Dazzle all the way with a new ‘do…or two. (Slideshow)

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Take on the holidays in style with a new look from CysterWigs. Use this slideshow to get inspired and find the ‘do that’s right for you.

Get Wild and Find Your Spirit Color

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By devon


Funny thing. I created this quiz, and then I started seeing wild hair colors popping up in ads and all over Instagram again. I’m glad this is on trend! Anyway, if you’ve always wanted to try a super-vibrant, over-the-top shade, here’s the chance to discover a color that truly speaks to your soul. So keep an open mind, click away and have fun! Who knows. You might actually love the result enough to try it in real life.


Should I cut a long synthetic wig to make a short one?

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From a customer e-mail:

At this point I am considering maybe the Zara Large and cutting it to just above my shoulders? If I did get a Zara, where do I have it cut? It seems like the wig shops around here will only cut it if they sell it to you. Is it safe to have a regular hair stylist cut a synthetic wig?

A lot of you can probably tell already that this e-mail was from someone very new to wigs because most of us learn this lesson the hard (and expensive) way:

Please do not buy any synthetic wig with the intention of cutting it, unless it’s just a very simple bang trim. Otherwise, you risk completely ruining your wig!

Here’s why: synthetic hair does not cut, lie, wear, or behave like human hair.

Synthetic hair is perfectly cylindrical and smooth if you look at it under a microscope. It’s made from petroleum! Human hair has a different shape depending on its texture and your ethnicity, and it’s covered in scales. It’s made from proteins and bio-organic compounds! This makes cutting synthetic hair a completely different sort of skill than cutting human hair!

You cannot take a synthetic wig to a hairstylist to have them cut it. Unless that person is a specialist with extensive experience working with this specific kind of hair, a cosmetology license in this situation basically means diddly-squat. They will butcher your wig . . . and because of this, most salons prohibit their stylists from even trying to touch your wigs for liability reasons! They couldn’t even work on them if they wanted to!

We definitely do not recommend letting a friend, your mom, or any other novice give it a whirl, either.

Heartbreaking true story time: I sold a Heidi by Jon Renau at an amazingly good price (as in, I could not duplicate it again kind of price) to a 17-year-old girl with Stage IIB breast cancer so she could wear it to a school dance. I sent it with a free care package so she would have everything she could ever need to wear and care for it on her special day. Then, she let her mom “trim” it . . . and the wefting in the back began to fall out. Long story short, she absolutely ruined this wig one week before her dance because she let someone alter it for her!

I see this happen all the time – PLEASE DON’T LET IT BE YOU!!!!

Synthetic wigs are prestyled and designed to be worn as-is, more or less, right out of the box. Jon Renau, for example, frowns upon changing the parts on their wigs because it can potentially mess up their styles (this is actually true!) . . .

. . . so you’re definitely not supposed to cut them!!!

Wig newbies come up with these crazy pie-in-the-sky schemes because they don’t really know that much about these kinds of things yet and they assume:

“Hey! I’ll just buy the longest possible heat-resistant wig I can afford! Because surely, they must be just like human hair even though they are so much less expensive, and then I will just turn it into a mid-length, and then a bob, and then a pixie before I throw it away!”

To which I reply in my imaginary dialog:

“No so fast, Vidal Sassoon! This is literally the #1 most cliché newbie wig assumption looming disaster known to womankind, so let me unburden you of it. First of all, heat-friendly synthetics are almost always purchased by people new to wigs but require so much extra care and attention that they are really only suited for people who are experienced wearers. And for the record, they are absolutely NOTHING like human hair in terms of how they hold up, style, feel, or wear. Secondly, when did you learn how to cut all these hair styles? Seriously, because I’ve owned a wig store for a few years, now, and I’m still turrrrrrible at it.”

Cutting synthetic hair is a specialized thing, and they don’t teach people how to do it at most beauty schools. There are hundreds of wigs on our site and thousands on the market over all. You SHOULD be able to find something out there without having to resort to DIY chop projects. While we cannot stop you from doing whatever you want to do with your wigs, we definitely wanted to let you know that we advise against it BIG TIME!

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Can I dye my synthetic wig?

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Short answer: No.

Long answer: We HIGHLY recommend that you avoid any situation in which you might be tempted to dye a synthetic wig. Synthetic wigs are not like human hair and cannot be dyed with human hair dye.

Unlike human hair, synthetic hair is non-porous. The hair is extruded with the pigment included as part of the overall chemical composition of the material, and cannot be removed. You may be able to add rooting to non-rooted wigs with permanent fabric markers, but this is not a viable solution for all over the hair, as this usually fades or bleeds over time.

Some people try to dye hair with fabric dye, but we do not recommend this, either. This is NOT a natural fiber, like cotton. This is more akin to rayon or nylon and is VERY RESISTANT to dyes. It is made that way intentionally! (Remember: the color of a synthetic wig is part of the actual chemical composition of the hair, so it is very difficult to alter!)

The moral of the story: make sure you buy your synthetics in a color you can live with, because you cannot really alter it much. (Unless you’re a crazy scientific genius. In which case, there might be some money to be made, there . . . .)

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How I wash my synthetic wigs

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By Heather Hershey

What you’ll need:

1 capful liquid fabric softener — your choice of brand / scent (doesn’t matter)

optional: wig shampoo

a clean sink


a towel

a plastic wig stand

a wide-toothed comb

silicone serum

optional: protectant / sealer / glosser

1. Fill the sink with lukewarm water

2. Add a capful of liquid fabric softener and (optional) a little wig shampoo to the water. Swish to mix.

3. Use wide-toothed comb to gently detangle wig, starting at the bottom of the hair and working your way up to the top.

4. Once detangled, add the wig to the water and gently swish around. Be careful not to scrub, wring, or otherwise be rough with the hair, as this promotes static buildup and tangling.

5. You may allow the hair to soak for up to 20 minutes if the water only has fabric softener in it. If shampoo was added, you may want to skip the soak.

6. Remove the wig from the water and place it on a towel.

7. Empty the sink and refill with clean water.

8. Submerge the wig again and gently swish to rinse.

9. Repeat steps 6, 7, & 8 until the water comes out clean. Empty the sink.

10. With the wig rinsed thoroughly in still water (as described above), remove it from the water, and place it on the towel, then place the plastic wig stand in the sink and position the wig on it. Allow wig to dry for about an hour.

11. While wig is damp, spray lightly with the silicone serum on the top and work from the top to the bottom of the strands with your fingers. Continue to let the wig dry on the stand until the rest of the way dry.

12. Optional: Once wig is dry, spray the ends very lightly with the sealer spray and comb through with the wide-toothed comb.

13: Lightly comb with wide-toothed comb when wig is dry, and that’s it! 🙂

Most wigs will only need to be washed about twice a month. We recommend using dry shampoo in between washings to keep your hair smelling awesome and feeling fresh.

This is an excerpt from our CysterWigs Knowledge Base. Check it out on our private site to see over 500 articles all about our store, wigs, and how to wear the hair!