How to Clean a Wig Properly

Cleaning Your Wigs Properly. It’s not as Difficult as You May Imagine

You spent good money on your new wig so let’s make it last. If you want your beautiful wig to continue to look fresh and give you long term enjoyment, then as with anything else, you need to take care of it. For those of you who are dealing with cancer or other health-related treatment, I know that maintaining a wig may be the last thing you want to do. However, I believe that for many women, maintaining the routine and glamour of their outward appearance can make all the difference in the world in avoiding depression. Anything you can do to help in the healing process will be a positive step during this crucial time and for some of us that means paying attention to these beauty rituals and this area of our life that allows us to step out of the house feeling put together.

After nine years of regularly assisting women at their hospital bedside who are challenged with one condition or another and experiencing hair loss, I have truly seen miracles happen when a woman puts on a new wig, takes a look at herself in the mirror and suddenly feels beautiful again and gets her ‘mojo’ back. It gives her that extra umph she needed to work harder to overcome her condition. Remember, human hair wigs, alternative hair, created hair – which ever term you resonate with – is non-breathing hair; it has no natural oils, so it needs hydration and replenishing.

Okay, let’s talk about Synthetic Hair wigs first.

Since synthetic hair is made from kanekalon, a nylon hair, it calls for different products then are used on human hair. Synthetic hair comes in silky or crimped styles and is very inexpensive. The silky kanekalon is fine and straight, some are made with built-in body.

There are several different types of synthetic hair ranging in price and quality. The highest-quality type of synthetic hair is called monofilament, monofiber or “mono” for short, which looks and feels very much like human hair.

The purpose of cleaning synthetic hair is to remove scalp oils that can build up over time. Also, if you use a lot of styling products, this buildup can make the hair look dull and can also promote tangling. I advise my clients who are consistently wearing their synthetic pieces to wash them once every ten to twelve times they wear it. If they use a lot of styling products, its best to wash the hair once every five or six wears. It’s important to keep in mind that washing synthetic hair will certainly decrease its life span, as nylon will lose its elasticity and sheen with washing, so try not to use excessive amounts of product. Just put on enough product to do what you need for the look you are trying to attain and wash only when needed.

When brushing:

Brushing synthetic hair will help avoid getting tangles and knots. A regular hairbrush should not be used on synthetic hair since it will cause the ends to split and get frizzy. Purchase a special synthetic hair comb or brush at any beauty supply store. Using a brush with rubber tips on the bristles can be used for synthetic and for human hair as well to keep the hair fibers from splitting.

Brush the hair before washing to remove any tangles. A wig “detangler” spray can be applied to help separate the strands if necessary and smooth out any knots.

Place the piece on a wig head. They come in Styrofoam or canvas. Either can be used. Place small T-Pins at the temples, forehead and along the nape to keep the hair in place. This also will prevent inversion (when the hair comes through the inside of the wig).

For synthetic hair, some people will use at-home products as simple as laundry detergent followed by a good wig conditioner. Others use specific synthetic wig care products that can be purchased online and at most beauty supply stores and specialty wig shops.

Using proper styling products on synthetic hair is important. Many products are available in beauty supply stores, including hairspray, leave-in conditioner, shine spray, mousse and shaping cream.

Leave-in conditioner can be sprayed onto damp synthetic hair and then rubbed in gently with your hands. Okay it’s time to wash your “Little Lady.”

This process is super easy and should not take more than 5 minutes. Fill a bucket or a sink with cool water. Do not use hot water; if your wig, hairpiece or extensions have any type of wave or curl, hot water will relax it. Also hot water has a tendency to draw out the color.

Mix about two capfuls of synthetic wig shampoo into the water, place the wig head gently into the soapy water and move the hair back and forth in the water for approximately 3 minutes. Do not twirl the wig head as that most certainly will cause hair to tangle.

Remove the wig head from the soapy water and hold it under the faucet with cold, clean water going in the same direction of the hair, rinsing it until there are no soap suds left. Repeat with 2 capfuls of conditioner and then repeat the rinse procedure.

