Wig Drying

Wig Drying Care: Drying Cabinets and Hair Driers


Human hair wigs require special care and maintenance to prevent damage to the hair and keep them in optimum condition.


Wig Drying


There are several methods of drying but - every method requires delicate and minimum handling as well as applying 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 mannequin head for air circulation.


To avoid: tangling, frizziness, and split-ends: Do not rub, scrub, or wring the hair. 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 and they can be dried with minimum handling. They generally come glass sliding doors, adjustable shelving, and in various sizes from 540 to 1300 Litres.


Wig Washing


Rigorous washing and drying will quickly damage human hair as it doesn’t contain natural oils from the scalp to lubricate it and strengthen it like living hair – and the damage may be irreversible.


As per drying, washing the human hair wig requires the same delicate and minimum handling. 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. Again - 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: use either Argon Oil, or jojoba oil. These oils contain natural oils, hence mimic natural hair oil production. Regular hair conditioning products will not replenish the hair but will only help in terms of preventing tangling.






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