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Correcting Human Hair Wig Damage

Posted on August 26 2021

There is nothing quite like a human hair wig. After all, you can’t get a more realistic feel than actual human hair. If you are the lucky owner of a human hair wig, you know how important it is to take care of it properly. A well-loved wig can have an expected lifespan of about a year.

Caring for Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs will start to show signs of wear eventually. If your wig looks dried out and frizzy, or you’re experiencing matting at the nape of the neck, read on. This guide will teach you how to correct human hair wig damage!

For this process, you will need to pin your wig onto a canvas block headWhen pinning, be careful not to puncture any monofilament or lace material. If you only have a plastic or metal wig stand, you will need to work carefully.

Once the wig is secured, section off the hair using clips. Apply conditioner to the sections of hair, avoiding the roots of the wig. Be sure to concentrate the conditioner through matted areas of the wig. Avoid the base construction since conditioning products can loosen the knots and cause loss of fiber. 

Next, use a wide-tooth comb and comb through each wig section. When combing or bushing, always start at the bottom and work your way up to the roots. Once detangled, you can wash the wig as normal. Be sure to watch our video to how to wash a human hair wig.

If you tried the above steps and your wig still needs some TLC, go for a deep-conditioning method. For the best results, use Beautimark’s Intensive Recovery Conditioner as a mask. This powerful conditioner rejuvenates damaged human hair without adding weight. Plus, it’s sulfate-free and paraben-free! 

Human Hair Conditioner

To deep condition, apply the conditioner to your wig in sections just as you did for the conditioning method above. Make sure to avoid the roots. When you’re confident the wig is lathered with conditioner, it’s time to cover the strands in plastic wrap. The plastic wrap in your pantry works great for this! Going section-by-section, cover up the sections with plastic wrap.


Once your wig is in sections of plastic, bring out your blow dryer. Set the heat to low. Turn on your blow dryer and direct the airflow on the outside of one of wrapped sections for one to two minutes. To avoid burns, keep the blow dryer three inches away from the hair. Continue this process on each plastic wrapped section.

Correcting Human Hair Damage

When the entire wig has been processed, remove the plastic wrap from the fibers and comb through all the section. The next step requires you to use the blow dryer directly on the hair, so we recommend spraying your fibers with a heat protectant spray like BeautiMark's 3-in-1 Miracle Protect.

Heat Protectant for Human Hair Wigs

To achieve a smooth finish, we recommend blowdrying the hair with a round brush. Start by taking a small section of hair, lay the fibers on top of the round brush and roll the brush through the ends. Note: To avoid tangling, try not to wrap the hair fully around the barrel. When rolling the brush through the ends, follow along with your hairdryer with attached air concentrator. Continue throughout the entire wig. For more instructions on how to round brush a wig, learn how here.

Round Brush for Wigs
The above methods will help bring the fibers of your human hair wig back to life. Watch the video below for visual assistance.

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