Guide - Buying and Working with Wigs


Avoid brushing a wig. Use combs - preferably wide-toothed combs - and try not to put too much stress on the roots. Don’t comb right through from the roots to the tips as with real hair; work from the ends and up gradually. Combing through layers at a time can be good. For dealing with tangles, finger-combing first is helpful. If you have wig de-tanglers, wig-conditioners or similar, spray those on. If you don’t, I find using ordinary conditioner helps. So when finger combing, use some conditioner. It helps your fingers pass through tangles more easily, and seems to stop the fibres tangling as much. Remember to wash it out though! After finger-combing, progress to a wide-toothed comb, and later to a finer one. Using the hot-water straightening method, even with cooler water also seems to help remove tangles. Best thing is not to let the wig tangle in the first place. Store it properly, and when wearing it, comb it periodically or even keep it tied back.

Specialist wig brushes are available and are notable for having metal teeth rather than plastic. Plastic brush teeth cause static and damage to wigs, so should be avoided at all cost. Proper wig brushes will also have the brush teeth aligned in straight lines rather than concentric ovals, like many brushes, as this helps to prevent too many of the wig fibres from being pulled out.

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