4 ways to store your wigs to extend their lifespan

Woman taking her wig off.
Woman taking her wig off.
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While we know that frequently washing, conditioning and air drying wigs are good ways to maintain their quality, another important part of keeping them in good shape is storing them properly – something we often ignore.

Shoving it in a drawer somewhere and taking it out whenever you want to wear it can be quite convenient, but this tends to shorten the lifespan of the wig which could eventually result in you spending more money to either get it treated or to buy a new one.

Here are four ways to store your wigs: 

1.       Wig stands


Collapsible wig stands are one of the most effective ways of storing your wig. These plastic stands will help to maintain the shape and style of your wig as soon as it comes off from your head. If you have a large collection of wigs, it may be a good idea to get a shoe cupboard/ rack that you can use to put all your wig stands with their wigs.

These wig stands retail from R99 to R115 on Takealot.com

2. Mannequin heads


When walking into a hair shop, you'll often see wigs sitting on top of mannequin heads - this is because they are excellent at keeping your wig intact, in shape and in the best condition possible. 

Mannequin heads are also perfect for the DIY queens who prefer to buy hair bundles and assemble their own wigs. If you have no idea where to start looking for a mannequin head, you can create your own with recyclable materials – just like the one in the above video.

But for those who would rather have professionally made mannequin heads, these are available for R165 on Takealot.com

3. Travel bags with hangers

These bags are perfect for when you’re travelling and want to dazzle in different wigs for those vacay pictures or simply for when you’re going to switch locations and will need to change your look.

These are also convenient because they can fit into your handbag and the hangers make it easy for you to store. They also keep your hair protected and in good shape with minimal effort required.

They currently retail for R99 at Haircity.co.za.

4. Coat/handbag rack


You know that coat or handbag rack that no longer serves its purpose after some time? Instead of throwing it out, you may as well get creative and reuse it as storage for your wigs. This is a neat and convenient way to properly store your wigs while neatly having them together in one place.

There are also different variations of the coat rack – ones that stand on their own and ones you can put against their wall. It is up to you to choose which one will suit your space better.

These retail from R150 at Game stores.

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