• Use a wide tooth comb to start. Work your way up the dry hair towards the scalp, a little at a time, hold the hair a few inches above the area you are combing as you move up.
Tip: You can also buy brushes with soft tips, and combs without sharp teeth which will not harm your silicone cap.
• Your Freedom Hair is implanted into your silicone cap, preventing any friction at the implantation area will help extend the life of your wig.
Tip: In addition to brushing your hair gently to prevent breakage, think about things you do which may cause repeated tension in certain areas of your wig. Taking sunglasses on and off, wearing a tight ponytail, head bands, sweat bands, sitting on a plane and rubbing the back of your hair on seat. These are just examples of things that could cause friction if friction is created in the same area repeatedly.
• If you have ever combed a small child’s tangled hair, think of how gently you were with their sensitive scalp, this may give you the right perspective when caring for your Freedom Wig.
• When you brush your hair (or use hair appliances with brushes or combs), always hold the hair in the area just above where you are combing to prevent friction and pulling where the hair is implanted.
Daily Silicone Cap Care
• Wash your your scalp and the silicone cap of your wig daily to remove any oils.
• The easiest method is to use a few drops of a mild, non-alcohol based, liquid anti-bacterial soap and water to clean the inside of the cap.
It is not necessary to get your hair wet to clean your cap. An anti-bacterial wipe is also a good choice as long as does not have alcohol which can dry the cap out over time.
• Oils, perspiration, and dirt can build up and prevent a good vacuum or cause deterioration of the silicone lining if it is not cleaned properly.
• A “healthy”, well cared for Freedom cap will be dry and soft and not have an unpleasant odor.
Extra Silicone Cap Care
• If your scalp is oily or if you notice an odor from your cap, you may occasionally ( about one a month) clean the inside of your cap with baking soda, by gently rubbing a little inside of the cap and then rinse well. Always be gentle with any products you use to clean your cap; never scrub or brush the silicone harshly. Baking soda can be abrasive so you do want to be gentle when using it on your cap.
Washing and Conditioning
• The environment you are in daily will determine how often you need to wash your Freedom Hair. Once is week is a good rule of thumb.
• You may also want to wash the hair at the nape daily if you have been active lifestyle and perspire a lot. Also look for the areas around your face which are exposed to make-up products and rinse these areas off when you clean your cap daily.
• Because the silicone cap is between your natural scalp and your hair, your Freedom hair will stay cleaner and will not have to be washed as much as your biological hair once did; however, Freedom hair does not get the natural oils biological hair produces from the scalp. Select a shampoo which is formulated for color-treated, permed, or dry hair which will help your hair retain moisture. A good quality, gentle shampoo is free of sulfates and parabens.
• Conditioner is necessary to keep your hair healthy and shiny. Remember that your hair needs have a conditioner formulated for your type of hair, thin, thick, straight, or curly.
• If your hair ever looks “greasy” cut back on the amount of conditioner you are using or be sure and rinse it very well.
Wig Washing Technique
• One factor to always remember is that “wet hair is fragile hair”. While your hair is dry, brush or comb out any tangles. Your hair should comb through smoothly if it is conditioned properly. If you still are experiencing tangling after conditioning and rinsing, you may wand to use a leave-in conditioner misting spray.
• You may wash your Freedom Hair while wearing it, or by hand in a sink. With long hair, you may want to wash it by hand to have greater control over tangling. Do not nuch the hair up to wash it, use smooth downward motions.
• When your dry wig is free of tangles, saturate the hair with lukewarm water by allowing the water to run down the length of the hair from the cap to tip. Gently lather your shampoo in your hands and squeeze it onto the hair for it to lather in the hair. You can do this in a sweeping motion as to not bunch or tangle the hair.
• Rinse your wig under gentle running water.
• Squeeze the excess water from your wig then pat with a towel to get some more of the moisture out (micro-fiber towels made to dry hair are highly absorbent and may dry your hair faster).
• Repeat this process with your conditioner and rinse again, making sure you condition from the scalp to the ends of the hair.
• You may then put your Freedom Hair on your head, or a head form. Be sure not to stretch the silicone to make it go on a head form, it is not necessary for a Freedom Wig to go all the way on a head form to style it. (When ordering, always order the smallest head form possible which is around 20"-21" ). Do not use pins to secure the wig to a head form.
Swim Hair Care
• Think of your hair as a sponge. When you swim in chlorinated or saltwater chemicals are absorbed by your dry hair. Taking proper care ahead of time will prevent excessive drying that can be caused by pool or ocean water.
• Wash and condition your hair prior to swimming and leave it wet, if possible, wet hair will not absorb as much chlorine or salt as dry hair would.
• If you are not able to wash or condition your hair prior to swimming, rinse it with clean water first.
• After your swim, or day at the beach be sure to wash and condition your hair as soon as possible again, to remove any chemicals, sand, etc.
• If you use a clear gloss/glaze on your hair every month or two, it will help keep your color from fading, it is a good idea to apply it before you plan a day at the beach or the pool.