Can I Dye My Human Hair Wig?

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People do. We don’t recommend it unless you (or a stylist) really know what you’re doing.

Keep in mind that in most cases this hair has already been HEAVILY color processed. Unless the hair is labeled “virgin”, you can guarantee that it has been treated in any number of ways to approximate a certain texture, color, or style. Non-Virgin WILL NOT react to hair dye the way that unprocessed hair might.

It’s your hair. Customize it however you like. Just know that there is risk involved and you could damage your wig…so be super careful and do your homework before dying ANYTHING.

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Hey y’all! It’s Gina. 🙂 So I’ve actually dyed a human hair topper, and I was quite pleased with the results. However, it should be noted that I was dyeing the hair darker. As much as I tried to keep the monofilament untouched, the dye was transferred to that too.

Before dyeing topper


After dyeing topper

Wanna hear more on how I customized my human hair topper? Leave a comment and I’ll make up a post next week!

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

The advantage of human hair wigs

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By CystersWigs’ Contributor

Wigs come in many different fiber options—synthetic, heat-resistant synthetic, human hair and human-synthetic blend just to name a few. Synthetic wigs are a popular choice for the budget-conscious wig lover. These wigs tend to have smaller price tags, which is great if you love to chase the trends. But if you want an option that looks, acts and feels like your bio hair, human hair is the way to go.

Human hair wigs may cost more, but if you take good care of them, you can protect your investment and wear these wigs for a long time. Here are a few more reasons to consider human hair if you haven’t before.

Better quality hair

If you only wear synthetic wig, upgrading to human hair can make you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot. Human hair wigs are made with real hair, and it feels and moves just like your own. We won’t blame you if you can’t keep your hands out of it.

Human hair wigs come in two main categories—remy and non-remy hair. Remy hair wigs come from one source, so the hair’s natural cuticle will be intact, and the cuticle faces in the same direction with every strand to prevent tangling. Non-remy hair comes from multiple sources, so the cuticles won’t face the same direction. To remedy this, manufacturers might partially remove the cuticle which sometimes cause tangling. But that doesn’t mean these wigs are inferior to remy wigs. Like with anything, if you stay on top of your care routine, your wig will look good regardless.

They’re heat styleable

One of the downsides to synthetic wigs is that when you choose a style, that is it! You can’t change the style unless you go with heat resistant wigs. But with human hair wigs, you can blow dry, curl, straighten, crimp or whatever takes your fancy. That means with just one piece, you can have several different styles, instead of being stuck with just one. Don’t go crazy with the heat though. Just like bio hair, human hair wigs can become damaged if you use too much heat and the wrong styling products.

They can by dyed

As the seasons change, you might want to revamp your look. With the human hair wigs, you can actually dye them if you want to switch up the color. Well, by “you” we actually mean you should have a professional take this on. Cheaper dyes like what you’d find at the drugstore and beauty supply stores can ruin your wigs. So if you want a new color, let a stylist who specializes in wigs handle this task.

To sum things up, human hair wigs can be a great alternative despite the price. If you stay on top of your care routine and store them properly, you can wear and enjoy your investment for a long time.

Human Hair Wigs Vs. Synthetic Hair Wigs

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By Eseandre

Human hair wigs have become more in demand over the years for a number of reasons. People seem to like human hair because it’s comfortable, it doesn’t tend to irritate hair and skin conditions, or they just like how it looks. Human hair wigs tend to be more versatile. They’re also soft, full and come in a unique range of styles.

If you’ve been on the fence about human wigs, I want to give you some things to consider before you totally rule them out.

Human hair wigs give you a more realistic texture.

Human hair wigs are just that–wigs made from human hair. So the hair you get will look and feel like you grew it yourself. With human hair wigs, you can find styles made with hair that’s the same texture of your bio hair, or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can play with totally different textures. The direction you go in is up to you. And look at it this way, if you weren’t crazy about your original curl pattern, color or length, you can just buy your perfect head of real hair!

You’ll get more customizable styling options.

One of the best things about human hair wigs? You can be a different person every day! Human hair wigs can be styled differently, with or without heat whenever. However, too much heat will do a lot of damage so be careful. Think of it this way. You wouldn’t fry your bio hair, would you? A human hair wig is no different.

They’re fit to be dyed.

Human hair wigs can be dyed if you’re not super crazy about the color you get. Now that doesn’t mean you can opt for a drugstore dye job. You still have to be very careful because low-quality dyes can damage the wig and throw the style off. If you’re going to go the dye route, let a professional handle the job.

Human hair wigs can hold up.

A human hair wig can withstand a year of wear or longer if you stay on top of the care routine. Remember, you have to wash and condition human hair wigs regularly and keep them moisturized. If not, you’ll end up with a dry, brittle mess — and a lost investment.

