Hair Care

Now That I've Chosen My Wig, How Do I Care For It?

+ CV Skinlabs Team

So, you’ve finally chosen a brand new wig, but you’re having a hard time coping with it in your morning routine. Remember, you’re not alone! The writer of My Breast Cancer Blog explains, “I feel naked without my shoulder-length, blond hair,” adding, “I wish I could see this time in my life as a new beginning, with a new look. But instead I feel self-conscious and hesitant to unveil [my wig].”

It’s important to discuss your fears and concerns with other cancer patients (at websites like Cancer Forums) to help you feel more comfortable with this extreme life change, but keep in mind that wigs are surprisingly simple and easy to maintain. A cancer fighter from The Cancer Blog admits that although it was difficult losing her hair, “I found great human-hair wigs and learned to enjoy my shower-and-go morning routine. I could get ready in an instant…It was all kind of liberating really.” Although caring for a cancer wig might be easier than you think, it’s important to know what you’re doing before getting started.

The first question many patients ask is, “Do I wash my wig?” In general, try washing both synthetic and human hair wigs every 10 to 15 uses, but be careful to use the appropriate products and techniques. Purchase specialty shampoos, combs and conditioning sprays for wigs beforehand, so you’re always prepared. “How To Care For Your Wig” suggests gently brushing your wig first, then immersing for one minute in cold water with wig shampoo (gently “swirling” throughout the mixture), and rinsing and blotting the wig afterward, allowing it to air dry. Avoid rubbing, teasing or scrubbing your wig (or brushing it when wet), as you may damage the hair completely.

If you’re worried about how to comb or handle your wig on a day-to-day basis, try to always use the appropriate tools and methods. Wig experts at E-how suggest removing tangles with a specialty spray conditioner designed for wigs, and combing and brushing wigs with a wire brush starting at the ends (instead of the roots). Remember to never use heat-generating styling tools (like curling irons or flat irons) on synthetic wigs, and use care when dealing with human-hair varieties.

We love some specialty wig boutiques that have a focus on cancer-related hair loss and caring for wigs. Check out Mimi’s Wig Boutique in the Texas area, City Wigs and boutiques in the Fresno, CA, area, and The Ellen H. Lazar Shoppe in the New Jersey area.

For more information on caring for your new wig, check out “Coping With Hair Loss,” or share your opinions, concerns and ideas with cancer fighters at Online Community For Cancer Discussions. If you are just starting to shop for a wig, read our post on How to Choose the Best Wig for You.

* How do you care for your wig on a daily basis? Please share your advice and tricks!

Photo coutesy of Mimi’s Wig Boutique

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