You know the feeling.
Your synthetic hair felt great at first.
Soft. Swishy. Flowy.
But after a few washes, it gets stiff after a few wears. Or clumpy. Maybe a bit frizzy on the ends. Dry-feeling.
My synthetic wigs and toppers tend to get like this after awhile. The “sweet” spot seems to be fleeting…you WANT a few washes because it helps to remove shine and feel more like “you”, but some of the softness is removed with each wash.
Damned if you do, damned if you don’t, right?
More frequent washes will help, but that only expedites the wear process: the more you wear the fibers down, the shorter the lifespan.
I’ve been using this awesome, awesome tool for awhile and wanted to share my experience with you.
Before we get to the tool, be sure to grab my awesome downloadable + video guide that details what I do to make my synthetic hair last over a year:
Got it? Ok, onto the tool!
Easy Way to Soften Synthetic Wigs (and Remove Clumpiness, Too!)
I’m all about quick and easy.
I work, I have kids, I have the blog…the less time it takes for me to fuss with my hair, the better (heck, that’s part of the reason why I moved to wearing hair in the first place!).
I try go about two weeks between washes. Somewhere at the 7-10 day mark, however, my synthetic hair starts to feel a little blah.
I certainly don’t want to wash it—heck, it’s midweek and I’m lazy—but it needs a little something to give it back its movement.
Maybe it’s too flat. Maybe it’s too frizzy. Maybe it’s too clumpy. And it’s definitely not feeling as soft as I’d like.
Enter the hot air brush.
I love, love, LOVE this brush. And yes, it uses heat. On my regular synthetic hair, not on heat-defiant (although it would work great on HD fibers, too).
You read it right ladies. I use heat on my synthetic hair. The Helen of Troy Hot Air Brush to be exact.
This is a must-have product for all synthetic hair wearers – it’s saved my life on many busy mornings when I felt that my hair wasn’t quite up to par.
I use the 1 1/2 inch barrel so it can more easily glide through my hair, but it does come in other, smaller barrel sizes as well.
The packaging seems a little old school, but this baby does the trick. Not only does it do a fantastic job declumping and softening synthetic hair, but it’s even perfect to use at the root to add some volume.
Because synthetic hair can get flat, too, don’t you think?
The piece in the video is my very old Long Mono Top by Jon Renau. This synthetic topper is O-L-D and is stiff and clumpy and gross.
I talk about this in the video below, but I’ve been wearing this piece on the weekends because it’s the perfect density for wearing updos. Because it’s so ratty, that’s about all it is good for.
I’ll tell you a secret: I don’t even brush this thing.
I clip it in, twist it up, and there is stays until the end of the day when I take my clip down and remove it from my head.
I then, quite literally, throw it into my bathroom closet and there she rests for the week while I wear my Milan.
This hot air brush is awesome, and I figured I’d demonstrate its powers on this topper to prove it.
I talk about this in the video, but I’ll give you a quick recap:
The process is quite easy. You can use the brush on hair that’s been spritzed down with water, or on dry hair.
I personally prefer to use this after spraying my hair lightly with some water, however, I do use it all the time on dry hair.
I promise you won’t ruin your synthetic hair! You’ll just end up with soft, better-than-before hair.
Just move the brush down your hair, allowing the brush to dry the fibers. If you have the time, go as slow as you can. If you don’t have a ton of time, a quick run-through will still do wonders.
Once it’s all dry (or if you ran through the synthetic hair dry to begin with), you can take the top layer and do another run-through. If you use some water here, it can even help to add some body and lift.
Have your ends gone dry and frizzy?
The first pass probably helped tremendously, but you can really concentrate on these ends to “fix” them. You can even use the hot air brush to reshape the ends and add a bit of a turn-under.
Seems easy, right?
You’ll be left with synthetic hair that feels almost-new: super-soft with great movement.
I showed my husband the video, and he promptly told me I looked nothing like myself.
Here’s a still pic. It does look more like me, I think, although a more tired me! It was such a long day…! The lighting isn’t ideal (for both the video and this photo), but I still wanted to get these up for you guys.
Definitely check out the hot air brush to help keep your synthetic hair soft and frizz-free. It’s pretty inexpensive, and it’s a one-time investment that you’ll likely find yourself using at least a few times each month.
I hope you’ll find that it saves you time, too!
What tips do you have to help your hair look more like new?