How Long Do Human Hair Wigs Last?
These are questions we hear all the time, read on to find out some of our answers!
How long does a human hair wig actually last?
The lifespan of a human hair wig depends on two main factors:
1. THE QUALITY/ORIGIN OF THE ORIGINAL HAIR
There are basically three different types of human hair that are used in making wigs. Chinese/Indonesian, Indian and European/Caucasian. The vast majority are made from Asian hair, this has a thicker feel to it and results in being straighter and resistant to curl. Indonesian hair has a greater supply, and can commonly be found in ethnic style wigs.
Indian hair has a finer texture than Chinese and Indonesian hair, with European hair having the finest denier (unit of measurement that is used to determine the fibre thickness of individual threads or filaments) thus, has the most limited supply and hence making it more expensive.
Once the hair has been sourced, it has to go through further processing. The hair has to chemically stripped back so that the manufacturer can determine the end product. This processing will determine the overall strength of the hair as the chemicals needed to clean and strip the original hair can vary between manufacturers.
Stripping back the hair will then give the opportunity to produce varying colour and curl patterns that are required in the production of the wigs. Using higher quality manufacturing processes will result in a product that is superior and will have a greater price for the hair.
In better-quality human hair wigs, the hair has had the least processing, colour treatments and will not include silicone additives (used to make the hair softer). One of the highest quality of hair is Remy human hair, which is considered a premium option. Hair follicles are kept running in the same direction when collecting and crafting the wig. With cuticles all running in the same direction, tangling is greatly reduced and hair looks and feels silkier.
2. HOW WELL THE WIG IS LOOKED AFTER
Although the wig is made from human hair, meaning that it can seem stronger than synthetic hair, it doesn’t receive oils and vitamins from the scalp like your natural hair would, to keep it rejuvenated after styling and daily life. So here are a few hints and tips to keep your wig in the best condition possible.
Blow-dry your wig with caution. The majority the individual hair strands can be attached to the cap by a tying technique, the overuse of a hairdryer can cause the knots to come loose, resulting in the hair to become loose.
When using styling products such as hair straighteners and curlers, always use them at a low temperature. When you do use these, also make sure to use hair protection spray and avoid using styling products near the roots of your lovely human hair wig.
It’s best to style when slightly damp. If you want to achieve a curl, it’s best to put rollers into the hair when wet rather than using heat styling products! This avoids damage to the hair.
Store your wig on a wig stand away from excess heat and direct sunlight.
When travelling with your wig, use a wig stand and a wig box to protect the wig from damage throughout the journey.
Wash your human hair wig with extra attention and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions.