Human Hair Care 101 – Tips For Your New Wig

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By CysterWigs’ Contributer

So you’ve finally gotten your hands on your first human hair wig!

Having a wig can certainly be exciting. With the different lengths, colors and textures available today, you can choose something that looks just like your natural hair texture or go for something that’s far different if you feel like being adventurous. However, having the wig is only half the battle. The next half is up to you, and will determine just how beautiful and healthy your wig continues to look as time goes by.

When it comes to human hair wig care, here’s the rundown on what you need to know when it comes to washing, styling and general maintenance.

The Wash Process

Detangling should be at the forefront of any good wash routine. Use a wide-tooth comb or a special wig comb/brush until you’re sure that all of the tangles have disappeared. Now, you’re ready to wash!

Shampoo can be a bit too drying for your wig. Instead, opt for your favorite moisturizing conditioner to get the job done and keep your wig soft and smooth at the same time . Soak the wig in conditioner and warm water for about thirty minutes, then rinse with cool water to seal those cuticles. You can then apply a light oil or wig shine to the hair to keep it looking lush and healthy.

It’s advised that you leave the hair to air dry. Blow drying can damage the hair strands if you’re doing it too often or at excessively high heats. If you’re in a hurry and have no other choice, be sure to use a silicone-based heat protectant and blow dry on a low heat.

Safe Styling

You’re probably itching to try out a ton of styles on your human hair wig, and that’s perfectly understandable! Wearing your wig should be a fun experience, and it’s only right that you style it safely.

For heat styling, whether it be straightening or curling, remember – heat protectant is your best friend! It helps to prevent your wig strands from becoming frizzy, dry and fried, or in the case of curlier textures, from losing their gorgeous curl pattern.

Similarly, avoid high temperatures and too many passes with your flat iron or curling iron. You should be able to get perfect results with a moderate heat setting and the proper moisturizing products.

General Maintenance

Now that we’ve got washing and styling covered, here are a few other useful tips that can make or break your wig.

If you prefer to sleep with your wig on, loosely braid the hair before getting into bed, or place it in a low bun to prevent it from becoming a tangled mess overnight.

Detangling from root to tip can cause your wig to shed much more! Start from the ends and work your way up from there.

Too many products can cause your wig to fall flat. Instead, try using just one moisturizing product on your wig at a time. You don’t need a lot, either – just a dime-sized amount can be enough for your entire head, depending on the length, hair pattern and density of the wig.

Caring for your wig doesn’t have to be difficult! With these simple tips, you’ll find it super easy to keep your wig looking like new for much longer. You’ll not onl


  1. Beth
    October 3, 2018 / 4:41 pm

    Could you discuss coloring needs and options? This post is helpful, but I personally would love you to address this. I have worn hats and so forth, but it’s been a sunny summer. I need to make sure the HH wig doesn’t oxidize too much and get damaged. Help?

    • Gina
      October 4, 2018 / 2:14 pm

      Hi there Beth! Thank you for commenting! I’ll schedule tomorrow’s Knowledge Base post to discuss this. 😉

      Please feel free to contact us in the Help Desk or check out the Knowledge Base for more immediate information on dyeing human hair wigs.

      Our CCHD team is available 10 am – 6pm (EST/EDT)
      Monday – Friday (excluding most major US holidays)
      Phone: 1-888-992-9447

      Thank you for choosing CysterWigs, and have a lovely day!

      • Beth Rahe Balas
        October 4, 2018 / 4:18 pm

        Looking forward to your Knowledge Base post!

  2. Ellie Davis
    January 31, 2019 / 12:25 am

    Thank you for these tips on getting a wig. My mother is needing a wig after losing all of her hair. I’ll have to help her find the best one for her.

    • Gina
      January 31, 2019 / 3:33 pm

      Hi there Ellie!

      You are being an amazing daughter by being there and supporting your mom the way you are. As woman, losing your hair is such an emotional time.

      Please reach out to us in our Help Desk if you need any help selecting the right wig. One thing I want to stress is the importance of getting your mom in the right fitting wig.

      Our CCHD team is available 10 am – 6pm (EST/EDT)
      Monday – Friday (excluding most major US holidays)

      Thank you for choosing CysterWigs, and have a lovely day!

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