Choosing the right brush for your wig is half of the process of maintaining it. For all-natural wigs, you’ll need to maintain them by cleaning and styling them. But for synthetic wigs, you’ll be brushing them instead! Our guide will cover: how to choose a synthetic wig brush, how to know when your wig needs replacing, and how often you should be replacing it.
#1 – How to Choose a Synthetic Wig Brush
A good wig brush is vital for keeping your wig looking its best. Wigs can get tangled easily and a good wig brush is the best way to get the tangles out. Wearing a wig can be hard enough on your scalp without the added discomfort of tangles. A good wig brush is made from synthetic bristles.
Who needs a wig brush?
There are a lot of reasons someone might decide to put on a wig. You might want to feel like your favourite actress in The Boys. Or you want to look different to fit in with your friends, or you want to look like your favourite Disney princess. If this is the first time you’re putting on a wig, you need to be sure to brush it well so it doesn’t fall out.
Synthetic wigs come in a lot of varieties. Some are long and full of soft cotton while others are short, peppermint or ivory. I have a curly synthetic wig. She is the softest and most luxurious from the brand that gave us Deadpool’s signature cannonballs.
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Here’s a quick breakdown of the parts you’ll find inside a good wig brush:
When purchasing a wig brush, you should also consider the type of bristles it comes with. Wig brushes that are made of human hair do get softer with use, but they can only take so much pressure before it becomes really heavy and can feel like you are using a claw hammer. Wig brushes with synthetic bristles, like those made by CVS and L’Oreal, tend to be softer and easier to control.
If you’re going to be styling your wig, the bristles on the brush should be wide enough so when you apply pressure, it applies the hair styling product all over your hair. Some people are okay with a very small brush if it makes their hair easier to style.
#2 – How to Know When Your Synthetic Wig Needs Replacing
Most people don’t know when it’s time to get rid of their synthetic hair because they don’t know how to tell if it needs replacing. The best way to tell is to look at how your wig is holding up. If you notice a few broken hairs or knots, then it’s time to get it replaced.
Nylon and spandex wigs can handle harsh styling but can be difficult to pass down to future generations, so it’s not recommended for babies and young children. For most, black wigs are best because they’re softer and less noticeable during styling. If your go-to hairdresser doesn’t have one with a black handle, ask for one in another colour. Some colour hair straighteners curl or pound their black wigs into a pom-pom shape after the first styling session.
A pom-pom is not great when you’re trying to get a certain look for your bun. It’s meant to be completely straight and not keep its natural splits. It’s best if you can tell the colour that your wig is left with after ironing isn’t just your standard wash and dry hair colour. Best to wait until you finished styling to see the final results! Black wigs can usually handle daily brushing and adding shine, but softer synthetic wigs may need brushing more than once a week.
If you use a rotary brush, you can use it for shorter wigs or even on your ponytail.
#3 – How Often Should You Replace Your Wig?
How often should you replace your wig? It depends on the quality of the wig. Synthetic wigs tend to last longer than human hair wigs. Synthetic wigs can last up to a year, while human hair wigs can last for up to two years. Wig Care is all about how you maintain your wig, and if you decide to keep it for too long, you might end up with wigs that are worn out and falling apart!
Choosing the right brush for your wig is half of the process of maintaining it. Here’s what you should avoid:
“Buy used products if you want them to last — but they will. Never let anything get in the way of your vision.” — Vicki Logan, Licensed Hairdresser and Facialist.
To prevent doing something that triggers you, you should try to leave your hair out in its natural state, and also remember to brush regularly. Did you know that synthetic hair is treated with “hair care additives” and “integrated pigment pigments”?
These treatments are meant to keep the hair well-conditioned and flourished. Artificial hair can be left to get as long as it likes, while our natural hair cannot.
It can be hard to keep track of how often you need to replace your synthetic wig, but if you know some of the signs it’s time, you’ll have an easier time knowing when it’s time for a new one!