A lace wig is meant to mimic the hair, hairline and scalp as much as possible. One of the luxuries of a human hair system is that you can wear it as you would your own hair. From dying it to wearing it to workout, your hair wig is just as versatile as your own hair. While swimming in your unit should be a breeze, there are a few tips to help the wig last as long as possible and avoid tangles.
Prepping Your Lace Wig
Yes, you can jump straight into the water just as with your natural hair. However, if you want to avoid tangles then wear a swim cap or secure unit into a ponytail. By securing your ends you will prevent tangles, knotting and possible split ends on human hair lace wigs.
Hair damage is a number one concern with lace wigs and swimming. This is because human hair can be negatively affected by harsh pool chemicals. To avoid your hair becoming dry and brittle, pre-condition your hair. A leave in conditioner or even deep conditioner will work very well to keep the hair moisturized. The pool water will dry out your hair but since it is already moisturized, the damage will not be as severe on the hair system.
Worrying About the Bond
It is important that your bonded hairline is well kept prior to getting in the pool. While water and chlorine will not rip off your hair system, a loose bond may weaken significantly. If you have any areas that are very loose, reapply some adhesive to secure the bond.
After you get out of the pool and go home, you will want to maintain the bond of the lace on the wig. Until you remove the wig, you will not be able to care for your own hair fully but that does not mean that you cannot care for the unit.
Even though you were in cool water, swimming is a physical activity that causes you to sweat. Sweat in addition to the harmful pool chemicals can weaken your lace wig bond. Make sure to cleanse the hairline very well so that these natural oils from your body, sweat, dirt and pool chemicals are out of the adhesive.
Drying Your Lace Wig
Drying your unit after swimming is fairly simple. You can either choose to blow dry your hair or use a hooded dryer. A hooded dryer is best since you have to dry the lace wig and your hair underneath. If you do not completely dry both, you can create a pocket of mildew and bacteria in between.
Your drying technique should also incorporate moisturizing. Since the hair itself will come out dry from the chlorine, you will want to add a moisture product before completely dry. Natural oils such as unrefined extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil or shea butter will work well. Try to avoid using commercial moisturizers for after the pool since the chemicals in them can interact negatively with chlorine.