We say -"Wear you wig like a crown!" and a crown when not in use needs to be kept safe and protected. So is the case with your wig. If you've had trouble figuring out how to store and care for your wig when it is not in use, we have untangled everything in today's blog.
It’s not just the storing process or device but also the pre-preparation. There are certain things that you should ensure before storing your wig. Let’s take a look at a few pre-preparation points.
Prepare your wig for storage
Before you put your wig into any storage device there are a few things that should be ensured to keep your wig happy and healthy. Let’s look at them one by one.
One | Pick Products Designed for Wig Care
When it's about your hair, one size fits all is not true. If you've been using your regular hair care products on your wig - your routine needs a change. Wigs require different type of care. The products you use on it have a major impact on the health and lifespan of your wig. That's why it is important to invest in wig-specific products. These shampoos, conditioners and serums are curated thoughtfully to ensure that your wig stays shiny, tangle-free and healthy for a long period of time. Look for products that are labelled as "wig safe" or "wig friendly" to ensure you're using the best products for your wig. While it may seem like an additional expense, investing in wig specific products actually saves you money in the long run.
Two | Clean Your Wig
How often do you wash your natural hair? Whenever they feel dirty or oily, right? The same rule applies to your wigs. You need to find a balance, excessive washing or keeping your wig dirty, both are equally harmful. After 4-5 uses, when you notice dirt, oil or build-up on your wig, schedule a wash. Wash it using cold water and mild wig specific products only. Wet it, apply shampoo and rub it in gently without damaging the strands. Always allow your wig to air dry as blow dryers can cause damage.
For detailed instructions check out our blog on Wig Care.
Three | Detangle & Prepare
Once the wig is completely dry, then the last step before storage is to make sure that is completely detangled. Take your wig and brush through it using a wide comb to ensure that all tangles are removed.
Now your wig is sparkly clean, tangle-free, and ready to get into storage.
How to store a wig?
There are various ways that you can store your wig and tossing them randomly anywhere is not one of them! :P So, let's figure out the right way.
Now your wig is sparkly clean and ready for storage. There are different types of wig containers available, you need to figure out which one works for your wig. Also never store multiple wigs together. Get each of them their own box or bag. Let's look at the storage options we have:
Choose the Right Storage Container
Proper wig storage is essential in maintaining the quality and longevity of your wig. Although proper cleaning is crucial, selecting the right container is just as important. Let’s learn about the different types of wig containers.
A wig stand is the best and most proper way to keep your wig in shape becasue when you place it on a head, it takes the form and stays good. Also it will prevent knotting and tangling. Plus, it looks pretty cool to have a wig on a stand in your room!
A wig box is a more compact option that will still protect your wig from damage. Look for a box that is made specifically for wigs and has ventilation holes to allow air circulation.
A wig hanger is another great option for storing wigs. It's a simple device that allows you to hang your wig in a closet or on a hook. A wig hanger is especially useful for longer wigs, as it can help prevent tangling and keep the fibers smooth and straight. Just be sure to choose a hanger that is made specifically for wigs, as regular clothes hangers can damage the fibers.
This is not a very classy way to keep your wig, but if if you have no other option then you can do this temporarily. Take a large zip lock bag and make sure it is dry. Make small pin sized air vents in it and place your wig in it, then store in a cool and dry place.
Keep Your Wig in a Cool, Dry Place
After you’ve picked an appropriate wig container, the next important thing to consider is the place where you keep it. When it comes to storing wigs, the environment matters. Heat and humidity can cause your wig to lose its shape, while sunlight can fade the colour and weaken the fibers. So, make sure you store your wig in a cool, dry place that is away from direct sunlight. Avoid storing your wig in areas that are prone to moisture, such as your bathroom or basement.
Don't Store Your Wig for Too Long
We know this blog is all about wig storage but it is our duty to tell you that while safe wig storage is important it is also important to use your wig frequently. If left in storage for an extended period of time, the wig might loose shape, the hair can become tangled and frizzy. So every week, open the box/bag and give your wig a little refresh.
Store Different Types of Wigs Separately
If you have multiple wigs, do not store them all in one box or bag! It's important to store them separately. Synthetic wigs and human hair wigs require different types of care, and storing them together can cause damage. Additionally, if you have wigs of different lengths, it's a good idea to store them separately to prevent tangling.
Don't Store Your Wig in a Humid Environment
Humidity can cause synthetic wigs to frizz and human hair wigs to lose their shape. If you live in a humid climate, consider investing in a dehumidifier to keep the humidity levels in your home low. Alternatively, you can store your wig in a container with silica gel packets to absorb excess moisture.
Store Properly During Travel
Travelling with wigs or even hair extensions requires a little bit of extra care. You will find these tips helpful.
- Always put your wig in a wig box or a breathable bag, before putting it in your luggage.
- If you're taking the wig in a carry-on bag, again make sure it is first placed in a wig box. Also do not carry other wig products like shampoo etc in your carry-on luggage.
Go through the detailed instructions on how to travel with wigs and extensions.
Keeping Wigs Safe Without A Wig Head
How can I keep wigs without a wig head? This is a question that wig users frequently ask. Here are a few simple options:
- Use coat hooks if you want regular storage for household things
- Keeping your wigs in their original box is the simplest method. Your wig will be packaged in a box that is the ideal size for storage and has already been labelled.
- Cardboard is a fantastic medium to store your wig in, particularly in a shoe box. To prevent static buildup in your wig, line the box with soft tissue paper.
- Put your wig in a good sealed plastic container. This is a great way to keep your wig fresh.
- Use an appropriate, clean plastic zip or grip lock bag. Plastic bags work just as well as plastic containers. Just make a few small holes in the bag to ensure air circulation.
In conclusion, proper storage is key to maintaining the longevity and quality of your wig. By following these simple yet essential guidelines, you can ensure that your wig remains in excellent condition, ready to adorn you with style and confidence whenever you need it. Remember to gently detangle, clean, and thoroughly dry your wig before storing it in a breathable bag or on a wig stand. Avoid exposing your wig to direct sunlight, excessive heat, or damp environments. With the right storage practices, your wig will continue to be a fabulous accessory, ready to enhance your look whenever you desire.
How do you keep a wig when not in use?
It's important to store your wig properly to maintain its shape and condition. You can store it on a wig hanger or in a storage container with a lid to protect it from dust and other elements.
Where do you store styled wigs?
If you've styled your wig and want to maintain its shape, it's best to store it on a wig stand or mannequin head. This will prevent the wig from getting flattened.
How often should I clean my wig?
It's recommended to clean your wig after 8-10 wears or once a month, whichever comes first. However, if you've been sweating a lot or wearing your wig in a polluted environment, you may need to clean it more frequently.