5 Ways to Make Your Human Hair Wig or Top Piece Last Longer

Young woman sleeping
1. Who needs sleep?
While it is feasible to sleep in your wig, it is not recommended as it will reduce the lifespan of any wig. Not only will this wear double the time the wig is worn, but movement is less control in your slumber and may cause for additional wear and tangling. If as a wig wearer you feel more comfortable wearing a wig to bed, it is suggested that you have a second wig to alternate with to extend the lifespan of both.
2. Rinse and repeat.
It’s extremely important to ensure all products are rinsed clean from the hair and base of the wig when cleaning at home. Also, when washing, make sure to  never get oils or conditioners close to the base. They will naturally travel up the hair shaft on their own, so always keep products 1-2″ away from the roots.
3. Residue is a resi-don’t.
The number one cause of hair loss in high quality human hair wigs is residue. Hair products, sweat, sebum, scalp, and many other products can leave residue in your wig. Over time residue breaks down the proteins of the hair and the hair breaks off. Checking for residue is usually done by checking for a strong scalp odor on the wig or flakes near the base.
4. Human hair behaves like… hair.
It is easy to forget that the hair in your wig is just like biological hair in a lot of respect. Or perhaps it’s may have been so long since you’ve had to manage biological hair and a refresher would be helpful. It is very important to brush out human hair wigs throughout the day. Human hair has natural drag, and just like people with bio hair need to, a human hair wig should be brushed out during the day.
5. Block it!
Using a mannequin to wash a wig or top piece is called ‘blocking’. When you do this you ‘block’ the hair from coming back through the cap. This also helps to prevent stretching, provided the mannequin head size is smaller than your wig. If is important that your mannequin head size is the right size, check with your hair replacement specialist if you are unsure.

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