Owning a wig can seem like you are limited to one hairstyle or that if something happens to the wig the only answer would be to buy another one. In reality, wigs are versatile and offer many possibilities for styling and repair. In particular, human hair wigs can endure more styling and repairs than synthetic making them a great choice for those who want options when it comes to wig-wearing.
With the right knowledge and skill, heat-styling, permanent treatments, and hair dye can be applied to human hair wigs. Hairstylists are employed by high-quality wig shops like Wig Elegance. With their skills from live hair customers, these hairstylists can shape, style, and color wigs. Leaving your wigs in the hands of these professionals can get you both a new style and longevity for your wig.
Left: Client singed the front of the wig getting too close to the oven
Right: After the wig was repaired and styled by our wig experts
A wig, like a new haircut, comes with the same fun of learning how to style it yourself. You might even find it simpler to style on a wig, as you can place it on a stand and have freedom of movement around it. Learning to braid, curl, or straighten your wig will get you familiar with the possibilities and limitations of your new wig. For tips, tricks, or fancy ‘dos, your wig can be brought to the stylists at your wig boutique to be professionally styled. This is a great option if you have a big function coming up and want a look unique from your everyday wear.
Shampoos and tools that you use for your wig should be the highest quality you can afford and specifically designed for wigs. Regularly shampooing your wig will keep it clean. Heat-styling can be done with low-heat tools made for wigs. If you’re worried about singing your wig, you can always ask the stylists who helped you purchase it for a quick lesson on the best and safest way to apply heat. Caring for your wig can help avoid damage and make your wig last longer.
Top: Long frizzy wig dropped off for styling
Bottom: After the wig was cleaned and styled by our Wig Experts
If damage occurs, a professional repair can be done on salvageable wigs. Tears, cuts, or burns may be fixable. A professional stylist can evaluate the repair potential. You can always bring a wig into Wig Elegance to have one of our stylists check to see if it can be saved.
Sometimes wigs may just need a refresh. The hair may have become matted. Shampooing may have gone amiss. A bedraggled wig may look like it’s ready for retirement, but some repair efforts concentrate on trimming and glossing the hair until it looks new.
Wear and tear can be addressed by replacing hair or lace. Cap repair may also be required, particularly if the adhesive has built up over wears. If the previous permanent style has fallen, curls, waves, and straightening can be reapplied to bring life and volume back to an older wig.
Left: Client brought wig in to be restored, cut, and styled
Right: Finished product
If you think wearing a wig means you have to miss out on the fun of a salon appointment, think again. Bringing your wig in for a styling appointment can get you the drastic change you’d appreciate in a regular hair styling appointment. Perhaps you want to make a curly wig straight or get a blow-out before an event. Utilizing the skills of the stylists at your local wig boutique can get you the results of a salon appointment for your wig.
Simple touch-ups like deep conditioning or straightening can shine up your wig like new. If you don’t have the tools to heat-style your wig, bringing it in for specific styling like loose mermaid waves is another option. These minor changes can be a fresh change to your style.
Starting off with a long wig gives you more options as the wig ages. Chopping it into a new style kills two birds with one stone: a new look and getting rid of ragged ends. The space for transformation with long wigs can make for bigger changes with styling without having to buy a new wig.
Top: The client dropped off a wig to be cleaned and styled
Bottom: Finished Product
Perhaps the most dramatic hair change is a change in color. Dyeing a wig is possible, but it is important to remember the extent to which wig hair has already been processed. Lightening it, for instance, may cause damage. Some dyes can be applied, especially if you are looking to go darker. Adding high- and low-lights is another way to apply dye to just some of your wig and give your look more dimension.
Find out more about what repairs can be done by calling Wig Elegance at (215) 945-4900. While your wig is being repaired, you may need an inexpensive option to get you through the days. Consider one of our less expensive synthetic wigs or scarves and pick it up when you drop off your wig for repairs.