Carefully remove the pins from the wig head and place them aside. Never brush a synthetic wig when it is wet. This can cause hair stretching and breakage. To dry the wig, place it on a towel and blot the wig continuously, retrieving the water from the piece. Do not twist or wring out the hair. There is a wonderful product called a Friction Free Towel which is similar to a chamois material that when used in blotting, will pull out the water from a wig three times as fast. Then place the wig on a wig stand or dry wig head until dry.

You can prevent the buildup of scalp oils on synthetic wigs by wearing a wig cap. Wig caps are inexpensive and can be purchased at beauty supply stores. Just make sure that the cap is not too tight as you now will be wearing two pieces of elastic. One in the wig base and one in the cap.

Also, never use heated styling tools such as blow dryers, curling irons or straightening irons on synthetic hair. Heated tools, even on the coolest setting, will melt synthetic hair. Unless it’s only cold air I do not suggest using a blow dryer on synthetic hair. Also be careful of getting near the heat in the kitchen. Reaching in the oven to grab that beautiful lasagna or salmon dish you prepared will be the demise of your piece.

Now for Human Hair Wigs:

You can follow the same washing instructions as above only there will be a few more products needed to protect this type of hair. This process should not take more than 5-6 minutes.

Since human hair is a bit more delicate, it calls for more sensitive products. Most people think that baby shampoo is the most delicate when in fact it’s the worst product as it will dry out the hair. As with synthetic hair, you only need to wash your wig when you feel the need to. When it starts to look a bit too disheveled, greasy or dirty, that’s the right time. Ladies… we all know when it’s time.

First, I suggest that you purchase a good wig shampoo. Regular shampoo may contain too much alcohol, which if used continuously, can slowly break down the wig. It’s important to put the protein back into the hair after washing and before conditioning, so purchasing a wig protein spray is essential to keeping the hair strands from becoming brittle. Purchasing a good color retention product will help secure your color from washing out.

Additionally, a good wig conditioner, wig hair spray and wig de-tangler is essential in keeping the hair from getting matted and tangled thus creating breakage.

Here are some Product Solutions I recommend:

When drying human hair, remove the hair carefully from the block and blot it with a large dry towel. Again, never ring or twist the hair as that can promote breakage. There is a wonderful friction-free towel that will soak up the water in the wig three times as fast. I recommend that you place the human hair on either a wig head or a wig stand where air can flow through inside and out.

It’s good to let the piece dry partially – until it’s only damp – before blow dying it. Also placing a thermal spray protectant on the hair before applying a heating device on it will protect the hair from burning or drying out.

So there you have it! Don’t be afraid – you’ll do just fine if you follow these tried and true steps.

Good luck!

And Remember Girls, We’re More Than Just Hair!©

Blessings,

Amy J. Gibson Hair Loss Sufferer

The Voice of Hair LossTM

Soap Opera Star – Alopecia Activist -National Hair Loss Spokesperson – Innovative Wig Designer

More than simply providing a way for those with hair loss to ‘replace their hair,’ Amy Gibson has given thousands of women a way to feel good about themselves again in spite of what can be a debilitating loss of self image, sensuality, and confidence.

Working often times at the bedside with cancer patients for over eight years, Amy has been a bridge for chemotherapy patients and others who have lost their hair and courage, to give them hope, inner strength and the tools necessary for living a full active life.

Lace Front Wigs – Why They Have Become So Trendy

Women that wear lace front wigs are seen everywhere from MTV, the media and magazines. When it comes to hair, Lace wigs are the best kept secret in Hollywood.

Lace front wigs have gained popularity among Hollywood stars and models because of their high quality, their natural look and are very easy and comfortable to wear. The popularity is because of the way they are made.

If you take a close look at these beautiful wigs you will notice the front is made from real lace. As with lower quality, factory made wigs, the hair on lace front wigs is not glued on, nor is it sewn on. Lace wigs have the hair woven naturally into the lace which gives the scalp such a realistic appearance.

