Beauty Bomb: The Do’s And Don’ts Of Wearing Wigs

Nikki Minage wigWigs are no longer just your Auntie Maude’s little secret tucked away deeply on a wig head on her nightstand. In the last decade more and more women are embracing the type of quick versatility that comes with wearing wigs, but it seems as if some ground rules need to be set.

So here is a list of wig do’s and don’ts for every wiggy to follow:

Don’t wear a wig straight from the package.
Do take it to a hairstylist to have it cut into a shape and style that suits your face (yes, even the $20 synthetic ones from the beauty supply).

Do get the most natural looking wig as possible in a modern style.
Don’t go for outrageous colors and be very careful with retro styles—unless you’re Nicki Minajor a former Supreme.

Do go for a natural looking hairline.
Don’t do the crescent moon hairline. At all. Let your forehead be great.

Don’t go too bulky at the crown. It’s like wearing a shirt that says “Hey, I’m wearing a wig”

Do go age-appropriate. Sure, short wigs are fun but can make your average 21 year old look 57.

Do leave the lace fronts to the professionals. Even celebs with their glam squads get lace front wigs wrong, so leave it alone if you’re not 100% sure of what you’re doing. It’s okay. We can’t win them all.

For the love of your edges, don’t be a frequent user of wig glue.

Do try a half-wig. They’re easier to pull off since some of your own hair is exposed, just make sure the texture matches your natural hair.

Do brush out the curls on a curly wig with a paddle brush for a more realistic look.

Do help keep your wig’s shape by keeping it on a wig head.

Do keep your natural hair smooth and flat underneath and covered with a wig cap.

ATL hairstylist du jour Derek J sat down with Jet magazine back in September to give even more tips. Check it out:
Can you give us one of your wig secrets?
“The first thing you want to do is shampoo it before you start wearing it. When you buy a wig, it has that shiny look that says ‘I’m a wig.’ It’s a dead giveaway to any kind of fake hair. If it’s synthetic, you can use dish detergent and condition it with fabric softener. It’s a fabric so if you shampoo it like it’s real hair, it won’t work correctly. Let it hang to dry and it will look fabulous. If it’s a human-hair wig, use a wig shampoo and conditioner and let it hang to dry.”

What’s a big mistake women make?

“Most women wear wigs too long. If it’s synthetic, change it at least once a week. I mean it’s a $20-$30 wig! Change that thing. Wear it for a week, at the most, two.”

Do women do crazy things with their wigs?

“I’ve seen people trying to jump in the pool and they have the wig all pinned up because they want people to believe it’s their hair. stop pretending. People know it’s a wig and it’s ok.”

Do you guys have anything to add?

 

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5 Simple Steps to Cleaning and Renewing Your Lace Wig

You’ve been wearing your lace wig for a little while now. You decide it is time to take your unit off and give your head a rest and/or clean it. But, once you take it off…eek! There is built up lace gunk, glue, and adhesive built up on the inside of your unit and in some of the hair! What are you going to do, what are you going to do?

Well, here are Five Easy Steps for Cleaning and Renewing Your Lace Wig to get your lace wig back to looking like new.

This process will help to remove glue, adhesive, and other bonding agents from lace wig bases as well as the hair on a lace wig (also works on men’s toupees).

******If your unit is made from silicone or has any silicone anywhere on the unit, DO NOT USE THIS PROCEDURE!

First of all gather your supplies.
You will need:
Adhesive Remover (i.e. C22 Citrus Solvent)lace wig
Mild Shampoo – I recommend a wig shampoo
Hand Dish Washing Liquid
Plastic/Metal Container
Fingernail Brush
Plastic/Metal Container
Sink with running water
Toilet Paper
Teaspoon

Step One
Remove The Adhesive/Tape
Start by removing the hairpiece tape (or adhesive) from the polyurethane areas of your lace wig. Use your fingernail to gently “flick” or scrape up the very edge of the tape to start the peeling. Warning: Do not attempt to peel away or remove any tape from lace areas otherwise you could damage the unit.
Quick Tip: Having problems getting the tape off? Try soaking your lace wig in the adhesive remover first (step 2) for several hours before peeling it off. If you do soak it first, use a piece of toilet paper to get a better grip on the tape because it may be slippery.

