How often do you replace your wig? If you've been using the same wig for several months, it's probably time for a change. It may be due to prolonged exposure to environmental factors, lack of adequate care, or your general high-frequency wear time. Understandably, the less you wear your wig, the longer it will last, and if you are a daily wearer, the wig may have a shorter life expectancy compared to wearing it only on special occasions.
Signs You Need a New Wig
1. Your wig is no longer shiny
One of the notable signs that show that it is time to replace your wig is if it is no longer shiny. Hair shine is a sign that you have a healthy wig. Natural hair usually gets a constant supply of natural oil from the scalp. This isn't the case with wigs. Human hair wigs usually lose their shine and luster over time as a result of not having the nutrition from the scalp and fresh hair growing.
Human hair wigs are naturally shiny. But it is still advisable to apply shine serums and leave-in conditioners to help soften the wig in the long term. A notable sign that your wig needs to be replaced is if of late, you find yourself applying serum more often because the wig looks dull. So, in this case, you need to replace your wig as soon as you can.
2. The wig no longer maintains its style
When it comes to wigs, synthetic wigs are well-known to hold their style. If your synthetic wig is straight, it is more likely to stay straight even after several years. And if it is curly, it will maintain its curls. If you wash your synthetic wig and you notice that it no longer holds the style or curls you bought it in, it is an indication that the wig is wearing out and should be replaced.
This isn't just for synthetic wigs alone. Real hair wigs are known to be styled in any way. So if you notice that when you try curling your human hair wig and it becomes a pretty daunting job getting the curls to stay in position, that indicates that the wig is also wearing out, and you should get a new one.
3. The ends of the wig are frayed
When you wear your black wig more often, the ends will certainly start becoming frayed, and split-ends will appear. This is particularly typical with human hair wigs that are frequently styled using blow dryers and hot styling tools. A temporary solution for this is to trim the hair and deep condition the wig when washing it. However, the longer you keep the wig, the closer the frayed parts will become to the roots. And if it reaches this point, there is nothing much you can do to save your wig. You will only have to replace the wig.
4. The fiber is now pretty dry
If your wig is synthetic, think of how the wig looked when you took it out of the box the first time. You will remember how soft the fibers were. But now, your wig tangles more often. It also looks dull, frizzy, and dry, not like the way it looked when you first bought it. You spend a considerable amount of time detangling it for it only to tangle shortly after wearing it. This is a telltale sign that you should replace your wig.
5. The wig has lost some hair
Even fuller wigs shed and become thinner as you keep wearing them over time. The shedding is pretty normal. However, if you notice that your wig has lost a substantial amount of hair to an extent that it is becoming much thinner, it could be an indication that you should change the wig as soon as you can.
6. The wig no longer fits securely
Generally, when wigs are still new, they fit properly. The cap is usually secure on your head. Of course, that's the way it should be. Unfortunately, with time, your wig may become loose and you may have to adjust it more often and secure it with several pins. In addition to that, you may notice that the adjustable straps have also lost their elasticity. If you notice that your wigs start stretching to a point that it does not fit securely on your head any longer, it is a sign that you should replace it with a new one.
What causes quality wigs to deteriorate?
Usually, it is due to a lack of proper maintenance. There are other factors that can fast track degradation, including Lack of natural oils
1. Don't Wash Your Wig Too Much
2. Use the Correct Tools and Products
3. Limit the Amount of Heat Used on Your Heat Friendly Wig
4. Properly Store Your Wig
5. Avoid Wearing Your Wig to the Gym or Overnight
6. Invest in a Back-up Wig or Wig Alternative
7. Take Care of Your Scalp
7. Wear a Wig Cap
Doing these simple steps can help keep your wig looking chic and feeling fresh long past the general lifespan.
Over time, you will notice that your wig doesn’t have the features that it used to have when you first bought it. If you notice the above signs with your wig, it means that you should change your wig as soon as you can. A new wig will definitely look good on you and give you that elegant look.