Oxidation is when your hairpiece begins to change in tone and color. This happens when you’re out in the sun for too long. UV rays from the sun are one of the major causes of discoloration in hair systems. The color of your hair system will lighten or have red, orange, or yellow undertones.
The good news is that most high-quality women’s hairpieces already have UV protective coating on them to prevent oxidation. They block the UV rays from reaching the hair shaft, however, you would still have to maintain it and use certain products to further protect your hairpiece.
Keep on reading to learn how to prevent oxidation on your wigs and hairpieces!
Shampoos and conditioners
Many women’s hair system products enlist UV protection within their ingredients. Moreover, look for products that are sulfate-free or explicitly designed for protection against discoloration. Don’t skip your conditioning! It helps the hair maintain its soft-silky texture and it also helps prevent oxidation.
As soon as you notice discoloration, start using color-depositing shampoos and conditioners. They are temporary solutions that will help slow down the process of discoloration. However, you need to ensure that you use it before things become worse – color-depositing products are essentially less effective when there’s plenty of hair discoloration. A rule of thumb when using this product is the longer you leave it on, the darker the color gets – keep an eye out on the clock when you have it applied.
Washing your wig
When you wash your hairpiece, make sure the water isn’t scorching hot as it could further damage your wig. Lukewarm to cool water is the ideal temperature to work with when washing your hair system. If it’s too hot, you will literally wash the color of your hair down the drain because the heat swells the hair resulting in the cuticles opening wider, causing more discoloration.
Yes, it’s great to wash hairpieces to maintain their longevity. However, you need to ensure that you’re not washing and shampooing your hair too frequently and for too long. This is because shampooing and washing your hair with water regularly will increase the chances of your hair color fading as well as making your hair dry and damaged. You have to find that healthy middle ground of not shampooing too frequently, but you still don’t want your scalp to suffer for the sake of hair color. A tip that could prevent further damage is to ensure you lather your hairpiece once with shampoo effectively, and then rinse your hair quickly.
Extra tip: A simple way to delay discoloration of your hairpiece is to wear a hat when exposed to the sun. Protecting your wig from the sun is ideal if you see yourself spending long periods outdoors.
Oxidation of hairpieces is more common during the summertime for many reasons. The UV rays the sun produces will cause discoloration to your wig, and you will notice that your hairpiece will either lighten in color, or the color of your hair will have red or orange undertones. You can prevent this issue by covering your hair system with a hat if you’re planning on staying out in the sun for too long.
During warmer seasons, the skin and scalp also tend to be oilier than usual. This means that you will have frequent washes. However, you should be wary that water and too much shampoo cause discoloration as well, so try to wash your hair quickly after lathering your hairpiece.
Now that you know the leading causes of hair oxidation, you can implement these solutions to further prevent any damage to your hairpiece. Also, if you’re planning a holiday somewhere warm – always get a backup hair system, you never know when you need it.
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