How long does wigs last?

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How long human hair wigs last?

If you follow the below instructions and take good care of your wigs, then natural human hair wigs can last up to 3 years. They can actually last longer if you are more careful. In the case of synthetic wigs, if you take good care of them, they may last 1-2 years. If you don’t take good care of it, it may stay for a very short time.

We breakdown on the life of a wig can be determined by three factors:

  • The type of wigs
  • The quality of the original wig
  • How carefully the wig is looked after

The types of wigs

There are several different types of wigs that are available in the market today. This is one of the things that make it very difficult to make an informed decision without enough information. The question of how long will the wigs last is directly dependent on the type of the wig you go for.

Human wigs-These types of wigs are made out of the real human hair and that’s why they usually look very real and natural. However, with time, they need to be restyled after washing just like it’s the case with real hair. The history of selling human hair wigs is long. In fact, this started several years ago and people are still doing it.


  • Styling versatility-the good thing about human hair wigs is that they can be styled perfectly, colored, premed and handled just like human hair. However, never attempt to do this on your own, you should take your hair to a stylist.
  • Texture-the other advantage is that you will actually have a natural feel. Your hair will have a natural texture and all other natural qualities.
  • Longevity-As a matter of fact, if you take good care of your human hair wigs, they may stay for a very long period of time.

The cons

  • High maintenance
  • Cost
  • Color variations
  • Weight
  • Fragile
  • And issues with styling

Synthetic wigs-This type of wigs is not made from human hair. However, they are easy to maintain because they have something we call ‘’style retention’’. What this means is that you just have to wash, dry and shake them out and the wig will return to its normal style.


  • Easy to take care of
  • Versatility
  • Cheap
  • Low maintenance
  • Large color variations

The cons

  • Shine
  • Not natural
  • Cannot change color
  • Less versatility
  • They don’t last as long as natural human hair wigs.

Quality of the wigs

The other factor that is likely to affect the longevity of a wig is its quality. If the wig is of high quality, then you can expect it to last for a long period of time. The finest quality human hair will be Remy and unprocessed. This means that the hair will have been kept aligned in the same direction. This is to make sure that there are minimal chances of tangling and minimize additional treatments.

There are several variations in hair wigs and hence if you are planning to buy them, you should be very careful especially about the quality. If you don’t do this, then you may end up wasting your hard earned money to buy something unpleasing.

How carefully the wig is looked after

This is not to be explained. I bet you already know that if you take good care of your wigs, then they will last longer. This is not debatable; you have to make sure that you are conditioning your hair the perfect way. What this means is that the longevity of your wig will be directly determined by the maintenance and care of your hair wigs. As a matter of fact, natural human hair wigs may last up to 3 years.

How to make your wig last longer?

There are several tips that can make your wigs last longer. At this point, we will give you three tips that can make your human hair wig last longer. As a matter of fact, human hair wigs are extremely high quality and hence you should sacrifice a lot to get them. These are the same tips that can help you take good care of synthetic human hair. Most of the people are out there to check for the best ways to make their hair last longer.

Wash your human hair wig perfectly

This comes into play when you want to make sure that your wig is clean and taken good care of. Just like you would take care of your natural human hair, wigs both human hair and synthetic should be well cared for. You need to wash your wig but make sure you are washing it with soft water; hard water may contain some additives that may make it dry and eventually damage it.

The fact that you need to wash your wig doesn’t mean you have to over wash it. Over washing your wigs may shorten the lifespan of your wig. The best way to do this is to wash the wig at least once or twice a month. Additionally, you need to use some products that are specifically used to take care of your human hair such as shampoo and wig conditioner.

Style them perfectly

The way you style your wig should be different depending on whether you have synthetic or human hair wigs. Human hair wigs are heat friendly and hence you can style them using heat to make them last longer. The other thing you should know is that now your wig will not receive the oil it was getting from your scalp and hence you need to use the best products.

Store them perfectly

The best care you can take for your wig is to store it perfectly. Start by investing in a good wig stand. This way, it’s very easy to take the wig off and tossing it on the side. The wig stand will help maintain the shape and the style of your wig.

For a long time, wig wigs need a full day's wear to achieve that glossy look. So if you're planning on staying longer than that you'll need to wear your wig regularly at least once a day, and in warmer weather, you can wear your wig in the evening. Also the longer you stay wearing them, the less likely they'll wear off! I recommend avoiding waxing for at least 12 months!

Do you use an actual wig?

A wig is actually pretty good protection for your face, hair, and your other hair parts with all these great features like long-lasting, non-porous, soft (it can even be used as the foundation if you want), and the ability to stay longer!

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Sky Hoon
Hair Lover, Idea Starter. He started HairQueenie, which is ranked #27 in the FeedSpot Top 40 Hair Care Blogs and mentions in ManeAddicts and Tempest. Hair is not everything but something. He started Hairqueenie to share great hair products. Over time, he found there are more value to share answers to hair problems that cannot be found easily.
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