Maintaining a long hair toupee is different than a short hair toupee. Long hair requires more care and there are some details that you should pay attention to, unless you want to get your toupee damaged in the first month of wearing. Check out a list of tips that will help you keep your long hair in good condition.
1. Choose the appropriate brush
Many wig wearers think that it doesn’t matter what brush to use. Still, you have to be really attentive when choosing the brush or comb for your hair system, as some of them can really damage your long hair. First of all, avoid fine-tooth brushes, as they provide a strong friction, especially with tangled hair, which can pull out the hair fibers and even cause the toupee to move. You are better off going with a wide-tooth comb whose friction is less aggressive.
2. Avoid towel drying
Towels are not recommended for drying long hair. Even if cotton towels dry the hair faster, the scrubbing that takes place during drying triggers intense friction that can end up in tearing or pulling out the fragile strands of hair. This is why, an alternative to towel scrubbing would be a hair wrap made of soft fabric or a T-shirt that you don’t use anymore. You just have to apply it on the wet hair and let it absorb the moisture. It takes a little bit more time, but you’ll ensure, in this way, that your hair will not get damaged.
3. Hydrate the long hair toupee often
If you have a human hair toupee, you are recommended to hydrate your long hair regularly. The point is that long natural hair tends to dry out faster than short hair and it’s more vulnerable to styling with heat tools, such as: dryers and straighteners. To preserve the hair in good condition, you need to moisturize it at least after each styling session that involves heat use.
4. Choose a wise way of shampooing
Avoid shampooing your natural hair toupee every day. To prolong the lifespan of your wig, you are better off using shampoo just a couple of times in a month, as it contains harsh chemicals that damage the human hair with every use. If you workout or do other intense activities every day, we advise you just to rinse your hair with warm water and avoid shampooing it. When shampoo day comes, apply shampoo only on the scalp, as the ends are dryer than scalp and the chemicals will dry them out.
5. Use heat protector
It is well known that long hair gets more tangles and curls than short hair. Hence, there is higher demand for using straightener, which means much heat, an element that is so hated by human hair toupees. To reduce the destructive effect of the heat, we recommend you to use a heat protector every time you intend to remove the curls using a straightener. The most efficient heat protectors are almond oil, grapeseed oil and shea butter. Natural oils act like silicone when contacting with heat, creating a barrier around the hair fiber that protects it from heat.
6. Detangle with minimum hair damage
Long hair gets often tangled and it requires some effort and time to detangle. Many people choose a brush for detangling since it is fast. However, it can’t be considered a good idea because the increased friction may lead to hair breakage. A safer method would be to use your hands and detangle each fiber of hair one after another until the toupee’s hair gets free of tangles. Ultimately, you will spend more time using this method, but at least you will make sure that your hair is not torn and pulled off.
7. Use detangling spray
If you want to speed up the process of detangling the hair using hands, you can use a detangling spray. It reduces the tension between twisted hair strands and makes them more slippery allowing you to separate them easier.
Now, that you know everything about maintaining a long hair toupee, you can choose one from the Lavivid collection, which comprises toupees of all sizes, colors and styles. This one is a mono toupee with a poly perimeter that provides a naturally looking hairline and is breathable, being a perfect option for men with oily and sweaty scalp. So don’t hesitate to place an order for it right now.