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Common Wig Mistakes

Posted on December 01 2020

Wig veterans and newbies alike can be guilty of making mistakes. While these mistakes may seem minor, they can cause some serious damage to your hairpiece.
 
If you have committed one of these mistakes, don’t fret! We also have advice on what you can do to remedy the situation!

 

Using heat tools on synthetic fibers

Before becoming a wig owner, you probably had decades of experience with styling your own biological hair. Heat tools are wonderful for giving hair that little something-something! It’d be understandable if you believed those same tools could be used on your wig’s strands.
 
For some wigs, you can use heat tools. If your wig is made with human hair, you can absolutely use a curling wand or straight iron on it. Human hair strands can be treated just like biological hair.
 
What about synthetic wigs? There are heat-friendly synthetic fibers and they are seemingly becoming more common. To see an example of one, check out Haute by Jon Renau. However, not all synthetics are heat-friendly and a tool like a curling iron could irreversibly damage your wig.
 
For more information on how to care for a synthetic wig, check out our guide.
 

  

  

Standing too close to a heating element

Of course, curling irons aren’t the only hot elements in our daily lives. Other heat sources, such as ovens and heaters, can also damage your wig’s fibers. While wearing your wig, try to keep any strands away from sources of heat, especially with long wigs.

 

Air drying human hair wigs

Air drying is so much easier than blow-drying. I know! Unfortunately, you can’t get away with air drying a human hair wig. After washing your human hair wig, you must give it a full blowout.
 
Deep down, you know it’s true. Consider biological hair that is left to air dry. It’s easier, but the hair ends up frizzing or going flat and limp.
 
A human hair wig reacts that same because, well, it’s also human hair! To properly blow-dry a human hair wig, you’ll need to place it on some form of a wig stand. You’ll then need to use a round brush or paddle brush to smooth as you dry. 

 

Improperly washing your piece

Speaking of washing your wig, do you know you can do it incorrectly? For example, you can’t just use any product. You can’t head to your local salon and just grab something intended for biological hair.
 
To wash a wig, you need to use products formulated for use with wigs. Using any other products can leave your wig feeling brittle and looking dull. Wigs.com loves the BeautiMark collection because it’s formulated specifically for wearable hair and free of parabens.
 
Oh, you don’t have to wash your wig every day! You should wash your piece after about 4 to 6 wears. In between washes, try a leave-in conditioner to keep your wig moisturized.
 
If you’d like to see a video demonstration on how to wash a wig, click here to watch!

 

Ordering wrong wig size

At Wigs.com, you can purchase wigs in three different sizes: petite, average, and large. These sizes pertain to the circumference of your head. In order to determine your size, you will have to measure your head.
 
Just like with clothing, wearing the wrong size can be uncomfortable. If you need a large size, but opt for an average or even a petite, you can expect a tight fit and probably a headache. Meanwhile, if you are petite-sized and buy an average-sized wig, your wig won’t be secure and could slip!
 
Measuring for a wig is easy. To determine the right size wig for you, measure the circumference of your head from the front hairline, behind your ear, to the nape of your neck, to your other ear, and then back to the front hairline.
 
Have you ever committed any of these wig mistakes? Don’t be embarrassed! Share your learning experience with us in the comments!
 

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