Human Hair Wigs & Hairpieces Maintenance Guide
A step by step guide to care for human hair.
Whilst not wearing your human hair wig or hairpiece we recommend it is stored on a wig stand to help maintain shape and style. Remove all hair which is caught underneath the clips before storing.
We recommend brushing your human hair wig or hairpiece with a Chiquel brush starting at the very ends and working up towards the mid-lengths. Do not use force on the lace or silk bases as this could cause damage. Hair can tangle simply due to friction and wear throughout the day. Knots not detangled could cause damage or cause hair to shed.
Chiquel recommends washing human hair wigs and hairpieces every 7 -14 full daily wears. Depending on contributing factors like exercise, climate and lengths of time wearing the hairpieces this may vary from client to client.
Please remove all hair from the clips underneath and detangle all knots from human hairpiece prior to washing as detangling knots in wet human hair can cause damage to the hair and base constructions.
Hold your human hair wig or hairpiece in an upright position in a basin so that all of the hair is running in one direction and completely saturated while running under cold water.
Place a small amount of Chiquel’s recommended shampoo for your hairpiece or wig into the palm of your hands and then distribute evenly throughout the hair in one direction working from roots to ends. Do not rub shampoo vigorously.
Rinse all of the shampoo out while running underwater in one direction. We recommend shampooing hairpiece twice to cleanse and add moisture.
Remove excess water and place conditioner from root to tip making sure all of the hair is covered. Allow to penetrate for a few minutes before rinsing under cold water in the same way as previously.
Place wig or hairpiece gently in a towel and remove excess water.
For a deep conditioning treatment, we recommend a moisture mask to be used once a month in the place of a conditioner but to be left for a longer period of time.
Wigs and hairpieces can then be placed on a wig stand for overnight drying in preparation for styling. We highly recommend our oil based product from mid-lengths to ends while damp before styling and minimal amounts to be added every 2-3 days through the ends after styling.
Wigs and hairpieces can be heat styled from wet but on a lower heat as to not cause heat damage or tension and pulling at the base by the hairdryer being too close to the silk/lace. We recommend high-quality styling tools which Chiquel use for straightening and curling, as they do not cause tension on the hair resulting in snapping or hair being pulled from the base. We also recommend to move the parting of the hair from time to time. As keeping the part in the same position with constant daily brushing of the part can cause hair to fall from that one area.
To secure a full wig for heat styling we recommend holding in place with a chin strap.
For hairpieces, we recommend using the pressure clips into existing hair and gently heat styling.
Human hair wigs and hairpieces are made from natural hair so they will still respond to the elements like our own hair with fading in the sun and also heat styling. We highly recommend having the colour refreshed every few months to keep the hair looking vibrant and in the best condition.
Human hair regardless of whether our own hair or hair in a wig or hairpiece will still require maintenance in ways of cutting to keep the ends in good quality.
We also do salon exclusive deep conditioning treatments to revitalise hair condition which we require your hairpiece overnight.
WEARING OF HEADWEAR/EXERCISE/SWIMMING/SLEEPING
The wearing of headwear over the top of a wig or hairpiece can cause friction to the hair which can result in the matting and loss of hair. We do not recommend, but only on minimal occasions. Exercising and sleeping in your human hair wig or hairpiece can also cause hair to matt, tangle or pull hair through to the underside of the base due to excess sweating and friction. If hair has been worn in a hair-up style including with soft pins, clips, combs or hair bands, we recommend brushing and restyling to restore the hair. The base is very delicate so we don’t recommend using pins against the lace base as it can cause tears and holes. Chlorine or salt water damage our natural hair so it is not recommended to swim in chlorine or salt water with your wig or hairpiece but on a rare occasion. In case you do, we recommend placing a generous amount of oil through the hair as a protective barrier. And to shampoo, treat and restyle immediately after swimming.