Wigs are the perfect accessory to change up your style from day to day. Many people believe that they have to buy a completely new wig if they want to try a different style, like going from a straight wig to a curly wig. But did you know that you don’t have to spend money to get the hair you want? Heat-friendly wigs are easily straightened or curled and allow you to be versatile in your wig styling. However, just like your natural hair, your wigs can be damaged if they are not styled properly. Follow these tips for styling heat-friendly wigs to protect your wig from damage!
Prepping Your Wig
When you’re styling your wig, you want to do some prepping first. It’s a good idea to invest in a wig blockhead. Having one will allow you to style your wig from every angle. Before you begin the styling process, you will want to brush your wig gently to remove any knots or tangles. Use a wide-tooth comb and gradually brush from the ends of your wig up to the root. Never use your personal hairbrush as your natural hair oils can leach into the wig fibers and damage them. It’s important to wash your wig regularly, but it’s also imperative to know that you should never style it when it’s wet. Water stretches the wig fibers, making it easy to damage them.
No matter what tool you decide to use to curl your wig, always use wig spray before you start to make the curls look more natural and less crunchy.
- Hot rollers are the perfect choice for bouncy curls. You’re going to want to separate your wig into 2-inch sections and roll the hot rollers from the ends up. Let the rollers cool completely before removing them. The longer you let the rollers stay in, the better the curl will set.
- Steam styling is a great option because it is gentle on the wig fibers and the results are lasting. Again, split your wig into 2-inch sections and wrap each section around a foam roller, dowel rod, or the completely cooled barrel of an unplugged curling iron. Then, using a hand-held steamer, steam the sections for at least 5 seconds. Let your wig dry completely before wearing.
- Curling Irons can get extremely hot so be cautious when using this option to style your wig. Many heat-friendly wigs have a recommended temperature limit so be sure you are aware of what yours is. Section your wig and curl on low heat, increasing the heat in small increments, if necessary.
- Blow Dryer is one of the quickest, easiest ways to get that sleek, voluminous, salon blowout look. Section your dry hair and then mist each section lightly with a layer of water to prevent it from overheating. Using a wide-toothed comb, start at the roots with the bristles under the fibers. Slowly comb down to the tips while blow drying at a low temperature.
- Steam heat is good for straightening, just like it is for curling. Section your hair and individually pull each section straight and slowly steam the section from root to tip.
- Flatirons are like curling irons. You must be aware of the temperature limit of your wig and be cautious when using the flat iron. Section your hair and spray with a light layer of water, put your iron on the lowest setting, and straighten like you would your natural hair.
If you are unsure of the best way to style your wig or are nervous you might damage your wig, let the wig styling experts at Wig elegance help you! Give us a call today at (215) 945-4900.