Most ladies might find the whole wig coloring process and overall result to be exciting and also trendy. On the other hand, the procedure can cause hair damage if done incorrectly or excessively. It's a known fact that chemical treatment usually interferes with your wig structure by altering the color.
Therefore, it is recommendable to learn the tips and tricks for your colored wig maintenance if you want to elongate its lifespan. This blog will talk about some of the effective methods used to maintain a color wig, leaving it looking healthy and natural.
How to color your wig in the right way
- Select the right dye
When it comes to coloring your wig, it's essential to use a high-quality dye that doesn't damage the hair in the long run. Also, ensure that you use the right developer when bleaching the hair. For instance, never use a 40 volume developer when dealing with 613 blonde hair as it might burn it.
On the other hand, if your wig has a lighter shade, use a 20 or 30 volume developer instead. Lastly, use hair protectants when bleaching to minimize damage while avoiding dyes containing harsh ammonia chemicals.
- Follow the dyeing Instructions
Whether you're bleaching at home or you have a stylist, it's always mandatory to follow the dyeing instructions to the letter. When dyeing at home, conduct a patch test to ensure that everything is ok and then continue with the process.
- Take some time Before You Shampoo
After bleaching your wig, wait at least 48 hours before washing your hair again. Doing so usually helps minimize the dye from washing off. Lastly, ensure that you oil your wig before washing it off. The oil applied usually acts as a protective layer on the hair shaft and also minimizes fading.
How to maintain your Colored wig properly
- Reduce the number of wig washes
The color on your wig fades away the more you wash your wig. To elongate the color time frame, keep the washes at a minimum. Try cutting down on your washes to at least twice or thrice per week. Reducing the number of wash makes the wig color last and preserves the oil on your wig, hence nourishing your hair in turn.
- Choose the Right Wig Products
A newly dyed wig is usually vulnerable and is prone to get damaged easily. Therefore, it is wise to invest in color-protecting conditioners and shampoos, especially when it comes to your hair shafts.
The right product usually protects the dye from fading off. When going for warm shades, always go for a color-protecting shampoo. On the other hand, when choosing a cooler tone shade, going for a sulfate-free shampoo is recommended as it usually doesn't remove any natural oil, neither does it alter your wig color.
- Avoid using Clarifying Shampoo
Use of clarifying shampoo at least once per month keeps your hair healthy; however, it's usually not advisable to immediately use it after hair dyeing. The clarifying shampoo ingredients are usually strong and will strip the color while leaving your wig unmanageable. Always avoid using this particular shampoo until your wig is healthy enough, and the color on it has faded.
- Always Rinse your hair using Cool Water
Avoid washing your wig using hot water as this usually causes the hair cuticle, more particularly the shaft, to open up, leading to frizz and moisture loss. Hot water also exposes your wig by making it prone to damage.
On the other hand, cool water helps by sealing your cuticle and maintaining your hair color while also controlling frizz. In case you can't bathe using cold water, ensure that you rinse your hair with cold or lukewarm water after showering
- Invest in a Good Drying Shampoo
Despite rinsing your hair after showering, it's always great if you apply dry shampoo. This particular shampoo's benefit is that it extends the wash time as it effectively maintains your wig in between washes.
- Apply A Leave-In Conditioner
Investing in a good leave-in conditioner is important if you want to protect the color of your wig. This particular conditioner usually contains silicone that has a protective layer on your hair shaft.
The leave-in conditioner hence protects your hair from sun damage and also reduces frizz. Lastly, the conditioner is also effective for recovering from the damage caused by heat styling tools.
- Conditioning treatment to Hydrate Your wig
After coloring or bleaching your wig, it's usually common to lose moisture and experience dryness. Therefore, to counter the dryness problem, it's usually recommendable to use conditioning treatments.
When washing your hair, always consider oiling and use a conditioning treatment with ingredients rich in yogurt, banana, olive oil, or honey to improve your wig's overall health.
A conditioning treatment packed with the ingredients mentioned above will help repair damage, minimize frizz, and retain moisture, thanks to the conditioning treatment's hydrating properties.
- Oil Your wig
Despite nourishing, conditioning, or shampooing your wig, oiling it is also an effective method to improve your wigs' overall health. You can apply oil in the mornings when you wake up or before going to bed at night.
The oil helps seal all the moisture and also nourishes your hair. The oil basically acts as a protective layer that protects your hair from sun rays and heat damage.
- Minimize Touch-Ups
Coloring can be addictive, and at times, you might find yourself doing it constantly, making it difficult to stop. Experimenting with various shades can be great; however, doing it can lead to hair damage. It's usually recommendable to let your hair breathe in between coloring to recover and maintain its health.
- Minimize using heating tools
Prolonged use of heating tools can damage your wig, more particularly after coloring your wig. Avoid using heating tools frequently, especially after coloring your hair. It's always recommendable to let your wig air dry, and when you have no choice but to use styling tools, ensure that they are in a cool setting.
When blow-drying, ensure that your dryer is 15cms away from your wig. Lastly, when styling using heating tools, apply a heat protectant on your wig first.
By following all the above simple tips and tricks, you can restore your colored wig bounce while properly maintaining your wig overall health. We hope this blog has been worthwhile.