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09 Jan 2009 - 22:219506
Rescue for long wig?
Okay, this morning, I left the house in a rush, leaving the wig I was currently styling(very slowly ID) on the head on my workspace instead of its safe location on the top shelf.
Either I or my mother left the door to my room open, and the cats(evil little beasts!) got into my room. Needless to say, they rather enjoyed playtime with my wig. It wouldn't have been so bad had it been a short wig, but this is the longest wig I own(24 inches) Its also the only wig I haven't had a chance to wear anywhere, since the costume's not done.
Bahhh! So, its not only tangled with tiny knots all over the place, but for some reason is also frizzing to the extreme. I suspect my mother tried to hide the evidence by brushing it. With a regular brush -shudder-
Anyway. I suck at long wigs, since I've never had one get so tangled at frizzed up, I don't know if I can rescue it. But I'd really like to, I don't want to waste it D: Especially without wearing it properly!

So, do any of you guys have any advice on rescuing an extremely long wig?

Last edited by (09 Jan 2009 - 22:55)
10 Jan 2009 - 16:209529
You'd be surprised how well a regular brush works, sadly it sounds like your mum tried to brush it like normal hair. ><
Get a wide brush with preferrably soft plastic bristles and start from the bottom and work your way up. Section off the wig into about four parts so you're working on only a few knots at a time. Don't force the brush through, it'll only bend and dent the fibres. Gently work the knots to the bottom of the wig and out. When it's all unknotted it'll likely look more frizzy like it does now. This is because the fibres end up bending when getting knotted, like when you have a plastic wire and fold it. As these are plastic fibres you'll need to reshape them basically. If you have a set of straighteners with a very low setting you can sometimes get away with using them while combing through a small section at a time, if you don't want to chance it the easiest way is the hot water method.
I use the hot water method to curl wigs but you can use it in reverse. Sadly there's not much chance that you can get it looking perfectly straight again as it used to be if it's that badly bent but you can make it straighter than what it is now. Generally you're not meant to style a wig when wet but in this case if just pouring hot water (from a kettle I use) onto the wig while it's on a head and stand then you might need to help it along a little. Best method really is going to be to use some conditioner to help you comb (use a fine tooth plastic comb on small sections) it through and then carefully pour hot water on while you comb just to add a little more tension to the fibres to straighten them.

10 Jan 2009 - 20:319536
Thanks a lot, SephNoir! I'll give the hot water method a try, since I don't trust my straighteners XD

10 Jan 2009 - 21:369538
Glad I could help! I hope it works out well. If not feel free to PM or email me and I'd be happy to help some more.

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