You can hardly go wrong with curls. It never goes out of style and has been a great choice for many years. Keeping them for a long time requires proper maintenance. Ordinarily, curly wigs require a little more maintenance, when compared with other types of wigs, to keep them in good condition.
Nonetheless, with proper care and tending, you will get to use your curly wig for as long as you want. In this article, we will discuss how to care for your curly wigs. Let’s start with how to wash your curly wigs.
How To Wash Your Curly Wigs: Step-by-step Guide
To keep your curly human hair wigs in good shape while they keep giving you a perfect blend of beauty and graciousness, you need to pay adequate attention to how you wash them. Below is a list of items you will need to wash your wigs and a step-by-step guide to do it appropriately:
- Shampoo and Conditioner of choice
- Curl Cream or Mousse
- Wide Toothed Comb
Place Your Wig in a Cool Water
The first step to take while washing your curly lace front wigs is to wet the wig. Preferably, you should do this in a bathtub, a sink, or something that can maintain the water at an adequate temperature. The temperature of the water should just be normal, not too cold or too warm.
This is important to preserve the curls, both in human and synthetic wigs. Since some synthetic wigs are not heat resistant, be sure the temperature cannot damage the wig. When you’re sure of the water temperature, 30 to 35 Celsius is usually adequate, submerge your wig in it until it is sufficiently wet. It could stay in the water for 30-45 minutes.
Shampoo Your Wig
Next up is to add some shampoo to your already wet wig. Your type of curly wig will pretty much determine the type of shampoo you will use. Although any shampoo will work fine for wigs made from human hair, there are specially produced curly wig shampoos that will give you a better result.
Also, for human hair wigs, ensure your choice of shampoo is sulfate-free. This is because sulfate can make your curly wigs brittle, frizzy, and dry. Also, sulfate-free shampoos are easy to deal with as they produce fewer bubbles.
For synthetic curly wigs, any wig shampoo will work fine, and the effect of sulfate is less on them. Carefully and gently apply the shampoo all over the hair. You don’t want to be hard on the curls as this could ruin them.
Also, pay attention to the parts of your wigs where you may have used products like gels or hair sprays to lock the curls. Add more shampoos to those parts, and scrub more to remove the products. You may have to use a toothbrush to remove these products gently.
Afterward, rinse well with enough water to remove soap and bubbles. Preferably, you should rinse from the hair root to the tip, and the water should flow in the direction of the hair to prevent tangling.
Condition Your Hair
There are conditioners for kinky curly wigs; these are your best options. Lather the condition on the wig sufficiently, and leave it to stay for about five minutes so the strands can take up the condition.
Sometimes, your curly afro wig may need extra TLC; in such a case, a deep conditioner is your best option. And you should let it stay longer, about 15 to 20 minutes, before rinsing. It will add some glow and moisture back to your wig.
After conditioning, rinse well until it is grease-free. At this point, your curly wig should be soft, and with no residual conditioner left on it.
Before drying your wig, apply some products that will make curls pop and the appearance shine. Hair oils will be a good option for human hair wigs to make your wig look smooth and silky. Curly synthetic wigs will also do well with hair oils and maybe a leave-in-conditioner. Ensure you get the best product for your type of curly wig to enhance the appearance and promote curls.
To dry your wigs, place a towel on a smooth surface, and lay your wig on it. Then, gently pat down the wig with another towel. Ensure you pat your wig and not squeeze it in the towel; your wig may lose its curls.
Another way to dry it is to hang it on a mannequin or a wig stand and let it air dry.
Curly Wigs Care Tips
Washing your curly hair wig is an important way to maintain and care for it. Now, let’s consider other ways to care for your curly human hair wig.
Separate in Sections
Usually, curly wigs come in different sections. Some have tight, small ringlets, and some come with curls in large and loose sections. Whichever your wig comes with, ensure you separate the hair into larger or smaller sections.
Apply Detangling Mist
Spray your wig sections with detangling mist. This helps to soften the curls and makes them easy to comb through. If your long curly wig is made of human hair, use detangling mist specifically designed for human hair care. The same thing applies to synthetic wigs; use products made for synthetic hair care.
Now that your hair cuticles are soft, it’s time to comb through. However, do it gently; the curls can easily fizzle out. Also, a wide-toothed comb is preferred as regular combs will shred your curls.
Restore the Curls
After detangling and removing knots, restore the knots to their original shapes. As we have already established, curls come in different types; what to do next is separate the curls into sections and restore the curls into their original shapes.
For the smaller sections, make the curls tighter, and for larger curls, make them a little bit loose or wavy. Preferably, you should use your fingers to twist the curls. If they do not bounce back properly, try twisting them in the opposite direction.
You can use a curling iron to return your curls to their original shape. A curling iron is preferred for human hair wigs. Keep the iron at a low temperature so that you won’t destroy your wig. Other heatless methods include bendy rollers, headband wrap, and many more.
Keep Your Wig Carefully
Throwing your curly hair wigs on the floor or in a drawer is the quickest way to ruin the curls. Therefore, store your wig carefully to prevent the curls from tangling. After restoring the curls, gently place the wig in the box or bag it came with, or you could place it in a plastic or a sealed box. Just ensure you keep it somewhere big enough to prevent tangling and closed enough to prevent it from gathering dust.
In conclusion, your curly wig needs all the care you can give it. When you care for it, it lasts longer and keeps making you beautiful for a long time.