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Monday, 12 January 2015

Wig Care: Washing your wigs the right way

Have you been wearing your wig but never washed it ever since you bought it? Well, after reading a few forum threads (and experiencing it first hand), I have learned that you have to wash your wig after 3-4 uses, or if you feel like it needs washing based from its smell and condition of the fibers. There are a few reasons why you have to do this. Let me list the important ones:

  • Washing your wig removes the sweat smell that gets stuck on your wig's base net.
  • Washing it with the right method will make it easier to remove the tangles after it dries off.
  • Washing your wig and removing the tangles before storing it for a long time prevents it to become frizzy and brittle.
  • Wig-washing is the perfect opportunity to wash your wig caps, and the formula to wash the smell off the wig is the same for the wig caps.
  • Because it's just hygienic to wash something after wearing it numerous times. :D
So, are you convinced that you need to wash your wig but don't know how to do it? Well then, here is a simple method on how to wash them all together.

First, you need the following materials:

  • A basin half full of water
  • Fabric Conditioner (I chose a fragrant one so that my wig will smell nice. For those of you who can't handle fragrant FabCons, you can use the non fragrant ones available on the market)
  • And the wig you want to wash.
For the 25mL fabcon sachet that I used, I was able to wash 5 wigs plus wig caps
Flip your wigs inside out, with the wig base showing outside so that it will be soaked on the fabcon solution better. This is usually where the sweaty smell comes from after wearing your wigs for a long period of time, each time you cosplay.

For a 25mL FabCon sachet, I used a big basin half full of water.

After pouring everything, mix the solution by stirring it with your hand.
If you are planning to wash more wigs (or less) adjust the FabCon/water ratio. You might want to ask your mom or the laundry lady for advice on this one.

Place all of your wigs on the basin with the fabcon solution. Make sure everything is submerged properly.

Leave the wigs on the solution for 30 mins to 1 hour.

Then remove the wig from the solution and set it aside for a moment so that you can focus on washing the wig cap.

Using the leftover FabCon solution, hand-wash your wig caps for a few times. Rinse afterwards.

After washing your wig caps, hang it to dry together with the wig using a hanger-clothespin. Something like this would be good.

It's recommended to air dry your wig instead of leaving it out of the sun or blow drying it. 

It will take about 1-2 days to completely dry off. better to be patient than to be rash and blow dry your precious wigs to crisp.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Do not comb your wig while it's still wet! It will shed more than expected if you do this.

After drying off everything, your wigs will look like this.

After washing your wig using this method, you can now de-tangle each wig using this tutorial that I did posted before.

Store your wigs on their respective ziplock bags for storage.

Taking good care of your wigs will lengthen their 'lifespan', which is good if you're planning to wear them as many times as you want. This tutorial is a good guide on how to take care of Kanekalon Fiber wigs for cosplayers and wig users out there. You can use this guide for other types of wigs, like the Class A/B and human hair wigs, with extra precautions since these types are more delicate than the Japanese Kanekalon.

I hope this method will work great with your wig! 
Comment down below if you want  to see more cosplay guides and tutorials on this site.

Thank you for reading and watch out for my next post~!

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