How Do You Style a Human Hair Wig?

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While human hair wigs, as opposed to synthetic wigs, can be styled using some of the same products and tools as human hair, they still require special handling at both the washing and styling stages. Following current hair trends in styling helps a wig to look natural and up-to-date.

  1. Wash and condition with sulfate-free products

    Choose sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners that are specially formulated for wigs. Regular shampoos and conditioners aren't designed for wigs, even those made with human hair, and may make the wig unmanageable. Wet wigs should be combed from the bottom to the top.

  2. Dry the wig

    Human hair wigs can be dried using a blow dryer, something which isn't possible with a synthetic wig. You may also air dry your wig successfully, but don't put it on a mannequin head, which will stretch it out of shape. Use low heat when using a blow dryer, curling iron or flat iron.

  3. Use the right tools for styling

    Don't use standard brushes with human hair wigs. Try a wide-toothed comb or a hair pick to comb curly styles, and a wire brush for straight styles. Always brush or comb beginning at the bottom and work your way up.

  4. Style your wig

    Choose a look similar to your normal hairstyle. Style the wig as you would normally style your own hair. Keep ends and parts a little messy for a natural look. If using electric rollers, don't set them hotter than medium, and allow them to cool completely before removing them from the wig. For coloring and cutting, unless you are an expert, take the wig to a professional hair stylist.