How To Style Synthetic Wigs

Whether you’ll be curling or straightening your wig, you’ll need to set up your styling station and prep your wig! Using T-pins, pin your style to the canvas block head, so you have a 360° view of your styling. Make sure that you are applying the pins in durable materials of the cap, such as velvet ear tabs and a velvet nape. Make sure that you DO NOT puncture any monofilament or lace features, as you can damage the materials by doing so.

Now that your wig is secure, gently detangle hair with a wide tooth comb starting from ends and working your way up to the roots. For tough tangles, we recommend sparingly spraying BeautiMark’s Smooth Detangler on the tangles to help ease combing. Once all tangles have been removed, make sure your part is in your preferred location. If you have a monofilament top wig, wet the roots with your spray bottle filled with water. Use your wide tooth comb to help alter the location of your part. To speed up the drying process, you can use a blow dryer with an air concentrator attachment on low heat to dry the roots. Angle your dryer so that the airflow goes with the direction of the fibers towards the ends. Remember: any heat higher than low may burn the synthetic fiber.

Once your part is set and dry, we recommend spraying BeautiMark’s Leave-In Conditioner over the fibers. This spray will act as a conditioning and heat-protecting barrier that will help protect your hair from the heat. Note: It is very important to avoid applying any conditioners or heat to the roots of your wigs. Both of these elements can loosen the delicate hand-knotting and cause a loss of fibers.

Before we start styling, it’s important to note that heat styling this type of synthetic hair takes some time as you need to hold the curl or heated fiber in place until it cools. Meaning it may take a little longer than you initially thought. However, once you’re done, the styling will hold through a couple of washes. What a time saver!

If curly hair is for you, follow these steps to add some waves or curls.

Set the heat to no higher than 275° F on your curling wand or curling iron.
Separate the hair into sections. Then, choose a small section - no wider than the styling tool being used - to focus your attention.
Take the small section and wrap the hair around the barrel and hold for 8-12 seconds.
Release the curl into your hand. For a tighter curl, wait to release the hair until it cools completely. Or, for extra hold, clip the curl with a metal styling clip and allow the hair to cool in the position before removing the clip. For a looser curl, release the hair when the curl is still slightly warm.
Repeat the curling method in an alternating pattern all over your wig for a more natural look.
Allow the new curls to cool completely. Once cooled, the new pattern will be baked into the fibers.

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