Keratin may be technically “dead” yet it’s the lifeline of keeping your human hair wig looking fab!
Is your human hair wig looking frizzy? It could be lacking keratin, which causes locks to become weak and dull. Read on…
What is keratin?
Keratin is a fibrous protein, which gives strength and elasticity to the inner and outer hair structure. Thanks to this innovative compound our natural hair is built to withstand (or at least tolerate for a while), the hot rays of the summer sun and bitter winter cold, as well as the heat of styling aids. While it’s true that your hair is made up of “dead”’ keratin (even though it’s attached to the body, it doesn’t have blood vessels flowing through it), the keratin must be nourished as it’s the secret to healthy, shiny, smooth hair. The same applies to the hair of wigs.
Human hair wigs have keratin, too
Every hair strand is made of 80% keratin (a breakdown of protein). When hair is exposed to mechanical damage (hairdryers, curling tongs, flat irons), chemical damage (bleach, relaxers, tints, straighteners), and natural damage (sun, wind, sea, pool water) the keratin is weakened resulting in split ends and breakage. While keratin is present in all hair types some have less than others and those with low levels of Keratin are more at risk of having hair that appears frizzy, dry, and “thirsty”. Human hair wigs can suffer the same fate.
Choose the right products for your human hair wig
A wig that is made out of excellent quality human hair will benefit from keratin-infused hair products because they will rejuvenate the hair. Fortunately, there are immediate solutions that instantly transform lifeless locks into lovely locks, other than cutting. Tymeless Hair stocks several products to use on your human hair wig that are worth every penny include. Our products are proven to reduced breakage, prevent frizz, reduce colour fade, and leave your human hair wig soft, silky, and easier to manage.
A word on products with hydrolysed keratin
Hydrolysed keratin means that the keratin has been broken down into smaller pieces, because of that it will be able to penetrate even deeper into the hair and treat all 3 layers of the hair (cuticle, cortex, and medulla). Therefore, you get much better, deeper, and longer-lasting results. What does it do? Picture that the inside of your hair is made out of brick stones, every time you blow-dry, flatiron, colour your hair, or even spent the day in the sun at the beach those bricks are being beaten down. In reality, the brick stones are keratin fibres, every time you are using hydrolysed keratin in your hair care products you will maintain the strength in your hair by “filling” the gaps caused by either chemical or environmental damage.
Be gentle with your human hair wig
It’s important to note that even with the best products there is no ‘permanent fix’ for broken ends, and prevention is still better than cure. Because the keratin has been applied from the outside it will wash out. Those with fine human hair wigs, as well as children’s wigs, also need to be careful of over depositing product into the hair, which will weigh hair down and make it greasy.
10 tips to protect and nourish your human hair wig’s keratin
- Use products containing thermal protection before using hair dryers, flat irons, curling tongs. Opt for products with UV protection, as the sun is as damaging to your human hair wig as it is to your own natural locks. Our electric hot comb is designed for styling human hair wigs safely.
- Never attempt to chemically colour your human hair wig without assistance from a professional hair technician.
- After washing your human hair wig (and while it is still wet), spread a small amount of conditioner into the palm of your hands and gently work it into the hair. Make sure you spread it evenly, so the length of the wig is conditioned. Avoid applying any conditioner to the base of the wig because it can loosen the knots on the cap, causing your wig to lose hair.
- If you choose, you can apply a small amount of hair serum or oil throughout the wig to add shine, moisture, and protection to the hair. Keratin and Marula oils are great options for human hair wigs.
- Let your human hair wig air dry on a wig stand as that’s the most gentle method and helps preserve the natural fibres.
- After it is completely dry, you can use heated styling tools.
- Choose a human hair wig pigmented with quality colourants, such as those from the Joico range. Keep your human hair wig out of direct sunlight as this can fade the hair colour.
- To avoid hair loss, breakage and matting don’t wear your wig to bed.
- Preserve the texture of your wig by avoiding contact with chlorinated water, seawater, and hot water.
- And lastly, choose your human hair wig’s colour carefully. Lighter hair colours are more delicate than darker hair colours because of additional processing. So blondes will need to be extra careful while washing and storing your human hair wig. Our European hair blonde wigs are carefully lightened to achieve the best blonde hue without the risk of colour fading fast.