Y’all have heard me talk about my long-lived Milan. She lasted a little over a year before I made the switch to my Top Secret by Jon Renau…and she could’ve lasted a lot longer.
There was a time, about halfway through our “relationship”, when I thought she was wearing out on me.
I didn’t get it—she still felt great and was swishy, but, she was looking…worn out…on her left side. I thought her fiber might be wearing away, as even six months is a long time for a synthetic to last.
You couldn’t see it at a normal distance, but I’d notice it looking at her up close. She almost looked speckled in one area, but ONLY one area.
Because I wear my hair tucked behind my ear, I sometimes use hairspray on one side…and THAT was what was causing this phenomenon.
Duh. It was hairspray buildup.
Every few washes, I would spend a few minutes flicking off the hairspray buildup from my piece. It was mildly annoying, but became part of my routine.
Community member Jessie (who is amazing and refers to her helper hair as “mermaid hair”, how cool is that? Hi Jessie!), filled us in on the method she uses to remove hairspray buildup from synthetic hair, and graciously let me steal her tip and photo to share with you all.
Step 1: Fill a basin with a small amount of water (she suggested about 2″).
Step 2: Dissolve approximately 1 tablespoon of baking soda into the basin.
Step 3: Swish the piece in the water a few times.
Step 4: Take a bit of baking soda onto your finger and add a drop of water to form a paste. Apply it to the area that has hairspray buildup and gently wipe it in the direction of the synthetic fiber.
Step 5: Allow your hair to soak for 20 minutes.
Step 6: Rinse and follow with your favorite conditioning method.
Here’s a pic Jessie took of her piece. You can see how the left side, which has the hairspray buildup, looks spotted.
Of course, the right side is after the baking soda treatment. 10,000% better, right?
Bonus: The baking soda is a super-mild detergent so it serves as a great shampoo, and, it’s a great softener as well.
This is an incredibly easy way to remove hairspray buildup from your synthetic hair, but do know that synthetic-friendly hairsprays are available. Because I like their leave-in conditioner so much, I might give the Hair U Wear hairspray a try (anyone have any feedback on this? It’s got a ton of great reviews).
Thanks, Jessie, for sharing this fabulous tip with the Community and everyone else!
P.S. Let Jessie and I know if you’ve tried this tip. Or, do you have any other tricks to combat hairspray buildup on your synthetic pieces? What do you human hair wearers do to help?