If you are a novice wig buyer you are probably overwhelmed by the variety of wigs that is presented to you. There are many types of wigs in the market, each type designed to suit a person and her needs. You have probably heard of wig types such as lace wigs, synthetic wigs, human hair wigs etc., but what exactly are they made of and how can each material benefit you in a different way? Continue reading to find out.
This is the most common hair wig which you will probably get in any fashion store or wig store you go to. Not only is it so widespread, it is also very cheap. Synthetic hair wigs are made of acrylic fibers of varying qualities. You can get an idea of a wig’s quality by its price, like the old saying “you get what you pay for”, an extremely cheap wig may not match the quality of a slightly more expensive one. Quality does not only depend on how the wig looks, but on its strength and durability as well. The look you get with a wig on is very important and it is imperative that you get a wig that suits you perfectly but the second important aspect of wig shopping is its quality. How long do you want your wig to last? Will you be frequently styling your wig with heat treatments such as heat curling, ironing or blow drying? Ask yourself these questions to come up with the quality you want. Ideally, you would prefer something that would last a long time; therefore, you must pick a heat resistant variety that would withstand heat to a certain extent. A cheap wig will most probably get damaged with heat treatment as the fibers begin to melt. Due to this problem, many manufacturers are choosing protein based fibers over acrylic types, to make the strands more durable and resistant to heat. Regardless of these disadvantages, a synthetic wig is the cheapest of all wigs and it is very easy to take care of one too.
A human hair wig is made up of real hair and the quality depends mostly on the origin. Asian hair such as Chinese hair will be cheaper than other hair wigs; however, they often lag behind in quality. Indian hair wigs are often the best in quality when it comes to Asian hair however, European or Eastern European hair are considered to be best in quality. Virgin human hair wigs are non-processed hair wigs that have not undergone any styling or chemical treatments and are sold in their natural state.
Full lace and hand tied wigs are often made with human hair; however, there are a few synthetic versions with hand tied caps. Hand tied caps are made of a silk meshwork that may cover the wig cap entirely or cover it in different sections which are sewn together and armored with a silk or satin ribbon like material. The mesh is also applied in lace front or full lace wigs. The hair is often knotted in a mesh like or waffle pattern in the hair cap.
I love hair extensions but they are not always the easiest things to take care of. Especially when you get really long ones installed. But since you’ve got them in and want to keep them for as long as possible, it’s useful to know how to take care of them on your own without always having to go to a hair dresser and most importantly so that you don’t damage your own hair underneath. Unlike your real hair, synthetic hair require a bit more tender, loving, care to make them look perfect beyond their ‘expiration date’.
Before you buy…
Make sure the quality of the hair extensions you buy it top notch according to your requirements. Note that cheap synthetic hair extensions will not last long and will probably melt and shrivel to heat. If you are into styling your hair frequently through ironing, blow drying and heat curling, make sure your hair extensions can take the heat. It is most likely that cheap hair extensions will be made of fibers that will not withstand the heat and get damaged or melt instantly. Good news is, that if you agree on investing a little more on your hair extensions, you will probably be able to buy hair extensions made of fibers such as Thermofiber or Monofiber that are actually resistant to heat to a certain degree. If you find it highly necessary to style your hair and hair extensions, consider this factor before purchasing your synthetic extensions to prevent any last-minute hair disasters.
Brush your hair gently working from the ends to the scalp. This should be done before and after washing the hair. For curly or wavy hair types, use with your fingers to remove tangles. Avoid alcohol-based products to achieve curly hair.
Use a mild shampoo with conditioner for extensions that are dry and color-treated. Avoid using shampoos designed for volumizing hair (check the cover) as they tend to raise the hair cuticles and encourage hair tangling and knots.
Avoid using conditioner on the bonds or scalp. Using too much conditioner can increase the oiliness of the hair and thus, weaken the keratin bonds.
Wash your hair gently using cool or warm water – avoid hot showers for hair extensions. Avoid scrubbing your hair vigorously while washing as it may cause tangling. While washing, comb through the hair in a downward motion using your fingers.
Avoid washing your hair more than thrice a week unless your scalp generates a lot of oil. Washing your hair too many times may cause dryness of the hair.
Towel dry your hair – do not rub the hair with a towel – pat dry only.
Never go to sleep with wet hair.
In order to brush your hair use a wide tooth comb for the ends only, a loop brush for medium to thick hair and board bristle brush for medium to fine hair.
Brush your hair at least thrice a day towards the scalp to keep tangles away
While styling and blow drying, brush in a downward motion. Make sure you have towel dried your hair before blow drying. Dry the hair with your fingers and style with a curling iron or straightening iron, if required. Avoid brushing too much while blow drying as it may lead to loss of hair extensions.
For swimming, before you wear your swimming cap, wet hair under a tap, apply conditioner and tie your hair into a braid. This will prevent tangling and hair damage. Keep your hair away from salt water and chlorine as much as possible.
For long extensions, braid your hair before going to bed to prevent pulling, tangling and knots. If you have any more questions about hair extensions or wigs, or have some tips on how to keep hair extensions at their best, please send us your comments. Thank you.