Curly lace wigs are very popular. It looks very natural in an array of ethnicities, it holds a curl much better than a silky straight lace wig, and curly hair generally gives you more versatility with less fuss.
However, one of the downsides of a curly lace wig is that it tends to tangle. Eventually, moisturizing conditioners won’t bring back the curl’s luster.
At this stage, people throw away their wigs in frustration, or invest in another curly lace wig. Bring your curly lace wig back to life with a bleach bath.
A bleach bath not only deodorizes the hair, but it imparts a temporary softness that allows it to be easily detangled. The effect last for several weeks. It is one of the best things you can do once your lace wig starts to misbehave.
When Should I Complete A Bleach Bath On A Curly Wig?
Some people complete a bleach bath as soon as they receive their system to remove the factory silicone on the hair strands. The silicone gives the hair a shine, but it also tends to make the hair look oily. A bleach bath will remove the silicones as well as remove excess pigment from the hair, bringing in the true colors of the hair strands.
Do I need To Shampoo Hair Before A Bleach Bath?
No, you do not need to prewash your hair system. Bleach baths can be done on dirty units. Not only will the bleach bath smooth out any tangles, but it will remove product buildup, dirt, and any oils in the hair – since you are, indeed, using bleach, a popular detergent.
How To Bleach Bath Curly Wig
Preparation for a bleach bath. Bring a gallon of water to a simmer. Pour into a one-gallon container – or a container that will be large enough to hold the water. You will also need two smaller containers.
- Pour 1/4 of a cup of Clorox bleach into the basin/container holding the gallon of water. It’s important to use Clorox bleach. Other brands may not have the proper ingredients and formulation for an adequate bleach bath.
- You will have three minutes to complete the bleach bath. This is enough time to remove tangles from a curly lace wig unit, while mitigating any adverse effect that the bleach may have on the hair. We do not want the bleach to destroy the hair strands. Submerge the unit into the hot water for about 10 to 15 seconds. Continuously lift the unit from the water, and start detangling it with a wide-toothed comb. You will notice that the tangles will disappear without resistance. Continue dipping and detangling until 3 minutes are up.
- Premix a bit of shampoo into a smaller basin of water. Dip the unit into the shampoo solution a couple of times. This will help remove some of the bleach. Remember to not agitate the hair, only dip it into the solution. The hair should be in a uniform direction.
- While allowing the unit to sit in the shampoo solution for a minute, mix 1/4 cup of ammonia into three cups of warm water.
- Dip the hair a couple of times into this ammonia solution after washing it. The ammonia will neutralize the caustic bleach.
- Once again, dip the unit into the shampoo solution to remove the ammonia. You may now condition the unit and style as usual. It is recommended to let the unit air dry.
Tools Needed For Bleach Bath
- One gallon container
- Clorox Bleach: Original
- Shampoo and Conditioner
- Two small containers