Another hot topic in the CCHD, is, "how to I get the maximum life out of my long wig?", so as a long-time, long-locks, wig wearer, I have a few tips and suggestions!
The key to keeping these long beauties looking great, is mitigating the friction factor!
First, NEVER use a brush on your long wigs (or any synthetic wig for that matter). Brushing synthetic fiber with a brush, creates friction. Always use a wide tooth comb such as the JR wide tooth comb, to gently run through the wig fibers and for styling. A brush will frizz and frazzle the fine fibers.
Second, utilize a silicone spray, such as Simply Stylin, on the ends of the hair and at the nape. Silicone helps to coat the fiber and protect against the friction of long hair against your skin and clothing. I personally spray Simply Styling on my wig before I wear it and after I take it off. I spray and then comb through the wig before putting it away after a wearing. I never spray the product directly on the cap, but rather starting about mid-length, where the hair actually touches my skin or clothing and combing down towards the ends. Many times I will keep a bottle of Simply Stylin in my purse and spray and comb my long wig throughout the day as needed! Plus the sheen makes the wig fiber appear as very healthy human hair, another plus!
The challenge with long hair is really, protecting the fibers from excessive friction. Friction causes the fraying and aging of the fiber. You will never completely mitigate this issue, because it is the nature of long wigs, especially at the nape, but using these tips will help you get some extended life out of the fiber.
Using these tips, coupled with Heather's great washing tips HERE, helps me get about
3-4 months of good wearing from my long wigs, before they look tattered. However, once my wigs wear out, I don't throw them away, I just up-cycle and use them as my workout or beach wigs or for braid or "up-dos" style (because you can't see the ends when the hair is in an up-do!). In full disclosure, I wear my wigs until they fall apart! I have some that are 3-4 years old. They are like a worn-in, comfy clothing, it fits great and I have it styled the way I like, so I just can't let it go! LOL
Hopefully, these tips helped!
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