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How Do I Care for a Braided Wig?

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  • Written By: Kristeen Moore
  • Edited By: E. E. Hubbard
  • Last Modified Date: 14 January 2018
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A braided wig is generally more difficult to care for than other types of wigs because there is the risk of ruining the braids. These types of wigs come in a variety of lengths, and some are even as simple as headbands. The way you care for a braided wig also depends on whether it is made out of human or synthetic hair. Once you have determined the proper way to care for your braids, your wig should last for a long time to come.

Braided wigs come in various different styles, from full-coverage versions to headbands. Full versions consist of a basic wig, but they have longer locks that are twisted into one or more braids. If you do not desire a full wig, you can purchase clip-on braids that match your hair color. Some elastic headbands are intertwined with braids, which is a type of accessory choice most often used for formal occasions. The more complex the braided wig, the more difficult and time consuming it is to care for.

Not only does special attention need to be placed towards keeping the braids from unraveling, but the way you wash your braided wig depends on whether it is made out of human or synthetic hair. Both types require shampoos and conditioners made for wigs, but the human hair ones are similar to those that people use on their natural locks. Spray-on conditioner is used for synthetic wigs, while human hair versions require a cream version. It is vital that you always wash your braided wig in cool water to help to preserve it and to keep the braid from falling apart.

Washing and drying braided wigs takes more care than regular wigs, because the style is already set in place when you purchase it. All braided wigs should be washed by hand; this is especially important so that you do not undo the styles. Human hair wigs are easier to style than synthetic versions because you can use tools without ruining them. Most braided wigs can stand to be washed after every 10 to 15 times, depending on how often you wear them.

Drying a braided wig can be a lengthy process, especially if the braids are left intact while on the stand. It is best to let your wig dry overnight and have a backup version on hand if you need to wear one right away. Blow drying a human hair wig is acceptable, but it can cause the braids to frizz. Never use a blow dryer on a synthetic wig, because the heat can actually melt it.

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