7 Mistakes you didn’t know are Damaging your Wigs
Every time we buy a new wig, we ask ourselves how can we prevent it from getting damaged? Isn’t that, right? But if you don’t know the main reasons why wigs get damaged, how will you avoid this to happen? After speaking to a lot of our clients over the years, we have learned the top 7 mistakes that are causing damage to wigs.
1- Excessive heat. This is by far the most common mistake people make when styling a wig. You should always set-up the temperature of your flat-iron or blow dryer in medium heat to avoid damaging the hair.
2- Not applying heat-protector before styling your hair. This is extremely important for human hair wig. Think about when you are grilling something on a pan and you forget to add any oil or butter to it? Do you want it to happen to your hair? So make sure you invest on a heat-protector product. It will last you a very long time because you don’t need to use a lot of it every time you are styling your human hair wig.
3- Aggressive brushing. We need to treat our wigs with lots of love, especially when brushing it. Take your time and do not rush through the process. The best way of doing it is by separating small sections of the hair and using a wide-tooth comb starting from the tips and moving upwards until you reach the top.
If you use a normal brush or comb in a top-down movement you will end-up causing a lot of breakage and shedding to the hair and unfortunately these are things that can’t be fixed later on.
Also, never brush damp hair since this might lead to damage. It is usually preferable to brush your hair before you wash it or after it has completely dried.
4- Applying too much leave-in or styling products after washing the hair- Keep in mind that using too much serum or natural oils might have a negative effect on your hair, making it look lifeless and prone to tangling. If you have a lot of product build-up on your hair, you will need to washed it more frequently, which means you will also have to style it more frequently and all of that will reduce its lifespan.
5- Excessive customization – if you start noticing an excessive shedding of hair strands coming from the lace part of your wig, it might be a sign that you over-customized it. The best way to prevent this from happening is by avoiding too much plucking of the hairline and leaving the bleach for too long on the knots or applying too much beach to the lace area that it starts reaching not only the knots but also the beginning of the hair.
When you over pluck your hairline, any small number of strands that you loose after that on the frontal part will make a big difference to the overall look of your wig. Excessive bleaching makes the knots very fragile and they end up breaking fairly easily. Instead of over bleaching. you might want to use some make-up foundation to create the perfect tone for the knots before installing the wig on your head. This is will keep your lace front wig looking beautiful for longer and you will still get a very natural hairline.
6- Dying too frequently - If you've ever coloured a human hair wig, you are aware that using chemical-rich hair colorants is necessary to get the ideal hair tone. Overdying your hair can compromise its general health by making it dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. For this reason, you should think about dying your wig only three to five times while significantly stepping up your hair care efforts every time you do it.
7- Picking or pulling the wig without removing properly the glue – if you like to wear your wig for extended periods of time, it is totally fine to make use of a glue or lace adhesive, but make sure you also buy a remover to deactivates the glue so you can remove it without damaging your wig lace or losing some precious hair strands at the front part of your wig. After removing the glue, it is also important to wash the hairline with the help of a tooth-brush and a sulphate-free shampoo to gently remove all residues that are left from the glue and make-up.
Now that you know the top 7 mistakes that are causing damage to your hair, it is time to avoid all of them and to set-up a nice hair care routine for your wigs. If you need more tips on how to do it, you can visit our hair care page here or check our previous blogs where we discuss everything you need to know to keep your wigs looking gorgeous for a long time.