How to curl synthetic hair

We like to be able to cater to all needs at our hair factory. Whilst the vast majority of people opt for human hair when it comes to their hair replacement systems there are those who prefer synthetic hair. Synthetic hair may have its advantages for some but there are a couple of things that people need to be aware of.

First of all, wholesale synthetic hair wigs are very hard to take care of. Secondly, you need to be careful about how you dry your hair. If you use a hairdryer to blow-dry curly, synthetic hair wigs, for example, you will end up straightening the hair. The hair will actually end up not just straight but unnaturally straight. However, if this happens to you, then don’t need to worry because there is a way to correct this. In this blog, we will explain how you can very easily get the curls back.

Here’s what you need to do to curl synthetic hair.

  • Take some curling irons (the exact kind will depend on the curl you’re trying to create)
  • Heat them to around 80°C
  • Curl the hair around the iron and wait two or three seconds
  • Gently remove the iron from the hair but hold the hair with your fingers until the hair has fully cooled down

(If you pull on the hair before it has fully cooled down, the hair will become straight again)

That’s it! Your synthetic hair will then be back to being curly again!

Posted on January 07 2019

With the Winter Olympics having come to a close, our team thought we could take this time to prep you for the next winter events. Of course, our sport of choice is curling… and by curling, we mean heat-friendly synthetic hair of course! Please note, we have no actual skill or pro tips when it comes to Olympic curling… but with our help your heat-friendly synthetic curls, will be Olympic worthy.

How to curl synthetic hair

Curling Synthetic Hair

Curling a heat friendly synthetic fiber is no easy feat. Curling your heat-friendly synthetic item may be a little tedious or present some challenges. But, that’s okay because… as usual, we will walk you through curling your heat-friendly synthetic hair. We will start with a disclaimer… NOT ALL SYNTHETIC FIBERS ARE HEAT FRIENDLY. Regular synthetic pieces can withstand NO HEAT at all and will melt if brought around any heat. If you do curl a regular synthetic hair piece you will singe the piece.

On the flip side, a heat-friendly synthetic fiber can withstand a low heat . Heat-friendly fibers should be curled or straightened with a heating tool that does not exceed 350 degrees. Keep in mind; you can only alter heat-friendly fibers with heat. If you wash your piece, it will maintain the previous style until you choose to straighten/curl it. The more heat put on any fiber, the more the piece will deteriorate. We recommend purchasing two of the same heat-friendly styles , this will help them last longer. We recommend keeping one curly and one straight.

To curl a heat-friendly fiber, you will need the following items:

  • Shampoo & Conditioner
  • Heat Thermal Spray
  • Ceramic Curling Iron
  • Wide Tooth Comb
  • Styling Clips

For starters you want to wash your piece with the BeautiMark shampoo and conditioner; this will ensure you are working with a clean base.

Once clean, spray your piece with the 3-in-1 Miracle Protect Spray to protect your item from any heat damage.

Set your curling tool, to no more than 275 degrees.

While your tool is heating, section your piece and hold the sections down with styling clips. You are now ready to begin curling!

When curling the hair, wrap your hair around the curling iron and count to 15. This will allow the heat to penetrate the hair and curl it. You will then release the hair from the curling iron. Use the styling clip to hold the shape of the curl and attach it to the cap until cool. You can also hold the curl in your hand till it cools. You will proceed with these steps throughout the piece.

Once complete you can release the curls and separate them to your desired style. The more you separate the curls the more voluminous your hair will be.

Should you choose change the style, you will need your flat iron to straighten the hair. Now that we have offered up our pro tips on curling your heat-friendly synthetic hair, we’d say you’re ready to take on curling as a sport and you’ll look FABULOUS while doing it.

How To Curl A Synthetic Wig

Have you ever thought that it is impossible to curl your synthetic hair wig? You think that styling your hair wig with heating tools can damage your hair. Well, we have good news for all who are fans of this type of wig.

You can add curls to your synthetic hair by using the right tools such as rollers or no-heat methods. Follow step by step to create beautiful curls in the synthetic hair wig.

How to curl a synthetic wig with curling iron

Step 1: Start with a clean and dry wig. Place the wig on a mannequin head and remove any tangles using a wide-tooth comb. Start combing at the ends and gently works your way up to the top.

