E Report / Oct 15th, 2013

Styling your Wig

We’ve told how to care for a synthetic wig and a human hair or blended hair wig (read that post here). Now that your wig has been washed and fully dried, let’s talk about styling.

Styling a Synthetic Wig

Once your synthetic wig is completely dry, you can brush and style it. Just be sure to keep hair dryers and curling irons away! Gently, gently, gently, working from the tips of the hair back toward the scalp, use a metal pick comb or your fingers to style the wig. Here’s a few tips based on the style of your wig:

  • Tight or curly: Just shake and go! Gently lift and separate the curls with a pick comb or your fingers. Do not brush.
  • Wavy, loosely curled: Using a wig brush or a pick comb, style with short, lifting strokes.
  • Long, curly: Gently lift and separate the curls with a pick comb or your fingers. Do not brush.
  • Straight: Use a wig brush, a wide-tooth comb, or your fingers. Brush or comb the wig starting at the bottom, using long, even, gentle strokes in a downward motion, gradually moving up toward the scalp.

Styling a Human Hair or Blended Hair Wig

Once your wig is completely dry, go over the hair using your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. Before using any type of heated styling tool, use a protective leave-in spray to moisturize the wig and eliminate frizz and tangles. Other products are available that add shine and luster. To refresh the wig’s style, use a blow dryer or curling iron on low heat settings, warm heat, or electric/steam hair rollers. For curly styles, use a wide-tooth comb or a pick comb; for straight styles, use a wire hairbrush (avoid standard hairbrushes). If your wig needs to be completely restyled, your stylist is the best resource. If, however, you choose to do it yourself, here are some guidelines:

  • Hold the wig in place on a wig stand.
  • Using a wire hairbrush or wide-tooth comb, remove any tangles.
  • Make pin curls, or use a curling iron or standard or electric/steam hair rollers. With hair rollers, pick up the hair and wind it on the roller, smoothing the ends as you go along.
  • For electric styling tools, use a low or medium setting. If using a hair dryer, hold it about 12 inches from the wig, being sure to circulate it continuously and evenly.
  • Allow the hair to cool before removing the pin curls or rollers.
  • Lightly brush or backcomb the hair, and spray with hair spray.


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