I recently stumbled upon an interesting and rather unusual technique on how to restore and give life back to your synthetic lace wig.
It's a quick tutorial on what to do when you have a stiff older synthetic wig that's been through quite a lot.
Needless to say, I was intrigued since what you use for this method is readily available in your home and you probably use these items on a daily basis as a matter of fact.
If you've bought, or you are planning to buy a hair piece of some kind, whether it's a closure, weave, a lace frontal wig or full lace wig, I can bet you know that you'll be spending a good amount of money so you don't want to have to throw it away when it's done seeing better days.
Sure, if it has bald spots or the lace is so badly torn that you can't repair it like I show you how to do in this blog post ( click here) , you should probably retire that baby. But, if its structure is still in good shape then by all means save that hair!
Sure synthetic hair is on the lower end price-wise but; money is money, and if you can avoid throwing your stiff wig away and you can revive it so you can continue enjoying it, well then, why not?
So read on, because below is a simple step by step method that won't hurt your pocket and takes really hardly any precious time out of your day.
The Synthetic Softener Method
So in a nutshell, synthetic hair is made from fibers. When your hair piece gets stiff and tired, it usually means that the fibers that make up the hair strands have frayed and they need to be "calmed" down.
Because synthetic hair is made from fibers, using regular hair conditioner doesn't make sense. Come now, this is plastic we're talking about people!
Anyway, if you have human hair wigs too, obviously following the same method with your human hair piece but using hydrating botanical shampoo and conditioner is definitely what you want to do with your expensive and real human hair piece.
For today, we'll focus on our synthetic piece and this rather curious method! 😀
What You'll Need For This Method
- Your hairbrush
- Laundry detergent
- Fabric softener
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Step 1 - Brush Your Wig
Give your hair piece a good brush to detangle it when it is still dry. Avoid trying to brush a wet tangled lace wig because you will pull the hair out and create a bald spot.
Step 2 - Fill The Sink With Cold Water & Hand Wash Your Hair Piece
Add a small amount of laundry detergent to the cold water and mix it in.
The detergent will eradicate all the dirt, sweat and dust that has accumulated on the strands over the use of the hair.
If it's a wig, or the wefts of a weave, you'll probably note that the area at the back, around the nape area, is the stiffest and probably pretty dirty because this area is in constant contact with your neck area.
Okay, so the next ingredient is key: fabric softener.
I want to remind you again here, that synthetic hair is made from fibers that can fray over time causing your wig to lose it's silkiness and mat up. The softener will smooth and soften the fibers and restore life to your tired hair piece.
Step 3 - Rinse Well
Thoroughly rinse your washed hair piece in cold water.
Running cold water from the top down through your wig is a good way to keep it from tangling up while wet.
Never feel the need to rub the strands together. Simply running your fingers through it while you rinse will ensure that you're getting all the soap completely out and detangling the hair strands further. This works really well if you have a curly synthetic wig and don't want to fluff the curls out trying to brush it when its dry.
Step 4 - Hang To Dry
Hang your wet lace wig up in your bathroom to dry overnight. Just use your shower-head as a hook to hang it up on.
Once it's dry, it's now safe to comb or brush it through. Use a wide tooth comb or detangling brush and gently begin combing it from the bottom going up, if needed.
If your synthetic lace wig can take a little heat ( some better grade synthetic lace wigs can take up to 400 degrees of heat), try flat ironing it at a low heat to style it. Your hair piece will look as good as new.
Okay so before we leave it there; let's point out a couple of pros and cons about this method...
- It's quick & a simple process
- Use items already available in the home; so it's an affordable method
- It will make the hair so soft because well; it's softener!
- This could be both a pro and a con depending on your personal preference but just because it's hair and and not clothing, I placed it in the 'con' column. But here's the deal; your hair piece may have the scent of detergent and softener for a day or two after the wash. However, you could try using an unscented, no - dye detergent and softener to help with this if it bothers you.
The video below does a great job of demonstrating the steps in this method.
So do you plan on using this method with your synthetic hair pieces? I'd like to know! If you've tried this method before be sure to leave a comment below detailing your experience.
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