Caring for Your Virgin Hair Wigs

Caring for Your Virgin Hair Wigs

Your wig may not technically be real hair, but you certainly want it to look as much like it as possible.  While it’s not the same as real living hair you still need to give it some attention and look after it, much like your own hair.  If you want your wig to last for years while maintaining its shine and body then how you take care of it will be the key to making it last.  Let’s look at how you can look after your virgin hair wig.

Prep Work

Before you wash your wig there are some step you need to take to get it ready.  First and foremost use only products that are meant for lace frontal wigs, drugstore products are not ideal.  Brush out tangles ahead of time and then you are ready to get started.

Washing Your Wig

Rinse your wig first in warm or cool water and apply a small drop of the right shampoo to the hair but try and avoid the scalp area.  Don’t rub like you would your own hair.  Grab a wide tooth comb and comb the shampoo through the hair.  You can apply some of the soapy water inside the wig to clean the cap, but don’t scrub.  Rinse your wig with cool water starting at the top and working your way down.  Gently blot the wig with a towel to get rid of excess water.  Apply a bit of conditioner to the ends so you can get rid of tangles and knots when you try and comb it.  Rinse the conditioner thoroughly.  Here is a look at the process.

Drying Your Wig

Once you are done washing it the first thing you want to do is to gently blot the wig with a towel to get rid of the excess water.  Your best bet is the let your wig dry naturally on a wig stand, drying it with a blow dryer will damage the lace.  If you are styling your wig you can use rollers.

Styling Your Wig

Styling a wig isn’t quite like styling human hair, you need a specific brush and comb that are meant for wigs, regular brushes can pull the hair and cause damage.  If you have static in your wig just mist it with some water to get rid of the static.  There are styling products available specifically for styling wigs like wig mousse.  Your wig comes with a basic cut, but your styling options are completely up to you.  You can use tools like curling irons, flat irons or even a hair dryer just use them on lower settings so you don’t burn the hair.

What Are Full Lace Virgin Hair Wigs

What Are Full Lace Virgin Hair Wigs

Wigs are a great way for African American women to try out new and different hairstyles without the tedium and risk involved in straightening out their natural hair. Typically, you think of a wig as being cumbersome, and hard to style without showing the wig-cap. Likewise, often times the “hair” for normal wigs have been treated with loads of dangerous and unnatural looking chemicals that ruin the “real” look and feel of the wig. Cheaper wigs are even made from synthetic fibers that make it obvious the hair isn’t yours.

Full Lace Virgin Hair Wigs

Luckily for us, full lace virgin hair wigs exist. What are they, and how do they differ from a normal wig? Let’s start out with what virgin hair is. “Virgin hair” is untreated, naturally grown hair from a donor. This means that after being taken from the donor, it doesn’t undergo any bleaching, dyeing, perming, or other treatments. To truly be virgin hair, the full cuticle has to be intact and all running in the same direction. The hair looks and feels real this way, because it is real hair.

So what is a full lace wig? Full lace refers to the specially made caps that are much more effective at making the wig look like it’s a part of your own natural hairline. This is accomplished by a rather intricate process. The caps are completely made of lace, and the human hair is hand woven in to the cap. This allows you to part, twist, and style the hair anyway you want.

Full Lace versus Front Lace

This is in comparison to front lace wigs. Front lace wigs only have the sheer lace material in the frontal hairline area of the wig (though this may be in the back or sides of the wig depending on the intended use of the wig), with the rest of the cap being made from other, often cheaper material. Front lace wigs are often far less expensive compared to full lace wigs, but the major disadvantage is that you can only style the part of the wig where the lace is. In most cases this means you can only part the bangs, but will be unable to pull the back into a ponytail or twist without showing off the cap and breaking the illusion of the wig.

Full lace wigs are almost always made with virgin hair. In comparison, front lace wigs are usually made with cheaper synthetic hair or hair that has been heavily treated. However, this leads us to one of the main pros of the front lace wigs; more volume than full lace wigs. Front lace wigs often are more voluminous and have more hair in the back. This is due to the cheaper hair and mechanical factory construction allowing for more hair strands to be used. Hence, for a fuller look or particular styles, the front lace type of wig can sometimes be preferable.

With all of that being said, full lace wigs are more expensive, but are superior to pretty much any other type of wig. They last longer than other wigs, offer more styling options, and are easier to wear. While they may not be good as a first time wig, they are almost always the best investment.