It is official, the cold is upon us. Snow is soon to be a regular occurrence, and for us ladies, that spells t-r-o-u-b-l-e. Typically, winter is like a giant curse on anyone sporting a wig, but this snowy season I’m going to help you keep your sheitel (and nerves!) in check.
- Dry Air Doesn’t Have to Mean Dry Hair
The best way to make sure hair strands don’t become brittle and dry is to moisturize. Conditioning the hair every so often will do wonders for your wig. Find a good, natural wig conditioner or moisturizer and do a treatment about once a month to insure it doesn’t start feeling the bad effects of the cold (alternatively, have your wig stylist do it for you). Also, always make sure the hair on your head and on the wig is fully dry when you leave the house. Going out with a wet a damp wig during the winter will not just damage the hair, but can also cause you to get sick.
- Wool Coats = Knotty Don’ts
While wool coats are a fabulous way to stay warm during the winter, the effect it has on our wigs isn’t so glamorous. Most women have experience with this dilemma, knowing the second they take off their coat, the inside hairs of their sheital will be a tangled mess. Obviously, you don’t want to go anywhere without your coat or scarf, especially when it’s snowing outside. I suggest putting some BioSilk moisturizer on the spots that get most knotty to help it stay more smooth and relaxed, even with all that coat contact. Also make sure that whenever you get inside, you carefully brush out the wig, knotty or not. This will keep it looking and feeling fresh for your next outing!
- Static to Status
We all hate that dreaded word: static. Static is so common in our wigs that it seems like there’s no answer to get rid of it, but fortunately there’s a few things you can do to maintain your wig’s good looks. A really good way to avoid static is to use a Bounce sheet (yes, like the one for your dryer) and rub the hairs throughout the wig. The same way it removes static in clothing, it will work magic on your hair. Another tip you can try is spraying your wig with some cool water a few minutes before you leave the house. Just mist it, and pat it into the wig with your hands. This should keep your sheitel looking smooth all day long.
- Don’t Go Bare to Avoid Hat Hair
Wearing hats, especially during the winter, is always a fun way to spruce up your look. The issue with wearing a hat, though, is once you take it off, your wig is all over the place. Nobody really wants to give up their hats during the winter, and no one wants to tough it out all day wearing one just to avoid taking it off in public. Well now here’s a great solution. Add an extra layer of material in between your hat and wig to avoid the messy and frizzy aftermath. The best would be a silk, but satin works fine as well. Simply take a silk scarf, for example, wrap it around your head like a bonnet, and put the hat on top. If the scarf isn’t the look you’re going for, you can try putting it under the hat in a way that it doesn’t show. Now, when you take off your hat (and the scarf), your hair should be looking just as great as when you put it on!
By Sari Friedbauer
Sari is a licensed stylist and owner of Sari’s Wigs. She is available for consultations and can be reached at 201-694-5319.