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Why Our Wig Experts Recommend Blow Drying Human Hair Wigs

Posted on February 08 2021

“I’m sorry, I can’t go tonight. I have to wash my hair.” It’s an old excuse that women have given for decades. I remember hearing that line when I was younger and not understanding. When you’re 8 years old, washing your hair is a matter of dumping water over your head and slipping into bed. The end.
 
As an adult, I now know what the excuse means. It isn’t the washing of the hair that consumes an evening - it’s the blow drying. My biological hair holds onto moisture like it is dying in a desert and drying it takes forever.
 
Was I slightly disappointed to learn that I’d have to take the same care into blow drying my human hair wigs? Yes. Ladies, share in my disappointment if you like, but you need to blow dry human hair wigs.
 
Our Wig Experts, who know a thing or two, recommend blow-drying wigs because it locks in moisture after a wash. Human hair fiber needs moisture to keep it looking its best.
 Blow Drying a Human Hair Wig

 

Of course, you can’t blow dry a wig without washing it. If you’re unsure of how to properly wash a human hair wig, you’ll want to watch our YouTube video on the subject.


Once your wig is fresh and clean, it’s time to dry. Our Experts recommend letting the wig air dry about 50% of the way before picking up your hair dryer. Once your wig is half dry, you’ll want to get the 50% dry with a round brush.

 

Jon Renau Bristle Brush
Do not grab just any round brush. For wigs, you don’t want to choose any round brush with the epoxy balls on the bristles. Technically, those soft little balls are intended to prevent hurting your scalp while brushing, but you won’t be wearing the wig as you dry it. Those little beads can damage the fiber of a wig though!
 
You have a half-dry wig, a safe round brush, and a blow dryer. Now what? Now we begin!
 
  1. Secure your wig to your wig stand or block head. For a block head, you can use T-pins.
  2. Using a towel, lightly dab the wig to soak up any excess water.
  3. Using a Paddle Brush, gently detangle the wig.
  4. Now is the time to part the hair in the direction you prefer, if your wig allows.
  5. If desired, apply a blow dry balm or heat styling protectant.
  6. Section off the hair into easy-to-manage pieces.
  7. Set your dryer at a medium heat. You don’t want to fry your wig with high heat.
  8. Starting with one section, dry the hair with the brush and dryer. Brush and dry downward.
  9. Once the section is dry, go over it with the “cool shot” button on your dryer. 
  10. Continue with the other sections until the wig is dry.

 
Ten steps may seem like a lot, but it’s really a simple process. It’s just important to take your time and do the best job. Remember, human hair wigs are an investment and you want to protect them!
 


Do you have any special tips and tricks for blow drying a human hair wig? Share your wisdom in the comments!

 

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