Real hair has a natural bounce to it. Therefore because these wigs are all tied into place, it can also give that carefree bounce as real hair does. There is a lot of detail put into the creation of these wigs and that is why they are often referred to as the highest quality available on the market.

Commonly, lace front wigs are made with real human hair, however you will also find synthetic hair lace wigs on many websites as well. They come with natural hair texture and in a variety of natural colors such as brunette, black and even blonde.

Since they are made from human hair you can dye them any color to be trendier. They can also be styled just like human hair which makes them more flexible than other types.

Another major benefit to lace front wigs is their durability. They are handmade human hair creations and can last up to three times longer than synthetic hair wigs. They will easily retain the amount of hair on the wig as well as their shape and color.

These types of wigs are great for every day wear as they are lightweight, bouncy and durable. To get the most of your lace wig, you need to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for care. Not too many other wigs can handle all the daily action that lace wigs can.

Overall, lace wigs seem to be the perfect choice. To get the most coverage, it is recommended to try a full lace wig. These wigs can be a bit expensive so most women tend to opt for a lace front. They will provide the detail of a full wig around your face which is where most women need the attention.

As stated earlier, many models, singers and celebrities are big endorsers of these types of wigs. Celebrity lace wigs have been seen on the covers of TIME, Jet, People and Us. You will also see them on catwalks in London, Paris New York City and Milan.

There aren’t too many beauty luxuries that are still so affordable to most women as a lace front wig. They seem to remain budget friendly so women can call them an affordable luxury. Actually, many women say they are not a luxury, but rather a necessity!

Some of the more popular lace front wigs are Remy lace which you can find on higher quality wig shop websites. So have some fun with a lace front wig today!

Follow the Trend With Lace Wigs

Lace wigs have an extremely natural appearance. They are created by weaving hair, natural or synthetic, in a lace cap color of the skin. The natural look is the result of the hair being able to sit directly on the user’s head – like natural hair. Wigs are also extremely popular because the hair can be colored, style, highlight, and worn for several weeks. Also, unlike traditional wigs, they are considered extremely comfortable.

Have you ever wondered how celebrities always have different hair style that is perfectly coiffed? What is their secret? They use cheap costume wigs. While celebrities are using this method, people who lose hair or suffer from hair loss due to illness or chemotherapy can use the wig rather than traditional wigs used to purchase a wig shop.

There are several kinds of wigs. The first is the full lace cap that can be placed on the head with either an adhesive or hairpin and hair are tied in. The second type is called a lace front wig which means that the lace cap covers only the front of the head while the back of the head may incorporate a different material. The type of lace used is either made of French lace long or more delicate Swiss lace.

Whether you want a celebrity look or your own Lace Synthetic Wigs and unique style full lace wigs are available in a variety of lengths, textures and colors. Wigs are the best hair replacement solution because they do not harm your scalp, unlike weaves, fusion, and many other popular hair extension strand by strand methods. Lace front wigs are more common because they are cheaper and easier to wear. In addition, they tend to be much more durable than full lace wigs. This is an advantage for people who want a versatile and natural look and just do not have thousands of dollars to spend on wigs. In addition, anyone can wear wigs.

You can easily learn how to apply the wig is by instructions online or by an esthetician who is knowledgeable in this area. Once you apply the lace wig, usually you can wear anywhere from one to two weeks as long as you follow the instructions correctly to keep the wig should last up to six months.

In addition to the common modification for lace wig, people should also apply another method to change their style. For example, women can choose the most appropriate to help them get the appearance of good accessories fair. The shape, color and style of hair accessory should be in accordance with the style and color of the full lace wig. However, this would be the most important that people should pay more attention points.

Wigs: Real Hair Or Synthetic

There are many reasons you may find yourself shopping for wigs. Perhaps you like to change your looks often without cutting, styling or coloring your hair. Or maybe you have a condition that makes you want to have a full head of hair but you can’t grow it naturally. If you’re shopping wigs you’ve come across the fact that there are both natural wigs and those that are synthetic. Take a look at the following and weigh out the benefits of each type.

