How to Keep Your Full Lace Wig from Drying Out

Filed under: Full Lace Wig Care — Tags: , , — cjbarber @ 9:46 pm

Someone online asked a question on how to keep your full lace wig from drying out.  What works for me is Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula with Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  I have been using this on my full lace wigs for a while and it keeps my wigs in pretty good condition.  This Olive Oil Formula is already a conditioner for the hair and scalp which people also use to keep their braids soft and shiny.  I spray a little on my full lace wig the night before I shampoo it, then I tie a scarf or satin cap to sleep in.  Then in the morning I shampoo it while I am in the shower. Take a look at what is in your shampoo.  You do not want a shampoo with a lot of alcohol in it.  That also dries out the hair.  Once it is clean, I put regular hair conditioner on for a few minutes before I rinse it off.  Then I spray on leave-in conditioner, towel dry it, blow dry with a cool or warm blow dryer, or sit under a warm dryer (not hot) for a few minutes.   This leaves my wig soft and manageable and not dried out.

This is not something you have to do over night. I also have done this right before I was ready to shampoo it.  About an hour or half hour before you shampoo your hair, spray a little of the Olive Oil Formula on it.  Then shampoo in the usual way.  IT WORKS!!!


Filed under: Full Lace Wig Care — Tags: , , , — cjbarber @ 8:30 am

I am reminded of a question that I asked my mother many years ago.  She wore wigs long before I started to wear them.  You see, alopecia runs in the family.  Mother’s hair always looked good, no matter when you saw her. One Saturday, I remember saying,”There she goes again fussing with that wig.” I decided to tell her what I had on my mind.  I said to my mother, “Mom, why are you always doing something to that ole wig?  After all, it is only a wig.”  She replied, “Baby, if you take care of your wig, it will take care of you.”  I HAD NO IDEA WHAT THAT MEANT.

Now years later, I find myself in the same situation as my mother. I like to look good, so I know what I have to do to keep it up.  Starting with the hair, working on down.  It is more than just slapping on a wig and out the door you go!!!  Since I have to wear a wig, I have to think of it as a part of me.  The first mistake people make is thinking that it is just a wig.  We forget in many cases, it takes the place of your natural hair.  If you did not have to wear a wig, wouldn’t you take care of your own hair? (Don’t answer that, however, if you would have answered that question, no, then you don’t need a wig either.)  You have to take care of the wig to find out how it will take care of you.  If you are just wearing a wig for a changed look, wouldn’t you still want to take care of it?  Let me share with you how to properly care and “feed” a full lace wig.

First of all, clean hair is beautiful.  Wash your hair at least once or twice a week.  If you are the athletic type, then you should always wash after swimming or exercising or from being in the spa.  If you perspire a lot, you may have to wash it more often because dirt and sweat makes the hair tangle more.


How to Attach Full Lace Wig

Filed under: Full Lace Wig Care — Tags: , — cjbarber @ 1:01 pm


Preparing Lace Wig for Application:

I find it easier to place wig on a Styrofoam mannequin in order to cut the lace.
1. Put clips on hair and baby hair around the perimeter of the wig. This will prevent the hair from getting stuck in the glue when applying the unit.
2. Carefully cut the lace around the entire hairline, a little at a time. You may cut all the lace off or you can leave a little of the lace if you feel more comfortable doing so. Make sure all baby hair is carefully pinned back so it is not cut.

Preparing Skin and Hair for Application:

1. Wash, condition and dry your hair. After your hair is dried either braid hair in small cornrows or tightly wrap the hair around the head.
2. Wash your face completely. Then using cotton balls, use 99% Isopropyl alcohol to clean around your entire hairline to remove any oil that may be on your skin.
3. “OPTIONAL”, However, I do recommend using it. Apply scalp protector or liquid band aide to prevent skin irritation. This will act as a barrier between your skin and the adhesive. (This step is very important for those who workout, swim or those with sensitive skin.)
4. Before applying the adhesive, place wig on the head. Using an eyebrow pencil, mark an outline where you want the wig to be placed at the hairline. Now remove the wig from the head.