Nov 30, 2010

Caring for your Costume Wig

Most costume wigs are fairly economical these days. Just the same, if you take good care of your costume wig it will last you for years and can serve to create many fancy dress costumes. There are tons of wigs available these days to help complete your look - check out the selection online at Costume Box! Be sure to use wig hair care products, which help lengthen the life of your wig.


Tips to make your wig last:
  • Brush your wig out after each use (unless it has a curly or messy style that doesn't warrant it). Get the knots out before putting it away. Make sure it is dry when you do so.
  • Store it in a hair net. It probably came in one when you bought it. This will keep it from getting tangles when you put it away.
  • Wash your wig every 10-12 times you wear it. You might have to clean it more if you use hairspray, gel or mouse on it, or if you happen to get something messy in it!
  • Store wigs in a good spot. Somewhere that is dry, out of the sunlight, and free from getting knocked about.

Synthetic Hair Wig Care
1. Brush out your wig and make sure all the tangles are out of it.
2. Fill a clean basin with cold water, add a cap full of synthetic wig shampoo and mix the wig through the water, making sure not to rub the hairs.
3. Rinse your wig under cold water to remove all shampoo residue.
4. Shake out the water and place it on a wig head if you have one, or lay it on a towel to dry.
5. If you won't be wearing it for a long time, or live in a dry climate, think about using a leave-in wig conditioner. Just work it through the hair fibres with your fingers while it is damp.
6. Let your wig dry thoroughly in a well ventilated area. Do Not blow dry.
7. Once your wig is dry, brush it into the desired style. Most synthetic wigs hold their form after washing, so this shouldn't be much work.

Human Hair Wig Care
1. Brush out your wig and make sure all the tangles are out of it.
2. Fill a clean basin with cold water, add a cap full of human wig shampoo and mix the wig through the water, making sure not to rub the hairs.
3. Rinse your wig under cold water to remove all shampoo residue.
4. Use a leave-in wig conditioner. Just work it through the hair fibres with your fingers while it is damp.
5. You can use hair curlers, a blow dryer, or any other tools you would normally use on real hair at this point. Choose a comb or wire brush to work with. And only use products made for wigs to ensure it lasts as long as possible.

*Be sure to check the manufacturer's care instructions that came with it at the time of purchase, some types may require you treat them differently than the average wig.

Wig Care Accessories
Make sure to use a wire wig brush so not to damage the fibres on your wig. Available at Costume Box. Using a wig stand will make working on your wig much easier as well... pick one up on eBay cheap!

Wig Brush
Wig Brush
Wig Cap
Wig Cap
Wig Stand
Wig Stand

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