Step Two
Soak the Lace Wig
Soak the lace wig in a plastic or stainless steel container capable of holding liquid solvent. Soaking times may vary greatly depending on the type of lace wig and adhesive you’re using. Some will only need their unit to soak for 20 minutes while others may need to keep it in the solvent for up to 24 hours!
Quick Tip: If you have tape on the lace areas of your wig, they should naturally release after about 5-30 minutes of soaking and float to the top of the solvent. (Again, you may need to adjust the soak time if using a higher tack tape) Simply scrap the strips of tape from the container as they’re released.

Step Three
Clean Your Lace Wig
Remove your lace wig from the solution and lay it in a sink face up (the hair will be on the bottom). To clean the lace areas gently brush the swollen adhesive residue with a finger nail brush to loosen and break it free.
To clean the skin areas use a teaspoon by scraping any excess residue off with gentle, short vertical strokes. After getting most of the excess residue off, place your unit back into the container full of solvent for 2-3 more minutes.

Step Four
Rinse Your Lace Wig
Moving your wig from the solvent back into the sink, squirt a liberal amount of hand dish washing liquid onto the base while it is still dripping wet with solvent. At this point, any remaining adhesive residue will have lost all tack.
Gently glide the fingernail brush across the edge of the base and out through the hair — all the remaining adhesive residue should slide off easily. After a few minutes of brushing, rinse your wig with high pressure lukewarm water down through the base. (Repeat this step a second time)
If there is still adhesive residue in your hair system, you probably didn’t soak it in the solvent long enough. Go back and repeat step 2.

Step Five
Shampoo And Condition Your Lace Wig
Finally, after rinsing thoroughly wash the unit again, this time using a mild shampoo to balance the acid level and lastly condition.

Your unit should now be clean and clear of any old adhesive residue. Remember: Regular cleaning is recommended to keep your lace wig looking fresh and beautiful.
You’re now ready to reattach and begin wearing the fresh (like new) system!

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How to Make a Synthetic Wig Look New

synthetic wigSynthetic wigs are made to mimic the look and feel of real human hair. Just like real human hair, they can become dirty and dull over time without proper care. A well cared for wig can be worn for many years. Give an old synthetic wig an instant makeover with some light cleaning and an updated style. Does this Spark an idea?

Instructions
Cleaning the Wig

  1. Place the wig on the head mannequin and brush the hair. For a knotted or matted wig, start at the ends of the hair and work up, combing 1 inch sections of hair at a time.
  2. Fill a sink with cold water and add 1 tbsp. of wig shampoo. Submerge the wig and agitate for about two minutes. Do not rub the wig or use hot water, this can cause hair to fall out.
  3. Rinse the wig thoroughly under the faucet with cold water. After all of the soap is out, gently towel dry and place the wig on the top of a can of hairspray to dry. Do not use the mannequin head for drying, this could stretch the cap.
  4. Place the wig on the head mannequin after it has dried completely. Spray a small amount of synthetic wig conditioning spray on the wig and brush the hair. Style as desired.
  5. Cutting and Styling the Wig
  6. Have a professional hairdresser to cut or trim the wig. Wear the the wig while it is being cut. Do not attempt to cut the wig yourself. Cutting a synthetic wig should be left to experienced professionals.
  7. Place the wig on a head mannequin for styling. Use a brush and comb as well as a spray bottle of water to achieve you desired look. For more complicated styles use a small amount of mousse or hair gel made for synthetic wigs to keep hair in place.
  8. Spray the hair lightly with wig hair spray to set the style. Hold the can of hairspray about 12 inches away from the wig.

