My First Year in Wigs: What I have learned – Part Two by Rachel

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Part 2. Believe me! Don’t use that brush on synthetic hair!

Well I just finished up my very first full year of wearing wigs! It has been QUITE a journey and I have learned a lot about what does and doesn’t work for me. Here’s another thing that I’ve learned during my year of wearing wigs.

After I got past the whole issue of purchasing a long heat friendly synthetic as my first wig, I learned another valuable lesson in wig wearing. Even though you are going to be tempted to use that detangling wet brush on your synthetic wig, DON’T DO IT!

My next two wigs I purchased on my journey were Miranda by Jon Renau and Rachel by Jon Renau. Both of these styles were actually pretty curly out of the box. When you get a curly wig, the curls tend to be VERY defined right out of the box because they were just styled at the manufacturer. Now the styling is in your hands. Many of us wig wearers don’t like to wear those well-defined curls right out of the box. We like to separate them a little bit so they’ll look a little more natural and “self-styled” before we wear them out in public. So what did I do with those luscious curls right out of the box? I took a Wet Brush and brushed straight through the curls to separate them. Well, that TOTALLY backfired. *facepalm*

When you brush through a wig (even with a great detangling brush like Wet Brush) it over-separates the beautiful curls on the wigs. So instead of having natural-looking curly wigs, I ended up with poofy afro-like wigs. It was a total bummer and took a lot of work to even make them wearable in public. Especially the Rachel style by Jon Renau. It took a lot of wetting, combing, and silicone spray to get it in wearable shape.

So what are you really supposed to do to separate those curls? Use your fingers! I honestly wouldn’t even recommend a wig comb for this. I have a couple curly wigs that have NEVER had a comb touch them. I only use my fingers for Mila and Girl Mono. Longer wavy or very loosely curled wigs like Blaze will definitely require a light combing (with an actual wig comb) after wearing it, but don’t over do it! If you just take it easy, you can avoid a frizzy mess!

So again, I leave you with this advice. Avoid using brushes on your wigs, folks! They will make you sad!

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You can see all of Rachel’s posts here. Part one of the series is located here and part three is here.

1 Comment

  1. Kathleen A.
    November 26, 2018 / 5:47 am

    Hi, Rachel,
    Glad I read your post on NOT combing even simply WAVY wigs like Jon Renau’s Miranda and Rachel. I’d looked at some similar, though shorter, wigs, thinking how much I miss just COMBING my hair–er–wigs. I’m so limited anyway, to wearing size large caps, and I long to have hair I can comb straight though. Who knew that these wavy long wigs couldn’t take even a simple comb-through? I bought two Renau Scarlett wigs from Cysterwigs, thinking I’d be wearing them all the time, and wrecking them, but no, I’m still on wig #1, because I treat it like an infant. I have always longed to just comb through that wig, and now I know the price I’d pay.

    I finger-curl it with water sometimes, to refresh the beachy wave look, but that’s it. I took to buying only straight wigs, and now I can wear them and comb away with my Jon Renau comb, however gently. I’m no stylist, and at my age, I don’t want to become one. But you have really saved me from buying a longish wig that looked like Rachel. I would have killed it on the first go! Many thanks for your post.

    In response to your 1st post, shame on most brick and mortar wig shops. Yes, there is one near me, but I wouldn’t darken its door. They only want your money and to see the back of you, leaving. Shame on a person who starts a woman on a heat-defiant wig, anyway. Beginners need a shorter wig that’s simple and straight, and to go from there, after getting their Master’s from Heather’s posts and videos–and posts like yours, Miss Rachel.

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