Part the section you want to curl. Then use hair clips to keep the other hair in place.

Step 2: Turn on the curling iron and adjust the heat to the lowest setting or cool setting. Use your spray bottle, spray to the section that you want to curl. Make sure that the hair is wet, not damp. This will prevent the fibers from melting.

synthetic hair is more difficult to style

Step 3: Start curling the wig. Curl the hair around the tool and hold until the hair is hot to the touch.

Step 4: When unraveling the hair from the curling iron, tilt the iron down and empty the curl onto your hand.

Step 5: This step is optional. For a tighter curl, wind the curl onto itself on hold with a hair clip until it cools. Then continue until the wig is curled.

Step 6: Wait until the wig is dry before additional styling. If you want to define curls, run your fingers through the wig. If you desire waves, gently brush the wig starting from the ends.

That’s all steps on how to curl your wig with a curling iron. Follow these steps carefully, you can get the best result.

How to curl a synthetic wig with rollers

Step 1: Clean the hair & detangle

To begin the process, you should wash your wig and then dry it completely. Remember to add heat protection serum on your wig because heat can dry and even damage the synthetic fibers.

Now put the wig on the wig head and wig stand and brush it. Detangle any knots in your unit so that you can have a polish look. Remember to gently remove the knots while avoiding stretching out strands of hair.

Step 2: Separate the hair

Use some hair clips to separate the hair just to make it easier. You can divide the hair wig into 4 sections.

Step 3: Wrap the hair in a roller & repeat

The next step on how to curl a cheap wig is to roll the hair. Start off with the front hair section first. Take a small hair section of the wig and place the roller at the end of the hair. Then wrap the hair around a roller. Clip the hair that you create a curl in place once you completely roll it up. Try not to let the clip damage or puncture the cap of the wig.

Continue doing with the rest of your hair in this section and the others on the sides and at the back.

Step 4: Blow the hair & remove the rollers

When your wig is rolled completely, use a hairdryer on a cool setting to blow the hair. Remember that hold the hairdryer on each roller for about 30 seconds. If you use the heat too long, it can damage the hair and the curls will look messy. If you have no hairdryer, leave the rollers overnight.

Gently unroll from the hair wig, not pull rollers hard. You can apply styling hairspray as you remove rollers to keep the curls in shape.

Step 5: Adjust the hair

Once your wig is unrolled, run your fingers through the curls to position and style the hair to have a more natural appearance.

curl a wig with hot water

How to curl a synthetic wig with hot water

If you don’t have any curling tool, you can use hot water for perfect curls. Styling the hair wig with hot water is easy. You need some velcro rollers or plastic rollers.

First of all, section the wig and doing at the back part of the wig. Wrap the hair fibers around the rollers. It is important to secure the ends of the hair otherwise it unwrapped by itself.

Boiling water has a temperature around 100degress so you may have to add some cold water before you curl your wig.

Grab a roller and put it into your hot water for 5 seconds. Doing until all the hairs you create curls are put into water. Make sure you don’t hurt yourself during this process. Once you have finished, release the curls and you have a curly wig.

How to curl a straight synthetic wig with flat iron

Detangle the hair of your wig first. Once you comb it, you are going to start braiding your hair. Divide your hair into 2 half. Now get 3 sections on the left side and just braid them. When you are braiding, you should pull the hair tight after each braid. Make sure that it is tight. Move on to the next side when you finish. Do the same exact thing.

Then you are gonna take your flat iron. Turn it on and leave it in the lowest feat setting. Press the tool on the braid, hold it about 20 seconds so you feel like this warm enough. Depending on how you want your curl to be, you can do this for a minute on each side. Slide the flat iron down. Let this side cool and do the same on the other side. When you did, go back to the other side to make sure that the hair is completely curled.

use flat iron to make a curly wig

Let the hair sit for 20 minutes or leave it overnight and then take down the braids. Use your hands and separate the curls. Well, you have got some cute curly hair.

How to curl a synthetic wig without heat

Step 1: Grab a wide-tooth comb and brush the hair. Brush a small section, start with the end and work your way up. Don’t pull at any knots, please lightly brush under them until the knot is gone.

