cutting and if you have additional tips or tricks you would like to share, or would like to share a photo of your successes, please contact us at the CCHD (Client Care Help Desk) as we would love to hear from you!

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