Hello, everyone! I hope the title isn't offensive to anyone, but I figured it fitting. Since I am a complete idiot when it comes to wig-styling and anything related, I figured this was a major break-through, for me. And, it worked so well, I had to share it with everyone!
So! To begin, as the title says, this a tutorial for de-frizzing those difficult wigs! Got a wig that's been worn, once too often? Thrown in the wash too many times? Fear it's completely unsalvageable? Fear not! This tutorial should help you to revive that irreplaceable and expensive part of your costume!
To start, you will require the following items for this project;
1.)A wig brush (or a reasonable facsimile)
2.)A spray-bottle of water
3.)A bottle of wig detangler or spray-in conditioner (fine mist!)
4.)A stationary mount for your wig-head.
5.)A hair-dryer. (Very crucial!)
It's very important that you have these items. The wig brush must be a small brush with medium-spaced, plastic (or metal) bristles, that must be very stiff. For the spray bottle, you'll want something that sprays pretty well, while the detangler you specifically want to be only a fine mist. For a wig-head mount, I find that the bottom from a pack of blank, burnable CDs works very well. And if you can weight it down, so much the better! As for the hair-dryer, you can use a heat-gun if you want, but I'd recommend against it. They put off way too much heat.
Step 1: Basic Preparation
To begin, you'll want to arrange your wig on your foam head (on the base!) somewhere you have a lot of light, and access to an electric outlet for the hair-dryer, and a counter for your other tools. If you have a long wig, setting it up somewhere you can brush it out without having to pick it up by the section. Ideally, you want to have one hand on the wig head, while the other can brush down its length.
Make sure all tools are available and ready for use. To give you an example of what my wig looked like, before starting, here's a pic:
Step 2: Detangling
Using the detangling spray and your wig brush, brush out your wig to the best of your ability. You don't need to comb out every little knot, just make sure to get rid of all the really big knots. Going by sections helps, and you'll need to go in section later, anyways.
Again, here's a pic:
Step 3: De-Frizzing
Now, we get to the real work. First, separate a section of your wig, and spray it with the water. Get it damp, but not sopping. The water should get it wetter than the detangling spray would.
Keep your wig brush handy, and make sure the wig is secure. Now, using the hair-dryer on high heat, holding the damp section of wig hair, blow over the frizzy section of wig.
Now, before we go into this further, you may ask "Using a hair-dryer on high heat, on a wig? Are you stupid?!?!" Well, since you asked, yes. *points to the title* But I assure you, there is a method to my madness. Wig fibers are plastic, and as such, they melt under too much heat. But, if you keep the hair-dryer at the right distance, to just warm up the wig fibers, then they won't melt. More importantly, when you brush through those warmed-up wig fibers, the heat will make it easier for the plastic to conform to the shape you're going for, and smooth out that annoying frizz curls! Catching on, now?
So, section by section, wet the wig, then warm up the section, and brush it out. Take your time doing this. Go slow, and try not to get your hair-dryer too close to the wig fibers. Eventually, it will smooth out the frizz enough that it lies almost straight, like this:
Now, will this completely work out the frizz? No. Or at least, I'm not patient or skilled enough to attempt it to find out. This is a very primitive form of heat-forming, essentially. However, at the very least, I can say that, if you take the time to do this carefully enough and gently enough, you should be able to get those frizzy wigs back to a maintainable, and usable, state.
Hope it helps, everyone!