Step 2: Split your hair wig into small sections. Start with the first section, split it into 2 strands and twist them together. Bear in mind that you have to twist the hair close together.

Step 3: When you reach the end of the hair, put roller and continue rolling the hair toward the base of your wig. Secure it in place. Repeat until all the hair of your unit is rolled.

Step 4: When your entire wig is rolled, leave it overnight. Gently take the rollers off, don’t stretch the curl out. Adjust the curls as you want.

As we’ve learned, curling the synthetic hair wig isn’t impossible. But you have to understand how to curl a wig without heat to avoid damaging the fibers.

Synthetic hair extensions can add width and length to your hairstyle. These extensions also give you plenty of options when it comes to styling your hair. Just as with your natural hair, synthetic hair extensions can be curled. Curling your hair extensions can add volume to your hairstyle and help to fuse the extensions with your natural hair, making it very hard for others to notice that you’re using extensions. It’s important that you know the proper way to curl synthetic hair extensions so that you can reuse these extensions after you’ve removed them.

Decide what size curl you would like as your finished product. If you would like large full waves, choose a one and a half inch roller. If you would like tight spirals, choose a quarter inch roller.

Dampen the hair extension evenly. To curl synthetic hair, water is the only thing that you will need to add to the hair. Gels and sprays are not necessary and will make it difficult to reuse the extensions.

Comb a section that is slightly less wide than the hair roller that you are working with. This section should be no wider than a quarter of an inch.

Begin at the end of the section and curl the hair tightly on the roller.

Clip the section near the weft to secure it.

Continue to wrap the hair on the roller until all of the hair is secure.

Allow the hair to air dry.

Release the rollers from the hair right before you are about to use the extensions.

Synthetic hair extensions can be curled before or after you add them to your hair.

As much as I love my Milan toppers, they are a straight style and sometimes a girl wants a little curl.

It’s been a long time since I finagled a curling iron, and I’ve been itching to give my Milan a little style. Yes, my *synthetic* Milan, people! You know, the hair you’re not supposed to use heat on?

I know you’re not technically supposed to, but what fun is that? Sometimes you just gotta live on the edge.

I posted about the fabulous hot air brush that I use to make my synthetic hair soft and swishy…my pieces have been fine with that tool, so why not turn up the heat a bit?

One of my hair-friends has been using a curling iron on her synthetic hair and it looks fabulous, so I decided to give it a whirl!

While you could curl it on your head, I recommend using a canvas head to pin to. Why? It does take a little while for this process and it’s far easier to have a seat to curl your hair.

Ok, let’s get started.

I used the Conair Instant Heat curling iron on my synthetic hair—this iron heats up instantly and has a zillion heat settings. For these curls, I used the level 2 setting.

Simply take a section of your hair and wind it around the curling iron’s barrel. Don’t take too large of a section, as you want the heat to spread evenly throughout the synthetic fiber.

How to curl synthetic hair

I let the hair heat up for about 20 seconds or so. Gently work the clamp to loosen the hair from the curling iron. Remove the curling iron from the synthetic hair and keep the hair in place with your hand while the hair cools.

I hope that makes sense! The cooling part is really what sets the curl and is 100% necessary to get this to work. It should only take 10 seconds or so.

How to curl synthetic hair

I found it easier to pin up the top layer of my hair and curl the bottom sections first. Then, unclip and do the top layers. Here it is partially done:

How to curl synthetic hair

The whole process took about 45 minutes but here is the finished result.

How to curl synthetic hair

Kinda pretty, right? I don’t own a waving wand but I think I’ll give one of those a whirl next time. The ringlets are stunning but moreso something I would use for a night out rather than an everyday look. I do love this curling iron though (and loved it when I used to curl my bio hair).

My bio hair is about 16″ or so right now, and the Milan is 12″ long. The curls brought up the length far too much to wear in contrast with my bio hair, so, there’s no “on me” pic. Sorry ladies!

Once the curls are in place, try your very best not to touch them. You can carefully rake your fingers through them, but any sort of brushing will result in a bush-whacked look.

