March 31, 2021 3 min read
Human hair wigs made from 100% human hair are the most natural looking wigs available and also the easiest to style. Human hair wigs can be styled using heat (blow drying, straightening, curling) just like natural hair. As long as you are using the correct styling techniques and heat protectant products you shouldn’t have a problem styling your human hair wig with heat in moderation.
So yes—it’s definitely safe to blow dry your human hair wig! However, when it comes to synthetic wigs you can potentially destroy your synthetic wig by melting the fibres with the heat. Instead of using a blow dryer hang your wig on a wig stand and let it air dry after gently soaking up the excess water with a towel.
Step one: ensure your wig has been washed correctly as per our recommendation on our Tips and Care blog. Dry the excessive wetness out of your wig using a soft towel if available. The softer your towel, the better it will be for your wig. You can even get towels that are specifically designed to dry hair. If a soft towel isn’t available, you can even use an old cotton T-shirt or a microfiber cloth to gently towel dry your wig.
Step two: place your damp wig on your wig stand or your mannequin head. If need be, fix your wig in place using simple dressing pins so you can freely blow dry without your wig falling off throughout the blow drying process.
Tip: if your wig is extra-long and thick, speed this initial dry-off along by using your hair dryer on low and holding it at least a foot away from your wig to take out the excessive moisture. Remember that like natural hair, heat can damage your human hair wig so ensure you are using your hair dryer in moderation and following your wig instructions.
Step three: use a wide tooth comb to find your part then begin to detangle your wig. Ensure you always start from the bottom and work your way up. Be thorough and gentle in your technique to ensure you don’t damage your wig or pull-out hairs unnecessarily.
Step four: apply your heat protectant spray thoroughly to your wig to ensure all areas that will be hit with heat are adequately covered. Leave-in conditioners can also offer a level of protection from heat damage.
Tip: If your hair dryer comes with a nozzle, use this accessory, as it’s designed to stop your hair from getting too close to the heat—and reduces the chances of accidental damage to your wig.
Step five: use hair clips to separate your wig into manageable sections. This will make your wig far easier to navigate and will reduce the chances of damage being caused by over drying certain sections of your wig.
Tip: it is often easiest to begin by gathering the hair on the top of your head and clamping it with one or more large hair clips (depending on your chosen wig). Allow the hair on the sides and back of your wig to hang down ready for drying.
Step six: start by drying the back of your wig first. Ensure the back section of your wig which you’re about to dry is tangle-free and as smooth as possible prior to using your hair dryer.
Step seven: use your hair dryer on low heat and begin the drying process. Don’t bring your hair dryer too close to your hair as you don’t want to cause heat damage. Never use your hair dryer without the nozzle and ensure you follow the instructions of your hair dryer throughout the process.
Tip: don't use the cold setting on your hair dryer when trying to dry your wig, as this will set your wig hair into place, which isn’t what you want for this task.
Step eight: once the first section of hair is dry, continue this process for each section of hair until your entire wig is dry. Use your wig friendly products upon completion to keep your hair in place and smelling great!
Tip: a round brush will allow you to straighten your hair, make your ends flip or make waves in your favourite Lace Fronts wig. The bigger the surface area of your round brush, the faster the drying process will be too.
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