How to defrizz a synthetic wig
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(**UPDATED, March 2012**)
If you’re here from a search engine of some kind, welcome. I’m going to show how to de-frizz a synthetic wig. And of course, I’m going to be long-winded while I do it, because these typing fingers just can’t be stopped!
As you know, if you happen to read my blog, I wear wigs because I have a disease that made me lose all my hair. When I first lost my hair in 2002 (all of it in a two-day period, yeah ask me if I was freaking out), my only immediate option for a hair prosthetic was an ill-fitting, unflattering wig that I bought at a local hairdresser’s. I bought it because I was desperate (I had to get back to work! and I wasn’t going to go to work bald!) and wore it because I didn’t know there was anything better out there. After some time I discovered a wonderful salon/wig store, and started wearing more flattering wigs. Then we moved back to PEI. There are no wig stores here. I wasn’t really sure what to do when it was time for me to buy some new hair, so I just purchased a human hair wig from eBay.
There is a huge difference between human hair wigs and synthetic wigs. Human hair wigs are great, but they are very difficult to maintain, in my experience. You basically have all the same problems as you’d have with your own hair, only ten times worse; the hair tangles so easily, you have to style it every day, and after a few weeks (or months, if you’re lucky), it’s a mass of split ends. Because this hair doesn’t grow and you don’t get it trimmed on a regular basis, and because it doesn’t have the natural protection of oils from your scalp, you have to be extremely careful with it and replace your wig fairly often. That being said, the wigs I purchased on eBay were fairly cheap, costing approx. $200 each, so that might have magnified the problems I had with them. (**UPDATE** 2012: There are many sites out there now that sell human hair wigs – and human hair differs greatly in quality. You are not going to get a great quality human hair wig for a super-low price. At the very minimum, you need to look for Remy hair if you want a wig that tangles less).
I am hoping to one day purchase a lace wig, which is made with extremely high-quality human hair and as you can see through photos on this site, looks very natural. However with a price tag of up to and above $1000, depending on the length and quality of the hair, and with no hairdressers where I live who are experienced in the application of these wigs, I’m not quite ready to take one on. (**UPDATE 2012** – I now own three synthetic lace front wigs. I have learned to apply them myself. I haven’t moved in to the human-hair lace wig yet, but there are websites out there that will either sell you a “stock” (pre-made) lace wig or custom make one for you. Many of these custom wigs are in the $200 – $300 range (depending on hair length) and will last several months of daily wear if cared for correctly).
In November of 2007, after 2 years of wearing only human-hair wigs, and after having gone back and forth on the subject (mostly inside my own head, I’ve gotta say), I ordered a new synthetic wig from wigs.com. I went with a brand that I’m familiar with. It took over a month for the wig to actually arrive at our place because it was on back-order, but when it got here, I was very happy with it.
Now, I like synthetic wigs. Dolly Parton and I are on the same wavelength: there’s nothing a bit of fake hair can’t fix, in our humble opinion. Synthetic wigs are fairly easy to care for- take your wig, put it on your head, and it’s ready. The style is “locked in”, so you don’t have to mess with it for very long each morning. Every two or three weeks (unless you’re particularly sweaty – I usually go a month to six weeks between washings and you are all grossed out now aren’t you?), you comb it out, wash it, let it dry, shake it, and it’s ready to go. They’re not super-versatile; for example unless you make sure to purchase a wig with a monofilament top you’re basically stuck with the same part in your hair FOREVER. But they’re good, and if you buy a high-quality one, the manufacturers say they will last for anywhere from three to six months of everyday wear. In fact, I have made a wig last over a year in the past. Of course, if you’re only wearing your wig every now and then (and you’re not storing it somewhere where it will get all dusty or tangled), it will last much longer.
There are a few issues with synthetic wigs: you can’t dye or perm them, because the hair fiber is made with what amounts to plastic or polyester. However, you can pretty much buy a wig in any colour (even with highlights!) and style you like. Also, because of what they’re made with, you have to be very careful around heat. Opening the oven, being too close to a candle or cigarette, even being in a too-warm room, can cause the wig fibers to melt or frizz, I’ve been told over and over and over again. One of the first things drummed into your head when you purchase a synthetic wig is that you must ABSOLUTELY NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES expose the hair to heat or it will melt. You must wash the wig in cold water, with specially formulated wig-care products (which can also cost quite a bit more than your regular store-brand shampoos and conditioners, but are better for your wig than regular store-brand shampoos/conditioners), and make sure to use a special comb or wig brush to remove tangles. (***UPDATE 2012*** Many wigs are now being made with “heat safe” synthetic fibre – check the tag – that are not only safe around ovens, but can also be styled using hot tools. Wig-washing doesn’t necessarily have to be done with specially-formulated wig shampoos; some people use Woolite and fabric softener and it works just as well. It depends on what you’re most comfortable with. I have used dishwashing detergent in a pinch – not ideal, but it worked. Also I don’t use freezing-cold water anymore… hand-warm water seems to work better for me).
Another problem (and this is the one we’re dealing with today) is that if you are wearing a wig that is collar length or longer, well, it rubs against your collar, which tangles the wig ends. I’ve found that wearing a wig during the winter, when, because I live in the Frozen North, heavy coats and scarves are a necessity, tends to speed up the process . After a week or so of this, the ends of my wig were starting to look like a matted mess. I couldn’t run my fingers through the hair anymore, and I was starting to wonder if my over-$300 investment was going to be fit for the trash after less than a month of wear.
Here’s what the ends looked like this morning, after I had combed it :
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