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Leave-in versus rinse-out conditioner: What's best for your hair pieces?

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Human hair pieces deserve the same amount of care as, if not more than, natural human hair. Wigs in particular need a lot of attention if you are looking to extend the life and vitality of the piece, and hair conditioners can work some serious wonders for that.

Before we get into the details, let’s first discuss the major differences between shampoo and conditioner. Shampooing helps clean the hair, ridding it of dirt, and most of the times, the natural oil produced by your body. Conditioner helps to restore moisture and reverse the unintended effects of shampooing away much needed oils.

But conditioning can also have other benefits.

Rinse-out conditioner

The most common type of conditioner, this product is normally applied while you’re in the shower right after you have rinsed out the shampoo from your hair. Its contents “stick” to your hair to restore moisture, even after you rinse it out, and makes combing your hair easier.

This type of conditioner also tends to weigh down your hair, so it is best for people with voluminous and typically unmanageable hair.

Leave-in conditioner

After you have shampooed your hair, rinsed it out, and towel it dry, you can apply this product to your damp hair. They are typically less weighty than rinse-out conditioner, so this is preferred for people with thinner hair.

While rinse-out conditioners are best to restore moisture and repair damaged hair, leave-in conditioners are best for added shine and better manageability. Also, this product is best for preventing heat damage. So if you plan on styling your hair after your shower, you should use leave-in conditioner on your hair moments before you put it through a flat iron or blowdryer.

Best methods to care for custom hair pieces?

Hair replacement has added to the complexity of hair care. Just as it is for natural human hair, everyone’s procedures for taking care of wigs will be slightly different, depending on the wigs or pieces themselves. However, here are some overall good tips to maintain a healthy-looking hair piece:

  1. Condition often. Since your wigs cannot produce natural oils needed to protect the hair, you will have to apply conditioner often. Most will use leave-in conditioner daily, and if you aren’t currently using your wigs, you should still apply conditioner whenever possible.
  2. Try Moroccan Argan or coconut oils. These oils are known to absorb into the hair quickly and efficiently, and is considered to be a top-tier care procedure. Since these oils are more expensive than normal conditioners, you may want to use these oils weekly, biweekly, or whenever you start to notice dryness in your hair pieces.
  3. Consider shampoo + conditioner products. Since shampooing itself tends to rip the hair from oils that are present, using a product that combines both may reduce the effect of dryness or damage.
  4. Consult your experienced stylist. As we always preach here at HRC, when dealing with the care of your custom hair pieces, you should work with your trained stylist, as s/he will have the experience necessary to consult you wisely on the care of your hair.

Ready to consider hair restoration? We offer a FREE hair and scalp analysis, where we can determine the best method for your specific needs. Our trained staff at HRC will help guide you to the best solution. Contact us today!

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7 Totally Random Facts about Wigs

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If you live in Los Angeles, you’ve most likely seen your fair share of wigs. Wigs are very common in Hollywood, as many movies and scenes will call for specific hairstyles that sometimes cannot be achieved with the actors’ real hair. One glance at Mad Men, and you’ll know what we’re talking about.

The staff at HRC know hair, and they know wigs. Here are just a few things we’ve learned in our experiences that we’d like to share with you.

  • The word wig is short for periwig and appeared in the English language around 1675.
  • In the 16th century, it was thought that shaving one’s natural hair and replacing it with a wig is the best defense against lice. It was also the first time we would see wigs used to help cover up hair loss.
  • Fake-hair wigs are usually made of yak hair, for their durability and strength.
  • The wax figures at Madame Tussauds do not have wigs, but rather real human hair is applied directly on the figure itself. It also must be kept washed and cleaned regularly.
  • Most human hair wigs are made up of Chinese or Indian hair, since the strands tend to be thicker and straighter. European hair is generally more expensive.
  • Dolly Parton has a lot of wigs. On The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, she said, “I have at least 365. One for each day. I do wear wigs all the time because it’s so handy and I’m always so busy. I really enjoy wearing the wigs.”
  • In the United States, only the first five Presidents, from George Washington to James Monroe, wore powdered wigs.

Wondering if a wig or some other type of hairpiece is right for you? Come visit us either at our Los Angeles or Woodland Hills location, and our staff will be more than happy to help you determine your needs.

Contact us today to schedule for your complimentary hair and scalp analysis.

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