P.S. Thank you to everyone that responded to the email I sent earlier this week. If you’re on my list, you know what I’m talking about. I’m totally amazed at the level of interest there! I’ll be in touch with the two ladies shortly.

18 thoughts on “Curling Synthetic Hair (How I Do It)”

I tried this on my TopNotch from JR and it completed melted my hair. 🙁 I ended up having to actually cut the hair that melted. Luckily I tried it on a deeper layer, so you can’t tell with my hair down, but I wanted to warn that maybe this doesn’t work on the topnotch?!
I’m not sure if I did something wrong – my curling iron wasn’t too hot, I had just turned it on. I had recently put some leave in conditioner and a little bit of Moroccan oil on it ( I find that it can help with some frizz when used very lightly). I don’t think either of those should have caused the terrible reaction.

Oh no! The fiber is supposedly all the same from all the manufacturers, so I’m just not sure! I do know “low” on one curling iron could be completely different than “low” on another…I’m very glad it was the underside!

It was worth the try! I will probably just invest in the new Top Wave by JR so I can get the waviness/curls that I have been missing! 🙂

This is a lifesaver. I’ve read numerous tips and yet still lost curls and volume because of the warnings about using a curling iron. Between this and another site, it has actually restored it back to even better than new. I used a heat protectant and small barrel iron and got back the full curls it had. And I used a trick from another site and mixed half and half water and fabric softener in a spray bottle. You can lightly spray it each night and it removes the cling and softens the hair while maintaining the shape.

Most of us know that one of the major downsides to synthetic hair is that you generally can’t curl it with a curling iron because it’s made out of plastic and thus might melt *meep.* But there’s a way around that issue that’s becoming more and more known thanks to the growing use of Kanekalon hair in crochet braids. One tried and true way to curl synthetic hair is to use hot water, but there are a few other methods that work as well. Check them out below.

Curling Kanekalon Hair With a Curling Iron

So, this method is the riskiest. Generally, synthetic hair and curling irons don’t get along, but some brands of hair can handle a little bit of heat. Before (or after) you buy your hair, check the label to see if it can be curled. Usually the amount of heat the hair can handle is written on the label. If for some reason you don’t have the label, test the hair by curling a very small section of it with a curling iron to see if it melts or not. Vlogger Britney John curled her Kanekalon hair with a curling iron using the lowest setting of a plug-in iron. She shared that the curls lasted a couple weeks before falling. If using a curling iron isn’t worth the risk, try one of the alternative methods below.

Curling Kanekalon Hair Without Hot Water – Roller Set

So, as mentioned, curling synthetic hair with hot water is a tried and tested way to curl the hair. But you can actually curl synthetic hair without heat, much like you can curl your own hair. YouTuber tastePINK curled her hair by spritzing it with room temperature water, then brushing it out to detangle it. She rolls the hair in medium-sized sections; uses a small-tooth comb to detangle further, then uses styling foam on the hair to help the curls set. She twists the hair and rolls it with foam rollers. (To see exactly how she rolls jump to about the 2:20 minute mark ;-). Once the curls are in, she lets them set over night. She later unravels the curls using a downward spiral motion. She separates some of the hair but not too much to avoid frizz.

If you have synthetic hair and want to temporarily curl it, this method is great. If, however, you’re looking for a permanent curl, you won’t get it by simply letting the curls set overnight as the curls fall out after a few days.

Curling With Hot Water

Be extremely careful when using this method or any curling method that requires heat. Be sure to take the necessary pre-cautions to avoid getting burned. You can do this if the hair is already attached to your head, but it’s probably easier if you curl the hair prior to installing it. Choose your method of curling, whether it be two-strand twisting, perm rods, flexirods or bantu knots. Curl the hair using your method of choice. You can moisturize the hair with a moisturizer if you like, but it’s not necessary. If the hair is already installed you can use a mug of hot water to dip and set each curl, like in the video below.

If the hair isn’t already installed, you can curl the hair by using flexirods, for example, then putting them in a bowl of hot water to set the curl.

How to curl synthetic hair

How to curl synthetic hair

Note: the water doesn’t have to be boiling hot. It can be the temperature of a drinkable cup of coffee. The hair doesn’t have to dry for a long time before you unravel it. However, you should wait at least five minutes before unraveling. The longer you wait the tighter and ‘more set’ the curl will be. Below are a few tutorials using various methods of curling.

