How to Care for High-End Wigs?

Release time:2023-08-02 16:02

How to Care for High-End Wigs?

The condition of hair damage is becoming increasingly severe, and although hair conditioner is not a "miracle worker" for hair care, it is an essential hair care product in our daily routine. Improper use or falling into misconceptions can affect the quality of our hair and the normal use of wigs.

Healthy hair is composed of a complete set of cuticles and natural sebum on the surface, forming a natural protective barrier for the hair.

However, excessive styling, perming, dyeing, and exposure to sunlight can damage this protective barrier, leading to loss of hair moisture, dry and brittle texture, lack of elasticity, and easy tangling.

The role of hair conditioner:

Shampoos mainly use anionic and nonionic surfactants for cleaning and foaming. The main ingredient of hair conditioners is cationic surfactants. After shampooing, the hair conditioner can neutralize the residual anionic molecules on the hair surface, forming a monomolecular lipid film on the hair surface to create a protective layer. This protects the hair from damage, making tangled hair more manageable and easier to comb.

At the same time, hair conditioners can provide basic nutrients to the hair, keeping it soft, shiny, easy to manage, reducing static, and to some extent, repairing the hair texture.

Hair conditioners are generally weakly acidic, which can neutralize the alkaline substances in the shampoo and maintain the hair's optimal weakly acidic state.

How to Wash and Care for High-End Wigs?

Our official website and public account at the International Premium Hair Additions and Replacements contain a wealth of knowledge on this subject.

Wig cleaning and care - correct use of hair conditioner

For wig care, before using the hair conditioner, gently comb the wig with a wide-tooth wooden comb (anti-static) to detangle.

Then soak the wig in warm water (around 20 degrees, not exceeding 25 degrees) for 5-10 minutes. Avoid prolonged soaking and using hot water for cleaning. Excessive heat can damage the original curvature and shape of the wig's hair, causing hair loss and reducing the wig's lifespan. High-end wigs are made of real human hair, not inferior synthetic wigs like high-temperature silk.

Now, the crucial point:

Should hair conditioner be used first or after washing the wig?

When washing our normal hair, the popular sequence is to use hair conditioner first and then shampoo. One of the main reasons for this sequence is to avoid residual chemicals in the hair conditioner that may affect scalp health, damage hair quality, clog pores, cause excessive oil secretion, and lead to hair loss (most herbal hair conditioners contain certain chemical ingredients).

So, for wig washing and care, should we use hair conditioner first or after washing?

Since wigs do not have their own scalp, we consulted our team of medical experts for the answer.

The correct 3-step process for using hair conditioner on wigs:

Step 1: Use hair conditioner first.

Apply the hair conditioner evenly on the wig and let it stay for about 3-5 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with clean water.

(Because wigs lack the physiological supply of nutrients, the hair is more susceptible to damage, moisture loss, dryness, lack of elasticity, and tangling. To avoid knotting and tangling while washing and combing wigs and prevent hair breakage, it is recommended to use hair conditioner first to make the hair more manageable. But for the hair conditioner to work effectively, apply it again after washing.)

Step 2: Use shampoo.

Add an appropriate amount of shampoo to the water (if there is a high-end wig-specific detergent, even better) and wash the wig gently by pressing it with your hands. Note: wash by hand and do not use a washing machine. Avoid rubbing the wig forcefully.

Step 3: Use hair conditioner again.

After the wig is cleaned, use a soft dry towel to absorb water from the wig. Then apply hair conditioner evenly on the wig, let it stay for about 10 minutes, and then rinse thoroughly with clean water.

(If there is too much water on the hair, the hair conditioner will not be effectively absorbed, and the nutritional components of the hair conditioner may be washed away. Also, there may be uneven application. Therefore, rinsing thoroughly is important.)

Finally, after rinsing thoroughly, use a soft dry towel to gently absorb water from the wig, apply a little hair milk or a non-oily maintenance fluid specifically designed for high-end wigs to make the wig soft, shiny, and anti-static, keeping it moisturized. Put the wig on a wig stand and let it air dry in a well-ventilated area, and then style it as needed.

Here are two things to note:

When using hair conditioner, never mix it directly with shampoo, as it will render the hair conditioner ineffective and may damage the hair.

It is best not to leave any hair conditioner residue on the wig because the chemical substances in the hair conditioner may damage the hair when exposed to air.