{TUTORIAL} How to wash a wig

Hi everyone! As I announced on my Facebook page some days ago, I'd like to make various tutorials for you! (◞ꈍ∇ꈍ)◞ I want to start with something really easy, but still important! I'm talking about washing a wig, something that not every cosplayer considers as necessary, unfortunately! 

Why should you wash a wig?
Obviously because you wear it, you sweat and your wig may become dirt for some reasons! Moreover some wigs don't really smell good when they reach your home... This because they stay closed in a plastic bag all the time.

When should I wash a wig?
It obviously depends on how often you wear it! But here's my "cleaning routine": I wash the wig when it arrives, then some days after a convention (it depends on when I have time) if I wore it for more than a couple of hours... Or actually if I see that it's dirty xD And if I want to use a wig which have been closed in a box for more than 3/4 month, I gave it a bath before wearing it again

Washing wigs ruins them?
We can apply the same thinking that we use for clothes: yes, washing a wig can ruin it, but it depends on various things. The first one is the quality; if your wig has good fibers, it will last more than a super cheap one. Secondly the "life" of your wig will also depend on how do you wash it! That's why I wrote this tutorial! ( ꒪౪꒪)ฅ✧
Let's start!

Point 1 - Preparation!
I don't like to wash my wigs in the shower (even if you can do it), because the fibers becomes really heavy while wet! I find the bath tub a better place to do this process. So I almost fill up my tub with cold water (it's very important! Never use hot water!).
Point 2 - Immersion!
Then just immerge you wig carefully. I pull it to the bottom and then I left it there for a few minutes (in the meantime I prepare the things I need, just like the shampoo, the towel...). Now it's time to clean our wig! I chose a baby shampoo, basically because it's very liquid and I use a minor quantity of product compared to the others. I don't really know if in some shampoos there are ingredients that can ruin your wig, but I don't think that there's something really relevant. If you know more about this topic, let me know with a comment! I'll be glad to add some informations to the tutorial.
Point 3 - Wash it! 
Basically there's no rule on how you should start to wash your wig, so I'll just explain what I do: I start from the top of my wig, rubbing gently. I focus on the inner part of the wig, because it's the part which touches my head! Then I lay the wig and I proceed with the rest. I clean the fibers moving my hands just as I wanted to warm them up (I don't know if I'm really clear here...). Basically I have the wig between my hands and I move them to create the suds. Then I lay it again in the water to clean it a little and lastly I rinse off the shampoo.
Point 4 - Wait!
Now your wig need to get dry! Spread a towel and then put there your wig. If it's long, it's important to avoid making curves with the fibers... The risk is that once dried, your wig will have more or less that shape, so it won't be straight. If you think that the time to brush it has come, stop! You have to wait if you don't want to ruin it (ᅌᴗᅌ* ) This wig took to days to get dry, I also change its position three or four times and the towel as well (the first one was really wet).

I didn't use the conditioner on purpose, my wig was in great conditions so it wasn't necessary. If you liked this tutorial, I'll go on with another one dedicated to tangled wigs in the future! ( ´ ▽ ` )ノ

It's all for now, I hope you like my entry and that it will be useful! Byee ✧˖ °

2 commenti:

  1. Thank you for the tutorial because I need to wash one of my wigs and I didn't how to!

    1. I'm only super happy that my tutorial became somewhat useful! ^O^




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