Investing in a high-quality lace front wig* was probably one of the best hair decisions I’ve made. I love the versatility and convenience of the wig, and being able to literally go to work in the morning with my twist out, then decide if I want to get fancy, and rock straight hair, I can do it later that night- for free!
Granted, the cost of the wig was not cheap, but being that I used to protective style religiously, which included continuously buying hair, and paying for an install, I’m saving tons of money in the long run.
I’ve had my wig for a little over a month now. Since the hair is human hair, it is recommended and encouraged that you wash the hair, just like you would wash your natural hair. I was a bit nervous at first, and wasn’t really sure I could do it on my own, but I did it last week, and am currently wearing it now, and I can attest to the fact that it bounced back to its original state. Here is what I did:
1. Detangle the wig
This is very important. You want to make sure the wig is brushed through and completely detangled before you wash it. To do this, I took the wig off of my styrofoam wig stand and held it with one hand, and brushed it with the other, using a big brush.
2. Submerge in water
Before you add any shampoo, you should wet the wig* completely, making sure every strand has been saturated.
3. Add conditioner
This is a personal preference, but I like to cowash* my wig, versus using shampoo. Shampoo can be a bit harsh, and for purposes of the wig, a simple conditioner will suffice to simply clean the wig and make sure any residue is completely gone.
4. Ring out and dry
Once the hair has been conditioned and rinsed. then you need to ring out all the excess water, and blot dry with a towel.
5. Detangle and Air Dry
After brushing through the hair, I set the wig back onto my styrofoam wig stand. This is also a personal preference, but I like to let my wig air dry. I typically like to wash my wig 2 days before I actually plan on wearing it, so I will have over 24 hours to let it dry completely.
I hope these steps were useful!