Synthetic hair contributes to wigs, hairpieces, and extensions at a low cost. However, caring for your new hairpiece or extension is a little different than caring for human hair, especially when it comes to detangling and styling. Without proper care, that lovely style will be a tangled mess. There are a few techniques to keep that hair wearable for a long time.
Add the appropriate amount of wig shampoo or mild detergent (specified on the bottle; usually one to two caps) to the basin of cool water. Gently submerge the hairpiece, swishing it slowly and dunking it up and down. Don't rub or scrub, or you'll end up with a tangle beyond saving. You can let the piece soak in the cool water for a few minutes, then rinse gently.
Dry your hairpiece, first by holding it over the basin and letting the water drain, then by setting it on a wig form or Styrofoam head and letting the hair sit at room temperature until it is completely dry. Put a few towels under the form to catch the drips. When drying your wig, you can gently blot the hair with a towel, but don't rub or squeeze.
Spray a good coat of wig sheen spray over the fibers once the wig is dry. This product is silicon based, and will make the hairs a bit more slippery and easy to comb.
Use the wide-toothed comb if your wig is a straight or wavy style and, starting at the bottom, gently begin to comb. Work your way up the hairpiece, teasing out any tangles and smoothing the hairs down. Use the wide-toothed comb to groom a curly, short piece as well, reshaping the curls around your fingers as you go. Work on small sections at a time. For a final finish, you can use your fingers to arrange the curls.
Wash the synthetic hair gently with mild shampoo, and use a natural-hair-safe silicon spray, if your synthetic hair is attached to your head in loose extensions. Gently comb or finger brush synthetic hair extensions into place.
How to Cleanse the Hair Without Water
If you color, straighten or chemically treat your hair, extending the time between shampoos can help to lengthen the period between treatments. Additionally, dry shampooing your hair can help to cleanse your scalp or extend a blowout when you're camping or otherwise unable to wash your hair. According to "The Huffington Post," dry shampoo first became a trend in the 1960s -- but with many stylists now recommending that their clients wash their hair less frequently, both commercial and homemade dry shampoos are enjoying a resurgence.
Hold the can of dry shampoo no less than 6 inches away from your scalp. Spray the roots of your hair evenly, turning your head from side to side and upside down so that you cover your entire scalp. Do not use too much dry shampoo -- a short burst in each section will do. As a natural alternative, sprinkle your entire scalp with a half-and-half mixture of baking soda and cornstarch.
Massage your scalp with the pads of your fingertips, just as you would when using shampoo. Leave the dry shampoo or natural mixture in your hair for five minutes.
Blow-dry your hair on the cool setting to remove the dry shampoo or natural mixture. Remove as much of the product as you can before brushing.
Wrap a large paddle brush in two layers of cheesecloth. Brush your hair, holding the cheesecloth in place with your hand on the back of the brush. This will help to absorb any excess oil in the shaft of your hair. Throw the cheesecloth away after brushing.
Finish your style with a bit of leave-in conditioner. Rub the conditioner between your hands and run your fingers through your hair, paying extra attention to the ends.