Natural Wigs

Though many will tell you that natural hair wigs will look, ‘more natural,’ the truth is that many synthetic wigs look just as good when properly cared for. When it comes to the benefits, the list never seems to end with human hair wigs. In fact, some may say the only downfall is that a natural wig will be more expensive. Human hair wigs will allow for more breathability, this means you’ll see less sweating with your scalp then if you were to wear a synthetic wig.

You can also dye and style your natural wig in much the same manner as you would do your own hair. It is recommended that you do not dye it too often as you may see damage. These wigs will also feel the most natural to the touch, because they are indeed human hair. Those who are wearing a synthetic wig will find that if they get too close to heat there can be damage such as melting. This isn’t the case with a natural wig. Finally, you’ll be pleased to see that human hair wigs will last much longer than their synthetic counterparts.

Synthetic Wigs

One of the biggest considerations you’re likely to take into account when wig shopping is cost, especially if you want several. When it comes to wigs you’ll find that synthetic is the most cost-effective. While many will suggest that they won’t look real and that they will be easy to spot, that’s not always the case. These days you can get a high quality wig made of synthetic fibers that is very similar to how human hair actually feels. In addition to this, when you wash your synthetic wig or let it get exposed to humidity you won’t see significant changes. Another benefit of choosing synthetic wigs is that the sun won’t fade them.

A synthetic wig also has the ability to keep its style even after it has been washed. This can save you time getting ready each morning and preserve the look you like best. Finally, many people enjoy these wigs because they are lighter and therefore more comfortable to wear.

Stunning Noriko Wigs

The attractive selection of Noriko Wigs is a major offering from the notable women’s, men and children’s wig manufacturer, Rene of Paris, whose headquarters are located in Tokyo, Japan. The inventive Noriko Wig Collection was first introduced in 1995 with the philosophy of creating a line of ready-to-wear wigs that when viewed from any direction would look natural, as well as offering a selection of distinct styles for the many different face shapes of today’s women. More than fifteen years have passed since Noriko wigs were first unveiled to the wig loving public. During that time their cap constructions, styles and color offering have adapted to meet the needs of their clients. Simply put: Noriko wigs are distinctively styled and carefully crafted.

Currently you can shop the Noriko Collection for the most recent selection of synthetic wig styles ranging from hair enhancers to monofilament wigs. Finding a Noriko wig style just right for you is made straightforward with such a broad range of looks from the classic to their sleek, contemporary cuts. Noriko uses only the highest quality materials available when creating each wig style guaranteeing the buyer a lovely look along with quality craftsmanship behind each product.

The way the cap is constructed makes a big difference in not only the wearer’s comfort and styling options, but also in how realistic. Available in a number of of Noriko wigs styles, the monofilament, hand tied top adds movement while creating the illusion of natural hair growth at the crown. Mono tops also allow the wearer to part her hair on either side or down the middle. Monofilament wigs usually cost more than Noriko’s traditional lightweight and breathable cap construction wigs, but many women feel it’s well worth the extra money.

In addition, the Noriko Wigs Collection features colors ranging from their traditional natural airbrush colors and their Gradient colors with a unique fiber technology featuring multi-tones on a single strand that adds natural looking depth and body for a distinct and current look, to their Hybrant Shade colors with highlights and Hybrant Root colors which offer softly shadowed roots with Hyrbrant shade colors. If you decide to purchase a Noriko wig online, it is recommended to purchase a Rene of Paris color ring to get a better sense of the color you want. Wigs color swatches can look far different on your computer monitor, than when you see the actual wig. Deciding on a color can be made less difficult when color rings are utilized.

A customer service friendly site can make all the difference in your shopping experience whether you are a shrewd online wig purchaser or a newbie. There are Stores online that may overwhelm you with their special coupons, “members only” special prices, and other enticements that may or may not save you money in the longer term. Other sites online show what would seem the lowest price, but when you actually get to the checkout page, you find you have to pay high shipping fees. E-Wigs.com is a stylish Online wig shop with exceptionally helpful customer service personnel and a policy that simply states: lowest price guarantee and FREE shipping anywhere within the continental US. Check out their web site and their lowest price guarantee.

