There is no one exact answer to the question of how long human hair wigs last. The reason there is no one exact answer is that like everything else in the hair world, every person is different, unique, and has their own lifestyle. When addressing this question, I’m sure you know a lot about wigs. Is the human hair wig made from 100% all natural human hair or is it a combination of human and/or synthetic or other fibers?
Human hair wigs can consist of 100% human hair or it can be a combination of 100% human hair mixed with synthetic and/or other types of fibers.
How long do human hair wigs last?
In a very general answer, 100% human hair wigs which do not contain other fibers are usually designed and manufactured to last approximately 4 months or so.
If a 100% human hair wig is babied it can last anywhere from 6–12 months.
Yes, there are a lot of ifs, ands or buts when it comes to the life of a 100% human hair wig.
A lot depends upon how often the wig owner wears the wigs as well as how the wig is cared for.
There are a wide range of factors which ultimately impact the longevity of the wigs.
Long Term Wig Care And Maintenance
A follow-up question to how long do human hair wigs last is how the wig is cared for.
Personally I own over 100 different wigs from an array of manufacturers and wig distributors.
Many of the wigs have been in my collection for several years because I don’t wear wigs very often.
The Factors Which Impact The Life Of A 100% Human Hair Wig
A 100% human hair wig, with consistent wear, may last up to 4 months.
However, if you consciously work to extend the life of your 100% wig the following factors may come into play:
- Quality Of The Wig Hair –100% human hair which contains intact cuticles may tend to last longer than wigs without intact cuticles. Some types of human hair tend to last longer when made into wigs than other types.
- Wig Cap– Wig caps come in a variety of materials ranging from full lace to partial lace (front or front and sides only) or what is known a machine made wig cap. Sometimes the machine wig cap is known as a mechanism wig.
- Lace Front Wigs – Human hair lace front wigs are wigs that have a small sheer lace panel along the front hairline attached to the front of the wig.
Machine Made Wig Covers
Wig Hair Color
The lighter the wig hair color, the more processing it requires from chemicals. Thus the lighter the hair, the more fragile the result of the wig.
Length Of Human Hair Used In Wigs
The longer the hair used in the 100% human hair wigs, the more risk to the life of the wig
Frequency Of Wig Wear
Like anything else in life, the more you wear and use your 100% human hair wig, the faster it will wear out.
Overall Maintenance Wig Care
– Start with the best 100% human hair wig maintenance and care by following all of the wig manufacturer’s suggested care.
Consider Environmental Factors
– Protect your wig against unnecessary exposure to excessive heat or smoke or similar external environments which would shorten the life of any type of hair.
Wash 100% Human Hair Wigs According To Manufacturer’s Suggestions
Wet and dry wash your 100% human hair wigs according to wig manufacturer instructions.
Always detangle wigs very carefully before wet washing.
Carefully remove all tangles. Work from the bottom to the top and take your time. Speed is not of the essence.
Lukewarm Water Is Key
Use lukewarm, never hot water, to wet wash.
Most manufacturers suggest gently moving the 100% human hair through water in a sink or similar bowl mixed with special wig cleaners.
Avoid stirring, swishing, or dragging the wig through the water or it can become tangled or develop wrinkles or kinds. Gently tap the wig with your hair in the water.
Rinse carefully, but well, to remove the cleanser.
100% Human Hair Wigs Need Conditioners Too
Apply the suggested conditioner evenly with your fingers. Leave the conditioner on the wig for 10–20 minutes, depending upon the manufacturer’s suggestions.
Rinse well in lukewarm to cool water.
Wrap wet wig with a clean 100% all-cotton t-shirt or shammy. Avoid ruffling the wig hair. Carefully blot excess water from the wig surface. Allow the wig to air dry in a cool, well-ventilated place so that they can dry naturally. Do not use heat on a 100% human hair wig unless specifically approved by your professional wig stylist or manufacturer.
The Bottom Line To Understanding The Life Of A Human Hair Wig
A 100% all human hair wig, made from a 100% full lace cap (handmade and entire cap) which has short, straight and the darkest color of hair, which is properly maintained and worn through a rotation system could potentially last for up to one year.
You Get What You Pay For
If you are serious about wearing the highest quality of 100% human hair wigs which look the best, work with a professional wig consultant who can help you pick the very best wig for your lifestyle goals.||
Not All Wig Manufacturers And Distributors Are The Same
It is absolutely true that all wig manufacturers are not the same. Neither are all wig distributors.
The differences between some of the manufacturers and distributors is vast.
After 25+ years of studying, wearing, and dealing directly with a range of wig manufacturers and distributors, I am very suspicious of all claims which are made about wigs.
I have to see the wigs in person, do my own research, talk to wig specialists I trust and then I form my own opinion.
A Great Wig Is A Major Investment Of Money And Time
Keep in mind that some of the finest 100% human hair wigs, hand made on 100% all lace caps with the very best quality hair can cost many thousands of dollars.
When you make that type of investment its important to do your research and do your very best to extend the life of your treasured wig as long as possible.
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