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To properly care for Halloween costume wigs, quality synthetic wigs can be styled and washed. Most economy and inexpensive wigs cannot be washed. Always double check the original packaging and contents of your wig to see if washing instruction or "Do Not Wash" instructions are enclosed. Most wigs can best be brushed out with a wire brush. It is okay to use hair spray on synthetic wigs, but DO NOT USE HEAT to style synthetic wigs. The fibers will melt. Hair dryers, curling irons, and hot rollers are all VERY BAD for synthetic wigs. It is always best to cut and style the wig while on a head form or a real head.
Basic Halloween costume wigs wash Instructions: · Fill Sink or basin with cold water. · Add quality shampoo. · Agitate water and shampoo · Repeat dipping as necessary. · Allow wig to remain in water and shampoo for several minutes · Gently agitate wig · Drain water · Completely rinse wig in gently flowing cold water. · Allow wig to completely drip and air dry. · Hang wig on a hook over sink to dry. · Be careful not to stretch wig cap while drying. · Once wig is completely dry, gently shake and/or style wig. · Original style of wig should be preserved.
In order to wash your Halloween costumes and furry or mascot costumes (example: Easter Bunny, Gorilla or any plush furry costume), you can spot clean the head with some carpet cleaner. For stubborn stains on the body portion (knees and cuffs), hand treat with Kirkman or other laundry soap prior to the machine-wash. To wash the body, turn it inside out and machine-wash on a cold gentle cycle with an extra rinse. Use a gentle detergent and fabric softener, both at half the usual recommended amount. After wash is finished, turn the costume body to the correct side out and hang dry. DO NOT USE HEAT TO DRY. Once the costume is completely dry, brush with wire wig brush WITHOUT KNOBS or dog brush.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|