Question by : My wig is messed up:|?
I’m gunna be lady gaga for Halloween but the wig is wavy. I want to find a way to make it straight but I can’t use any heating products because the wig is silicone(plastic). Any ideas to make the long wig straight?
Answer by sarahirene
Step 1: Pin the wig to a wigform.
One pin at each temple, one in the top, and one in the bottom of the back seam. You can put in more if you like, but this is the bare minimum.
I placed the wigform on a pole to hold it up while I work, but you can also use a 2 liter bottle filled with water as a makeshift wigstand.
You must put the wig on some sort of stand so the hair can hang straight. This method will not work if you are merely dunking the wig in a sink full of hot water, it needs to be able to hang straight to dry.
Once you have the wig pinned in place, set it up in the bathtub.
Step 2: Hot Water.
The trick to changing the shape wig fiber is sustained, controlled heat. That’s why blowdryer/round brushing won’t work, coz it can’t be sustained, and irons don’t work coz‘ they’re way too hot.
The temperature of water I use is between 180-184°F. Don’t worry, this will not damage your wig. Put a large pot of water on the stove on high. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature while it gets closer to boiling. If it gets too hot, just take it off the burner, and allow it to cool back down to the right temperature.
Once you get the right temperature of water, slowly pour it over the wig, until the wig is completely soaked. It should feel the same temperature to the touch as the water. If parts of the wig are not hanging straight down, use a wide toothed comb while pouring the water on, to gently pull it straight.
Tip: If you squirt a ring of hair conditioner (the kind you use on your own hair will work for this) on the wig before you pour, it will make it easier to comb through while straightening. ^_^
Step 3: Let it cool and dry completely.
Do not comb or brush the wig when it’s wet. Allow it to drip dry completely before going to the next step.
This will take over an hour, sometimes as long as four for very long wigs, so go do something else for a while. (Don’t you have a costume to work on?)
Step 4: Comb and brush.
Once the wig is completely dry, first finger comb it, then use a wide-toothed comb, and slowly work your way up to a parallel bristled brush. (Try to avoid large paddle brushes or brushes where the bristles stick out in a radiating pattern when brushing a wig.)
If you wish to straighten the wig more than it is, just repeat the steps as many times as necessary. The curlier the wig starts, the longer it will take to achieve a perfectly straight wig. But for removing kinks or waves, usually only one treatment will do the trick.
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