1) Never sleep in your wig or hair piece
Let’s assume you feel extremely comfortable in your hair piece or wig and wear it all day, every day without any major issues or concern. You are able to lead an incredibly active life because your hair is secure and very natural-looking – and ultimately you feel quite liberated of any hair problems. However, although you might feel comfortable wearing your piece or wig all day, every day, most manufacturers warn against sleeping with your wig on. Although a good quality product should offer superior manufacturing, hair fibres can very easily be torn from the base – even more so while you are asleep. This is especially the case for longer ladies wigs. The best advice is to invest in a wig stand for overnight storage – which will also help your wig to retain its original style and shape for longer.
2) Always use specially-formulated wig shampoo, conditioner and hair care products
Many people feel that it won’t cause much harm to use regular shampoo or conditioner on their wig or piece. However, regular products formulated for natural hair do tend to contain higher levels of alcohol – which can dehydrate, weaken or alter the structure of wig hair fibres. Remember: fibre wigs do not contain any natural moisture so it is advisable to invest in a specially-formulated shampoo, conditioner and rehydration or reconstruction spray – all of which should be used regularly.
3) Treat your hair piece or wig like you would your own skin
Most of us know to avoid subjecting our skin to scorching sunshine all day if we want to avoid damaging our skin. And not many of us enjoy getting soaked by staying out in rain and wind storms. The harsh weather elements can wreak havoc with skin – and it’s the same with hair pieces and wigs. Extreme weather can dry, damage or destroy hair fibres. So cover up in extremely hot, rainy or windy conditions and you will help your wig last longer. If you wear a long ladies wig, it’s worth being aware that there will be friction between your hair fibres and your items of clothing – which can cause hair fibres to fray. So think about investing in some natural fibres – e.g. a cotton hat or silk t-shirt to minimise friction and damage.
There are many, many other good habits and methods to help prolong the life of your hair piece or wig.