Before You Throw That Wig Away  (4 Steps To Reviving Old Wigs and Weaves)

Feb 26 , 2021

Nkey Chibuzor

Before You Throw That Wig Away (4 Steps To Reviving Old Wigs and Weaves)

Deep down inside you know it's high time you bade goodbye to this favourite weave of yours. The last time you installed it you promised yourself that would be the last. The edges are frayed, the roots matted up into unsightly knots, and the shine and sheen have become a memory. You know the weave has served you but has eventually outlived its usefulness, but you just can't get yourself to say au revoir.
Letting go of a weave/wig that has really served us can be quite an emotional task, especially if it was a gift from a special someone or you really liked the weave. Worse if they cost you a hand and a leg to acquire, as some 100% human hair weaves are wont to.
But do you really have to discard that weave? Would you still throw it away if you know how to make your old weave look brand new? Yeah. You heard right. That damaged weave can become useful again. There are ways you can get rid of the knots on your tangled weaves/wigs, revive the shine on worn-out weaves, and restore your old wig back to good use.
No hair weave is manufactured to last forever, no matter the type. However, you can prolong their usefulness and maximize the value for the money you spent. We bring you useful tips you can follow to transform your old weave or wig, and get it to become silky, smooth and shiny once again. 

Why is my Weave Tangled

Before we go further, let's find out why weaves/wigs get knotty and tangled up. Some of the reasons hair extensions go dry, frizzy and tangled are; 
Lack of proper care: the same special treatment you give your natural hair should be given to your weaves, especially virgin human hair. Weaves damage fast with lack of care.
Lack of natural hair oils: The human scalp secrets serbum (natural hair oil) that helps to keep human hair healthy and luxuriant. Your human hair weave needs a steady supply of good quality hair oil to remain in top shape. Otherwise it will turn dry and brittle, and vulnerable to tangles.
Poor quality: weaves/wigs of poor quality, whether synthetic or natural virgin hair, will likely get damaged faster than their high-quality counterparts.
Hard water: hard water damages hair extensions, causing them to become discoloured and dry.
Excess exposure to harsh weather: harsh climate conditions such as dry winter air or hot sun can cause weaves to become brittle. 

How to Revive your Weaves/Wigs

Today, I will share with you my own secret to reviving old weaves using Sta-Sof-Fro extreme detangling kit for weaves and natural hair. This is the method I use to give my favourite wigs and weaves some good old TLC, that even close friends find it hard to believe that these were same old weaves they had always known. They all thought I bought new replica of the old one. Not that I blame them, one of the weaves was so badly matted and dull that it was good only for the trashcan. The curls on the other one have flattened out and were messily knotted against each other.

What you will need

  • Leave-in conditioner (l used Sta-Sof-Fro Oil Sheen Comb out Conditioner/Softener)
  • Activator (Sta-Sof-Fro 2-in-1 Special Blend Moisturising and Conditioning Lotion Activator)
  • Hair polish (Sta-Sof-Fro BRAID Hi-Sheen Polish Spray)
  • Locking Gel (Sta-Sof-Fro Rosemary Locking Gel)
  • Hair Food (Sta-Sof-Fro Glycerine Hair Food)
  • Hair oils (Sta-Sof-Fro Rosemary Oil, Lavender Oil, Coconut Oil, Black Castor Oil)
  • Wide toothed comb or hair brush
(As you can see I have a thing for Sta-Sof-Fro. For my hair care routine, I always use Sta-Sof-Fro products. Tested and trusted hair care products for all African hair types). 
Shop detangling kit for weaves and wigs here:

Steps to renewing old weaves/wigs

1. Apply few drops of the hair oils to your palm and rub on the weave/wig. Comb out using a wide toothed comb or hair brush, combing from the ends of the hair upwards to the weft so as to avoid ripping out the strands from the weft.
2. Next, spray on a generous amount of the conditioner on the hair. Followed by the a dab of glycerine hair food. Work that into the hair and smoothen out with the comb. At this stage the weave is much soft and detangled, and easier to run a fine toothed comb through.
3. Apply the moisturising and conditioning Activator. More generously if you're working on a weave or wig with curls, in order to reactivate the curls. Touch up with a small amount of the locking gel, working the products in with your fingers.
4. Add few spritzes of the hair polish for additional sheen, and style as you desire. 
Your weave is set and ready for installation. 
Here is a video tutorial that shows you how to revive old weaves and wigs as described above.