Proper African American wig care is very important if you want your wig to look good for a long time. Of course, proper wig care depends on the type of wig you have, whether you have a synthetic wig, a human hair wig, a wig with dreadlocks, etc.
General African American Wig Care:
Wash the wig after wearing it 8-12 times. In reality, however, you may last longer without washing it, or you may have to wash it much earlier, this depends on the humidity and the quality of the air. And for example, if you go to a bar where people smoke, you may want to get the smoke smell out of your hair that night, even if you only washed it a few days ago! Be your own judge. Use a towel to gently dry the wig; again, be kind! Don’t move the wig!
Now add a conditioning spray. Let the wig dry. You can use a Styrofoam head, but you could stretch the lid. Instead, you may prefer to put your wig on something like a vase or bottle of hairspray covered in a towel. Do not brush the wig unless it is completely dry. Do not let the wig dry in direct sunlight. If you decide to cut your wig, be sure to wear it for best results. When you are not wearing the wig, leave it on a wig stand so it can hold its shape and not tangle. When you travel, take your wig in a wig box, you don’t want it to break.
To wash your wig:
Use a wig brush to brush your wig. Make sure you use a wig shampoo. It is important not to use regular shampoo, it can damage the wig. Fill a sink with cold or lukewarm water and add wig shampoo (usually about a tablespoon … read the shampoo bottle for precise instructions). Put your wig in the water and shake it gently, be gentle! Do this for about a minute. Rinse the wig under micro link extensions cold running water until it is completely rinsed off. Caring for African American wigs for synthetic hair includes not using a blow dryer or any styling devices that generate heat, such as curling irons, as these may melt and frizz the synthetic hair. Use your fingertips only or a wig comb / brush to style the wig. Also make sure to keep the wig away from excessive heat sources such as open oven doors, fireplaces and barbecues.
Additionally, most synthetic wigs should not be worn in the pool unless otherwise noted. It is also very important not to use brushes made for human hair, as they can stretch synthetic hair, damage it, create frizz or break it. And don’t try to color or bleach your wig.
Human hair wig care is actually very similar to synthetic hair. The main difference is that you can treat a real hair wig more like you would treat your own hair.
You can use hot tools: hair dryers, curlers, etc. – to style your human hair wig. Of course, if you have a leather-like plastic cap, you should be aware that the plastic could melt at high temperatures.
An important note about dreadlock wig care is that both dreadlocks and spiral curled wigs do not need to be combed or brushed. This could undo the dreadlocks.