One of the easiest ways to give yourself a quick makeover is by adding a little flair with a wig. Wigs can add flavor to your personal style, but styling a wig can be a struggle.
To help you, we’ve got the inside scoop on a range of techniques for everything from heat styling to safely dyeing wigs. In no time at all, you’ll be successfully styling gorgeous synthetic and human hair wigs at home.
Must-Have Wig Styling Products
When you begin your wig styling journey, start with these products:
- Foam wig heads will give you the freedom to style from all sides of the wig head
- Wide tooth combs to help detangle and style your synthetic and human hair wigs
- For synthetic wigs, use a stainless steel brush designed for wig fibers
- Use a spray bottle with cool water to help make the wig easier to manipulate
- Be sure to use Wig sprays and Mousse designed specifically for wigs
Heat Styling a Wig
Heat settings are the enemy of the synthetic wig. Never use heat styling tools on wigs that aren’t 100% human hair or specifically created for heat. This means no flat irons, curling irons or blow dryers. This level of heat can damage the wig’s fibers and destroy the wig.
Solution? Steam is the best tool for styling your synthetic wig. To add curls, use sponge rollers after steaming. Let the wig fully dry then remove the rollers and style.
Pro-Tip: If you regularly wear synthetic wigs, make a trip to the store to purchase a portable fabric steamer. You won’t regret it.
Human Hair Wigs
Heat styling tools are the best choice when styling human hair wigs. When using flat iron or curling irons to style your human hair wig, be sure to use the lowest setting. You don’t want to burn the hair and ruin the style.
Here are a couple tips for using heat to curl and to straighten human hair wigs.
Curling a Straight Wig
To add curls to a straight or kinky wig, section hair in 1 inch sections. Starting from the bottom of the section of hair, wrap the curling iron around the hair and hold for about 10 seconds.
Repeat this process until finished. Use your fingers or a wide styling comb to complete the look.
How to Straighten a Wig
To straighten your wig, grab your flat irons and get ready. Once again, take a 1 niche section of the wig hair, and run the flat iron down the hair. Run the flat iron from the root and go down to the tips of the hair. Follow the same pattern until you achieve the straightness you want.
Adding a Touch of Color to Your Wigs
Synthetic Hair Wigs
Dyeing a synthetic wig is a unique process because this wig hair type doesn’t have the natural pigment that human hair does. This means regular hair dye won’t work. Wig lovers who want to refresh or switch up the color of their wigs DO have options though.
Fabric dye is a good option because it’s made for coloring synthetic materials.
Once you’ve decided on your color, be sure to grab some old fabric or a towel to protect your table and floors from the dye. You will need hot water to pre-wet the wig and to activate the dye. Immerse your wig in the dye and mix.
Don’t forget your gloves!
Once your wig is the color you like, begin to rinse with cold water. Repeat until the water is clear, put the wig on a stand and let dry. Check online for more tips for getting the best color effects for your synthetic wigs. Get ready to rock it!
Human Hair Wigs
The process for adding hair dye to human hair wigs is similar to coloring natural hair.
Just as much caution is required, so grab your checklist items.
- Your favorite color hair dye
- Level 20 hair developer (standard)
- Wide tooth comb
- Dye brush
- Hair Clips
- Wig stand
Pre-wash your wig to remove any buildup or oils. Give the wig at least 24 hours to completely dry. Section of the wig hair in four sections and comb through to remove any knots.
Follow the instructions according to the type of hair color you are using.
Be sure to have adequate ventilation, then don your gloves and mix the color thoroughly. Use the wig stand to stabilize the wig as you begin your color process. Start from the crown and color each section, then secure with your hair clips.
Monitor the time the dye sits on your head and stay true to the instructions. Human hair wigs are HUMAN and so the same rules apply for preventing dryness and breakage.
Pro-Tip: Add conditioner to the tips of the wig for extra shine, but avoid the adding to the roots.
Braided Wig Styles
The most important part in braiding a wig is to make sure none of the foundation is showing.
To that point, longer hair wigs are the most recommended. For kinkier and more curly styles, go for a 3-strand braid. Divide the hair into three sections that are the same width.
Remember that wigs aren’t meant to be parted down the back, so try a “Z” formation or zig-zag. A rattail comb can help you lay the strands so they cover the wig’s foundation. Use a little hair spray to lay down those unruly strands and you’re all set!