Wigs are made of synthetic materials, human hair or even a combination of the two. Synthetic wigs are easier to care for but not as versatile when styling. For example, heat, such as in a curling iron, can ruin synthetic wigs. Whereas human hair wigs can be permed, coloured and curled with a curling iron or heated rollers.
1. To wash a wig
- Gently straighten the hair with a comb.
- Run water — cool to lukewarm, not hot — into a pan large enough to immerse the wig.
- Dissolve about 15 ml (1 tbsp) each of shampoo and baking soda in the water.
- Swish the wig around in the solution.
- Rinse well in cool water.
- Dissolve15 ml (1 tbsp)of hair conditioner in a pan of fresh water. Swish the wig in the solution, then rinse.
2. To dry a wig
- Lay the wig on a towel and roll it up to remove as much water as you can. Don’t wring!
- Remove the wig from the towel and gently shake it out. Use your fingers to loosen the fibres, but don’t try to remove tangles with a comb or brush while the wig is wet.
- Set the wig on a bottle or some other tall item to dry.
- If you need to clean make-up from the front of the wig’s cap or hair area, make a paste of baking soda and shampoo. Apply the paste during the shampooing process with an old toothbrush and scrub gently.
- Then follow the rest of the instructions, as above.
3. Compressed air for hair
- Yet another use for compressed air is to blow away loose dirt from your wig between washings.
- Set the wig on its stand and hold the can upright so it doesn’t spew out propellant.
- Separate the layers of hair and blow away!