Human Hair wigs can last a lot longer than synthetics, but that’s only If you take proper care of them. View them as a long term investment and caring for them will become part of your routine.
EDIT #1: A lot of folks have been asking what kind of shampoo & conditioner to use on their human hair wigs.
EDIT #2: While you can use your synthetic safe shampoo on your human hair wigs without it causing any issues, you should definitely use a conditioning treatment (or two) that is made specifically for human hair wigs. They need much more intensive moisturizing than a synthetic wig.
EDIT #3: We recommend using synthetic-safe washing & styling products on your human hair / heat-friendly synthetic blend wigs since the synthetic fiber is generally about 66% (or more) of the overall composition of the blend.
DO: Wash your new human hair wig before your wear it.
Do NOT: Plop it on your head and wear it for weeks before washing. These wigs have had a lot of chemical processing and most of those chemicals can be absorbed through the scalp. Please wash them first!
DO: Purchase with the knowledge that these wigs will need to be professionally styled before they can be worn. They do not come pre-styled like synthetics do, even though most are pre-permed to attain a specific hair texture.
Do NOT: Become discouraged by how it looks out of the box. Again, it will need to be styled before it is ready to wear.
DO: Remember that non-Remy human hair is the lowest quality. That doesn’t mean it’s bad. It just means that the hair might have a coarser texture and be more prone to early signs of friction damage. They aren’t as durable, so they’re generally much less expensive. Remy hair is smooth and has cuticles that are in tact and all facing the same direction. This cuts down on friction so the wig feels smoother and lasts longer. Most Remy hair is from Asia or India and can come from multiple people per wig due to the homogeneity of those hair types. European hair wigs are also Remy, but the hair shafts are narrower, making them more lustrous and silky. European hair wigs also come from a single head of hair and are seldom dyed, so the variation of pigments and highlights is the most natural money can buy. Any of these types of hair can make a nice wig. Just know what you’re getting before you buy it.
Do NOT: Forget that with human hair, if the price seems too good to be true it usually is.
DO: Read the manufacturer’s recommendations about hair care.
Do NOT: Just assume it will be as easy as taking care of your bio hair – because it’s not.
DO: Use wig-safe shampoos and conditioners that are alcohol & paraben free. Avoid anything containing Sodium Laureth Sulfate or Sodium Lauryl Sulfate. These chemicals make soap lather – but they are also very drying and will make the hair brittle. (They’re not that great for your bio hair, either, for the record.)
Do NOT: Use drug store products on your hair without looking at the labels. We recommend avoiding name brands such as Herbal Essences, Pantene, Dove, Organix, or anything else you can buy at Target or Walgreens. You don’t have to wash it very often, so invest in the good stuff so your hair will last longer!
DO: Wash your wig every 8 – 14 days, or as needed. Using a dry shampoo can help you go longer between washings when sprayed on the interior of the cap. (We don’t recommend spraying dry shampoo on the outside of human hair wigs.)
Do NOT: Wash every night.
DO: Place on a wig stand and allow to hair dry thoroughly before combing again. You may apply more leave-in conditioner once dry, if needed.
Do NOT: Place wig in direct sunlight to dry. This will make the color fade faster.
Hopefully this is an eye-opener!
I know it sounds INTENSE. No worries, though. Wigs get washed so infrequently that it’s not nearly as bad as it sounds. Plus, add to this the fact that the hair will look and feel more natural AND last up to a year or more…and well, let’s just say it becomes a little easier why some people are willing to trade in the convenience of synthetics to go the human hair route.
To each their own. We’ll be there to help either way.