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Old 14-01-2018, 10:53 PM
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Lightbulb Wig care

Hi all this info maybe found helpful, in the care of your dolls wigs, if there are any more helpful tips you can give do please feel free to add them to the thread.

I used to have problems with the tangles with my long hair wigs, but with a little care after each wearing, they seldom need much work unless I put them in an up-do. The short lengths don't tangle much. Mid and long length will tangle. Curly long hair is the hardest to take care of, and the wavy long is also difficult. The straight long is a bit easier. I have found information on the net about cleaning, drying and storing, but nothing about brushing.

This is what I have done for years, and it seems to work fairly well, but eventually the hairs will break and the wig will start to look frizzy. I have one wig that is 10-plus years old that is looking a bit frizzy. Wigs will also get frizzy on the ends, which looks like split ends. Tips can be trimmed off, but it is best to have a professional do it or it will look like a chop job. Never brush when wet.

For a long wig, straight or wavy, I try to create a firm support to prevent pulling hairs from the cap. I usually sit on the floor, put the wig cap on my knee, one hand on the hair between the tips and the cap, and start brushing small sections of hair just an inch or two from the tips. Start at one side with a brush and work all the way around, then move up another inch or two and repeat. When I reach the top, I flip it inside out, lay it on my lap or put it on my knee, and start the whole process over. If it is severely tangled, I'll use a pick first with the above procedure and then the brush.

Usually if a wig is brushed after each wearing and is stored carefully, it doesn't need a lot of work. The part by the neck should be brushed after or before every wearing, but work the tangles out of the ends of the hair first, and then progress upward an inch at a time.

This method has worked for me. For shine, I use a product called Wig Luster. It is a spray and puts some extra shine in the wig. Wig Luster also helps a bit with frizzy hair. I also use a wig shampoo and conditioner that I bought and lasts for a long time.

I have used Static Guard if the hair is looking frizzy. It seems to calm the hairs down and let them lay smoothly. I have used it a few times to make the hair a bit slicker and easier in brushing out the tangles.

The Wonders of Fabric Softener
Fabric softener is a very useful, easy to find, and inexpensive “quick fix” for the care of your wig. Here are some simple tips to more enjoyment and longer life of your wigs.

Remember to use a wig brush (found at beauty supply stores) for best results. I recommend using a wig brush with plastic bristles.

Conditioning and Detangling
The Magic Mixture: In a spray bottle, mix 1 part of any fabric softener with 4 parts water for the perfect detangling, conditioning, and styling formula. You can use the same formula and substitute the fabric softener with an inexpensive hair conditioner, especially if you have human-hair wigs like Bob has.

Note: It is wise to spray over the tub or a mat so that a film does not dry on the floor. Sometimes, fabric softener (and hair-conditioner) mist can leave a slippery build-up on hard surfaces, so be sure to wipe up afterwards.

Conditioner: Place your hand with fingertips spread into the crown of your wig. Spray into the air three to four times and gently wave your wig through the mist. Gently brush, comb, or finger style. Set your wig aside to dry before wearing or storing.

Detangling Technique For best results, place your wig on a wig head.
Depending upon how badly tangled your wig is, holding The Magic Mixture spray bottle approximately 6 to 8 inches from the wig, spray 1 to 2 times directly onto the tangled area. For tougher tangles, you may need to repeat this process and use more sprays.

1. Gently use a small, wig brush or fine-tooth comb to begin detangling, starting with small strokes from the bottom edge and working your way upwards in small increments towards the crown.

2. Brush or comb the hair on top of your fingers (usually, your forefinger and middle finger are perfect for this process). This prevents breakage and loss of the wig’s hair and gives you more control over the detangling process.

3. It is best to work on areas that are 1 to 1.5 inches wide at a time. Although this may sound like a time consuming technique, this is the fastest and safest approach to detangling a wig.

4. When finished detangling, set your wig on rollers and allow to air-dry.

5. When ready to style, remove rollers, hold The Magic Mixture approximately 8 to 10 inches from the wig, spray 1 to 2 times and shake gently to loosen curls.

6. Using a wig brush (not an ordinary brush or plastic-bristle brush), gently brush all of the curls over your fingers to break the set and then style as usual.

7. You can use a light misting of The Magic Mixture to hold your style before wearing your wig. Be sure to let your wig completely dry before wearing.

Detangling Technique This is for the wig that is so tangled, you wouldn’t even want to offer it to a child for a costume to wear on Halloween.
This may take a while, so put on some nice music and get a cup of tea and a chair to sit on.

1. Fill a small sink basin (bathroom sink size) with cool water and add 1 capful of fabric softener.

2. Submerge the wig completely and using the fingers of both hands, gently swish the wig and let it soak for approximately 5 minutes.

3. Using your fingers, gently attempt to separate clumps of hair, beginning at the ends and working towards the crown. Do NOT try to comb or brush the wig while it is soaking because you can destroy the style and you will make a mess!

Note: If your fingers begin to get cold, you can add a little warm water. Cool water works best.

4. Separate as many of the clumps as you can. Let the wig soak for another 5 minutes and repeat the separation steps.

5. When you’ve done as much as you can, empty the water from the basin and refill with clean water. Rinse by gently swishing the wig and repeat, if your wig is dirty.

6. Hang the wig on a hanging clothes dryer (the best are the circular hangers with at least 2 rows of clips) or on the bottoms of three regular clothes hangers using clothespins in this manner:
  • Grasp the center sides of the wig where the crown would align over your ears. Let the hair hang downwards as you pin the wig to the dryer (or hanger #1). Your goal is to clip the wig so that the crown hangs in the most circular shape possible.
  • Pin the wig again at the center of the back of the crown where the wig would rest on your neck (on the middle of hanger #3).
  • Pin the wig on both sides between the center of the back and where you clipped the sides (on hanger #3 on either side of the clip in the previous step).
  • Pin again between the center sides where clipped and where the wig would rest at both of your temples (on hanger #2).
  • Do NOT clip the front of the wig because that can ruin the shape along your forehead - a crucial error!
7. Let the wig dry completely.

8. When ready to style (or attempt to … ), hold The Magic Mixture approximately 8 to 10 inches from the wig, spray 1 to 2 times and shake gently to loosen the set.

9. Using a wig brush (not an ordinary brush or plastic-bristle brush), gently brush hair as much as you can over your fingers to style.

10. Assess whether you think the wig is salvageable and repeat this process as many times as you feel is worth it.[B]
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Old 15-01-2018, 10:12 PM
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Sorry but life is too short for all this, once a wig is passed it I buy my grils new one. Some last better than others and not always according to price in my experience. If a wig has gone frizzy washing/conditioning is a waste of money and time as its still just as frizzy when it dries. I never brush when wet or use a dryer on them but it makes no difference still frizzy!
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Old 15-01-2018, 10:37 PM
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Party wigs sure, but Bobs wigs are around £35-00 and up and real hair ones as well, I have had a go at making some good again just for fun, and then see what canbe done with them.

And use this also on my Barbie Dolls as well, they really turn out nice

But yes it's a lot of time to do.
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Old 16-01-2018, 12:36 AM
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nice article and good info as well. karrot uses steam on his girls wigs.

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Old 16-01-2018, 11:44 AM
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Here is a wig I did for one of Bobs Dolls, made up from two old wigs, washed and Detangling Fabric Softener
with a bun made.

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