Where Can I Buy Kapenzo Full Lace Wigs?

Kapenzo is a renowned wig brand that assures its customer a premium quality at reasonable prices. The quality that it offers speaks about excellent craftsmanship, durable materials and fashionable designs. The wig makers of the brand are highly skilled and have proven expertise hair and beauty industry. No wonder why the brand is highly sought. Since lace wigs are naturally looking hair, they are also considered as the best hair replacement and also ideal to be worn as fashionably beautiful hair.

Buying Kapenzo hair systems can be daunting if you fail to consider the fundamental prerequisites of purchasing a product. Just like any buying activity, you need to find a store that sells authentic brands and not just replicas and imitations. This is why purchasing through an authorized dealer is the optimal path to follow.

There are many online wig shops that distribute many different brands, which guarantee quality and affordability. However when you ask the distributor for further clarification of the brand, many of them is unable to provide such due to lack of interest and information. This is why so many consumers find it frustrating to shop for a brand if where they shop does not make an attempt to understand the products they stand by.

You can buy Kapenzo full lace wigs from their official shop in Toronto called Kapenzo Hair or from authorized dealers located within your vicinity. Seeking such a brand with lead you to speak with educated and experienced hair stylists and wig specialists that will not only help you find the right type of unit but will direct you to the best possible solution for your condition, need, want and of course lifestyle.

Brazilian Full Lace Wigs

It’s mostly a girl thing – a hair that is silky and free flowing, no visible tangles and with a lustrous shine that surely captures attention. To be more confident and to feel great amongst many people, women’s hair is always seen to have a profound impact on their overall appearance. Celebrities who are in the limelight take pride in their hair more often, and they also love to appear different in every performance. Many of them achieve this through the use of a hair system.

Brazilian full lace wigs have become quite popular in the market because it promises 100% excellent quality hair that most women dream of and you can choose a variety of lengths, colours and styles. Brazilian virgin hair is retrieved from donors ranging from age 16 to 28 years old, to ensure the ideal volume and health of the hair. However these units are not always readily available to purchase from your local boutique or online wig shop and if they are, many of the attributes of the wig may not perfectly fit what you’re seeking; therefore obtaining a costly in stock item of such hair quality may not be your preferred choice. A custom-made unit is the best next thing, especially when you’re seeking one to be developed with a high grade South American hair type.

Custom made Brazilian hair systems are not that different in process compare to Indian, Chinese, European, Malaysian and Mongolian hair. You still have to determine your cap size, preferred hair length, colour, and density even though the hair is already thick, you may want your wig to be even fuller. Then you have to consider the cap construction, which is one of the most important factors of your custom unit. However don’t completely change what you’re use to or what has been recommended because of your chosen hair type. The goal is to get exactly what you want and need with the hair that closely mimics your natural hair texture.

Brazilian full lace wigs are one of the most highly ranked virgin hairs due to the positive experience by many consumers. People of different race, colour and ethnicity treat themselves by purchasing a virgin hair unit to experience what most women dream of. That is soft, lustrous, full, flowing natural beautiful head of hair.

Buying In Stock Lace Front Wigs

Lace front wigs are considered a hair replacement system where part of the unit is constructed from lace and appears natural and the other part is constructed from wefts made by a machine. This type of system is mainly different from one constructed entirely with lace through its inability to be versatile with hair styling techniques.

They are generally worn by those that suffer from hair loss and hair thinning. In addition, it can also be used as a protective covering of the hair to promote hair growth and some of course wear it for fashion purposes.

Obtaining an in stock lace front wig can be a bit daunting for a newbie. If you are new to this type of system, it’s always best to start with the basics, which is to determine your need from the product and how it will be suitable in your lifestyle. Sometimes wig wearers fail to realize how much a change of hairstyle can impact their lifestyle, appearance and self-esteem and when seeking for the right type they tend to place price over quality and suitability.

