Proper care and storage techniques are essential for keeping your wig looking its best for years to come. Human hair and synthetic wigs require different styling methods, however proper storage and care techniques are required for both wig types. Failure to store a wig correctly may result in a tangled, dry, and dull looking wig. So, if you’re curious about how to store your wig, it starts with investing your time in pre-care and finding the right storage.
How to Prep a Wig for Storage
1. Cleanse and condition your wig
The first step in storing your wig is to make sure it is cleansed and conditioned. Cleaning your wig is key to keeping it looking as fresh as possible. A wig should be cleansed every week or two, and especially before storing it. Proper cleansing techniques for human hair wigs consist of using a clarifying shampoo, and cleansing techniques for synthetic wigs consist of using a gentle, wig-safe shampoo.
When it comes to human hair wigs, they should always be conditioned and detangled to keep the hair as soft as possible. On the other hand, synthetic wigs do best with a quick spritz of a wig-friendly leave-in once the hair is completely dry.
2. Making sure your wig is dry before storing it
The most important step in properly preparing your wig for storage is making sure it is completely dry. Storing a wig that is wet or damp can lead to mold and mildew. Human hair wigs can be dried using a blow dryer and it is recommended synthetic wigs should be air dried to prevent damage.
How to Store a Wig
When you’re ready to store your wig, there’s a few key things to remember. For starters, make sure you’re storing your wig in a cool, dry spot that is removed from sunlight. Remember, you want to preserve your wig, not dry it out. Also, make sure your wig isn’t exposed to excessive dust or accessible by one of your pets. When it comes to storing your wig, there are a few different options.
- Store on a wig head
Storing your wig on a wig head is one of the best ways to store your wig. Wig heads help maintain the shape and style of your wig in between wears. There are many different wig head options available, and the one you choose is all about personal preference and the amount of space you’re working with. There are portable options, cork and canvas heads, and classic Styrofoam mannequins.
2. Store in a silk or satin bag
The best way to make sure your wig is retaining moisture while it’s being stored is by keeping your wig in a silk or satin bag. This method of storing will not only keep your wig soft and hydrated, but it can help prevent static and tangles that wigs are vulnerable to. Many wigs are sold in satin bags, and they can also be purchased online if your wig didn’t come with one. If you plan on traveling with your wig, satin bags are a great option because they don’t take up too much space.
3. Store in a shoe box or container
Did you know if you’re limited on options, you can always store your wig in a shoe box or any storage box. The trick is to lay your wig flat in the box and to make sure the wig is dry and there are no tangles before storing it away.
If you’re going to invest money into a wig, it’s important you also invest your time into maintaining the wig so you get the most out of it. Storing your wig properly is a must for keeping your wig soft, hydrated, and tangle-free.