Almost everyone has had an episode of catching a glimpse of themselves in a storefront window only to be horrified at an unmanageable lion's mane staring back at them. Whether it's the humidity or heat damage, or even for seemingly no reason at all, we've all experienced a moment where our wig went all frizzy on us at the worst possible time.
If this scenario of frizzy human hair wig is all too familiar to you, and you're wondering how to deal with it, the first step is to understand what's causing the frizz in the first place, so you can take the appropriate precautions. If you've ever asked found yourself asking “why does my wig get frizzy?”, “how can I get rid of frizzy hair wig?” or “what are the dos and don't for frizzy wig?”, we're here to help. We're spilling all our favorite tips and tricks to fighting frizz, so you can enjoy smooth, shiny, frizz-free hair wig.
Why Does Your Human Hair Wig Frizz?
Before we begin talking about how to tame a frizzy curly wig, we want to explain what makes your wig frizzy in the first place. Frizz is mostly caused by a lack of moisture in your wig hair or humidity and excess moisture in the air. Another common cause of frizz is dry hair or damage.
That's why curly or wavy hair wig tends to frizz more easily. Since curly or wavy hair wig has the tendency to be dry, the hair frizzes at the first sign of moisture. The good news is there are a few simple tips and tricks to prevent and fight frizz.
How To Tame Frizzy Curly Hair Wig?
1.Use the right way to wash your curly human hair wig.
If the wig cap is in need of cleaning, soak it in wig shampoo for 5 minutes first. Drain soapy water and refill the sink with clean water and add a half cap of liquid fabric softener and let soak for 20 minutes which will help condition the wig hair fibers. Don't dry your curly human hair wig upside down but rather on a wire/plastic wig stand with a hairnet over the wig to control the fullness.
2. Use conditioner to de-frizz your long virgin hair wig.
Ensure you use conditioner every time you shampoo your long virgin hair wig to keep the cuticle hydrated so moisture can penetrate deep into each strand. This helps prevent the cuticle from opening up and letting excess moisture from the environment in, which will keep it smooth. When searching for a conditioner, look for a product that contains glycerin, as well as other hydrating ingredients like shea butter. Be sure to apply conditioner from the mid-lengths down to your ends and keep it away from your roots to prevent oiliness.
3. Don't ever brush your wig hair when it's dry.
Don't ever brush your wig hair when it's dry. It's just going to create a frizzy mess, especially if you have curly or wavy hair wig. Instead, brush the hair thoroughly with a wide-tooth comb when the hair is damp to smooth out tangles. Brush from your ends up towards the roots to reduce the risk of damage.
4. Let your wig hair air dry 90% of the way before blow-drying.
Letting your wig hair air dry 90% before blow-drying is a stylist's secret weapon and it is truly life changing! By letting your real hair wig partially air dry, you are allowing it to dry without disrupting the hair strand, which helps to keep it smooth. While the heat of a blow dryer can cause damage, using a blow dryer when your wig hair is already mostly dry minimizes the risk. Just be sure to keep the dryer on a low heat setting and hold it 6 inches away from your wig at all times. Also, be sure to move the dryer around consistently so that it doesn't overheat a certain section of the hair and cause damage.
5. Use a diffuser when blow-drying.
Knowing how to properly blow dry the wig hair without creating frizz is an art form, but when you master it, the results are always worthwhile. One of our go-to tips when blow drying, especially for wavy or curly hair wig, is to use a diffuser. Adding a hair diffuser extension onto your blow dryer will limit the amount of direct heat and forceful air hitting your virgin hair wig, which works wonders at keeping the hair smooth. The diffuser limits your hair from moving around when you dry, which in turn, creates less friction and less frizz.
6. Use a nourishing hair oil on dry ends.
If you still can't seem to kick the frizz once your human hair wig is blow-dried, try using a nourishing hair oil. Hair oil works to fight frizz by smoothing out the hair while simultaneously adding gloss and shine. It penetrates deep into the hair cuticle to add moisture to dry ends and revitalize the health and vibrancy of your tresses. Drop 1-3 drops of oil onto your palm, rub together and smooth over the ends of the hair to tame frizz.
7. Use your heat tools on a low setting.
Although it always feels like heat tools tame frizz and unruly hair wig once the hair is styled and smooth, the opposite actually happens if you're using your heat tools on a super high setting. Anything above 365 degrees has the potential to swell the cuticle, which will actually end up doing more harm than good. A safe range for your heating tools is 250 to 300 degrees to ensure minimal damage. Having patience and holding the hair on the tool longer rather than just amping up the heat will actually create a sleeker, frizz-free look in the end.
8. Don't over process your Remy hair wig.
Heat tools, harmful bleaches, and dyes create breakage, which opens the hair cuticle and leaves room for excess moisture to enter, leading to frizz. Try to change your hair routine to use less heat, such as achieving heatless curls and avoid bleaching your hair as much as possible.
9. Use thinning shears to reduce the volume of your curly wig.
If you're feeling overwhelmed by the volume, you can get yourself a pair of thinning shears and reduce some of the hair density that way. If you're not comfortable customizing the hair density on your own, I highly recommend taking it to a professional stylist who can help you with that. Be very careful not to thin out too much density because you don't want to make the wig so thinned out that the wefting shows! I ended up doing this on a curly wig that I own, and it works wonders to make the style take on a more natural look, and less like a huge hat!