The wig market has seen an immense amount of growth for the past few decades. Customers are now looking for something different, more natural, and less harsh on their hair. 

This change has encouraged many people to turn to wigs to supply the answer. But with so many different types of wigs available, how long do wigs last?

First-time wig buyers may not know how long their new purchase will stay fresh and stylish before it becomes time for a replacement. 

The lifespan depends on where you wear your wig and what type of style it is.

Straight hair wigs, those that are worn almost on a daily basis, can last anywhere from one month to two years. 

But if you wear it only every once in a while, you will need to buy a new one at least every few years. Some people purchase a wig because they want something different. 

If you do this, your wig will need to be replaced fairly often so you can try something new each time.

Wigs composed of different types of hair fibers usually last longer. Synthetic wigs are made with elastomers and polyester so they don’t age as much as human hair ones. 

They usually last about 3-5 years depending on how often they are worn and what style you choose. Many wigs that are made from real human hair tend to last a little longer. 

These can last from 3-7 years depending on how you take care of them. These styles have a more natural look and feel, so they may need to be replaced less often.

Here are some key points:-

1. Watch how often you use heat or chemically treat your hair. 

Hair dryers seem to be the most common culprits of premature loss in wigs because they can cause chemicals in the fibers to deteriorate rapidly with heat. 

That, in addition to the fact that they’re a common source of hair loss, makes us want to stop using them so often. So, when you do use a hair dryer on your wig, try to keep the temperature setting at a low setting.

2. Keep up with regular trims. 

Wigs look their best when you trim them every few months with a small pair of scissors. Don’t cut off more than about 1/2 an inch; we don’t want you making yourself look like Rapunzel! 

Try to get them trimmed at least every 3 months, and more if it’s looking like it’s getting ratty and worn down.

3. Check carefully for signs of wear. 

You don’t want your wig to look like “old lady” when it is new, but you never know until you try it on! Look at the fiber color, feel the wig (make sure the texture is still smooth), and most importantly check for color fade. 

If any of these things aren’t right, it’s time to get a new wig or find a synthetic fiber with better durability! 

4. Don’t over-wash your wig . 

Wig washing products are great because they usually contain conditioners that help condition your hair and replenish the oil in the fibers. 

However, there are some products out there that contain harsh chemicals that can alter the texture and color of your wig and cause premature wear and tear. Try to wash your wig as much as you need to, but don’t over-do it!

5. For those of you with curly hair.

Wig wearers with curly hair may want to brush it after washing to save their wig from becoming frizzy or damaged. Also, to prevent your wig from looking dry, use a light serum after every wash.

6. Wear your wig in rotation with others. 

Wearing your wig in rotation will help it to last longer and you’ll feel fresher and more comfortable each time you wear it. 

If you’re going for a different look, we recommend getting an additional wig for that particular occasion or event so you won’t be wearing out the same one over and over again. 

7. Wash gently and use the right products. 

Some shampoos contain harsh chemicals that may alter the color of your wig, make it lose its texture, or make it frizz out uncontrollably. 

Always use the gentlest shampoo possible to wash your wig. Also, try not to shampoo your wig too often, if you have medium to thick hair, 3 times a week is about right! 

8. Make sure your wig fits well. 

It’s not just about wearing it on the right day at the right time, but also about being comfortable with it on. Try out your wig before you wear it to see if there are any adjustments that need to be made. 

If you’re having trouble finding a good fit, our friendly customer service team can help!  We can go into detail about size and fit for each style of wig we carry.

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