How To Style A Synthetic Wig
One of the biggest advantages of synthetic wigs is that they often come pre-styled and this style will hold even after you wash the wig. They can be worn straight from the box and don’t often need too much processing or maintenance. But after a few cycles of wearing the wig, it is not uncommon for it to need a few touchups. In this guide, we take a look at how to style a synthetic wig.
Before we get to the steps of how to style synthetic wig hair, it is important to note that we will be talking about how to style a synthetic wig without heat. Many synthetic wigs don’t need heat to style. In fact, heat may very well damage the hair.
The following are some of the items you will need to style the wig;
• A wide-tooth comb
• A shampoo for synthetic fiber
• Good quality leave-in conditioner
• A towel
• A wig stand for drying. If you don’t have a wig stand any other appropriately shaped household item will do.
• Water in a spray bottle
• Canvas wig head for styling
Once you’ve collected all the items you will need, follow these simple steps to style the wig;
Step 1: Wash and Dry the Wig
It is a good idea to begin by detangling the wig. The wide-tooth comb is the perfect tool for the job as it can detangle the wig without damaging the strands.
Once the strands are detangled, was the wig using the shampoo, and don’t forget to use some leave-in conditioner. Use the towel to gently pat the wig to remove excess moisture. Don’t wring the wig as this could cause the fibers to tangle.
Allow the wig to air-dry overnight and don’t comb it while it is wet.
Step 2: Style the wig
Once the wig is sufficiently dry, pin it on the canvas wig head. This will make sure that you don’t miss any sections of the wig when styling it. With the canvas head, you also have a 360-degree view of the wig, allowing you to work faster and better.
To style a shorter wig, rub the knots gently with your fingers, pushing them back to get height and volume. You may find it easier to do this if you spray the wig with water. You should also consider using s shaping cream to help hold the style in place.
For a more relaxed style or to style a straight synthetic wig, comb the bangs to the front of the forehead and then smooth out the hair.
For longer wigs, start with parting the wig in your style’s desired location. Once again, spraying some water on the wig can help you with the parting. You can then use a blow dryer to smooth out the rest of the hair, although if you are going to use heat, be careful to avoid burning the synthetic fiber.
The following are just some things to keep in mind when styling a synthetic wig;
• Only style the wig when it is completely dry
• You can use a chin strap to secure the wig for easier access and styling
• If you must brush the wig, use a stainless steel brush
• Invest in a good styling head; they will shorten the time it takes to style the wig.