Truthfully, this method requires a garment steamer with a very small head for precise application of steam directly to the top of the wig, or a steamer made specifically for steaming wigs.
NOTE: Unlike dry heat, wet heat (like steam) will not damage your wig if applied evenly and without any pulling of the hair (such as with a brush or comb) during the process.
What you’ll need:
- A steamer
- Distilled water (it is very important to use ONLY distilled water without any minerals added, otherwise you will damage your steamer and leave build-up on your hair)
- A canvas head
- A wig clamp
- A loop-ended wig brush
- T- pins
1. Screw canvas block head into clamp.
2. Secure clamp to table or other sturdy flat surface.
3. Use T-Pins to secure wig (or wiglet) to canvas head. I usually place the pins on the ear tabs, nape, crown, and front of the wig. Be especially careful not to tear any delicate lace features, if applicable.
4. Use loop-ended brush to style hair on canvas head as you would normally style it on your head.
5. Once done, look for fly-aways. These generally tend to be at the crown and sides of the wig.
NOTE: The key with the steam application in this procedure is to avoid applying directly to the whole wig, if possible. This is not for fear that it will damage the hair – because it won’t. Instead, the steam will flatten out any hair it comes in contact with. We want to be careful only to apply the steam to the strands that are causing problems, so that we don't deflate or straighten out the entire wig.
6. Use the loop-ended brush to isolate and pick up the fly-aways, away from the wig.
NOTE: This process takes patience! You will need to work on very small areas of hair at a time.
7. Use the steamer to briefly tap a little puff of steam only to this fly-away. You only need to hit the ends of the hair in most cases for this to work, so don’t try to steam the roots, or you risk flattening the wig. The little tiny piece of hair you’re working on – ideally isolated to the individual strands that are causing you grief– should be made hot by the steamer in this process, otherwise you aren't maintaining contact long enough.
8. Put the steamer down, release the fly-away from the brush, and IMMEDIATELY brush this former fly-away into the rest of the wig. Allow to cool.
9. While this strand (or strands) is (are) cooling, you can slowly proceed to the next troublesome fly-aways.
10. Proceed slowly and with caution until you are satisfied that these bad boys are no longer going to cause you grief.
For and easier – albeit more drastic – solution, simply trim off fly-aways from your wig. This alternative is particularly effective at the crown, but may not be viable for fly-aways further down the hair shaft.