What to Do When Your Wig Fades? Tips to Extend its Lifespan and Prevent Unnatural Appearance
Those who frequently wear wigs often encounter this issue: after 5 or 6 months of use, the wig gradually fades and no longer matches their natural hair color. As a result, they may assume that the wig is of poor quality. While that might be a contributing factor, it's important to note that how we care for our hair also affects its color. Hair is made up of proteins, and its healthy growth relies on the nutrients our bodies provide. Although wig hair is made from real human hair, it has been detached from the body, meaning it no longer receives nourishment. Therefore, each time we wash, style, or expose the wig to sunlight, we deplete its original proteins. Over time, this natural fading occurs, and the hair quality deteriorates.
Several factors contribute to rapid wig color fading:
Sunlight Exposure: Prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause the pigments in real hair to break down, resulting in fading. UV rays can also cause significant damage to synthetic fiber wigs, leading to fading over time.
Heat Styling: Excessive use of heat styling tools like curling irons, straighteners, or blow dryers can accelerate color fading in the hair. Additionally, these tools can cause rapid moisture loss, leaving the hair dry and coarse, resembling a tangled mess.
Natural Hair Aging: Over time, even with proper maintenance, the hair strands in the wig will gradually lose their vitality and age. This process is unavoidable, as every wig has its lifespan.
So, how can we prevent or slow down wig color fading?
Choose High-Quality Wigs: Different wigs are made from various materials, and the quality of the wig can impact its lifespan and color retention. High-quality human hair wigs often have better color durability.
Avoid Excessive Sun Exposure: Prolonged sunlight exposure fades hair color, so it's best to protect your wig from direct sunlight by wearing a hat or similar cover outdoors. When the wig is not being worn, store it in a cool, dark place.
Use Conditioner: Using a conditioner can help reduce nutrient and moisture loss from the hair, revitalizing the color and slowing down fading.
Avoid Chlorine and Saltwater: While wearing a wig for swimming is generally fine, the chlorine in pools and saltwater from the ocean can adversely affect the wig's color. Consider wearing a swim cap while swimming to protect your wig.
If your wig has already faded, what can you do?
Shave Off Your Natural Hair: Shaving off all your natural hair will eliminate any color mismatch. However, you may also need to trim your wig to align it with your current hairstyle.
Dye Your Natural Hair: If your wig's color doesn't match your natural hair, you can dye your natural hair to match the wig's color. Remember, it's the natural hair that should be dyed, not the wig itself. After prolonged use, the wig has already lost its original shine and nutrients, making it more fragile. If not done correctly, attempting to dye the wig may lead to premature retirement.
Since dyeing the wig is not recommended, consider dyeing your natural hair instead. After all, your natural hair can replenish nutrients and moisture on its own and continue to grow. Dye your natural hair to match the color of the wig, and your wig can be used for a few more months!
Consider Professional Color Restoration: When your wig shows significant fading, avoid dyeing it yourself. Consult a professional who can provide advice on wig color restoration. You can bring the wig directly to them for evaluation, and they will determine if it can withstand dyeing to restore its original shade.
Over time, even with proper care, wigs may naturally fade due to wearing and exposure to various environmental factors. However, by following these tips and maintaining good wig care habits, you can help prolong the lifespan and color of your wig.