Human hair wigs require special care and maintenance to prevent damage to the hair and keep them in optimum condition when drying and washing.
Wig Drying Methods
There are several methods of drying, but every method requires delicate and minimum handling as well as applying a very gentle heat. For drying the hair naturally – gently pat the hair with a towel to remove some of the excess moisture and leave to dry on a head block for air circulation.
To avoid potential damage to the hair such as: Tangling, frizziness, and split-ends: Do not rub or the hair. Also, tightly wringing and twisting strands of the hair to remove excess water could pull hair from the roots. Note: As the wig will take a long time to dry naturally– the temperature of the room will need to be warm otherwise it is susceptible to mildew or microbial growth. If you want to use a hair dryer then use the coolest and lowest power settings.
Lots of Wigs to Dry?
A wig drying cabinet is very useful if you have a lot of wigs that need drying as you can dry several at any one given time. Theatres for example need to wash and dry numerous wigs after performances and therefore require a quicker and more convenient method of getting them dry for the next show. Drying cabinets offer minimum damage to wigs as they are temperature controlled which prevents heat damage. Another bonus is that they can be dried with minimum handling.
Wig drying cabinets usually come with glass sliding doors, so the drying process can easily be monitored. The shelves are adjustable to accommodate varying wig blocks and hair pieces. QED Scientific supply ‘Wig Drying Cabinets’ from 300 – 1300 litres.
Washing Wigs by Hand
Frequent and rigorous hand washing of wigs can quickly damage the hair as human hair doesn’t contain natural oils from the scalp to lubricate it and strengthen it. Washing the human-hair wig requires the same delicate and minimum handling as drying. The temperature of the water should be luke warm. Use a sulphate-free mild shampoo (as most wig makers use chemicals to achieve specific hair colours) and work it through the hair with gentle downward strokes.
Do not rub or scrub the hair, but if necessary; for hair that requires deeper cleansing – take sections of the hair into your hands and (ever so gently) squeeze the shampoo and moisture into it. Avoid the temptation to wring the hair! Wringing can be abrasive and highly damaging. Gently Rinse the hair thoroughly.
To keep your wig healthy and in tip-top condition: Banbury Postiche supply a ‘Wig Care Kit’ that comes with especially formulated hair products which mimic natural hair oil production. Banbury Postiche (established 80 years) is the UK largest supplier of wig and hairpieces to the NHS.