Tips & Warnings
Use only brushes, combs, and styling products designed specifically for use with wigs. Products for natural hair should not be used on synthetic hair.

See the original article here.

How to apply your wig

We have put together some tips on how to apply your wig:

Pin up your hair. If your hair is long, separate the hair into two pieces, and twist. Cross the two pieces behind your head, and clip them across the top. This is an easy way to even your hair out on your head without a huge ponytail bulge.

  • Shorter hair can simply be combed and clipped to the crown of the head, or placed into a bun at the base of your neck.
  • You could also braid your hair before applying a wig.

Pin up any bangs. If you have a fringe or side fringe and you cannot get a wig cap, you may find it helpful to wear a small hairband to keep hair from showing under your wig. Elastic ones are the best to use because they are more comfortable and are usually smaller.

Put on a wig cap. Use a wig cap on any type of hair length to hold it all in and ensure a smooth fit. Even if you are bald, use a wig cap – it will help keep the wig on.

Put the wig on your head from front to back. There are two tabs on each front/side of the wig. Position these right in front of your ears. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look perfect right away. Go ahead and style/brush it into place the way you’d like it to look.

Accessorize. If you’d like extra coverage, or to add something onto the look you are going for, you can use accessories, such as a jeweled headband if you’re dressing up as Cleopatra or Delilah, or a bow tied on the back of your head if you’re dressing up as a schoolgirl.

Tips:

  • If you are putting a wig on for the first time, allow enough time to adjust the wig before you need to leave for your event/party.
  • applying a wigYou can make a wig cap out of regular women’s nylons.
  • Don’t bend over and put your wig on upside down. You risk damaging any styling you’ve already done to it.
  • If you’re wearing a lot of makeup with the wig, put on the makeup before the wig. Otherwise, it might get on the wig, or the wig could get in the way of putting the makeup on.

Warning:

  • Be sure to limit the styling and heat products you are using on your wig. Remember, you want it to last for a long time, so minimal use is best. In particular, be careful if it is synthetic hair.

How to Care For Your Wig

wig careThere are many budget friendly synthetic wigs that look incredibly realistic and come in a variety of colors, textures and styles. So, how do you care for your wig? Although synthetic wigs are in some ways more resilient than human hair wigs, they do require care to make them last.

Wash & Dry Regularly
Some ladies never wash their wigs and expect them to last months while still looking fresh. To wash, fill a basin or sink with water and pour an ounce of shampoo in to dilute. Gently swirl the wig around in the water. Run your fingers through the wig in the direction of the hair to cleanse but also avoiding tangles. Empty the basin and repeat until the water is clear. To dry, set it on a mannequin head or a wig stand. Drip drying is best, but if you are pressed for time here are a couple of tips. Use a terry cloth towel or t-shirt to wrap around the wig unit and twist. Do not rub, tousle, or shake as this will only cause tangles and age the wig. Set the wig on a mannequin head and place under a hooded dryer on the lowest setting, most dryers even have a cool air setting. Even if your wig is made with heat-safe fibers, I would not advise blow drying.

Use a wig brush
While your wide tooth combs are gentle on the strands of a wig they are not able to detangle and smooth as well as a wig brush can. These wire brushes will not get tangled in the strands and can remove even the toughest, most matted tangles. A vigorous brushing can also revitalize the curls of a synthetic wig.

Proper Storage
If you are limited on space and do not have room to store multiple wig heads, then save the packaging the wig comes in. When you store the wig, ball up newspaper or tissue paper to place in the dome area and slide into the bag in the direction of the hair with the “open” area facing downward. Do not fold the wig as this may cause a permanent bend in the area and cause the wig not to sit closely to your head.

Utilize your stand or foam head
When you remove your wig to sleep at night, place your wig on either a foam head or a stand. This helps the wig to retain its shape and preserve the style.

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