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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 smooth, plastic bristles.

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Freshening Tips
bullet Place a fabric-softener dryer sheet between your wig and your wig head to keep your wig smelling fresh between washes.
 
bullet The Diluted Magic Mixture:  In a spray bottle, mix 1 part of any fabric softener with 7 parts water.  Place your hand with fingertips spread into the crown of your wig.   Spray into the air 3 - 4 times and gently wave your wig through the mist.  Set your wig aside to dry before wearing or storing.  Use also as a conditioner (see below).
 
bullet 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 mist can leave a slippery build-up on hard surfaces, so be sure to wipe up afterwards.
 
bullet The fabric softener helps to maintain a tangle-free wig while keeping your wig fresh.  It also helps to allow a soft and natural movement to your wig while helping to hold your style without the need for stiffening hair sprays.
Storage Tips
bullet If you don't have space for wig heads and you have a wig with a Lace or Mesh Crown,  use round-edged hooks to hang your wig from the front-center OR at the beginning of a part so that the hair falls gently into style with gravity's pull.  (Use round-edged hooks to prevent hair from snagging.) This works best with synthetic hair wigs.
bullet Travel Tip:  Insert a fabric-softener dryer sheet into your wig and stuff the crown with tissue paper to hold your wig's shape.  Gently roll the hair into the center of the wig's crown and cover your wig with a layer of tissue paper.  Place your wrapped wig into a plastic bag and tie with enough of an opening in the bag for air to circulate (especially on long trips).
 
bullet  Note:  You can close the bag completely if you fear that your wig may get wet.  Use a zip-lock, freezer bag to prevent moisture from getting into your wig during your travels and open the bag as soon as you unpack.  Do NOT regularly store your wig in a closed plastic bag as air is necessary to keep your wig fresh, dry, and to keep the style in tact.
bullet Cover your wig with a plastic bag on 3 sides to prevent dust from settling, leaving one side open for airflow.  A simple cover can be made from large, plastic storage bags.
 
bullet Cut the bag on one side along the seam.  This will leave you with a pointed end which becomes the top of your wig covering (the "hood").  If the bag is not long enough to cover your wig completely, cut another bag along both sides to create a long, flat rectangle that you can tape (use clear tape to prevent an ugly, eyesore of a cover) along the edge of the bottom of your "hood".
 
bullet Place the point of the hood at the front and top of your wig and allow the remainder to wrap around the back and side of your wig, covering all of its hair.  Be certain to place the open end of your hood so that your wig's crown can receive a free flow of air.
 
bullet For longer and fuller wigs, use larger bags such as clear, recycling bags.  You can always cut-to-fit.
 
bullet The "hoods" can easily be removed, stored, and replaced inexpensively.
Conditioning & Detangling
bullet 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 a human-hair wig.
 
bullet Note Again:  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.
 
bullet Conditioner:  Place your hand with fingertips spread into the crown of your wig.   Spray into the air 3 - 4 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. 
 
bullet Detangling Technique #1:  For best results, place your wig on a wig head. 
 
bullet Depending upon how badly tangled your wig is, holding The Magic Mixture spray bottle approximately 6 - 8 inches from the wig, spray 1 - 2 times directly onto the tangled area.  For tougher tangles, you may need to repeat this process and use more sprays.
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet It is best to work on areas that are 1 - 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.
 
bullet When finished detangling, set your wig on rollers and allow to air-dry. 
 
bullet When ready to style, remove rollers, hold The Magic Mixture approximately 8 - 10 inches from the wig, spray 1 - 2 times and shake gently to loosen curls. 
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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. 
 
bullet Detangling Technique #2:  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.
 
bullet Fill a small sink basin (bathroom sink size) with cool water and add 1 capful of fabric softener.
 
bullet Submerge the wig completely and using the fingers of both hands, gently swish the wig and let it soak for approximately 5 minutes.
 
bullet 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!
 
bullet If your fingers begin to get cold, you can add a little warm water.  Cool water works best.
 
bullet Separate as many of the clumps as you can.  Let the wig soak for another 5 minutes and repeat the separation steps.
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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 3 regular clothes hangers using clothespins in this manner:
 
bullet 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.
 
bullet 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).
 
bullet 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).
 
bullet Pin again between the center sides where clipped and where the wig would rest at both of your temples (on hanger #2).
 
bullet Do NOT clip the front of the wig because that can ruin the shape along your forehead - a crucial error!
 
bullet Let the wig dry mpletely.
 
bullet When ready to style (or attempt to...), hold The Magic Mixture approximately 8 - 10 inches from the wig, spray 1 - 2 times, and shake gently to loosen the set.
 
bullet Using a wig brush (not an ordinary brush), gently brush hair as much as you can over your fingers to style.
 
bullet Assess whether you think the wig is salvageable and repeat this process as many times as you feel is worth it.
 
bullet NOTE:  I have saved many wigs with this process and gotten a lot more life out of them before I gave them away.
NEVER throw out a wig or clothing.  Do your best to save them.  There are far too many people in need of things We never imagine are salvageable.  It is better to donate your items and let the professionals in charge of donations make decisions about what to do with them.  Quite often, donations can be "recreated" and become wonderful things for people in need. 
AND donations save the Earth.  We throw far too many useful things away and overload landfills.  Remember, one person's garbage is another person's treasure.  Community centers and theater companies, artists, and youth centers among others can find so many creative ways to recycle "good stuff" that you may think is trash.
Good luck, enjoy, and Be The Beauty!

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