How many days could you comfortably go without washing your hair before you would feel the overwhelming need to scrub your scalp and remove the smells, chemicals, and environmental elements? How long could you go without combing or brushing your hair before it tangles, knots, or overall appearance would begin to bother you or weigh on your self-esteem?
If you are like most people, the answer is, “about two days…maximum”. Why is it then, that most women who are wearing wigs and quality hair pieces seem to think they can wash their wigs, weaves, and toupees once a month or every other month? Could you wear your natural hair for a month without washing it? Of course not!
The way you care for your hair is exactly the same way you should care for your wig. Your wig needs to be washed and conditioned to maintain moisture and keep the hair healthy.
You also need to consider the color of the hair in your wig as some colors will tend to oxidize and require a toner treatment to revive the natural highlights and restore the health and vitality of your wig.
You should also consider the environment you live in and the weather when you think about how often your hair- wig needs to be washed; If you wear your hair a few hours a day or for an entire work day and commute, you are exposed to more of the elements, pollution, and airborne aromas. All of these factors impact how often you should wash your hair.
As a general rule, a wig that is worn daily should be washed as soon as you notice it is not styling easily, looks flat or has lost its luster.
It is always best when considering a wash, dry and set, that you speak to your hair care professional (and let them take good care of your hair) to know how to best care for your hair. Every wig is special in its own way and may require a little more effort for some colors and styles. Whatever you decide to do, remember, “your hair is your finest accessory” and you want to wear it well. Keep it clean. When you are not wearing it, place it properly on a head form to keep it in the right shape and prevent any folds or tangles. See your hair care professional regularly to maintain your wig and keep it lasting as long as possible.