How To Store Your Synthetic Wig

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How To Store Your Synthetic Wig

After making the investment in your new hair, it’s important that you learn how to store it properly to maintain its longevity. Improper storage can cause the hair to more easily become tangled, less soft to the touch, and could lead to other issues such as increased hair clumping or sticking through the cap of the wig.

The good news is that proper storage doesn’t have to be complicated. Here’s what to know.

Overnight Storage

Taking your hair off overnight to sleep and plan to wear it the next day? Your best bet here is to simply place the wig on a wig stand and place this in a cool, well ventilated area away from any sort of heat or steam (the bathroom is not a good place to store your wigs!).

Be sure to comb it out, especially if it’s a long wig, before placing on the wig stand and it’ll be all ready for you the next day. Taking care to comb it as soon as you take it off your head will prevent you neglecting to get out those tangles the next morning when you’re in a rush.

One of the fastest ways to ruin a good longer-style wig is to let the tangles build up to the point where matting occurs.

Short Term Storage

If you have a few wigs that you like to alternate between and plan to store your hair for the short term (a few days to a few weeks), simply storing it in the box it came in is the best approach.

Once again, be sure the hair is thoroughly combed to work out all the tangles and consider using a conditioning spray such as the HD JR Detangler spray. This will help your hair stay looking and feeling as good as new for as long as possible.

Place the hair in the box, cover, and then store this again away from any direct heat or steam. Keeping the box in your closet or dresser is a great choice.

Long Term Storage

Finally, if you are looking to store your wig for the long-term (one month or more), you’ll want to take a few extra steps.

First, if you still have the original hair net that your hair came in, consider wrapping it back up in that to help keep the strands together and style intact. You’ll also want to turn the cap inside out, especially for styles that do contain permatease as this will help ensure when you take it out, it looks just as it did when you first stored it.

Then place the wig inside the box and if you like, consider adding one dryer sheet. The dryer sheet can help keep the static of the hair down and keep it smelling fresh. Just do be aware that if you are sensitive to scented products, you’ll want to get very gentle scented dryer sheets (or purchase unscented instead).

From there, close the box and place it somewhere dry and cool, and where dust won’t accumulate. You’re now ready for long-term storage.

It’s also a good idea to take the wig out of the box once a month and place it on a wig stand for a day or so. This will help prevent any unnatural bends in the hair fibers due to being folded for storage.

If you choose to skip this step, note that if you do take it out of the box and notice a bend, simply rinse the wig with water and let it air dry and this should resolve this problem.

Don’t forget to store your hair correctly. After making that investment, you’ll want to ensure you keep your wigs looking good as new for as long as you can.