• linda
    46
    There is a lot of discussion and opinion about the best way to care for a wig. And Ive learned a lot from you all.
    However, how long after the new wig arrives and you decide to keep it do you wash.?
    Ive had one experience where I thought the new wig color and fiber looked drab and just dingy. So I washed it and, wow, what a difference. I think that while in storage and/or transportation they collect a lot of dust and dirt. Any advice is appreciated.
    Linda
  • dc21
    333
    I will never wear new hair out of the box. It has to be washed first, even if it doesn't require any customizing. I wear styles like JR Rachel, JR Heidi, etc. Washing them always cuts the shine in the blondes I wear and relaxes the waves so they aren't wiggy. They look more natural after their first wash imo. After that, I wash them every 6-8 wears. I store them in their original boxes after wearing so they don't collect dust. When I travel, I store them in gallon Ziploc bags (they each get their own bag). Some people hardly comb or wash their synthetic hair, but I feel synthetic hair looks wiggy when it starts to clump and not move. They are expensive, so people have expectations of the plastic hair lasting months and months. They are disappointed when they don't last, even with "proper care". I dislike that phrase personally. Through trial and error, we all develop our own maintenance system for wig care.
  • jenofthesea
    4
    I've heard to wash them about every 10 wears.
  • gr8hnd
    16
    I agree with the others who answered: I do not like the “straight out of the box” look where you shake and are supposedly good to go. I wash mine and work on new wigs to get them the most natural-looking possible prior to wearing outside of my house. I agree about helping to decrease blonde shine by washing prior to first wearing also. I wash my wigs about every 6-8 wears. I have never achieved anything positive with my wigs by going long periods without washing as some do. I am very careful washing mine. Based on information from long-term wig aficionados on YouTube, I now use Woolite with the pink top rather than wig shampoo; I use fabric softener rather than wig conditioner. My favorite wig is RW “Upstage.” I wear it literally daily and still have my original one. I have a second one ready, but after many months of daily wear (much longer than standard 3-4 months expected), I only have a few flyaways at the forehead indicating wear.
  • Jnc
    17
    I wash mine once a month unless I go somewhere smokey. I do have 2 that I alternate. I have one more that is 2 1/2 years old and I use it for mornings and when I work in the yard. The hair is still great - the cap not so much. :)
  • linda
    46
    Thank you all for your input. I sincerely appreciate it.
    Very interesting about the Woolite to wash rather than shampoo. Often I wonder about the use of the hair spray for synthetic wigs. That it may cause wigs to age quicker. It does not brush or comb out very easy as depicted on some videos.. And it seems to leave a fuzziness where I spray it.
    Again, thanks so much.
    Linda
  • DLS
    1
    I don't usually wash my Noriko Sky when it's new. I would try brushing it first if it was too puffy; if that didn't help, I would wash it.
    I alternate between 3 wigs and wash every 4-6 weeks. Good luck!
  • jenofthesea
    4
    Do you rinse out the fabric softener? I'm not clear on that point.
  • jenofthesea
    4
    I just washed a new wig I bought in a wig shop, and it looks so much better! More natural looking and clean.
  • linda
    46
    I know it certainly does.
    Thank you for following up.
    Linda
  • linda
    46
    BYW, regarding rinsing the fabric softener out of the wig. Ive read that some do and some don't. I do a quick rinse after using the fabric softener. On Heather's video she doesn't.
    I am interested in hearing from gr8hnd formula for the Woolite wash and softener rinse.
    Thanks.
    Linda
  • goldcapp
    62
    When I bought my first wig, I was told to wash it after wearing it about 10 times. Now that I have several wigs, I sometimes lose track, but you will know when the wig needs attention. It also depends whether you use a lot of product. I generally do not. Therefore, the wigs seem to hold up better.
  • linda
    46
    Thanks again for all of your comments.
    I use as little product as possible. A little spray in front and Im good to go.
    Linda
  • Jayne
    41
    I agree with dc21 about "proper care." IMHO, I think it's personal preferences and circumstances. No wig cap? Hard or well water? No products used or LOTS? Oily scalp? Summer? I wash mine immediately after I get it & add 1-2 Tablespoons of Clorox in the sinkwater to kill any bacteria or viruses. My wigs last a year or more with lots of wear. I also use quality regular hair products instead of wig products....and I backcomb nearly every wig! LOL. :roll:
  • linda
    46
    Yep, I agree. Not so sure about the clorox, but Im glad to hear your wigs last more than 3-4 months.
    L
  • linda
    46
    What is a "toupee wig"? Your comment regarding fiber and how to care for a synthetic wig doesn't make any sense at all. Actually it's rather misleading.
    Linda
  • PennyC
    42
    That is a troll, I believe. Do not feed.
