I had an email from a client with an issue that I think we will all encounter at one time or another if you are a wig wearer - Oven Singed Hair!
I've toasted a few wigs myself because I wear them all the time when I'm cooking! (I've had to send a few to wig heaven due to this) I always try to open the oven door from the side and step back to let that blast of heat puff out and rise up (since the heat rises straight up). As long as I step to the side, I'm out of the way and my wig is safe.
For a tanning bed, I would wear a soft cap, honestly. Sunbathing? Being in the sun is going just fine - it is those 300 to 400-degree blasts of hot air that are going to ruin a wig! 😉
If the hair has been damaged by a blast of heat from opening the oven door there isn't much you can do because the fibers that were affected will be partially melted. Usually, these melted fibers will be in the area around the face too! But that doesn't mean you need to toss an otherwise perfectly good wig in the trash either!
A few tips I also recommend are:
- Once it's been damaged by high heat such as this, you can try using steam (wet heat) on the fibers to 'correct' the texture. However, if the style is a wavy or curly style you'd need to steam/straighten all over or you can then use steam to create a new wave pattern if desired. Steam is actually recommended for use on regular synthetic and HD fibers, so it works like a charm!
- Take to a professional stylist to create a hairdo makeover! I personally think this is a fun way to re-purpose a singed synthetic wig.
- You can repurpose a longer signed wig by braiding it for use at the gym, the beach or for wearing while doing dirty work around the yard and house.
A few other ideas are:
Something like a SqHair Band -- this extremely versatile headband is made with hinged arms to provide the highest level of comfort and are made specifically to fit over wigs! We only currently carry the black one, but they come in all sorts of fun colors and patterns!
You could also try wrapping a headscarf around the front to hold the hair back and keep it secure. Something like this would work: (of course, any fibers still exposed to heat will be damaged)