Wigs Are a Big Part of History!Initially, wigs were made from horsehair, human hair, feathers, wool, yak hair, buffalo hair, and synthetic materials. They were worn on the head for fashion or other aesthetic and stylistic reasons, including cultural and religious observance. Egyptians shaved their heads due to the hot desert sun; they were unable to maintain their natural hair. Bald heads did not have the same appeal as someone with hair, so they decided to use wigs. While everyone wore them, there were differences between the upper and lower class wigs. Upper class could afford wigs made from the various material, while the lower class did not have that luxury or options. Now, in the 21st century, the thoughts towards wigs and extensions have completely changed. They are a great option when you are looking to switch up your look without making a permanent change to your hair. Wigs are here to stay, and the maintenance is as important as taking care of your hair. There are common mistakes people make when attempting to take care of them. So let's be sure you aren't damaging your wig life with five things you may be doing!
Different Hair Types of WigsHuman hair wigs are made from human hair or human hair mixed with animal hair such as (angora rabbits, sheep, and horses). On the other hand, synthetic hair is made from nylon or acrylic fibers, differentiating the difference will play a factor in deciding how to maintain your wig. Always be sure to pay attention to the maintenance instructions attached to your wig or be sure to ask your retailer about how to take care of the wig.
Human Hair WigsWhen details of construction and processing are important, human hair is usually the highest quality. With proper care human hair wigs can last for years, they are thicker, can be styled with heat and often look more real. Therefore they are known to be more expensive compared to synthetic wigs. Although some human wigs are expensive, some companies like Private Label Hair Extensions do allow a bit of wiggle room with pricing, to ensure quality and affordability! Human hair wigs also can be dyed with semi-permanent or permanent color.
Synthetic Hair WigsSynthetic wigs are both affordable and have a great appearance as well. These type of wigs are less likely to tangle when taken care of. Depending on the material they tend to wear out after 3-6 months when maintained correctly and aren’t worn daily. Synthetic wigs retain their style and shape, even after washing, they seem to be cooler than human hair. The disadvantage of synthetic wigs is there is no versatility in styling, i.e., curling with hot tools and coloring it.
Production of The WigThe way your wig is produced plays away in care as well. There are two types of production methods, hand tied and machine made. Most wigs will specify their production type on the packaging.
Hand-tied WigsA hand-tied wig is when individual hairs are attached to the wig cap by hand. The process is labor intensive but has a more natural result; they are less likely to tangle due to the flow if the hair is going in the same direction. These wigs allow hair to be styled effortlessly and parted in different ways.
Machine Made WigsMachine made wigs are sewn to the hair into a cap or nylon strips using wefts of hair.
Construction of The WigWigs can either be full caps, partial cap, or open cap. Full cap wigs hairs are machine sewn onto a mesh cap, and they provide complete coverage of the hair.
Partial Cap WigsPartial cap wigs are used to enhance one’s real hair; they are usually in the form of a clip-on or an elastic structure. They make the hair appear fuller, thicker, and longer. A ponytail or bun hair accessory can be made and used to create an updo. Partial wigs also are full in the back of the head and stop short of the forehead. It allows you to blend your natural hair or bangs with the wig.
Open Cap WigThese wigs are produced using nylon strips machine-sewn onto hair is placed on. The gaps between each strip serve for flexibility and ventilation.
5 Things You May Be Doing That's Damaging your Wig LifeNow that we have gotten all the logistics out of the way let’s talk about the five things you may be doing that's damaging your wig life. There are huge do’s and don'ts when it comes down to ensuring your wig last as long as it possibly can! Synthetic and human hair wigs are not one in the same, so we will list out five things for each type of wig to help you out with your wig life!
- Using shampoo/conditioner not specifically made for synthetic wigs.
Using hot tools on your synthetic wig can be hazardous to our synthetic wig.
- Using hairspray or hair shine on your synthetic wig can cause damage to the fibers.
- Not keeping your hair clean can damage your wig life.
- The way you store your wig may damage your wig as well.
5 Damaging Things You May Be Doing
- Using shampoo and conditioners can cause damage.
- Using excessive heat or styling products on your wig may be causing damage.
Wearing the incorrect size can cause damage
- Wearing your wig all the time can damage the wig and your hair
- Styling your curly natural piece
- Not using a safe color shampoo
- Too much sun can cause damage to your colored piece
- DIY’ing may cause damage