Ok, lets be honest we've all made the odd faux pas here and there when it comes to our hair, hair extensions and wigs, its all part of figuring out what works and doesn't work for you.
There are some mistakes however, in relation to wigs specifically, that I think are made more than others and can be avoided. Below i've put together the most common ones, first one being.....
1. Adding too many products
Doing this not only weighs down your extensions but it makes them a lot harder to style. A quick solution to this would be a dry shampoo, a better solution would be to avoid adding products on a regular basis, especially heavy ones.
2. Over tweezing your parting
This one can be easily done, you get carried away and by the time you know it, your parting resembles more of a gap than a natural part.
3. Placing your wig too far forward or too far back
Not sure which ones worse to be honest, but this is definitely one to try get right sooner rather than later.
4. Incorrect blending
When your hair and hair extensions refuse to cooperate, its best not to force the union, especially if your hair and hair extensions are two completely different textures. If you want that flawless sleek look best to wear a lace closure/frontal wig, saves you the time and the hassle of blending.
5. Using heavy oils to try and tame frizz and flyaways
Not all oils can be used on hair extensions. The heavier ones do nothing but weigh your extensions down and make them look greasy. Best to use non greasy leave in conditioners to do the job or stick to oil products specifically made for this.
6. Wearing the wrong lace colour for your complexion
The best way of knowing is to check the colour in natural daylight. If the lace is too light try soaking it in water thats had a tea bag or coffee added to it, this should brown the lace further. Its random, but it does work.
7. Orange tinted lace
This usually occurs when knots are bleached for too long. To avoid this try using a low volume developer and a timer to make sure you don't go over. Also using a toner or toning shampoo afterwards can help cancel out and correct unwanted tones.
8. Not washing and conditioning enough
This isn't to say you need to wash and condition your hair every week as it really depends on your hair routine. But if you're someone who tends to use a lot of products on a regular basis, frequent W&C is key. Not doing this can cause your hair extensions to frizz, tangle, shed and dry out.
9. Not using enough bundles
This one can make or break a hairstyle. The wig could be styled to perfection but if there aren't enough bundles used the hairstyle just doesn't have the same impact. As a rule of thumb hair lengths between 8"-12" can get away with using 2-2 1/2 bundles for a full head. 14" - 20" should use 3 bundles minimum, anything longer than that requires more bundles.
10. Not storing your wig correctly.
If you want your wig to last for a good while, storing it correctly is key. This also helps to maintain styles and reduce frizz. Mannequin heads are always best.
What do you think? Are there any other common mistakes that need to be added?