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How to Care for Your KinkyCurlyYaki Wig

KinkyCurlyYaki wigs are excellent for new naturals or for giving your natural hair a break from everyday styling. They offer both versatility and excellent protective hairstyles. Wigs help you avoid having to dye, cut, or apply heat to your natural hair. They also reduce damage while still allowing you to care for your natural hair and let it breathe.

Aside from being an excellent protective hairstyle our natural, high quality wigs are also a great way to give you confidence in your appearance if you are transitioning or have lost your hair due to medical reasons.

When you find the perfect wig, it brings out the Queen in you. This confidence can quickly fade into despair when your beautiful wig turns into a tangled mess. To ensure your wig stays beautiful and remains wear worthy we have compiled a few tips and tricks on how to care for your wig

How to Wash Your Wig

The most important tip to remember when caring for your KinkyCurlyYaki wig is to take care of your wig as if it as your actual hair. It must be washed, conditioned, and styled.

It is recommended that you wash your wig after every 25 wears or so. To avoid over-washing, keep your natural hair clean to protect your wig cap or simply wear a wig cap over your natural hair. When it is time to wash your wig, use your finders to detangle your wig gently. The goal of detangling your wig is to ensure that you protect the definition of your curls or coils and avoid a “bird’s nest” result upon drying.

Read the care instructions for your wig for further details on how to detangle your wig. After you detangle, use warm water to dampen the wig, do not soak it or submerge your wig in water.

Apply a small amount of mild shampoo to your damp wig. Let the shampoo set in your wig while you fill the sink about halfway with cool or warm water. Then turn the wig inside out and put it in the sink, make sure it is completely covered with water. Rinse the shampoo out, and add conditioner.

Allow the conditions to sit in your hair for 2-5 minutes and rinse well. Pat out the excess water; do not wring the excess water out the wig. Avoid agitating your wet wig as much as possible.

Note: If your wig appears to be dry or the hair is “crunchy” you need to spray your wig with a leave-in conditioner, do not spray the roots.

When you have finished rinsing your wig, place the wig on a wig stand and allow to air dry. If you do not have a wig stand simply lay it flat on a towel.

How to Style Your Wig

If you would like to style you wig once it is dry, use special wig brushes or combs. Fingers are recommended for most styles and movement of your wig. Avoid using bristle brushes that are meant for human hair.

When styling your wig avoid direct heat because it can damage the fibers of your wig. Do not brush your wig if you prefer defined curls. Our wigs are processed with advanced steam methods to promote style memory, thus, they do not require much styling. Use a touch of styling gel or a light setting gel for more defined and long lasting curls or coils.

If you want to explore various styles with you wig then you can style it just like you would style your natural hair. Human hair wigs can be curled straightened, dyed, or even cut. It is not recommended that you restyle your wig. However, if you seek a different protective style speak to your stylist to gain a sense of your options or simply order another wig style to meet your needs.

Refitting Your Wig

One of the drawbacks of washing your wig is having to refit and resize your wig. Once your wig is styled and ready to wear make sure you identify which side is the back of the wig and the front. You may also notice tabs that can be used to loosen or tighten the wig.

To put the wig on, grasp the ear tabs and flip it over onto your head. Adjust the wig so that the front sits along your natural hairline. When adjusting your wig, grab it by the cap. Never tug or pull on the tresses of your wig as this will loosen the hair and cause it to fall out or shed prematurely. After you have placed your wig correctly, you can adjust the tabs and make sure it fits well and comfortably.

There are many other options to ensure that the wig stays in place and is is comfortable to wear. You can use 1 of 4 methods. The first is a wig gripper. A wig gripper is an adjustable headband that adds friction around the hairline to keep the wig from slipping. The second option is a different type of headband called a cushion band. This is type of band is filled with a gel that keeps the wig in place and makes the wearing the wig more comfortable. A third option is toupee clips. These are small clips that are attached to the wig and then to your hair. You can also use double sided tape to hold the wig in place.

Random Wig Wearing Tips and Tricks

  • Use a wig cap or disposable wig liner to absorb your sweat and keep your KinkyCurlyYaki wig neat and clean.

  • It is recommended that you don’t allow other people to wear your wig, because if it becomes infested with lice, then it will have to be thrown away.

  • Avoid using too much product because it can cause build up that will make your wig harder to clean.

  • Avoid using products that are not made for wigs.

  • Explore various wig styles and remember that they are the perfect last minute protective style.

In many ways, caring for your wig is like caring for your natural hair. Wigs are convenient and versatile and can save your hair from damage as well as give you confidence as you transition hair styles. Although wigs are considered a protective style, it is important to allow your hair to breathe at night. Make sure your wig is not on too tightly, so that your hair gets as much air as possible while wearing your wig.

Remember to care for your natural hair and scalp. Your natural crown needs to stay clean and moisturized just like your wig does. Once you learn to take care of your wigs, you’ll realize how long they can last. You can have the same wig for years with proper care. You can style your wigs as frequently as you need too and save your hair from irreversible damage that would be caused if you tried to style your hair instead of just wearing different wigs.


Vivian Kaye
Vivian Kaye

Author

Vivian Kaye is the Queen of Kank and the founder of KinkyCurlyYaki (KCY). Tired of the "African in the front, Indian in the back" hair extensions available to women of color, Vivian set out to find high quality natural hair extensions that blended with her own hair. In 2010, KCY was launched. Her passion for natural hair and curls resonates with her customers and continues to be the guiding principle of what KCY is all about.



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