So many women make these three mistakes when it comes to caring for their HD wig fibers. Not all wig fibers are created equally, and each must be cared for differently or else you’ll find your hair becomes frizzy, clumpy, and dry-looking quickly.
This post is a follow up to a recent video I did explaining the differences between traditional synthetic and HD (heat-defiant) fiber. This fiber is something called HF or “heat-friendly”, too.
Seen it already or prefer reading (the post has more details!)? Feel free to skip. ?
In the video’s description on YouTube, I promised more pics of the gorgeous Haute wig, by Jon Renau, as well as more detail on how to care for these delicate fibers.
Let’s dig in!
First, here’s a pic of Haute in color 12fs8. Such a cute, swingy style. She’d look really amazing with some beachy waves, don’t you think?
(If you want to see this color in person, I have this color available in the Top Wave topper, in the Hair Try-On Shop for CH&M private Community members.)
What is HD Fiber?
Heat-defiant—or HD—fiber is synthetic hair that is made to withstand heat. You can curl or wave this hair using heat up to 350 degrees.
My fave manufacturer, Jon Renau, recommends sticking around 280 degrees, however, you should be able to use heat tools up to 350 degrees.
Woohoo for styling options!
Any style you add into the hair with heat will remain until you use heat to again alter that style.
Love the waves you added to your HD topper or wig? Congrats—they’ll stay in place until you flat-iron the piece.
To me, HD fiber often feels much more like human hair to the touch versus traditional synthetic.
It also is a synthetic fiber that will not have that glaring shine that some synthetic fibers have right out of the box. #amen
Sounds great, what’s the catch?
While you still benefit from the ease of synthetic hair, it’s not *as easy* to care for and maintain as traditional synthetic fibers.
I’ve received TONS of emails from ladies who tell me the following:
“I just bought such-and-such wig, and it’s already frizzing on the ends!”
“I’ve only washed this topper once, and it’s already getting clumpy! What do I do?”
“Why is it that this wig gets matted at the neck throughout the day? This doesn’t happen with my other wigs!”
Have you experienced this?
If you have *traditional* synthetic hair, then definitely check out my post on reviving clumpy, frizzy synthetic hair. I promise, you won’t regret it. There’s a guide in that post that you’ll want to download. That care method is the best I’ve found to keep your traditional synthetics looking and feeling amazing for as long as possible…thus saving you precious moolah.
For HD hair, it’s a whole different ball game.
Mistake #1: Not using the right products for HD fiber
There are a handful of products you must use to keep your HD hair looking great.
If you take nothing else from this product list, please note that the second item listed here is the most important!
2) Wide-tooth comb: This is SO important to use. HD fibers are more elastic than traditional fibers, so when combing they require gentleness (almost to the point of babying). If you purchase a Jon Renau HD wig or topper, they got you covered as they include a comb in every box. THIS IS A MUST-HAVE.
All of these products can be purchased at Wigs by Patti’s Pearls, or maybe even at a local wig shop that carries the Jon Renau line. If purchasing from Patti’s, save 25% on anything Jon Renau with code: hopeandmane
Mistake #2: You don’t use leave-in…daily
You know how with traditional synthetics, how you can spray them with a leave-in a few times a week (in the beginning, sometimes not at all!), brush through, and you’re good to go?
Much like feeding your child dinner, you have to do this Every. Single. Day. with HD fibers, if you’re wearing her daily. (I know, I know, so annoying…the child part, not the wig-care part.)
Don’t make this mistake.
Every time you pop your topper or wig off you head, spray her down generously with HD Smooth Detangler and comb through with your wide-tooth comb.
This product is formulated so that it won’t build up, so don’t be afraid to use it liberally. It will help tremendously in keeping frizz at bay.
Mistake #3: You don’t use heat regularly
Wait, whatchu talkin’ about, Willis?
I know what you’re probably thinking: the less heat I use, the better, right?
Not using heat is a big mistake.
With HD hair, you’ll need to use heat to keep it looking great…which completely contradicts what you should do with human hair.
After several wears, you might notice that the high-friction areas are starting to frizz or clump a bit. Usually, you’ll see this at the nape of you neck where the fibers brush against your skin, or on the ends where the hair hits your shoulders or clothing.
You’ll definitely notice this more often in the winter, when you are wearing bulky coats and sweaters and scarves.
If you need a quick fix for one or two small sections, you can spray a bit of Jon Renau Heat Treat to the affected areas, comb through, and run a flat-iron through it to smooth. Or, use your curling tool of choice to reset the wave or curl.
This can often buy you a few extra days before the hair needs a wash.
Before you wash your piece, your piece will benefit from a formal “styling session” with—you guessed it—heat. Yep, you read that right…you are doing this every time you wash the hair.
You might just need to do it in the nape area, or the entire piece might need a little TLC.
Spray the Jon Renau Heat Treat on a small section of hair and comb through. Use a flat-iron and work it down that section to smooth out any frizz and help to rejuvenate the fiber.
Repeat section by section until the hair looks brand-new (no frizz, no clumps, it’s smooth, etc.).
Important: You will do this even if the piece is WAVY or CURLY! It’s an added step, but you’ll get the greatest benefit if you flat-iron first, then add curl back in.
See what I mean when I say that caring for HD fiber is a whole different ball game??
Once you’ve applied heat to the hair and you are happy with how it looks, then you’ll wash, condition, and air dry it like usual.
It’s a process, but it’s the price we pay for having style flexibility.
So tell us, what has your experience been with heat-friendly fibers? Do you love or hate HD? Any tips you’d give to anyone with this fiber? Drop a comment and let us know. ⤵️⤵️