From a customer question:
Which way is best to store wigs when not worn: plastic wig stands, wire wig stands or on mannequins, or in their boxes? Thank you.
Hi there! Heather here.
The answer is really all of the above! Everyone has a different way of tackling wig storage. Here is how I typically do it:
- Plastic and metal wig stands are both great for drying synthetic wigs after you wash them. They are also great if you don't have shelf space for mannequin heads but want to display your synthetic hair.
- Styrofoam heads are great for storing and displaying all short wigs. They're not that great for long styles, though, IMO.
- Mannequin heads are fabulous for displaying the hair, especially long styles and human hair wigs. (Provided that the blank stares don't creep you or your loved ones out! LOL)
- I generally keep all of my synthetics in their original boxes and packaging most of the time.
- I advocate taking wigs out of boxes and either wearing them or putting them on a stand or head form every few months for at least a night to avoid "box head" (wigs flatten out when they are stored in boxes too long; this is usually pretty easy to fix, though, by just wearing it and styling it a little)
- If I want more body from a wig, I will hang it upside down the night before I choose to wear it out. A WigMate or standard close hanger is great for this!
- I typically store all of my human hair items on a mannequin head so they don't become misshapen. Human hair is much more likely to take on odd shapes while it's being stored. By storing it on a "head" after you wash, dry, and style it, you can prevent the hair from taking on those funny shapes.
Your best bet is to experiment with what works best for you. Hopefully, our guidelines have helped a bit! :)