Have you ever had such an embarrassing experience? The smell of wigs can ruin your mood and make you feel uncomfortable at parties. If you've gone through it, you don't want to go through it again; If you've never experienced it before, you can also learn to prevent it in advance. This article will tell you why does your wig smell and how to prevent it.
Why Do Wigs Smell?
1. Production process
If you've ever bought a wig, you know that wigs have a smell. A variety of chemicals are used in the production of both human hair wigs or synthetic wigs. Colored wigs in particular may have a different smell than a natural color wigs. Because colored wigs often has to go through another chemical process to be dyed and fixed. A variety of chemicals add up to make your wig smell.
2. Surrounding smells
If you are in the same environment for a long time, or in a strong smelling environment, your clothes will have a residual odor. Hair is no exception. Smoke, kitchen fumes, dust in the air, air fresheners and incense, all can get into your wigs.
3. Not cleaned in time
When we wear wigs for long periods of time, they accumulate a lot of dust and oil, just like our own hair. If you don't wash your hair in time, it will give off some strange smells.
4. Improper storage
Many people don't store their wigs properly after washing them. If the wig is left in a poorly ventilated or humid environment, the wig will have a musty smell. Therefore, the storage of wigs is also very important.
10 Tips To Prevent Your Wig From Smelling
So it is very important to keep our wigs away from unpleasant smells. Here are several tips to help you to prevent your wig from smelling:
1. Wash your wig regularly and promptly
Wigs don't need to be washed as often as natural hair, but timely washing is still necessary. In general, you should clean your wig every 4-6 weeks or 7-10 wears. Washing frequency depends on how often you wear. If you wear it every day, you may need to wash it more often.
When you wash your wig, warm or cold water is better. Remember to choose a sulfate-free shampoo and a conditioner specifically designed for wigs. You can use the same scented conditioner and shampoo so your wig will smell nice.
2. Make sure your wig is completely dry
Whether you're going to wear your wig or store it, you have to make sure your wig is completely dry. If you wear a wig when it's wet, not only will your wig smell bad, but it will also make your scalp uncomfortable in wet conditions.
You can make your wig air dry. After cleaning your wig, dry it outside, weather permitting. On sunny days, secure your wig to a clothesline or place them on a wig rack and let it air dry. This way, the lingering smell will also dissipate in the wind and you'll have a beautiful, fresh wig.
3. Make sure your natural hair is dry under a wig
Every time you wear a wig, you need to make sure your hair is completely dry. If you wear a wig when your hair is wet, it will get wet, and your hair should also be kept in a humid environment, which will not only make the wig smell, but also damage your natural hair.
4. Isolate your wig from odors
You can try to keep away from some occasions with much strange smelling. If you're in a smelling environment, then you might consider wearing a hat or wrapping your wig in a silk scarf. Like in the kitchen, or in a room full of smoke, etc. This will help keep your wig free of strange smells directly.
5. Store properly
If you plan to keep your wig for a long time, try cleaning and maintaining it before storage to avoid worsening the smell that is already there. What's more, the smell eventually becomes difficult to remove. Store your wigs on wig stands or heads, hanging wig stands, or in silk satin bags or a carton box to avoid dust and odors. Never put your wig in a humid environment. Humid places can easily cause your wig to become moldy and contaminate with various bacteria. So don't store wet wigs and place your wig in a cool, dry room temperature away from moisture and direct sunlight.
6. Wash your pillow and wig comb
Be sure to wash your pillow and wig comb. Because after a long time of use, dust and grease will accumulate. They are essential for constant access to our wigs. It's also a big part of what makes our wigs smelling.
All of the above methods are used to prevent your wig from smelling. Below we also give you some tips on how to rejuvenate your smelly wig.
7. Apply lemon juice to your wig
Lemons always smell fresh and have antibacterial properties. Use lemon juice on your wig to make it smell fresh. You can squeeze a lemon, add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice to a cup of warm water, spray the mixture onto your wig after cleaning your wig, massage your hair and scalp, remember to rinse with cold water after a few minutes, for great results.
8. Use baking soda on your wig
Baking soda is ideal for neutralizing unpleasant odors, with the added benefit of softening wig hair. You can either add a teaspoon of soda to the wig or dilute a few teaspoons of soda in a washbasin and let the wig soak for 10-30 minutes. Finally, don't forget to rinse with cold water and wash the wig thoroughly to make sure any chalky residue is removed.
9. Use essential oil
You can apply some essential oil to your wig, tea tree oil is a good choice. Leave it on for 30 minutes, then rinse with a mild shampoo. Tea tree oil is antibacterial and will leave a pleasant smell on your wig.
10. Use apple cider vinegar
Try adding 2-3 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar to 2 cups of water. Use it to rinse the your wig hair after you've washed it, which will help you fight bacteria on your wig and give it more shine.