Braided wigs have gained popularity in recent years as more and more people are looking to emulate the hair styles of celebrities and other high-profile individuals. But no matter how great the style, if you don’t take care of your braided wig, it won’t last very long—and you’ll have to go through the trouble of getting another one (or do without). Here are some easy tips on how to take care of your braided wig that will help keep it looking good and feeling comfortable for as long as possible.
Wash With Water & Conditioner
1.Start by gently washing your wig with water and a mild conditioner.
2.Be sure to use a wig-specific conditioner, as regular conditioners can be too harsh and strip the wig of its natural oils.
3.Use your fingers to lightly massage the conditioner into the wig, being careful not to tangle or mat the hair.
4.Rinse the conditioner out thoroughly with cool water.
5.Gently squeeze excess water from the wig and blot it dry with a towel.
6.Do not wring or twist the wig, as this can damage the hair fibers.
7.Allow the wig to air dry on a mannequin head or styrofoam wig stand overnight
Let it Air Dry
After you take your braided wig off, it is important to let it air dry before putting it away. This will help prevent the growth of mold and mildew, which can damage the wig. Place the wig on a wig stand or mannequin head, and allow it to air dry in a cool, dry place. Once it is completely dry, you can then style it as desired. For example, if you have put curlers in it, be sure to brush out the curls with a metal-toothed comb after taking them out. Never try to brush curly hair while it is still hot from being curled because this could lead to damage.
Heat is the number one enemy of your braided wig. Avoid using hot tools such as curling irons, flat irons, and hair dryers. Also, avoid sun exposure as it can cause the wig to become frizzy. If you must use heat, make sure to use a heat protectant spray beforehand. Do not brush with a regular or metal-bristled brush. Use a wide-tooth comb to remove tangles instead. You should also be gentle when taking out knots and gently pulling on tangles without breaking them apart.
A key point of caring for your braided wig is avoiding oils: Oil can clog the hairs in the braid causing the braid to lose its shape and not look as natural. When possible, wear protective styles that don’t require frequent washing like a bun or up-do.
Clean Out Shedding Ends
It’s important to clean out your braided wig regularly to prevent shedding. Use a wide-tooth comb to gently remove any shed hair from the wig. Be careful not to pull too hard, as this can damage the wig. You can also use a soft-bristled brush to lightly remove shedding hair. For more stubborn hair that won’t come off with a comb or brush, try using baby oil on your fingers and working it into the ends of the wig before washing it with shampoo and conditioner.
Keep it in a Protective Wrap
When you’re not wearing your wig, it’s important to keep it in a protective wrap. This will help keep it from getting tangled or damaged. You can use a silk scarf or a special wig cap. Be sure to wrap it up loosely, so it doesn’t get too tight and cause damage. If you don’t have a protective wrap, try using a pillowcase as an alternative. It’s important to keep your hair braids as natural looking as possible.