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.
For more Wig maintenance including washing and storing, click here. 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 I bought at Queen's Wig called Wig Luster. Grand Wig also carries this product. 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 there. Each item is only a few dollars 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.
To prolong the live of a wig, wear a nylon wig cap--not the open net type. The nylon wig cap will help keep oils off the wig webbing and extend the life.
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