Prepare the wig hair
Hair is easier to roll when it’s damp. Dampening the hair also makes the set take better, giving you a better result.
A plastic spray bottle is great for dampening hair and distributing your styling product evenly. It’s not necessary to soak or saturate the hair, just dampen it slightly.
Start with a clean, dry wig and mist each section as you roll. Spray the section first with plain water, then with a little styling spray.
If you need to re-wet a section while you’re rolling, just use the plain water since you already have styling product on the hair.
What is styling spray?
Styling spray is simply very diluted gel. Diluting gel with water and alcohol makes it easier to lightly coat the entire strand of hair with gel, without gunky buildup. You only need a small amount of the styling spray – the heat and evaporation are what really sets a style.
- For human hair wigs: use a mix of 2 parts water and 1 part rubbing alcohol with a tablespoon or so of gel.
- For synthetic hair wigs, steam is actually the thing that sets the style. Use a bit of plain water the make rolling the hair more manageable.
Handy Tip – if you’re re-rolling a wig that has become messy or just needs some tlc, you probably don’t need to wash and start from scratch. Often, you can maintain a style by simply dampening with plain water (it will reactivate the styling gel already in the hair!) and re-rolling it.