Your wig was an investment. Hopefully, you cherish and love her. You’ve watched the YouTube videos and read the blogs. She’s perfect. And to top it off, you’ve perfected your method of putting her on, washing her, and loving her. It may have been love at first, but you’ve really gotten to know her…right? And then you put her on, and … you see… two-inch hairs sticking up on the top of her. Is she ruined? Did you ruin her? Was it purchased already ruined?
It’s time to talk about “Return Hairs.”
It sounds exactly that what it is. When we hand knot individual strands of hair through the small holes in your wig’s lace, the short end piece of that knot are called return hairs.
All lace wigs, closures and any other laced hairpieces have return hairs. Some textures and densities however, especially straight and anything over 150% density, have more noticeable return hairs.
We try out absolute best to keep those pesky hairs as neat and even as possible. In fact, our higher priced wigs have 6″ long return hairs. That means, for example, if you purchased a 20″ long with, we used 26″ long hair to construct the wig. Our most expensive wigs have the return hairs removed after every knot. Because of the work and time it takes to complete a wig, while clipping return hairs along the way, these wigs are normally priced at $1000+. Crazy right? They are definitely worth their price tags.
When you first purchase your wig, as the wearer, you’ll have “train” the hairs to lie flat, either by spraying the hair with water or mousse, shaping the hair with tools like flexi-rods or curlers, or by using a warm curling or flat iron to smooth the hair down. Luckily, over time, those darn hairs will stay down with little effort on your part.
If a particular area is troublesome, because there are too many return hairs, you can carefully snip the hairs with scissors.
We normally recommend mousse, for those who want a quick fix. After styling your wig, dab along some mousse in order to help the hairs lay flat down, or against your style, all day long. Use as much mousse as you require, starting with small amounts.
“We normally recommend mousse, for those who want a quick fix.”
Another great way to keep those hairs out of the way is to blow dry your hair instead of letting your wig air dry. Heat keeps those hairs at bay, so using a blow dryer will manage the problem, before you even begin styling. Heat from styling irons also do the job, once the wig is dried, and if you have time. We caution you, however! Heat damages hair. It decreases the longevity of your wig and causes the hair to become dry, which in turn causes or exasperates issues like split ends and shedding.
When it comes to your human hair wig, we know you’ve invested a pretty penny. But maintaining the majesty of your wig does not have to be another investment. Small changes and tools will help your wig look as gorgeous as the day you bought it! Check out more of our tips and tricks!