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How to Comb Your Wig

October 14th, 2020

One of the most important things you can do to keep your wig looking fresh and new is to master the art of combing. Since wig fibers do not have the benefit of natural oils to keep them healthy and lustrous, the procedure of care is a little different from natural hair. But don’t worry—it’s not complicated! Follow the basics, then fine tune your technique for your unique style, and you’ll be out the door, looking great, in no time!

The Basics

A GENTLE TOUCH

Any damaged or pulled out strand forever alters your wig, so keeping things as gentle as possible is key to extending the life of your hairpieces. This applies to anything you do with your wig—washing, combing, styling, storing. Take your time, and treat it lovingly.

WORK YOUR WAY UP

It may be tempting to run that comb straight from the roots downward, but that action can cause the fibers to stretch and break—especially if you run into a snag. Instead, begin from the tips and work your way, section by section, up the length of the hair.

BE CONSISTENT

A daily combing routine (on the days you wear your wig) is crucial to avoiding unsightly tangles. Pay special attention to areas of friction, such as the nape of the neckline, where tangles most readily occur.

INVEST IN DETANGLER

It is best to comb your wig while it’s dry, but a little spritz of wig detangler can add a helpful amount of slipperiness when working through the strands, especially if they have begun to tangle. Apply it lightly to each area as you work your way through the wig, and then allow it to air dry. Detangling spray can also deliver moisture to the strands and help with static.

USE GOOD TOOLS

Always use a comb made specifically for wigs when grooming your wig. This will ensure that your motions through the strands will not create undue stress or stretching, which can ruin your favorite styles in no time.

Fine Tuning

Straight, curly, layered…. Not all wigs are created equal, and there are a few tricks you can use to comb your wig so you maintain the integrity of its intended style.

STRAIGHT STYLES

Envy’s straight styles have an allure in their silky smoothness and sophisticated lines. You can keep them looking great by gently sectioning the hair into manageable areas and working through them one by one with a comb. When each section is finished, clip it up and out of the way before proceeding to the next.

FLIP STYLES

Nothing is more fun than layered, flippy styles, and the care is as easy as can be. Follow the basics, and after combing each section, cup the curve of the flip in your palm and allow it to rest for a few moments to encourage retention of the shape. Use the detangling spray sparingly, as too much moisture may weigh down the strands and pull them out of their natural bounce.

CURLY STYLES

Curly wigs demand a few more accommodations, but their playful attitude more than makes up for it. Ditch the comb and rely on your fingers to carefully work through the strands. If you have ringlets, take a few seconds to wind them in the proper direction on your finger, allowing them to rest and remember their shape. Tangles can occur more easily in curls, and working in smaller sections may be easier to navigate.

By following the basics and upping your technique to fit your style you can be sure your wig will have a long life and look great each step of the way!

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