  • linda
    46
    Thanks for the insight:)
  • JudiMD
    4
    If it looks dirty (and I think that depends on how much product you use) I wash it. If it still looks good and styles nicely, I wait. No set time table for me.
  • alicexm
    100
    I believe some people refer to toppers as “toupee” wigs. Mostly
  • polkadot222
    10
    With a new wig, if it's shiny I spray with dry shampoo. After that I wait about a month before washing for the first time. I use fabric softener in the water, about 1 tablespoon to a sinkful of water. I soak for 15 minutes and don't rinse. I place it on a towel, fold over the towel and press down to remove as much water as possible. Then I hang it on a wig stand to dry. I've been doing this for years and years and it works for me. The key is not to use a whole lot of fabric softener. I also spray the ends with detangler after every third wear.
  • kaileeren
    3
    What am I doing wrong!!!!???? Most of you are so pleased with your wigs. I can’t seem to get a good month out of my wigs. And I’ve got the best. Jon Renau and Rachel Welch. my latest, upstage by rw, literally started frizzing the first day I wore it! By day three I steamed it. It looked good for 1/2 day. By the time I got home it was mangled mess. The same thing happened with all 3 of my on points by rc. Same with Jon renau. I try hard to take good care but I’ve never had a wig last more than a month - and that’s NOT EVERYDAY wear. Any advice is appreciated.
  • PennyC
    42
    They do have to be handled delicately. Long wigs will tangle more quickly than shorter ones.
    Detangle gently with fingers or the John Renau wide-tooth comb.
    I do get knots or frizzies, and I cut them off.
  • Happy to ve Retired
    254
    I get several months out of my wigs. I wash as needed with henry margu shampoo and use fabric softener for the conditioner. I just leave them outside to dry. But - my wigs are about neck length and I think that this lasts longer than longer wigs. Also, perhaps your standards are different from mine. I actually prefer the wigs after a few wearings rather than out of the box. I do not treat mine delicately by any stretch. I shake them and I prefer they look a bit messy.
  • kaileeren
    3
    Thanks for the replies ladies. Maybe my standards are too high. I will try not to obsess. I’ll cut off the frizziest and will update next week.
  • Jnc
    17
    I was told to wash once a month and that's what I do. I have 3 wigs I wear so I take it out a little farther. If I go to a smokey casino I sometimes wash sooner. My oldest wig I wear is almost 4 years old! My newest is over a year.. Hm. Guess it's time to get another. :) I have 1 wig that frizzed up when I opened the oven too fast. I just lightly trim the frizzes off.
  • dc21
    333
    The problem is the HD fiber. They are high maintenance, especially on styles that hit the nape and shoulders. They clump and get stiff, which looks wiggy imo, within minutes to hours of wearing. You can't brush, or it frizzes - plus the hair separates in the back of the wefted styles especially and looks like you are wearing clip in extensions due to the clumping. I won't purchase HD personally anymore. RW's new collection drops tomorrow and it is all overpriced HD. I like RW Vibralite, regular synthetic styles like Celebrity, but they seem to be veering from regular synthetic and doing HD. I pretty much stick to mostly JR and some HM in regular synthetic fibers. I am glad they aren't converting their whole line over to HD.
  • kaileeren
    3
    Thanks so much for confirming I am not crazy. In an earlier response I said maybe my standards are too high. But I really don’t think so. Is it too much to ask that your wig look good fir more than a day or two? I can’t tell you how many times I catch a glimpse and ask myself what is this s—- I have on my head. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sworn off buying any more of these ripoff wigs! But the I get so sick of Doing my bio hair I go right back to being ripped off. And these companies insist these wigs are heat friendly. THEY ARE NOT!!! But I guess as long as we keep buying them they’ll keep making them. Like you, Going forward I will only buy straight synthetic and leave this hd stuff alone
  • kaileeren
    3
    Come to find out my standards are not too high. The bottom line is HD absolutely sucks! I have worn my embrace for literally less than one week and it looks terrible. With lots and lots of work -washing steaming curling etc. I probably could get it back to looking good but that only lasts for one day or less. It’s Just not worth the energy.I will never purchase HD again
  • Misty
    398
    Hi Kaileeren I wear JR Zara and Kaia (not HD fibre) every day, from 7am to around 9pm or 10pm, and I get about 6 - 7 weeks. They are long styles. I wash before wearing, then wash about once a week. After about 3 - 4 weeks I will gently steam, and then re-style as it looked when it came in the box, and steam again (to get the look and movement back into the fibre). By the end of the 6 weeks or so, the lace front does not look good, so I go onto my new hair.
  • kaileeren
    3
    Thanks. I decided to no longer purchase hd fiber. Recently I’ve purchased about 6 of them. All Rachel Welch. And they all look horrible. About $3000 later I’ve finally learned my lesson.
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