Q: I have very fine hair, and for the last 15 years, I have worn a wig. I want to know what is the proper way to clean a wig, and find out what styling options such as applying color are available? – Mary – Atlanta
A: There are two different types of wigs – those made with human hair and those made with synthetic hair. Human wigs need to be cleaned more often that synthetic ones. Synthetic fibers are non-absorbent and do not attract dust and dirt. To keep a synthetic wig in good condition, you should clean and style it every three months depending on the amount of wear and styling. Synthetic hair should be cleaned with warm to cool water – hot water will remove curl. Wait until the hair is fully dry to restyle – do not comb or brush while wet. Human hair wigs should be cleaned every two to four weeks, depending on how often it is worn and when you want to re-style. Use a non-flammable liquid cleanser bought at a beauty supply store and refer to the manufacturer’s suggested cleaning instructions.
Temporary color rinses can be used on both human and synthetic hair wigs to darken the color. Semi-permanent tints can also be used on both human and synthetic hair wigs. Permanent color and bleach can be used on human hair.
Q: I am an African-American and have colored, treated hair. I also use a relaxer and have highlights. Because of the several hair treatments, me hair is dry, and I think I need a good conditioner. Can you recommend a hair product that will make my hair soft, shiny, and strong? – Jan – Atlanta
A: Conditioners are only temporary remedies. Contrary to popular belief, they cannot heal damaged hair. In your case, though, you are looking for shine and added strength. Moisturizers are an excellent way to achieve your desired results. They are heavier and creamier than instant conditioners, and contain many of the same ingredients, but are formulated to be more penetrating and last longer. Protein conditioners are also good options because they are effective in softening African-American hair. Setting lotions have protein-based conditioners and will also give you shine. Another effective product is a good condition pack. These packs contain a chemical mixture of concentrated protein and moisturizer, which equalizes your hair and produces a healthy, shiny finish.
Q: For the last two years, I have been coloring my hair blonde. I do it myself at home, and can never seem to get it light enough and it looks yellow or gold. Can you tell me how to get a more light yellow or white color? – Sharon – Dunwoody
A: This is one of the most common color questions I get from clients. I do not know what type of hair color you are using, but if you are applying color bought at a pharmacy or grocery store, you are not going to achieve the even pale yellow or white color that you are looking for. Your best option is to consult with a hairdresser and have a professional apply your color treatment.