To enhance your natural look, wig or hair extension or hair clip can be a great solution. It’s not an uncommon thing nowadays and used by women worldwide. However, there are two types of wig: one is “human wig” and another one is “synthetic” wig. Both of them have their own merits.
But when it comes to straightening it, the synthetic wig needs more care than the human wig. As synthetic wigs are made of some kind of synthetic fiber/ plastic materials, it is very heat sensitive.
Today we will show you in this article, how to straight your wig (both human and synthetic wig), properly without doing any damage to it. However, there are three ways to straight wig:
- Flat Iron Method (suitable for both the human and synthetic wig)
- Hot Water Method (not much suitable for human wig)
- Steam Method (suitable for synthetic method)
- Hair Dryer Method (suitable for high-quality synthetic wig)
1. Flat Iron Method
This method is for both the human and synthetic wig. But first, make sure whether your wig is high quality or not. Low-quality wig, especially the low-quality synthetic wig can be ruined if you try to straighten it with a flat iron. So, be cautious about this.
And before starting, make sure the hair straightener you are going to use has temperature control feature in it. If it doesn’t have that feature, try KIPOZI Professional Titanium Flat Iron. It has 50 temperature settings and has an in-built screen display.
Now, first, take a wig stand and place your wig on it. You can use a tripod if you do not have any wig stand at your home. Push a pin on the top of it so that it will not move while brushing and straightening.
Detangle with a comb gently and spray some heat protectant on it from its root to end. This will help the wig to lock in moisture and prevent any damage from the heat.
Plugin your flat iron; set the lowest temperature and preheat it. Most of the hair straightener goes heated 450 degrees Fahrenheit but this is too much for any wig. We suggest keeping the temperature between 223°F to 250° F (110-121°C). If the wig strands are thick the iron it with 250-270°F temperature.
A Note: You must make sure the wig is completely dry before applying any heat on it.
Now take some strands from the bottom of your wig and start straightening. Repeat this process until you have done with the bottom part. Then go to the middle section of your wig strands and straight it. Finally, get on the top and straight the whole top portion of the wig. Let them stay untouched for about 5-6 minutes.
After cooling and drying the whole wig completely, take a wide-toothed brush and comb the strands gently and evenly. Finally, spray some Kenra Thermal Styling Spray to set the strands to straighten for a longer time.
2. Hot Water Method
You can apply this method on both of the human and synthetic wigs, but keep in mind that, if you cannot do it properly, your wig can be ruined if it is a human wig. So, we recommend avoiding applying this method on a human wig if you are not expert or not have much experience doing it.
However, in this method, you need to first boil some water. The quantity will be according to the length of your wig. Boil the water till you see the bubble in it.
Meanwhile, take your wig and place it on a stand or a tripod and use a pin on the top of it to stick it with the stand. Take a comb and brush the whole wig gently. Make sure there is not any tangle in the wig.
Now, transfer the steam of the hot water all over the wig. Spread the steam evenly and then leave it to stay as it is for about 5-10 minutes or until it cools down. After cooling and drying fully, use a wide-toothed or a bristled brush to comb it evenly. Just make sure the brush you are using is soft enough.
Repeat this process if you will not get the desired result on the first time.
3. Steam Method
This method is only for a synthetic wig. You are going to need a handled steamer. If you do not have this at your home, try this one: MASTEAM Portable Steamer.
First, put the synthetic wig on a stand or on a mannequin head. Stick the wig with the stand with a pin. Then use a brush to remove any tangles. Do not go harsh hair. You should be very gentle and patient here. While detangling the wig strands, you can plug your handled steamer and preheat it.
Now, take a wig brush in your one hand and the portable steamer in another hand. Brush the wig strands section by section and steam each section following behind. Remember, do not hold the steam too close to the wig. Also, do not hold the steamer in one position for too long. This causes damage to the fibers of your wig.
Recommended wig brush: Brittny Professionals Wig Brush Combo
Work with every section and repeat the process at least three times or until the wig is fully straightened.
When you think you are done, unplug the steamer and let the wig cool down and air dry completely. When the wig becomes dry fully, spray some wig conditioner all over the wig. You can use Brandywine Revitalizing Conditioner for your synthetic wig.
Now you are all done and set.
4. Hair Dryer Method
This method is also for a synthetic wig. But if you have low-quality wig do not try this method. Use the blow dryer method only on high-quality wig fiber. However, in this method, we have used the Remington Hair Dryer, which is made with tourmaline and ceramic and has ionic technology. So, it is safe for your synthetic wig.
However, to start straightening, you need to do a compatibility test first. Take a small amount of wig hair and clip it. Test that portion with the heat from your blow dryer. Set the temperature to warm or medium. Check, if the hair gets frizzed or f melted. IF so, then your wig is not compatible with straight with hairdryer method.
If the wig passes the test the place it on a stand and sticks it with a pin. Brush the wig hair section by section with a wide-toothed comb and detangle it fully.
Now, hold a section tightly at its ends. You need to hold the wig strands at straight as possible. Hold the dryer with one hand and pint the nozzle of your hair dryer downward and turn it on. Do not forget to set it to a medium setting.
Start straightening from the roots and gently run the dryer all the way down to the length of your synthetic wig. You need to be gentle here and do not put the nozzle at one place for too long. Try to spread the heat evenly to all over the wig.
Continue this process until it gets straighten fully and enjoy your new look with the wig.
Whether your wig is synthetic or made by human hair, you always remember to straight it with the minimum heat setting. The safest method is flat iron and the hot water method. But it depends on how expert and confident you are. If you are enough confident and have a high-quality wig, you can try the rest of the method or whichever method you like to do. And always use good quality hair straighteners to straighten your wig.