Originally Posted on June 01, 2015 by Heather Hershey
A client of mine recently sent me an email asking some great questions about synthetic wig care that I thought might be fabulous to share with you all!
If any of you have synthetic wig care tips you’d like to share, please feel free to leave it in the comments. 🙂
On May 24, 2015, at 11:58 AM, Ms. X wrote:
You provided me with so much help with my RW Salsa wig and I do sincerely appreciate your assistance. Since I am a wig newbie, I need your aid again regarding wig products so my one wig will stay as nice as possible for the longest time.
1. Can you recommend shampoo, conditioner, and any other wig products that are absolutely essential? I probably won’t use any type of hair spray.
I do not use wig shampoo on my synthetics. I only use liquid fabric softener as directed in the video above and
the Biotera leave-in conditioner Simply Stylin’ Silicone Spray. I also use Envy Renu and Repair on the ends of my hair after washing and to keep curly wigs from frizzing. I also like to use dry shampoo in between washings. I use it on the outside to reduce shine and the inside of the cap to keep it fresh smelling. This is very helpful in warm weather! I also think the Jon Renau wide toothed travel comb is a lifesaver!
Batiste Dry Shampoo
Simply Stylin’ Spray (lightly scented)
And that’s about all I use on my synthetics. 😉
2. I want to avoid tangles, of course, but what do I do if the wig does develop tangles?
Depends on the kind of wig (synthetics vs. human hair vs. Remy human hair), the texture (straight vs. curly vs. wavy), and the length.
3. How do you know when it’s time to give up on a wig and toss it?
This is a very subjective thing. I tend to discard a wig or donate it when it starts to feel fried and brittle towards the end. The best way to tell is to get a magnifying glass and look at the ends. If the ends are kinked up all over the place, it will be difficult to salvage. You can steam it straight, but that will kill the body and volume.
Another indicator for me, especially on short open capped wigs, is if the permatease begins to fail. This happens about a month in and will make the wig look like it’s deflating. I will try to make a video about how to revitalize the permatease with a virgin toothbrush. It’s easy, though. You just use a comb to separate the tracks on the top of the cap and take the toothbrush to the back of the weft, right near the roots. Gently brush back and forth several times until the permatease becomes fluffy again. It’s pretty easy!
If you are comfortable styling and revitalizing your wigs, you can get a lot more life out of them than if you aren’t. If you can’t put work into salvaging it – or like me – you just don’t have the time, then that’s usually a good sign that the time has come. For a short wig like Salsa, the permatease failing will be more likely than the fibers themselves failing (by kinking up, which is how synthetics break down; they don’t get split ends).
Although I only spent $140 on the Salsa wig, I am somewhat afraid to wear it because I don’t want to damage it. I know that sounds crazy, but I don’t have $140 or more to spend on a new wig every couple of months.
Wash as infrequently as possible. Because the hair doesn’t come directly in contact with your scalp, there just isn’t a need to wash that often as long as you keep the inside of the cap relatively fresh and clean.
Use the dry shampoo on the hair and inside of the cap instead. 🙂
Never use anything more finely toothed than the wide toothed comb mentioned above.
These two principles of care – as simple as they are – will dramatically extend the wearable life of your Salsa!
Thanks so much for your assistance. I understand from reading your blog and the website that you are ridiculously busy, so please don’t worry about the time it might take to answer this email.
Thank you so much for understanding, Ms. X! 🙂
Please let me know if you have any other questions!