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How To Bleach a Wig-Everything You Need to Know

Wigs are excellent for taking the looks up a notch. It’s fast, easily maintainable, and protects your real hair from damage – chemical or natural. 

Wigs must look all-natural, and bleaching is the way to hide the knots visible on your wig.

For bleaching a wig, you have to prepare all the materials needed first. Keep a mixing bowl and brush, gloves, and all the other things needed. Start by detangling the hair, mixing the bleach, and then sectioning the hair with clips and pins. After that, you apply the bleach to the wig maintaining your safety.

We have talked about step-by-step how to bleach a wig, so you can show off your hairstyle more confidently than ever!

Important Things To Know Before You Bleach Your Wig

Wigs improve the flexibility of exploring various fashionable avenues already. Bleaching the wig does two important things. 

Firstly, when you bleach, knots visible on the wig show off a more natural look. Secondly, bleaching the lace front of the wig will give you a view of the wig hair coming out of your scalp. 

You could also apply concealer to your wig. This is particularly more applicable to the synthetic ones. Sure, the application will cause almost the same results as its natural counterparts, but it is just a temporary solution.

Bleaching leaves a permanent effect. So, a better foundation renders better visible results in the end.

The Science Behind Bleaching Human Hair Wigs

Natural hair is made of keratin, and as it is an organic material, it contains melanin which controls how dark its color is.

So, the bleaching pulls out some melanin from the organic hair.

For bleaching, Hydrogen Peroxide (H2O2) is generally used, as it oxidizes the melanin. In turn, melanin loses its colors. As a result, your wig’s color becomes lighter, and it also renders the wig knots less visible against the lace material.

Bleaching of Natural Hair Wig vs. Synthetic Hair Wig

Make certain it’s human hair before diving into bleaching. Because synthetic hair – even synthetic blends can not be bleached. Natural hair is made of keratin and synthetic hair is plastic. Plastic cannot be bleached or dyed once manufactured.

Each has its perks. Synthetic wigs are comparatively cheaper but lack any of the natural-looking qualities human hair has. But these are weather-sealed and lightweight, almost like a bang for the buck.

Human hair wigs require high maintenance but last a lot more. The best part is that natural hair bounces an adequate amount of light, unlike synthetic hair, which is just too shiny. 

Yes, these are fragile, weather-reactive, and costlier, but you can customize the color in any way you deem fit!

How to Bleach Your Natural Hair Wig

It’s a relatively easy process. But if you aren’t feeling very confident about it, it is recommended to experiment on a worn-out wig first. 

Necessary Equipment

  • Mixing Bowl
  • Mixing Brush
  • Hair Bleach
  • Hair Coloring Developer
  • Foam Head
  • Needle Pins/ Clips
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Aluminium Foil
  • Neutralizing Shampoo
  • Conditioner

Step-by-Step Bleaching Procedure

1. Preparing the Wig

First off, do these:

  • Detangle: Gently comb through the wig to remove any knots or tangles.
  • Secure: Secure the wig to the foam head with clips/ needles.
  • Protect: To prevent bleach staining, apply petroleum jelly to the wig cap and lace front.

2. Preparing the Bleach Mixture

It is best to follow the instructions on the package of the product. Put your gloves on and mix equal parts of bleach and the developer. Remember, the mixture ratio should be 1:1.

Ensure the mixture doesn’t contain lumps and the consistency is thick enough. You don’t want the liquid to damage the roots by leaking through.

3. Applying the Bleaching Solution

Use the mixing brush and lightly dab the solution onto the lace. Do not press down hard on the lace and ensure that the dabbing is done consistently. Any kind of leakage will damage or discolor the roots of the wig’s hair strands.

4. Cover the Wig

Cover the whole thing with aluminum foil and let it fit for 15-20 minutes. Keep the bleach on until the knots are not noticeable anymore.

5. Removing the Bleach

When the knots reach the scalp’s color, it’s time to immediately say bye-bye to the solution. Keep the water flow consistent and high as you do not want the color-removing solution to reach the hair strands.

6. Washing the Wig

Use the neutralizing shampoo and leave it for around 10 minutes. Wash off the shampoo and apply the conditioner. It’s still human hair, remember? The conditioner will maintain the hair moisture. After a while, rinse it off as well.

7. Drying and Storing

Remove the excess water by gently squeezing the wig. Wringing or twisting will ruin your wig. 

Now, air dry or blow dry your wig as you would do to your hair. Don’t place it under the sun. Rather, let it soak in a well-ventilated area.

Oh No, The Wig is Bleached! What to do?

To err is human. You may let the solution sit too long or the mixture leaked onto the hair strands. You probably even twisted the hair too much- mistakes happen. Nothing to worry about. Possible fixes are:

  • Use your mascara, brush it onto the over-whitened parts, and blow dry or air dry.
  • For a more temporary fix, dye your hair wig altogether. You will need hair dye for this step. Bleaching is out and the rest of the procedure is just the same.

Be Safe!

Bleaching is a delicate matter, so always ensure to wear rubber gloves so it doesn’t affect your skin. If it somehow gets into your eyes, rinse it off well and consult a doctor immediately.

On another note, don’t play with such substances. Some hair dyes contain ammonia. The reaction between ammonia and bleach will be explosive. This is also why neutralizing shampoo is regarded as highly necessary. It stops the bleaching process entirely.

Read More- Causes of Wig Shedding After Bleach

Conclusion

Wearing wigs is a smart solution to not ruin your hair by following various fashion trends. Plus, it’s a great way to protect your actual hair from pollution outside.

There are pre-bleached knots in some wigs. You can get those if you don’t want to go through such a hassle. Although to achieve the perfect natural look, it sure wouldn’t hurt to try! After all, natural hair wigs improve one’s aesthetics and boost confidence and comfort simultaneously.

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