Have you purchased a wig and noticed a horrible smell while washing it? Does your wig dry out and tangle? Diagnosis = Animal hair (Yak or Horse)
We have on numerous occasions been asked to work on wigs that come from other brands. We are asked to wash, style, cut and of course dye the hair. However, the hair never reacts in the proper fashion. When washed it tangles together, when you cut it the hair looks extremely stiff, and then when you set it, the hair looks like a literal mop. I won’t even explain what happens when we attempt to dye or bleach the hair.
What to do? It is very important when you purchase a wig, especially when it is an expensive wig, that it comes with a guarantee. If you notices strange smells, strange behavior or just plain tangling then go back to where you purchased your wig and discuss what you are experiencing. Do not assume that it is animal hair without verifying with a specialist to see if maybe you aren’t treating the wig properly.
Purchasing randomly from China is a big misstep, because many times the wigs sent out will be of lower quality and you have no recourse. Real manufacturers with good wigs will only sell in bulk to companies. Make sure when you order online that you order from a reputable company.
If the wig is very cheap and the company says it is natural hair, chances are the hair is mixed or extremely processed. You may want to ask about these things. A high quality human hair should start at 700$ and you need to find out from where the hair originates. Indian hair is no longer considered a high quality hair, since the hair is put into extremely strong acid. The hair is also hair that comes from hairbrushes to be able to cut down on the costs, in which case the hair should not be considered Remy… Other interesting manufacturing procedures includes stretching out the hair like an elastic to make the hair longer. This makes the hair extremely fragile and easy to break.
European hair starts off in the 1000 dollar range, so anything less especially in longer hair is most likely Asian with lots of silicone on it. Unfortunately, most people cannot tell the difference between the hairs, and that is because when the hair is brand new it is covered with a special product to make the hair very soft and sleek.
Ask for references, make sure that people have been using the wig for many months.
If you have any questions about this please ask in the comments below!