• bfebara
    0
    I saw Taz's video on washing in Woolite and Conditioning in Downey. Then I read not to let the conditioner near the cap, because it might loosen the hand tied knots. I am so confused, this is my first and only wig, I dont want to ruin it.
  • Happy to ve Retired
    237
    My wigs are not hand tied so that might change things. I dont know how you can wash without wetting the cap.

    Hope someone with a hand tied chimes in. You might search for cameron threads and ask someone directly. I know there have been threads on that wig.

    Hope this helps.
  • buckeyegal1963
    621
    I don't own Cameron, tho I do have several JR's with hand tied monotops and lace fronts. I do the fabric softener soak after most washes and I've had no issues. However if you use a silicone product such as Simply Stylin' Spray, or Silicone Bamboo mix conditioner (both are awesome products that I also use), you do want to avoid the cap and lace front areas as the silicone can cause the loosening of the knots. I've been wearing my JR Minka 5 days a week, 10 hrs a day (my work wig) for 6 months and it's still in great shape. I attribute that to the Simply Stylin' Spray, it really is great at minimizing tangling and making it easier to comb at the end of the day. A little goes a long way, just a spritz or 2 and I never spritz near the cap or lace front. I use the Bamboo silicone mix about once a month, after washing I distribute a dollup on the lower half of my wig, again none on the cap area, leave it on for about 15 minutes and rinse.
  • dc21
    319
    I wear all handtied JR Rachel. I have fallen asleep and left my wig soaking for hours and it didn't hurt it. They aren't as delicate as they seem. I am always walking off and letting my hair soak for long periods because I forget about it as I am doing other things. I think it is human hair where keeping the conditioner away from the knots is more critical.
  • bfebara
    0
    Thanks everyone for helping me! I really appreciate it.
  • Happy to ve Retired
    237
    A local wig shop - the owner told me that one of her clients had bought a very good German wig. She was horrified when the client told her she just put the wig in the washing machine when it needed a shampoo. Evidently - the wig came out fine. I have no idea if she used the cold gentle cycle - put it in by itself or with the dirty towels - I do think she air dried the thing. She told the shop owner that it worked great and she did it all the time. Now, I gather German wigs are quite well made.

    I have a bunch of old wigs for experiments - perhaps I will try the washing machine.
  • buckeyegal1963
    621
    Let us know how it goes, I don't think I'd be daring enough to try it. Even if doesn't end up harming the wig, throwing it in a washing machine uses a lot more energy and water, so I'll stick with the sink method :wink: .
  • Happy to ve Retired
    237
    i might throw one in with delicates lol. Dont know about spin cycle :)
  • greenebo
    16
    Who told me about the L'Anza for conditioning on wigs? I looked online and they have a few products..Just wondering which one I should buy for frizz/conditioning my wigs...thank you.
  • Vee1028
    1.1k
    I only use Brandywine wig shampoo and conditioner. You only use a small capful so it lasts forever. I think I bought mine on Ebay.
    I almost ruined 5 wigs when I rinsed them in fabric softener so be careful not to use too much!
  • Vee1028
    1.1k
    there was a woman who used to do the best wig videos until she lost her son last year and removed them all. She actually did a video of washing her wig in the washing machine and it seriously came out fine! I believe she placed it in some type of bag or pillowcase before placing it in the washer.
  • buckeyegal1963
    621
    I remember you mentioning that before how fabric softener made your wigs crunchy and hard, I wonder if it's due to HD fibers? I always do a fabric softener after washing my wigs, and they always come out soft. I know the HD fibers feel differently than regular synthetics, maybe they react differently to fabric softener as well.
  • Vee1028
    1.1k
    hey there! Haven't seen you in a bit.
    Of the 5 wigs I soaked in the fabric softener, only one was HD. I am certain I just put too much softener in too little water. After several washes and rinses I was able to remove the softener from all of the wigs and they are fine now. I'm sticking to my Brandywine conditioner now though!
  • buckeyegal1963
    621
    My daughter and son-in-law were visiting me for a few weeks (they live in Seattle) so I haven't been online much, either here or on our FB group. It was great having her home, I hate that she lives so far away from me :sad: .
  • Vee1028
    1.1k
    I'm so happy you had her there with you for a while. It's so hard when our children are far away. I hope you enjoyed their visit!
  • Happy to ve Retired
    237
    outting it in a bag sounds like a great idea. Somewhere i have a mesh bag intended for that.
  • Vee1028
    1.1k
    definitely a bag would help! I just googled and found Kristen's video! I guess not all of her wig videos are deleted!
    https://youtu.be/Zwzag2S0Wkc
  • buckeyegal1963
    621
    Thanks! She did say they didn't come out as conditioned using the washer method, but good to know!
  • Vee1028
    1.1k
    lol....I don't think I'd reccomend doing it!
  • BeautyWithin
    315
    I have a Cameron and I always used Brandywine Wig Shampoo and Conditioner. I get it on Amazon. The fragrance is a bit more than I like at first but it fades quickly. The shampoo removes all build up nicely. I use Got2B Rockin It dry shampoo to reduce the shine that is common to synthetic wigs. It also adds movement and help separate the strands to lessen clumping. I hope this helps! : )
  • Vee1028
    1.1k
    I only use Brandywine shampoo and conditioner, too. Does a great job and lasts forever!
  • Nikilet
    8
    I had never heard of soaking your wig in fabric softener. Don't think I'd want to do that even if Taz does recommend it. I'd rather splurge and get me ome "wig" shampoo and conditioner.
  • bfebara
    0
    ok, thank you. It's hand tied, so I dont want it unraveling.
  • Jnc
    14
    I have a hand tied one and I just use a capful of wig shampoo and let it sit in the sink for about 10 minutes in cold water- if I remember to take it out. I then put it under running water, blot in a towel shake and then dry on a portable wig holder and spray with a leave in conditioner. I only wash about once a month, unless I've been to like a really smokey casino. My wig is over a year now and doing great still. It is about time I get a new one, but until then I'll continue to do what I always have.
  • bfebara
    0
    Ok, thank you.
  • Jnc
    14
    I wash my wigs once a month (unless I've been to a stinky casino) with wig shampoo and cool water. I then use leave in conditioner and have had no problems at all. My wigs are 2 1/2 years old, 2 years, and 8 months. I alternate the 2 newer wigs. The oldest I don't wear much. Every once in awhile I'll spritz with the conditioner between times.
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