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HOW DO I CARE FOR MY HUMAN HAIR WIG?

Although it is the most natural and durable of all fibers from which wigs are made, human hair is more difficult to take care of, because each time it gets wet, it will lose the style, just as growing hair does. The only styles that would be fairly easy to take care of would be if the wig has a good perm in it, and is worn just moussed and scrunched without using anything else to style it. Also if you wear your hair in a straight, smooth style, a human hair wig would be OK. If you prefer a more styled look, some kind of heat would have to be used.

The same is true to a certain extent with human-synthetic blends. The synthetic hair holds it shape fairly well after washing, but the style may have to be touched up a little with a curling iron or other heat-styling tool to refresh the style--lots less hassle than styling it again from scratch like 100% human hair.

The HairLife blend by Jacquelyn is made of about 50% human hair and 50% Advanced Elura synthetic fiber. This is a good combination because it give you the best of both worlds--the durability of human hair, along with the synthetic's ability to hold its shape after washing. Georgie and Look of Love also offer human-synthetic blends.

A curling iron set on LOW or WARM may be used on most synthetic fibers. Even though the blend contains human hair, one must defer to the synthetic when using heat methods for styling. Hot rollers or steam setters are OK too, but I recommend using end papers in order to keep the tips of the hair smooth.



CARE AND STYLING PRODUCTS (ALSO SUITABLE FOR BLENDS)

Although the hair used in making human hair wigs is grown on a human head, most of it isn't like the hair growing out of your own head. After harvesting, it may be chemically processed to remove the cuticle in order to minimize tangling. This does not include Virgin hair, which has never been chemically processed in any way. Most manufacturers use the processed hair because it doesn't have to be harvested as carefully as Virgin hair, and is, therefore, less expensive to produce. Remy hair is also carefully harvested from the growers, and even though it's technically not considered Virgin hair, it still retains the cuticle, making it an excellent choice for those who want the basic qualities of Virgin hair without the high price.

In addition, hair from India or Asian sources starts out as dark brown or black, and is bleached out and dyed back for uniformity of color, then the hair is mixed and blended into whatever colors the company requires. So this type of hair has already gone through a triple chemical processing before it becomes a wig. For this reason, only shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and other styling products formulated especially for processed hair should be used. Oil-based products, many of which we use on our hair, can coat processed hair and make it appear dull and lifeless.

We carry a full line of products made especially for human hair wig care. They may be found in our Wet Products section.



INSTRUCTIONS FOR WASHING YOUR HUMAN HAIR WIG:

Draw enough cool to lukewarm water in a large pan or bowl to cover the wig or hairpiece well.

Dissolve a capful of prescribed wig shampoo, along with 1 or 2 tablespoons of baking soda.

Squeeze shampoo solution through hair gently, keeping hair going in one direction to minimize tangling. If front of cap has makeup on it, it may be scrubbed gently with an old toothbrush.

Rinse wig well with plenty of cool to lukewarm water.

Draw fresh water in pan. Dissolve a capful of conditioner in water. Work mixture through wig hair (remember: same direction). At this point, I recommend adding a capful of Silk-Eez to the conditioner already on the hair to help to smooth and soften it. Leave in hair for a few minutes, then rinse with fresh water. Lay wig out on towel and pat out excess water, being careful not to rub hairs together.

Pin on wig form and pick or comb out gently. At this point, a detangler such as Instacure or Fiberguard with Lusterizer may be used. If working on a long wig, start combing out the hair at the ends and work up the strand to the roots. Wig may be set in rollers if desired and placed under hood dryer, dried with a blowdryer, or left to dry naturally overnight. When dry, a hot curling iron may be used on 100% human hair wigs, but on human-synthetic blend wigs, don't let the iron get too hot or it will damage the synthetic wig fiber.

A good indication of when the iron is too hot for the synthetics is that, instead of curling the fiber, it appears straight and limp when you remove the iron. In the worst case, the fiber melts and frizzes or disintegrates. Too much heat can also make the fiber appear frizzy because it damages the fiber. The bottom line here is to be careful when using a curling iron on any synthetic or blend wig. If the iron gets too hot when working with a human-synthetic blend, mist the barrel of the iron with water to cool it down.

If you have questions that are not answered here, contact Toni and she will be happy to answer them for you.



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