Here’s the 101 for looking after your human hair wig.
Although caring for your human hair wig is essentially following the same processes as anyone would do with hair, it’s important to remember a wig doesn’t get the same natural oils that are expelled from the scalp. These oils nourish and soften the hair, prevent breakage, and moisturise it. So it’s important that a natural oil is used.
I use ORS coconut oil for hair and scalp. I use it in two ways; first after washing when the hair is still wet I will run a couple of drops through the hair. Second, I filled an old spritz bottle with water and some of the oil and every other day I will shake the solution up and spritz the hair to replicate the idea that usually hair would be exposed to natural oils everyday. I use the mixture of water and oil to dilute the oil so it’s not too heavy on the hair.
I shampoo and condition my human hair week about once a week. I try not to wash it too often but I find after wearing it everyday there is product build up and it needs it. I use Herbal Essences ‘hello hydration’ shampoo and conditioner for the moisture benefits. As I mentioned earlier it’s important to be putting in the moisture and oils to your wig that it would usually get from your scalp but doesn’t for obvious reasons!
Moisture mask and treatments
I recently purchased John Frieda’s ‘miracle recovery’ deep conditioner, which I use after washing. It really softens the hair and makes it feel much smoother and healthier!
Once deep conditioning is done I use the drop of coconut oil I mentioned earlier. Then I use John Frieda’s ‘Forever Smooth’ anti-frizz primer followed by the ‘extra strength 6 effects’ by John Frieda. I notice a big difference in the fly always and frizz in my hair as it is naturally very wavy. I only use one pump of each product to avoid over doing it, which can be very easy to do – less is more!
I try to avoid using heat and styling products frequently in my hair. I usually let it dry naturally and leave it as it is because it has a beautiful wave to it. Styling products also usually contain alcohol in them, which is a big ingredient to try to avoid as it is not good for your human hair. Having said this, it is very difficult to find products without alcohol in them (I am still searching!).
If I do decide to style the hair, I first use VO5’s ‘smoothly does it’ for shine, heat protection and to tame hair. I also really like L’Oreal Elnett’s ‘volume’ heat styling protectant spray – does what it says on the tin and it ideal for when I want big voluminous hair that I love. Finally, if I need to use hair spray, again I try to avoid it generally, L’Oreal’s Elnett Satin Hairspray with argan oil is my favourite. I always use a light hand when using these products and I’ve found them effective without weighing the hair down.