In stock units are pre designed so you can take the opportunity to try the unit on at your local wig shop. However each unit is also different from the rest taking into account the hair length, color, density, cap construction, and lace color. Therefore it can appeal to different types of individuals. For example, most African Americans will prefer the yaki because it mimics their own hair texture, and Caucasians will lean towards silky straight textures because it closely resembles theirs.

If you intend to buy online, meticulously read the item’s full description and stay focused on the goal, which is what you need not just want. Also, contact the company to obtain a clear understanding of their terms and conditions and the quality of their customer service.

Wigs Online

This Halloween you’ve decided to be a 60s flower child, a funny clown, a movie star, or a 1920s socialite. It’s a good idea – and you’re dying to see the look on all of your friends’ faces when you show up at this year’s party sporting the most creative and well-planned costume in the room.

You’ve already got the costume, and it looks good on you! But you just can’t decide what to do with your hair. A wig is the perfect solution! There are thousands of wigs online to choose from; all you need to know is where to look.

Transform yourself into a 17th century noble, a modern-day rock star, or a little old lady in only a matter of seconds.

Stores that offer wigs online also offer an assortment of fake beards, moustaches, and eyebrows to turn you into absolutely any character you want. Most sites offer wigs made from both human and synthetic hair, so the look you want is really only dependent on how much you’re willing to spend.

Human hair wigs are a bit more expensive, but they look very real. If you’re only concerned about giving your Halloween costume a more novel look, you can find inexpensive synthetic hair wigs online that will do the trick.

Wigs are the classic costume companion. In a heartbeat you can go from blonde to brunette, long to short, flapper to hippy. Halloween is the one night of the year when we all try to look like anyone but ourselves, and what better way to accomplish that than by changing the color, length and style of your hair? Of course, your entire look can hinge on the wig you choose, so finding the perfect one is essential.

Fortunately the Web is filled with a wide assortment of wigs that are sure to top off any costume you can dream up. Visit another era or try a style you never thought of before from one of the many companies that offer wigs online.

Nowadays you don’t have to take a trip to the store. Simply peruse wigs online for your next party bash. You can take the time to match it up exactly with the style and colour of your costume.
And if it’s not in stock you just go to the next store.
Just as if you visited a shopping mall full of wig shops.

Full Lace Wigs In A Straight Texture

Hair textures vary from straight, wavy, curly and kinky. The straight hair is usually the softest and shiniest among all other types. Wavy hair are mainly easy to frame your face and easy to curl and straighten for a different look. Curly hair are get up a go looks, simply add water and Kapenzo lace wig serum to keep it soft, moist and tangle free. However curly hair is also the hardest to maintain and generally tends to shed more often than other textures.

The straight texture is generally the easiest to maintain and requires minimal conditioning and styling time. In addition depending on the quality, it’s soft, lustrous and virtually tangle free as long as it retains it moisture and is properly cared for. This is why most people prefer it compare to the other types available. Also, with Indian and Brazilian hair, a straight hair when wet turns wavy so in reality you’re getting a two for one deal.

Apart from what is mentioned above, straight hairs are usually associated to be better and more attractive on women. This is due to American and European history. For example, its known that most African Americans have curly and kinky hair and unfortunately back in the day, that sort of hair texture was the one characteristic that brought on shame and ridiculous amongst the African community. The invention of processing creams to straighten their hair was and continues to be one of the most sought out products in the hair market. Till this day, many African Americans are still embarrassed by their coarse hair texture and prefer to use alternative hair replacement systems such as lace wigs to conceal it. However kinky straight textures wouldn’t exist if there wasn’t a demand in the market so its safe to say that many actually do prefer their hair texture but would enjoy it even more if it was easily managed.

Nevertheless, straight hair seems of high demand amongst all race, age, sex and ethnicity. If one seeks that texture for whatever reason, whether it is a change in appearance, or to experience something different, then the idea of wearing straight a full lace wig would be the ideal solution.

These hair systems are readily available on the market and have significantly reduced in price. They can be found both online and at your local wig shops. Buying from both alternatives are good choices but just like all other buying decisions, you need to always check the legitimacy of the company and their products and services.