What you’ll need:
a virgin toothbrush with firm bristles
holding spray (if your wig is synthetic, make sure it’s synthetic safe!)
a styrofoam head
sectioning clips or bobby pins
a small pair of sharp scissors
1. Use T-pins to pin the wig right-side-in (so the hair is facing you, not the inside of the cap) on the styrofoam head. I generally put t-pins at the nape, forehead, ear tabs, and crown. Make sure wig is nice and secure before moving on to step 2.
2. Use the wide-toothed comb to gently brush the hair back, directly off the face, to best expose any wefts on the top of the head and / or crown that you want to fluff up.
3. Use sectioning clips or bobby pins to separate the individual wefts.
4. Look on the underside of the weft, near the bottom, where it is sewn into the cap. This is where the permatease lives! Moving in small horizontal strokes, take the virgin toothbrush and “saw” back and forth with gentle pressure. This will help fluff up the permatease again.
5. Continue throughout the areas of the cap that you want to fluff up.
NOTE: It’s okay if it seems like you are fluffing things too much. You can always tame things back down at the end. “More is better” is generally the way to go when you do this.
6. Flip the wig upside-down and spritz with the hair spray. Allow to dry.
7. Remove from styrohead. Now that everything is nice and fluffy, use your fingers to style the wig as you want it to look.
8. Trim any obnoxious fly-aways with the scissors. (Carefully.)
This technique works particularly well with Rene of Paris and Noriko wigs. I use it on my Amal and Cameron wigs to squeak a few more months out of them, since (for example) the biggest issues with ROP wigs tend to be permatease failure issues and not the fibers getting frizzy. Give this a whirl and see if it helps you too! 🙂