The drawbacks of human hair wigs.

They cost more than synthetic wigs obviously.

The price of a good human hair wig can range from $700- $3000. The heftier prices are usually one of the reasons why a lot of people opt for synthetic hair wigs. However, if you think about how durable human hair wigs and you’re willing to put time into maintaining them, you’ll protect your investment.

They’ll react to the weather.

Human hair wigs literally act like your natural hair. If it’s extremely hot out, they can dry out. If it’s rainy, the can frizz up. This is why human hair wigs require adequate care and styling.

You can’t just use any styling products.

Just like bio hair, human hair wigs require specific hair care products for proper maintenance. If you don’t use the right products, the shelf life of a human hair wig can be cut extremely short. If you’re not willing to invest in products specifically made for human hair wigs, then you might want to skip this option.

And now for synthetic wigs.

Synthetic wigs may be a little cheaper in price compared to human hair wigs, but don’t think their quality is questionable. Synthetic wigs can last a long time with proper maintenance and care. They also are available in a variety of styles and textures. Synthetic wigs can be poker straight or crazy curly and full of volume. Plus, they can be worn right out of the box. But keep in mind that synthetic wigs are easily affected by heat and they need to be washed, dried and styled carefully.

Here are some additional things to consider about synthetic wigs.

They’re a little easier to maintain.

This is arguably one of the best aspects of opting for a synthetic wig. They’re ready to go out of the package, but you can give them a little more life with some scrunching or gentle combing with a wide-tooth wig comb. Or if you go with a heat-safe wig, you can add more curls or straighten the wig out. Don’t get me wrong. You still have to wash them on a regular basis and use styling products to help them keep their lustre. But they’re much easier than human hair wigs, especially if you’ve never were a fan of styling your bio hair.

They come with budget-friendly price tags.

If you’re looking to start wearing wigs on a regular basis or just want to switch things up every now and then, synthetic wigs make it possible to do so without making your bank account cry. You can get synthetic wigs for as low as $40. But keep in mind that wigs come in different weights, lengths, style and colors. So as the wig’s features get fancier, the price will get a little higher.

They’ll retain their color.

If you take good care of them, synthetic wigs should not lose their color. Now that doesn’t mean that you can leave them in direct sunlight and subject them to other crazy things. You still have to store them properly and use the right products so they won’t look fried or dusty.

Synthetic wigs have great style memory.

The fibers used in synthetic wigs construction have memory for wave, curls, and volume. This technology allows the hair to bounce back into place without any effort. To keep synthetic styles looking their best, you have to be sure to store your wigs correctly and use the right styling products.

The drawbacks of synthetic wigs.

You can’t style them like human hair.

You can’t use products made for human hair on synthetic wigs. Some of those products have alcohol in them and they can wreck your styles. You also cannot use dry heat or heat styling tools on synthetic wigs that aren’t heat safe. If you do, you might as well go to the ATM, pull out the money you’d use to buy a wig and light it on fire.

You should also be prepared to face tangles. If you don’t stay on top of detangling your wigs, things can get out of control quickly and you can destroy your wigs. When you get a tangle, try combing through it gently with your fingers or a wide tooth comb. Don’t brush them out or rake through them with a fine tooth comb.

The color you get is the color you get.

Synthetic wigs cannot be dyed. The fibers will not retain color even if you tried. So if you’re not sure about colors, you can either invest in a color ring or see if you can try on similar colors at a local wig store. You can even watch our helpful color spotlight videos!

They might not be as cool as human hair.

When selecting a synthetic wig, you might want to consider the fineness of the fibers. Thicker fibers might be a little uncomfortable for some because they can be heavier. If you don’t like a lot of hair because you know you’ll be hot, look for wigs that are light in density and made with finer fibers. If you love a lot of hair, look for wigs with open caps or open wefts so your scalp can breathe and you can stay cool year-round.

The good thing about wigs is that ultimately, there’s something for everyone. One thing is certain though. Regardless of what type of hair you choose, without adequate care, your wigs won’t last. So do your homework and check out our blog, Knowledge Base or YouTube channel for helpful wig advice.

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Things You Can and Cannot Do To Synthetic Wigs.

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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:

â—Ź 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.
â—Ź 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.
â—Ź You can style your synthetic wigs with rollers or curling rods.
â—Ź You cannot apply heat to synthetic wigs unless it is a heat-safe wig.
â—Ź You can use synthetic hair products on your wig and not human hair products.
â—Ź You can store your wigs carefully on a wig head.
â—Ź You can air dry your wigs.
â—Ź 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.
â—Ź 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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