How Long Does a High-Quality Wig Last?

September 5th, 2023

Music by Ellen Wille in shade Cinnamon Brown Rooted

Unlocking the secrets on getting the most out of your wig

Wigs have evolved from being mere accessories for special occasions to becoming essential components for women with hair loss. With advancements in technology and materials, the durability and lifespan of wigs have improved significantly. Various factors influence the lifespan, from the quality of the wig itself to most importantly–the frequency of wear and especially the care and maintenance routine followed by the wearer. 

Factors Affecting Wig Lifespan

  • Fiber & Care:

    One of the primary factors influencing a wig's longevity is the quality of materials used in its construction. Human hair wigs tend to have a longer lifespan (approximately 9-12 months) compared to synthetic wigs. High-quality synthetic wigs are more durable than their lower-grade counterparts and can last 3-6 months with proper care and maintenance. All wigs will definitely last even longer if they aren’t wearing them daily. 
  • Cap Construction:

    Different types of wigs have varying lifespans. Lace front wigs, hand-tied wigs, and monofilament wigs are known for their natural appearance and construction but might require more delicate handling and maintenance. Traditional machine-sewn wigs are typically less expensive, and depending on the hair style may look less natural–but may be more durable.    
  • Usage Frequency:

    The more often a wig is worn, the shorter its lifespan will be. Wigs worn daily will experience more wear and tear than those worn occasionally for special events. Rotating between multiple wigs can help extend their collective lifespan. Anything you wear on your body every single day will wear out faster, regardless of price.   
  • Maintenance and Care:

    Proper care and maintenance play a crucial role in extending the lifespan of a wig. This includes using specially formulated care products for their respective fibers: wig shampoos and conditioners, gentle detangling, and storing the wig on a proper wig stand when not in use.  
  • Styling Best Practices:

    Heat styling is required for heat friendly synthetic fiber. When using heat styling tools, it is critical to stay within 275-300 degrees. For human hair, please air dry about 90% before sectioning and blow drying, then use your preferred heat styling tool set to 300-350 degrees.  

Tips to Extend Wig Lifespan

  • Gentle Handling:

    Treat your wig with care, using a gentle wig brush or wide tooth comb and avoiding excessive tugging. When putting on or removing the wig, hold the ear tabs and handle it delicately to prevent stretching the cap or pulling out hairs.
  • Wash & Condition Every 6-8 Wears:

    Clean your wig regularly to remove dirt, oils, and styling products. Use products specifically designed for wigs to ensure you don't damage the fibers. For best results, follow these care instructions: How to Wash a Wig
  • Follow Heat Styling Instructions:

    • Traditional Synthetic Hair - NO HEAT STYLING!
    • Heat Friendly Synthetic Hair - Requires heat styling 275-300 degrees. 
    • Human Hair - blow dry, heat style with curling iron or flat iron 300-350 degrees.
    • Also, never heat style a wig or hair topper on your head. For best results, use a canvas block head.
  • Proper Storage:

    When not wearing your wig, store it on a wig stand to maintain its shape and allow it to air out. Store in a cool place, not in direct sunlight. When traveling or not wearing it for extended periods of time, store in a sealable plastic bag.