Wig Care (Synthetic)
Depending on the conditions you wear your wig (heat, humidity, level of sweating, worn with or without a skull cap) will determine how often you should wash your wig.
A good rule of thumb is to wash your wig after a dozen or so wears or at least once a year, whichever comes first. Of course, if your wig gets dirty before then, by all means wash it! A quality synthetic wig, worn with a skullcap, should last approximately 3 to 5 years.
Absolutely! A skullcap not only keeps your hair in place, it absorbs sweat & makeup to keep you cool. It also keeps sweat and makeup away from your wig. Your wig will stay cleaner and last longer if you wear a skullcap.
After wig is completely dry, you may use a pick or wide-toothed comb to gently detangle the fibers. Start at the top and work your way down.
Feel free to use mousse, hair spray, gel, or any other hair product on your wig. A good rule of thumb is to use anything you would normally use on your own hair, unless it involves heating elements (curling iron, hairdryer, crimper, straightener, hot rollers, etc.). Most hair accessories (clips, barrettes, schrunchies, etc.) can be used on wigs, but be careful when using small pony-tail holders - these may leave damaged or broken hair when they are removed. Sponge-rollers have proven helpful in keeping a subtle curl in a wig.
Take some time to make that wig unique in order to fit your unique character. Add some fun barrettes or hair accessories. Give your wig a haircut, put it into braids or spike it up! Play with your wig as if it were your own hair.
Show Your Face! - While wearing your wig, move your head around in your usual clowny way (lean over as you would to talk to kids, look sideways, toss your head, etc.) to make sure you can do so without your wig getting in your face. If your wig is in your face too much, you will need to either trim it or secure it so it doesn't obscure your face.
Bangs - If you have a straight wig with bangs, put it on and see where your clown eye makeup sits on your face. If your makeup is hidden by your bangs, you will need to trim them to show off your makeup.
Long Wigs - If your wig hangs past your shoulders, you will need to trim the back so you don’t wind up with a matted and snarled clump at the back of your neck. (We speak from experience!)
Solution: With your wig on, have someone trim the underside of the wig at a slight angle away from your back, tapering down to the bottom edge of the wig. This will leave less hair to come in contact with your neck and back, thus creating less friction and matted hair. DO NOT try and do the trimming yourself, or you might end up with a pile of hair and an unwearable wig!
Most salons or barber shops will cut your wig for you as long as you bring your own scissors. (Synthetic wigs can dull their shears.) You can buy inexpensive hair scissors/shears at your local drug store for about $8.
You’ll probably even make their day! How often does a clown walk into a hair salon!
If you have a specific wig question, or would like instructions on how to style your wig into specific shapes (spikes, curls, etc.), please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to help!