For what reason is it essential to air dry wigs? To make them last longer, of course. Hair is delicate and it doesn’t last forever, so we must be gentle with them to the best of our ability as heat styling will shorten the lives of wigs. Wigs are also an investment as they don’t usually come cheap.
There are a few things you can do to guarantee a more extended life on your natural hair wigs; the main one is to limit the amount of heat styling you apply to them. Blow drying your wigs may appear to be something that’s okay to do, yet it’s not over the long haul if you want your wig to last. If you’re in a rush, it’s of course okay to use heat—just don’t make it a habit.
Below are five different ways you can air dry your wigs to create different hairstyles sans heat. Every single one of these different air drying methods creates a different look!
Hang Dry—for Natural Waves
Brush out tangles in the wake of washing, and clip the wigs to the holder and drape it to dry as is. This will upgrade and energize the normal surface of the actual hair. You can also delicately “scrunch” it in your hands to expand the amount of wave while it is air drying.
Lay Flat—for Straight and Smooth Hair
In the event that you would like to wear your wig straight, laying it level on a dry towel is the best strategy for air drying it straight. In the wake of washing them, utilize the brush to gently remove any knots, and as you are laying them down on the towel, utilize the brush to streamline the strands so they can dry straight.
When dry, brush it to smooth the strands, and if vital, utilize a straightening iron to streamline any parts that need extra smoothing.
Twist to Dry—for Curly Waves
This specific technique is perfect if you want the beach wave look. Twist every individual track or all tracks together simultaneously for bigger waves, right from the top to the closures and lay level to dry on a towel. When dry, finger brush out the twists to blend them together. Utilizing your fingers will help keep the shape and give a piece-y looking surface. Definitely avoid using a brush as it could make your wig frizzy—and no one wants that.
This is a great technique for your own hair as well.
Curl Dry—for Large Random Waves
This technique can be accomplished by looping the hair by making circles with the hair as opposed to laying them level. Take your wet wig and twist different sections into circles while the wig is laid out on a towel.
This technique makes larger curls and more ideal for longer wigs.
Braid to Dry—for Soft Waves
Braiding your hair wigs while drying is a simple method to make delicate waves. Simply twist each track right to the closures and lay level to dry. Remember that the more tightly the twist, the more it will take to dry and the more tight the wave will be.
If you are in the process of air drying your clip in extensions vs. natural hair wigs you should attempt to apply these techniques to your own hair so the clip-ins can seamlessly blend with your natural hair.
How do you take care of your wigs? Let us know in the comments below!
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