Saturday, 17 May 2014

How do you dry yours?

Washing wigs is a commitment! On the upside you never have a bad hair day, have to wash and care for them considerably less than natural hair, and don't have to worry about greasy roots; but on the downside it's a bigger commitment of time when you do wash them and if they're synthetic, they need time to condition and enough time to dry naturally! Hmmm! Brings new meaning to the phrase 'I can't come out tonight I'm washing my hair'!

That aside, there are generally agreed guidelines for the washing of wigs, but are there really any for drying them?! I've met those who use a polystyrene head, a wig stand, a hat stand and if you're Emma from Aspire Hair North, then even the top of your door...! Yes really - here is her Cayenne Spice Codi...

I on the other hand favour an upside down approach! I love the way it adds volume to the wigs, ensures any curls are nice and springy and enables the cap itself to dry quicker as that always takes the longest! Emma did share a picture of my technique on Facebook, but in case you missed it, I use two hangers! Take one triangle trouser hanger and hold it upright, then take one shirt hanger (not triangle) and tip it upside down! Thread one through the other and voila a ready made wig hook which will hang basically anywhere!

I've used that very technique tonight when washing four wigs (The Amber, Two Codis and an Amore - all synthetic):

Getting some deep conditioning:

Drying for the morning:

We'd love to know how you all dry your wigs (there are some great tips out there) so please share them with us via Facebook or Twitter. Even better if you can post a pic!

Victoria Twitter: @AspireHairSouth
Emma Twitter: @AspireHair

Victoria xxx
Aspire Hair South

Thursday, 15 May 2014

The Amber: a review update

A couple of weeks ago you might have seen I wrote a review of the Amber wig

In it, I promised an update about its maintenance, once I'd had a chance to wear and wash it! Well, last night was washing night, so here's the update.

The Amber has a new type of synthetic fibre which is really thin and soft. This gives it a gorgeous feel and a really really natural look. What it does mean however is that she doesn't last as long between washes. Normally, I can go 3-4weeks of regular wear before I NEED to wash the wig (shhh don't tell Emma). The Amber however doesn't last as long and needs washing after about 10 days or potentially 2 weeks. Unlike natural hair, it doesn't look particularly greasy, but the fibres become lacklustre and the curls droop almost straight. It loses the flirty, flattering shape and becomes pretty average and I actually could be considered to be having a bad hair day :-) 

The good news is, last night I washed it, left it conditioning for 30 minutes, rinsed it in cool water and hung it upside down. After that it's as good as new and back to being my current favoured wig! Whoop whoop! It does need longer with the conditioner, but that isn't too much of a problem!

An extra word of caution: All wigs should be washed every 10-14 days as the grease from your fingers and the grime from the atmosphere will mean it doesn't last as long otherwise. I sometimes struggle to do it that often (see above), but it's worth it to ensure you have to buy less wigs!

The Amber at its best...

Victoria xxx
Aspire Hair South