How Cooking Can Ruin Your Wig (And How to Make Sure it Doesn't!)

Smell that? Is it pumpkin pie, turkey, and stress sweat from dealing with distant relatives? Must mean the holidays are upon us once again! 

With the holiday season so close, many people are scouring Pinterest and Grandma's recipe box for holiday meal ideas and baked goods. But beware! No matter how delicious your entrees may be, you may end up cooking more than your Thanksgiving dinner this year. That's right folks, we're talking about your synthetic wig! But don’t worry—we’re here to help you avoid a sticky (or melty) situation to guarantee your get-togethers go over without a hitch.

Don’t Check that Turkey Yet!

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While synthetic wigs are normally low maintenance, many first-time wig wearers don't know that synthetic hairpieces aren't exactly kitchen friendly—especially when it comes to heat. Synthetic wig fibers are made from a variety of quality plastic strands which may contain polyester, polyvinyl, and acrylic. While you probably already know that you can't use heated styling tools on your synthetic 'do, you might not know that the heat from cooking can scorch, fry, and even melt your wig! We’re talking about a huge mess.

How does this happen? Heat or steam from standing over boiling pots and the initial blast of hot air when you open the oven are both nefarious culprits that can ruin your wig forever in an instant.  Even opening a hot dishwasher can be a threat!

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This can pose a problem for those who plan to prepare their meals wearing their synthetic wig. The holidays can be frustrating enough as is; now add in hair loss due to cancer treatments, alopecia areata, or other illnesses, and trying to keep everything as normal as possible for your family. The thought of not wearing a wig may just be too much. But don’t worry; there are several ways to ensure your wig will be the last thing on your mind this holiday season.

But I want to wear my wig!

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We get it. Who wouldn't want to wear their wig during the most wonderful time of the year? We have good news: It is possible to wear your synthetic wig in the kitchen—IF you're extremely careful. Here are some tips to help make sure your wig stays in tip-top shape:

  • Have someone else put the turkey in the oven. The heat from opening the oven is a definite wig hazard. To avoid baking your wig along with the turkey, have someone else put in, remove from, and check on any goodies in the oven.
  • Stand back. When facing the heat of the kitchen, distance is key. Stand back at arm's length when removing any lids from pots and pans, and make sure you don't stand over steamy pots on the stove top. Or better yet, have someone else do it!
  • Wrap up your wig. Wearing a slouchy beanie or scarf over your wig while you're cooking is optional, but it does give your wig an extra layer of protection from the heat.
  • Tie it back. If your wig is long enough, use a clip or hair tie to pull it back into a ponytail. This will ensure there aren't any wayward stands that end up singed.

Can I Check the Turkey Now?

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If you're careful and follow the above tips, you're ready to handle the heat in that kitchen! However, if you're still concerned about harming your wig or the above tips won't work for you, never fear—there are plenty of alternatives to wearing a synthetic wig that will allow you to cook all day without worries!

Scarves & Hats

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Hats, scarves, and other headwear can be an elegant, fun, and affordable option for the holidays. With tons of different styles to choose from, you're sure to find the perfect headcover for you!

Heat Friendly Synthetic Wigs

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If you’re a fan of synthetic hair but don’t want to run the risk of melting your locks, a heat friendly synthetic wig might be the answer. Heat friendly synthetic hair can withstand temperatures up to 350 degrees. While these locks may be a safer bet in the kitchen, you should still be careful of exposing these fibers to excessive heat.

Human Hair Bangs & Wigs

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Human hair wigs and hairpieces are great because they will behave just like your own hair. In other words, they won't melt! If a full human hair wig doesn't fit into your budget, human hair bangs are an affordable and realistic option. They can be worn under a variety of hats and scarves to create the look of hair, and they're Thanksgiving approved!

Time to get your bake on! While we may not be able to alleviate all the stresses of your holiday season, hopefully this is one stressor you can mark off your checklist. Have any other holiday wig tips? Let us know in the comments section below!