Easy Wig Cleaning and Styling

This isn’t a topic for everyone but I know this through personal experience (as a caretaker). Keeping synthetic wigs in good shape is easy: don’t feel obligated to buy all the accessories the wig company offers!

Cleaning:

  • Gently rub a wide tooth comb through wig hair to detangle.
  • To wash, simply use baby shampoo (inexpensive without unnecessary chemicals).
  • Always use cool water gently squeeze out water and shake wig out in sink.

Air-dry

  • I usually let the wigs dry and set the wigs on top of the flat surface away from sunlight, every 20-30 minutes – I shake the wig out briskly.  Not only does this help the drying process but helps keep the style.
  • Keep a towel underneath where you set the wigs as they drip.
  • If you don’t have the wig stands – no problem, I set wigs on large (full) water bottles or my liquid detergent bottle.
  • Air drying can take a few hours depending on wig.

Style

  •  You can easily style the wig by finger styling.
  • You should NEVER use heat-styling tools on it nor comb or brush a wig.

 

Bottom of the Tube

When I have squeezed everything out of the tube that I possibly can, I reach for my long skinny spatula and a pair of scissors.

I cut the bottom edge off the tube and reach down into it with my spatula to scoop out everything left in the tube. If I can’t use all of the lotion (or whatever’s in the tube) at once, I simply seal it up in a zipper bag until I need some more.

DIY Hair Detangler

My daughter has curly hair and it constantly gets tangled. Instead of buying expensive detangling products, I take a spray bottle, fill it with water, and then add one or two squirts of cheap hair conditioner which I buy at my local Walmart or other big-box stores.

It works just as well at combing out those tangles as the expensive brands do. Holly

“Free” Cotton to Remove Nail Polish

Use the cotton pieces that come in pill containers to clean nail polish off fingernails or toenails in your at-home manicures and pedicures.

This is my all-time favorite tip to share with people because I haven’t bought cotton balls in years. I already buy vitamins and typically do my own nails, and while it isn’t a ton of money saved, it still adds up, and I am also reusing something that would otherwise end up in a landfill.

Washcloth Ice Pack

Accidentally bonking your head can be embarrassing enough. Add on the huge bulky ice pack you have to tote around and you might as well tape the “Kick Me” sign to your own back.

Now, I don’t have a tip for the head bonking, that just happens sometimes, but here’s a more comfortable, less embarrassing homemade ice pack you can make for your growing goose eggs.

  1. Grab a washcloth, soak it, and fold it into thirds lengthwise.
  2. Place in a small plastic bag and set in the freezer.
  3. Wait an hour or two, or until it’s at the level of cold and hardness that you desire.

In almost no time, the homemade washcloth ice pack is ready for your aching head. The size it just right, it’s more flexible, softer, and when no longer needed, you’ve got your washcloth back! Pat

Bandage Care

I cut my finger and had to cover the wound with a bandaid for almost a week.

To keep my finger bandage dry and secure, I pulled a small balloon over it before I showered or washed dishes.

Tip: If you have someone to help you stretch out the balloon opening before placing it on the finger, it’s a lot easier!  Nancy

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How to Remove a Tick

Ticks are small arachnids that live by feeding on the blood of mammals—pets and their humans, too. Ticks can transmit diseases which makes it super important to get them out as soon as detected.  Here are the steps to remove a tick, without leaving any part of it behind.

Step 1

Use tweezers to lift the entire tick straight out of your skin. Don’t be timid!

Step 2

If any part of the tick still remains under your skin, use the tweezers to dig it out.

Step 3

Dispose of it by soaking the tick in alcohol or flushing it down the toilet.

Step 4

Immediately clean the bite and your hands with soapy water, then keep an eye on it. If your bite turns into a bulls-eye rash with a red center and white and red outer rings (a common sign of Lyme disease), get to the doctor as soon as possible!

Reminder: Make sure you have a good pair of tweezers in your first aid kit when hiking, camping, or spending time where ticks hang out!