Un-Curling or ‘Straightening’ Kanekalon Hair

The curls you get when you curl with hot water pretty much won’t fall out, like ever. But a little unknown fact: you can uncurl Kanekalon hair simply by dipping it back into hot water.

Vlogger Pretty Crystal Clear actually uses a fabric steamer to ‘straighten’ her hair. Note: the curls that she straightens are soft curls. So it’s not clear how this might work on a tighter curl. But it might be worth trying. It’s also interesting to see that Crystal uses steam rollers to curl her hair, yet another method that works albeit, gently.

Pre-Twisted or Pre-Curled Kanekalon Hair

Now, if you’ve skimmed or read all of the above and find yourself saying, ‘girl, I just… can’t,‘ you’re likely the perfect candidate for pre-twisted or pre-curled hair. Check out Sadora Paris’ curly ‘do that she crocheted in using pre-twisted Havana Mambo Twist hair.

Like with pre-twisted hair, with pre-curled hair you really have no work to do, as you long as you like the curl pattern. Vlogger Y▲nie Redd tried the Samba Kanekalon by Deja Vu. Below is her review of the hair.

How to curl your synthetic hair extensions

Synthetic hair is very delicate and can easily be singed or melted if too high a heat is used. There are numerous different ways to curl your synthetic hair extensions, which will keep your extensions looking beautiful, shiny and healthy, and will ensure that your curls last as long as possible. Learning how to curl your synthetic hair is always a great skill to have when you want to change up your hair texture.

Curl with a curling iron

Learning how to curl your synthetic hair extensions with a curling iron is quite simple. You must first make sure that your synthetic hair is heat resistant – if not, you should skip this step and go into the next method. Clip in your extensions, and then curl your whole head of hair as you would normally. The only difference between curling your own hair and curling synthetic hair is that, with synthetic hair, you need to make sure that you keep the heat at or below 180 degrees. Any higher and the extensions will be damaged. Section your hair depending on how big you want your curls – for big, bouncy Hollywood waves, keep the sections large. For tighter ringlets, wrap smaller sections around the curling iron at a time. If you want your curls to last longer, you may want to wet the synthetic hair before curling it. Knowing how to curl your synthetic hair extensions means that your purchase goes twice as far, as you have the knowledge and skills to change up your hairstyle instead of just keeping the extensions as they come.

Curl with hot water

Firstly, make sure your hair is moisturised with either cream-based moisturiser or olive oil, and your extensions are not clipped in yet. Then, taking sections of the hair, roll them around perm rods or rollers to create your curls – as above, choose the size of your sections according to how loose or tight you want your curls. Make sure your hair stays tightly wound around your chosen rollers, and then dip each one into a bowl of hot water for around 20 seconds. After doing this for every roller, let the hair air dry – depending on the volume of the hair, this can take a while, so you may need to plan ahead if you’re curling your synthetic hair for an occasion. Once the hair is dry, remove the rollers and you will have perfect bouncy curls! Knowing how to curl your synthetic hair this way will avoid any heat damage occurring and keep your extensions looking shiny and new.

Curl with a hair straightener and pins

This method is just as easy – divide your hair, and use a hair straightener to curl your hair loosely. Then, using a clip, pin up the section of hair in a spiral to your scalp. After you have done this with your whole head of hair, leave them to set overnight. You can add a hair covering like a shower cap or an old t-shirt to make sure your hair stays put while you’re sleeping.

Hair extensions can do a lot of favors for your hair. They can give you mermaid- esque length, sky-high volume, and the body you’ve always dreamed of.

I’m about to seriously date myself, but during my education assisting other hairstylists, there were only two base camps for faux hair: real and synthetic. Real hair (also referred to as Remy hair) can handle heat styling and was much more expensive; synthetic hair would melt under heat but was more affordable. To manipulate synthetic hair into a desired shape and style without heat, I learned to use methods like pin curling and carefully rolled roller sets that were set with a handheld steamer.

