With synthetic wigs being in now, we thought we’d give you some useful tips on how to keep them looking fresh and anything but matted, knotted and dry! It’s important to remember that synthetic (and virgin hair for that matter) do not have a ‘blood supply, minerals’ or the lovely nutrients our natural hair does. So, we have to actively feed our wigs with what they need. Read on, let’s create some magic with your wig!
1. Brush it Out
Most of the knotty, matted ends can actually be brushed out with help of a great brush. We’d suggest using a sturdy detangling brush or a wire brush. You’ll usually find the majority of matted hair at the back, so start there first. Gently work out the matted hair on your wig until you see fit.
Image | Synthetic Wig Being Brushed Out
2. Some Good Ol’ Cleansing
Next, it's time to wash the hair. A lot of the time, our synthetic wigs become overly matted due to the ‘friction, makeup, oils or hair product buildup’. We would recommend filling your sink with lukewarm water and throwing in some shampoo. Ensure the water is not hot, as you don’t want to damage the existing fibres. You can opt in for a hydration shampoo, such as Herbal Essence's 'Hello Hydration' shampoo. Submerge the wig into the shampoo-filled water and start removing the buildup. Next, rinse the wig with water and squeeze the water out from top to bottom.
3. Don’t Neglect the Conditioner
Nourish your synthetic wig with a rich conditioner such as Olaplex to counteract any dryness. Olaplex No.5 in particular ‘repairs damaged hair...and frizz by re-linking broken bonds, making it stronger with each wash'... How can you say no to that?! Leave this on for three minutes then rinse away!
4. Dry it Out
You can let your newly-washed-and-conditioned wig air dry by pinning it onto a wig stand and letting it sit for a while. If you opt in to use a blow dryer, just be sure to use it on the coolest setting.
5. Can I Wear it Now?!
Now that your wig is dry and full of the moisture and nutrients it needs, use a detangling brush to gently brush out the hair. Tip: brush from bottom to top. To keep your synthetic wig looking shiny and soft, you’ll want to finish with a wig-shine spray. A synthetic-wig community favourtie is Insert Name Here's 'Emergency Revival Spray' which has been said to 'detangle hair in minutes and leave hair shiny and soft'. For added security, we’d recommend using The Wig Fix, to keep your wig in place, no matter whether Storm Eunice attempts to make a return or not.
Let's not get disheartened when our synthetic wigs get knotty and matted. it's most likely just product build up and a huge sign that your wig needs some TLC. We hope these tips help, and as always, feel free to add suggestions in the comments below!