How to Store a Wig
Storing your wig properly is one of the most crucial parts of owning one. Caring for your wig while you wear it is one thing, but maintaining it when you are not is another. Wigs may deform if not stored properly, and encounter other problems such as discoloration, frizzing, etc.
There are two common ways to store wigs, and we've prepared detailed step-by-step processes on both methods. Read through the outline and determine the best method for storing your wig.
Method 1: Storing Wigs in a Container or Bag
Before we get into the steps, it is essential to note that natural and synthetic wigs can be stored in the same manner. Just be extra careful with synthetic wigs, as they are more prone to damage and deformation than human hair wigs.
Step 1: Wash and condition your wig
Depending on how long you've worn it, cleaning your wig is important before storing it. This helps maintain its appearance and condition when you need to take it out again and use it.
Always remember that different products are appropriate for synthetic and natural hair wigs. Look at this tutorial on how to wash a lace front wig.
Pro Tip: Human hair wigs must be washed and conditioned every six to eight wears. Also, use a wide-tooth comb to detangle the hairs from time to time.
On the other hand, synthetic wigs can be washed once a week and treated with a wig-friendly leave-in conditioner designed to maintain their fibers.
Step 2: Make sure to air-dry your wig fully
It takes about 12 - 24 hours to air-dry a wig fully. Never store your wig when it is still wet or moist after cleaning. A damp wig that is stored for a long time will develop molds and mildew.
You may use hair dryers, but only for human hair wigs, and only using the lowest heat setting. Blow dry until it is entirely free from moisture before storing it. Unless the synthetic hair fibers of your wig are heat-resistant, the heat of the blow dryer can melt the synthetic hair, so avoid doing so.
Step 3: Fold your wig
Once it's dry, fold your wig from ear to ear. Doing so will avoid deformations, especially crumpling, once it's stored.
Pro Tip: Turn them inside out for shorter wigs that cannot be folded. For longer wigs, it is best to braid the ends first into two to four sections before folding to prevent tangling.
Step 4: Place a hairnet on the folded wig
It is important to keep the wigs' unique style. Whether it has curls or waves, a hairnet will help keep those features intact while in storage.
Step 5: Store the wig in a plastic bag or container
It is up to you whether you are going for a bag or a stackable container. Containers take up more space than plastic bags but can easily be organized and labeled. You may even use the original box your wig came with, as it is also handy when traveling.
Pro Tip: Even though they are packed nicely, handling the container or bag with care is important to avoid tangling or damaging your wig. It may also be wise to invest in a dedicated wig box to ensure the safety and welfare of your wig.
Method 2: Placing Your Wig on a Wig Stand or Hanger
Wig stands are also a popular way of storing your wigs. They can save you time compared to storing your wigs in a plastic bag or box, so it's a good idea to invest in one, but only if you use the wig regularly. If you leave your wig on a wig stand for too long, it will accumulate dust. So if you want to store your wig for longer, opt for a box or container instead.
There are other alternatives to wig stands, like mannequin heads, styrofoam heads, and block wig stands. The following steps on how to store your wig properly using a wig stand apply to these options as well.
Step 1: Clean your wig
For wigs you use regularly, you can comb them using a wide-tooth comb or dedicated wig brush to maintain their strands if they don't need to be washed yet. Otherwise, wash your wig and condition it to keep it fresh and well-maintained for its next use.
Step 2: Find a compatible wig stand for your wig
Just as wigs are made in different lengths and sizes, wig stands also come in different kinds. Wig stands come in various colors and materials, but what is essential to know is that longer wigs will require a longer stand while shorter wigs will require shorter stands.
Step 3: Place the wig on the stand
Fit the wig properly on the wig stand so it won't fall off due to sudden movement or other external forces. Make it nice and presentable, as it can also double as room decor.
Step 4: Store in a cool and dry area away from direct sunlight
Long exposure and excessive amounts of heat will damage the hairs and dull the color of your wig.
Pro Tip: A closet is one of the best places to put your wig stand, and it is cool and dark but allows air circulation. You can also store it on spacious shelves or cabinets away from windows or any other openings that let in sunlight.
It's easy to determine which method suits you best for storing your wig. For wigs that you won't use for a while, it is best to store them in plastic bags or containers to avoid accumulating dust. But for wigs that you use frequently, they are better stored on a wig stand.
Once you've decided which method suits you best, follow the steps as shown above, and you will have no problem maintaining your wigs.
If you have other ways of storing your wigs, let us know in the comments below!