As any woman knows, one of the best ways to keep your look fresh is by switching up your hairstyle regularly. Unfortunately, like most women, you probably do not have the time or money to go to the salon every week. So what is a girl to do? One solution is to wear a wig! Wigs are an excellent way to change up your look without making any permanent changes to your hair. But how long does a wig last? And what should you do if they start looking a little bit shabby? Keep reading for answers to these questions and more!


1. How Long Does a Wig Last?

How long does a wig last? When should I replace my wig? These are fair questions. Whether purchasing a wig for the first time or adding to your collection, having a sense of how much wig wear you will get out of your latest piece is only natural. Of course, the lifespan of your wig will depend on the type of wig you are wearing as well as your wig care and styling techniques.  

How Long Do Synthetic Wigs Last

Synthetics wigs may last between four to six months if worn daily. However, some synthetic wigs have a shorter lifespan due to their penchant for attracting tangle, becoming frizzy, dull, and rough to the touch. They are comprised of fibers that not only limit your styling options but also impact how long you can keep them around.

How Long Do Human Hair Wigs Last

Human hair wigs are a fan-favorite for their natural look and feel. Many women may elect to wear their lace front wig as a style for two to three months. Lace closure wear can last between two to four weeks. However, when we examine how long your human hair wig will last, you may be looking at getting upwards of 12 to 18 months of wear with proper care of the hair and lace.

2. Ways to Extend the Life of A Wig

Let’s take a look at the actions you can take to protect your wig from damage and extend its overall lifespan.

Follow Instructions Provided by the Manufacturer

First, always read the instructions provided by the wig manufacturer. Most wig manufacturers provide a detailed set of instructions that can serve as guidelines for best maintaining your wig. These instructions typically focus on wig care practices, such as cleaning your wig and storing your wig.

Limit Heat Styling

Heat is a go-to styling practice for many seeking to install curls and waves. Also, you may be a fan of flat irons that help tame frizz or pesky flyaways. The problem with using heat is that it can break down the structure of your human hair wig, just as it does with your natural hair. Ideally, you will want to limit your use of heat styling. If using heat to style your human hair wig, be sure to use heat protectants. Heat protectants are an excellent option for minimizing the damage with heat.

Use Gentle Shampoos and Conditioners

Caring for your wig will require you to occasionally cleanse those glorious tresses. To successfully manage this process, you will want to use shampoos and conditioners that are gentle and protective of the hair structure. In addition, your shampoo should have the perfect blend of properties that allow it to remove product buildup, restore vibrancy while sustaining or enhancing manageability.

There are numerous wig shampoos and conditioners on the market that may prove beneficial for prolonging the life span of synthetic wigs. Synthetic wigs are comprised of fibers that likely may not benefit from your everyday human hair shampoos. Investing in these products can make a significant difference in your ability to retain the quality and appearance of your wig.

3. Store Your Wig in a Cool Place

Do you know how to store a wig? Unfortunately, many people underestimate the importance of not just tossing their wig into a box, closet, or drawer. Ideally, you want to be purposeful in how you store your wig. First, do not store your wig away if it is wet. A wet wig can attract mold, bacteria, and a nasty scent. If you wash this hair before storing it, make sure it is completely dry. Next, store your hair in the manufactures container, a wig or hair extension bag, or a Ziploc bag. This action will help you keep your wig safe from dust, water, or extended periods in the sunlight.

4. Be Careful with Excessive Styling Practices

Finally, be careful with excessive manipulation of your hair. Whether you are wearing a synthetic or human hair wig, you should avoid extreme hair manipulation such as rubbing the hair, brushing the hair while it is wet, using excessive heat temperatures,

In closing, whether you are looking for a wig to wear while recovering from hair loss or just want something new and different, we hope these tips will help you find the perfect product. However, never forget that proper care is essential when it comes to wigs!



November 10, 2021 — Camila Witman

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