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How Do I Choose the Best Wig Brush?

A wig brush will help ensure a wig is kept neat and in style.
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Most stores that sell wigs also sell accessories like wig hairspray, wig caps, combs and brushes. A wig brush will help you keep your wig neat and in the proper style. The best wig brush will be designed specifically for wigs, with stiff bristles or teeth that can move easily through the strands of hair. A brush that is too soft can make it difficult to style your wig, especially after it has been washed.

One of the most important factors in choosing a good wig brush is to avoid brushes designed for real hair. Regular brushes are designed for the softer texture of natural hair. Using these on a wig can actually break the fibers, stretch them or damage them in other ways. If the bristles are too soft, as they are in many regular brushes, they probably will not get between the strands well enough to provide good styling in any case.

You might not want to use a brush with metal bristles on your head, but that type of design is ideal for most wigs. The rigid bristles can slide into the wig easily and get rid of any small tangles. Wigs generally only need the strands gently moved back into the right style. You should avoid brushing a wig in the same way you might groom your own hair. Vigorous or rough brushing can do serious damage, from ruining the overall shape to pulling strands of hair out of the wig's base.

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People who wear wigs will often choose a comb or pick instead of a wig brush. Much of the reason for this is personal preference, though there are advantages to using a comb. A pick or comb will usually be smaller, offering better control, and have rigid teeth that work well for straightening the hairs and maintaining a shape or style. Whether you ultimately prefer a comb or a wig brush will probably depend on the types of wigs you wear. A short style might only need to be straightened with a pick when worn, while longer styles might be easier to care for with a larger comb or brush.

Brushes do offer advantages when used after a wig has been washed. Wigs are not washed often, but the style can suffer a little after they are. Once a wig is dry, using a wig brush rather than a comb can make quick work of untangling and shaping the wig back into the proper style.

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candyquilt
Post 3

There is a great brush that I'm using right now for my wigs. I don't want to be advertising a brand, but it's basically a flat brush with spike like bristles that are super soft. This is, by far, the softest and most effective wig brush I have found. It works perfect!

The combs I used before were too rigid and they would pull out several hairs from the wig every time I brushed. I also had one with round steel tips and the tips would get caught on the cap of the wig. I haven't had either of these problems with this brush. So softness is definitely the key here!

donasmrs
Post 2

@feruze-- A comb is okay as long as you are able to detangle and style properly with it. I do recommend a wide tooth comb however, since it's more gentle and more effective at detangling. Not everyone needs a wig brush but I think everyone needs a wig comb because wigs tend to get tangled a lot.

bear78
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I bought my first wig ever last week. Right now, I'm just using a comb to detangle it. This is what I do with my own hair too.

Should I also get a wig brush or is it okay to just use a comb?

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