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How-to: Wash a human hair hairpiece properly

Since I wear hairpieces, I'm ready much faster in the morning - the simple reason is that I need a total of 15 minutes for my twelve hair. I'm talking about washing, blow-drying and straightening here! This is not the only reason why I simply adore my hair replacement - who doesn't want to sleep longer in the morning ... However, in order to have something from your hairpieces for a long time, a good and gentle care is necessary. As I wrote elsewhere, this includes above all the right care products. But also the way you wash a hairpiece contributes significantly to durability and general condition. There are countless videos on the web about how women wash their hairpieces and wigs - but in my opinion, many of them are absolutely wrong. It makes a difference whether you wash synthetic hair or human hair - both in terms of care products and technique.

How to wash your hairpiece properly

There are a few things you should have handy:

  • Brush
  • Towel
  • Wig stand
  • Sulfate-free shampoo
  • Rich conditioner
  • Zip-lock bag

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Before shampooing, carefully comb through the hairpiece - this will remove any knots or flying hairs. Then position the montage/cap on your hand and hold it under the running faucet. I find this works best in the bathtub. The water should be lukewarm or even cold - this will smooth the hair scales (if you have a hairpiece with an intact cuticle). Make sure that you soak the hairpiece completely - also from the inside - and that the water always runs over it in the "direction of growth". This way, the hair will stay in order and you will avoid knots. Then take some of the sulfate-free shampoo and spread it on the topper. I put some of the shampoo in a small plastic bowl and mix it with a little water - I then pour this mixture evenly over the hairpiece. Then I gently massage the shampoo into the hair - again: always in the direction of growth. The whole thing is then rinsed out again carefully until the water runs off clearly.

Apply conditioner

Then it's the turn of the conditioner. Here I work with generous amounts, because this is the care that is essential for your hairpiece to survive! I work the conditioner into the lengths of my hair by repeatedly sweeping it from top to bottom. But be careful: never apply the conditioner to the hairpiece! There the hair is knotted and can be loosened by the slippery conditioner. Once I've generously wetted the hairpiece with conditioner, I squeeze the hair out and put it in a zip-lock bag (you can get them at the supermarket). There I let it rest for 30-60 minutes so that the conditioner can work in nicely. If you have a lot of time, you can do it longer. Afterwards you have to wash out the conditioner very thoroughly - otherwise you will notice a greasy residue as soon as the hairpiece has dried.

Dry and brush

After you have squeezed the remaining water out of your hairpiece, you can place it on a towel and cover the hair lengths with one side of the towel. Then, gently "squeeze" the lengths of your hair - this way, the moisture will end up in the towel without straining your hair. Afterwards, you can spray a Spray conditioner into the hair lengths to make them easier to comb. In the next step, you can brush the hairpiece very carefully - I use a paddle brush for this. Use it to gently work your way up from the bottom and brush with light movements. In no case should you pull strongly on the hair! If something gets caught, then carefully brush it out.

Drying and styling

I always let my hairpieces air dry on wig stands. This is the most hair-friendly method, because it does not require heat. Sunday is particularly suitable for this - but of course that is completely up to you. If you want to style the hairpiece, you can do it with straightener or curling iron once the hair is completely dry. But apply heat protection beforehand and only use styling tools that indicate a degree on the display. I use them at a maximum of 140 degrees, if at all. I hope my hair washing routine is now a little clearer to you and you can now also wash and care for your hairpiece absolutely gently. You still have questions? Then ask them to me in the comments!

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