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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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