After chatting recently with celebrity hairstylist and Ulta Beauty Pro Team member David Lopez, I learned that synthetic hair extensions have come a long way. Today, plenty of manufacturers now make synthetic pieces that can handle a certain amount of heat (though the temperature tolerances may vary). Synthetic hair, be it extensions or faux hairpieces, has become more versatile than ever. Lopez walked me through a quick step-by-step on how to best curl synthetic hair. Keep reading to learn more.

Meet the Expert

Set Up

David Lopez / Design by Tiana Crispino

To have maximum control over your desired outcome, Lopez recommends using a wig form and stand as a secure foundation for your synthetic hair to sit on while you style. “Use a styrofoam wig block to pin the extensions to,” he tells us. By using t-pins, you’ll avoid having the extensions slip or move around while you’re working. The tripod or wig stand you use will also help you find stability as you style.

“And make sure to use synthetic hair that is heat resistant,” he reminds us. As I mentioned earlier, heat-resistant synthetic hair is newer to the hair scene and not all synthetic hair is heat resistant, so be sure to pay close attention when you’re shopping for your hair. Before you get started, “I always like to spray a little dry shampoo on synthetic extensions,” says Lopez. “This helps take away some of the shine and will help it appear slightly more realistic.”

Curl in Sections

David Lopez / Design by Tiana Crispino

Once your hair is primed and secure, it’s time to start curling. Before taking the iron straight to the hair, “make sure to turn your iron down below 320 degrees (or follow the manufacturer’s heat guide),” Lopez warns. Going above the recommended temperature could melt and ruin your synthetic hair. Every synthetic hair type is different, so be sure to take note before you get started.

“Using a 1.25″ curling iron, curl each section starting near the ‘roots’ and feeding the hair in to get even heat distribution,” says Lopez. When sectioning your synthetic hair, try to aim for roughly the same size section as your barrel, so in this case, a little larger than 1″ (eyeball this—there’s no need for perfection).

When feeding the hair into the iron per Lopez’s directions, keep the clamp down and gently tap it out all the way down to your ends to avoid leaving a clamp crease in the hair. If you open up the clamp too much, you may let some of the hair slip through without getting grazed by the heat and, as Lopez notes, feeding the hair through the hot barrel is important to getting that even distribution. If this is a new way of curling to you, practice on yourself and try it out a few times first. You’ll want your hair to match the extensions anyway, so take the time to find your comfort with this.

Using dry shampoo on synthetic extensions will mattify some of the shine and help the hair appear more realistic.

Pin Your Curls

David Lopez / Design by Tiana Crispino

When you’ve come to the end of your section and your synthetic hair is wrapped neatly around the iron, use that same gentle tapping of the clamp to slide the iron out from the curl without releasing the new shape you’ve just created in the hair. “After curling, allow each section to rest in your palm before pinning into place,” suggests Lopez. “Do not allow the hair to unravel.”

If your curl falls out a little bit, use your fingers, as Lopez shows us here, and gently wrap that hair up into a curl again. At this point, you’ll want to grab one of your pin curl clips to secure the section to its “root” at the base of the extension strip. Do this with every section of hair you curl so that when you’re finished, your entire strip will be pinned up like a roller set.

Let it Cool

David Lopez / Design by Tiana Crispino

Cooling the hair is crucial when it comes to changing the shape of your strands with heat. Similar to the cool shot on your blowdryer, allowing the hair to cool is going to give it some time to lock in the desired style you just created with the help of applied heat. Your hair will hold its style for much longer if you allow it the time to sit in its new shape. Give it at least 10 minutes of cooling before you let your synthetic hair down.

Comb Through Curls

David Lopez / Design by Tiana Crispino

“After the hair is completely cooled,” says Lopez, “use a wide-tooth comb to gently comb out your hair.” You may have to do this a few times depending on how soft of a finish you’d like to see in the hair. Combing through will help break loose those pre-sectioned separations in the hair, drag out the bounce and body along every strand, and generally loosen up the curls you made so you don’t have any Shirley Temple-looking ringlets.

At this point, add the extensions to your pre-styled head of hair and finish it all off with the product of your choosing. You could use texture spray, shine spray, smoothing cream, or hairspray depending on the finish you desire. Lopez recommends finishing with a light hold hairspray for added definition.

