By Jeff Waite on Sep 25, 2016 9:00:00 AM
When making an important purchase it’s perfectly normal to have questions such as: how long does this thing last for? Will it break down after a couple of uses? How do I go about maintaining and taking care of it? What’s its expected lifespan anyways? And how can you maximize it?
And the exact same questions go through people’s heads before purchasing a hairpiece.
And it makes perfect sense questions like these would pop out in your head.
After all, a hairpiece directly impacts the way a person looks, and the way a person looks instantly impacts the way they feel about themselves. If your hairpiece is clean, shiny and on point, chances are you’re going to feel much more confident about yourself than with a dull, brittle looking hairpiece.
So yes, all of these are fairly common questions and doubts to have before buying any item as important to a person as a hair system.
And we’re here to put them to rest so you can make an informed decision about your next purchase.
So without further ado, here are the top questions about hairpiece maintenance and their lifespan:
Which lasts longer? Synthetic hair strands hairpieces or human hair strands hairpieces?
On average, hairpieces made out of human hair tend to last longer that synthetic hairpieces. But it all really comes down to quality of the materials used in the manufacturing of the hairpiece and the amount of care and maintenance you put into them.
The better the materials used in the manufacturing process and the more care you put into them, the longer they will maintain a natural, shiny look for.
What’s a hairpiece’s average lifespan?
Again, it depends on whether we’re talking about synthetic hair or human hairpieces.
Synthetic hair strands hairpieces can last for up to a year assuming you take good care of them and you don’t wear them on a daily basis. Assuming daily use and the best care possible, you would be looking at something around 3 to 4 months of use before the heavy wear and use stars to show.
It’s a whole different story with human hair strands hairpieces.
Now we’ve said it before, human hairpieces are a little more delicate and require more maintenance than synthetic hairpieces. But what’s the trade-off? What do you get out of using a hairpiece made with human hair other than a more natural look and shine?
One word: longevity. That’s what you get.
Assuming your human hair strands hair systems is made out of the best materials around, with the correct manufacture process, properly cared for with the best shampoos and conditioners available, you’re looking at a lifespan of around 6 to 10 months of daily use.
In short, take good care of your hairpieces and they’ll last you for crazy amounts of time.
What can I do to extend the expected useful life of a hairpiece?
It’s quite simple really, three words: maintenance, maintenance, and maintenance!
We’ve said it a couple of times by now in this blog entry but we’ll say it again for good measure: take proper care of your hairpieces!
And what exactly does good care look like? Well, good care looks like using adequate, high-quality shampoos and conditioners, cleaning your hairpiece on a regular basis, and properly drying them, detangling them and storing them after you’re done cleaning them.
You have a wide array of hair cleaning and styling products available at hand, but always make sure to use the correct products on the correct hairpiece. Synthetic hair products don’t mix with human hair strands after all, remember?
We’ll break the cleaning frequency bit on the next question.
How about drying, detangling them and storing them?
Well for the drying part; feel free to check out our previous blog post, we go deep into the whole hairpiece drying topic. But the short version is use a hairpiece stand if you have one or a wire hanger if you don’t. Place the hairpiece in a place with good airflow and let it rest there for the night. Should be nice and dry the morning after. If you want to use a towel, just wrap the towel around the hairpiece and squeeze gently.
Avoid the use of hair dryers as they can permanently mess up your hairpiece if you’re not careful enough, and as you can imagine, heat damage is a guaranteed way to cut down your hairpiece’s lifespan.
For detangling, make sure to use a specialized comb or brush, and avoid brushing your hairpiece while still wet, as you can pull some strands out of the piece if you’re not careful enough.
The storing part is easy, just place your hairpiece in a dry, moisture-free box and you’re done.
Oh, and wearing multiple hairpieces helps out a ton too. Rotate your hairpieces from time to time to avoid heavy wear and use on any of them.
How often should I clean my hairpiece?
This is a tricky one because it depends on factors such as the wearer’s body chemistry and the weather.
Assuming daily wear for 10 to 12 hours a day, we recommend cleaning your hairpiece every 10 days to two weeks. Experiment with these initial numbers to see what works for you.
But remember, frequently cleaning your hairpiece can damage it, so don’t go crazy with the cleaning schedule.
Bottom line is, take good care of your hairpieces and they’ll last you for a very long, long time. If you properly clean, dry, detangle, and store them, you’re looking at several months of use. Just make sure to use high-quality cleaning and maintenance products, and to follow a cleaning schedule and your hairpiece will maintain that natural looking shine for months to come.
Got any other question for us? Feel free to give us a call at our toll-free number 1-800-756-8585. We’ll be more than happy to help you with any other burning questions or doubts you might have!