Monday, June 21, 2010

Blowdrying a Sheitel Straight

Posted by Ask Chavi at 8:31 PM
Dear Chavi,
How can I blowdry my sheitel straight at home?



Wash and set your sheitel at your own risk. Keep in mind that this sheitel macher has years of experience...

This was part two of my series on how to wash and style a wig.  Check out the other parts under the "how to" label. 

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

I usually set my blowdryer to "cool" (as opposed to "hot") when drying my sheitels, in order to preserve the hair. Does Ruchie think that the cooler setting impacts the sheitel's (or set's) lifespan?

Thanks,
F

Anonymous said...

One more question...

I usually wear my sheitel when blowing it out. I find that it takes me less time to get a set that I am happy with when I am wearing the sheitel (as opposed to blowing it out on a head), and therefore the sheitel hair is less exposed to the blowdryer. But does this have any other hidden consequences (such as cap damage) that could be avoided by drying the sheitel on a head?

Thanks,
F

Chavi on June 23, 2010 at 10:08 AM said...

As "Ruchie" pointed out, hot air will damage the sheitel if you keep it aimed in one place for too long. She is constantly moving the dryer up and down the hair piece as to not get the sheitel too hot.

Once I was blowdrying the cap of a cheap sheitel (under $60) and I held the blowdryer too close to the cap for too long and it burned a hole in the cap. That is a situation in which to be careful. I think if one uses the blowdryer properly it won't damage the hair in the long run.

As for the cap. If the cap is not dry when put on your head it could stretch it out. In fact once a sheitel macher told me I could stretch out a sheitel cap that was too small for me by wearing it over WET HAIR. Its true. A different sheitel which wasn't too large, I would often throw over my wet hair after a shower and overtime it really did stretch out... It sounds like its mostly dry when its on your head though, so its probably not a problem.

Rose said...

Thank you for this video, it's great. The round brush is a great tool for blow-drying hair straight and smooth. My stylist uses the cold setting for finishing, because cooling the hair off while holding it in the style you want, as in the undercurl with the round brush, will secure the style. You will need the warm setting to shape the hair in the style you want. Or, if you don't want to use heat, you can use rollers at the ends of the hair - but Ruchie was explaining how to style hair when you don't have much time.

Good quality hair could definitely be blow-dried now and then. I wouldn't do it too often. I use a serum for wet hair on the ends when I blow-dry, or a light silicone spray all over. I find this to work better than the serums for use on dry hair, which often just clump the hair together.

Ruchie is very skilled indeed, her years of experience show in her movements. The trick to use the end of the blow-dryer under the hair is great, I will practice that.

Shifra on January 9, 2012 at 6:41 PM said...

If I don't have one of those canvas block heads yet, can I air dry and then use a hair straightner on a fairly cool setting or will that still damage the hair? Is it ok to blow dry on a styrofoam head or will the heat damage the head? Thanks!

Shifra on January 9, 2012 at 6:42 PM said...

If I don't have a canvas block head yet, what is the best way to blowdry a sheitel after I've washed it? If I want it straight, can I just let it air dry and then use a hair straightner on a cool setting? Can I blow dry it on a styrofoam head or will the heat ruin the head?

Thanks!

Chavi on January 9, 2012 at 7:36 PM said...

You can blowdry on a styrofoam head. The canvas ones are preferred for the weight because they don't move around as much.

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