The Final Product

David Lopez / Design by Tiana Crispino

Voila! Now we realize there are plenty of curling methods you can use on your heat-resistant synthetic hair (Hollywood Glam or Beachy Waves, anyone?), so consider this one an expert-guided jumping-off point. No matter how you decide to curl your synthetic strands, remember Lopez’s key takeaways:

Bored of your plain, straight synthetic hair extensions? Then it’s time to curl them! With these tips from HairGlamourista, curling your synthetic hair wig or extensions becomes super-easy!

How to curl synthetic hair

Bored of your plain, straight synthetic hair extensions? Then it’s time to curl them! With these tips from HairGlamourista, curling your synthetic hair wig or extensions becomes super-easy!

How to curl synthetic hair

How to curl synthetic hair

How to curl synthetic hair

So, you finally got those much desired hair extensions; it’s been fun flaunting long straight tresses, and now you want to experiment with some curls, right? Well, you can flaunt any style you want, even with synthetic hair extensions or wigs. Even if your extension has slight waves, you can re-curl them to get tighter curls.

Human hair extensions are definitely easier to style and take care, but they can be very costly. So, synthetic hair is the best option, especially if you want long hair.

Styling synthetic hair is not that difficult, but yes, you do have to take some important precautions. Most synthetic hair extensions are straight, so if you like it curly or wavy, you can always style it so! Buying straight extensions is always a better option, as you can curl them whenever you want, and sport different hairstyles.

In case you are wondering how to curl synthetic hair extensions, we have the answer here for you!

► Hair Rollers
► Curling Iron
► Hair Dryer
► Wide-tooth Comb
► Styling Serum

Synthetic hair is nothing but plastic fiber. If you use too much heat it will melt. Never use a curling iron or wand to curl synthetic hair extensions.

Of course there are some exceptions. If you are using hair made up of good quality synthetic fiber, you can curl it with curling an iron or wand.

That doesn’t mean you go all crazy with the heat-styling tool. Always keep the heat on the lowest setting when using any styling tool on synthetic hair.

Before using a curling iron or any other styling instrument that uses heat, do apply heat-protecting lotion to the synthetic hair.

You can curl synthetic hair with rollers and hot water. To ensure that your curls set well, apply a setting serum or use some styling spray on the hair. Then comb it thoroughly, and divide them into sections.

The exact size of the section will depend on how curly you want your hair to be. If you want very tight curls, make small sections; for waves and loose curls, make bigger ones. Now use hair rollers with barrel size of your choice on the sections.

Once all your extensions have been properly rolled up, you have to dip the rollers in hot water. Use a towel to ensure you don’t burn yourself. Remember, the water should not be boiling or too hot.

You can remove the rollers once your synthetic hair has dried completely. Use a wide-toothed comb to slightly brush the hair; don’t be too vigorous or else you’ll lose the curls.

If you are using a synthetic hair wig, it is better to hang it on a stand and then do the above procedure. You can wear the wig after curling the hair. If your extensions are clipped to your hair, you can curl them without removing them. Do take ample precautions, or else you may end up burning yourself.

Blow drying hair is a simple and quick way to style hair, and you may be tempted to use one on your synthetic hair as well. But it is not really advisable, as you may end up damaging the synthetic hair.

Some fibers can handle the heat of a blow dryer though, and when used on strictly lowest heat settings, a blow dryer can be effective in curling hair.

Wash the extensions well with a mild shampoo; use a towel to dab the excess water. Apply some styling product of your choice. Then, using a very wide comb, slightly brush your hair. Now divide the hair into sections according to the type of curls you want, and roll them up in hair rollers.

Using the diffuser mode of a hair dryer, blow dry on the lowest heat setting. Once the extensions are absolutely dry, you can remove the rollers and flaunt your curls in style!

It is very important to take care of synthetic hair properly, even more than your natural hair. Using too many products will decrease the lifespan of the extensions. It will also change the texture and look of the hair.

You can choose from a variety of different types like clip-ons or clip-ins. There are varied options to choose from in the fiber as well. Lastly, it is advisable to consider your budget, time, and other constraints before choosing an extension.