How to wash your human hair wig - a step by step guide

There are many ways to wash a human hair wig (and there are many bad ways to wash your wig - please, whatever you do, don't put it in the washing machine!  We're not joking, people do it!), this is one way we recommend you wash your human hair wig.  We give credit to Follea Hair products who produced this video.  Please take the time to look at their range of Topettes and Wigs, we love their hair, it is the most beautiful hair in the world (no exaggeration!)

If you purchase your wig from us, our stylists will take you through a workshop and demonstration showing you how to wash your wig.  They will take you through each step and guide you what to do, and what not to do.

Before you start:  What you will need to wash your human hair wig

  • Wide tooth comb (or vent brush)
  • Transitions Hair Mannequin Head
  • 4-6 straight dressmaking pins
  • Hydrating shampoo
  • Hydrating conditioner
  • Towel
  • Large Sink

15 Easy Steps to washing your Human Hair Wig

Step 1:  Brush or comb the hair to detangle it.

We recommend using either a wide tooth brush called a vent brush (also called 'spider' brush) or a wide tooth comb.  Gently brush the hair in three stages:

         a.  Brush then ends first.

         b.  Then mid-lengths to the ends

         c.  The the roots to the ends to remove all tangles from you human hair wig.

Step 2:  Place the wig onto the mannequin head using the dressmaking pins.
We recommend you place it on the same way you would wear the wig. Putting on the mannequin head (or blocking it as some people call it) will help reduce the amount of hair inversion that occurs.  That is, where the hair inverts through the wig cap, it comes inside interior of the wig. 
Step 3:  Pin the wig onto the manneqin head.  Pin the wig at the front, sides and the back.

We recommend placing two pins at the front, near the temple area, two at the sides and also two at the nape.  Do not place the pins in the area where you part the hair. 

Step 4:  Wet the wig with luke warm water.

Make sure all the hair is untucked from underneath the wig.  Use luke warm water, begin to rinse the wig from the top (crown area) down.  Keep the hair in the same direction to reduce the chance of tangling.

Step 5:  Apply hydrating wig shampoo to your human hair wig

Apply a high quality hydrating shampoo gently to the wig.  Stroke or 'pat' the wig hair in a downward direction to spread the shampoo throughout the hair.  Please, do not rub or scrub the hair, it won't make the hair cleaner but will potentially tangle the hair.  

Note: about shampoos and conditioners -  Please don't use any cheap and nasty products from the chemist or supermarket, it simply isn't as good as professional grade hair products.  We have our own range of high quality hair products that we use in-house, we recommned that you use them too!    You will notice a difference how nice the hair feels and how long the wig lasts as a result!  You can purchase them online.

Step 6: Rinse shampoo from the crown down.

Step 7: Apply hydrating wig Conditioner, starting at the ends first and then working your way to the mid-lengths and roots last.

Step 8:  Gently use a wide tooth comb to spread the conditioner throughout the wig.  Be careful not to catch the comb on the fabric of the wig.

Step 9:  Rinse hair thoroughly

Step 10:  Remove pins from the wig and mannequin head.  Gently remove the wig from the mannequin head.

Step 11:  Comb or brush the length of the hair, starting from the ends moving up the hair shaft to the roots.

Step 12:  Towel Dry - Wrap the human hair wig vertically inside a towel and blot it dry. 

Step 13:  Take the hair out of the towel and give it a shake!

Step 14: Place the hair back onto the manneqin head, using pins to hold it in position.  Lightly spray some Transitions Hair Leave-in Conditioner into the hair, then brush  into the style you like.  Allow to air dry (over night is best)

Step 15:  When your hair is 80% dry, you are now ready to blow dry your hair to give it that unique touch and expression of yourself.

Get in touch with your local Transitions Hair, human hair wig specialist!

This is the first in a series of videos of how to care for your hair and all of the wonderful things you can do with your human hair wig, Topette or Crown extension.  We hope you have found it helpful.  If you need some further assistance please call us ph: 1300 427 778 or get in touch on our contact us page.

We have Transitions studios in Sydney, Adelaide and mobile representative in New Zealand

We are here to help you have the best experience with your hair, so get in touch!

Wigs for Biggest Kids

We have some exciting news from the Australia Alopecia Areata Foundation.

The AAAF believes that whether to wear a wig or not is a personal choice. As government assistance and Medicare/Private Health Care reabates are limited and vary across states, the AAAF is offering from November 1st - February 28th 2016 a once off program to assist people over the age of 55 with updating or purchasing a new wig

Application Criteria

  • The amount awarded is a total of $700.00 inclusive of GST
  • The applicant will need to provide relevant proof of age, in the form of a scan or photograph of a valid licence, passport, health care card or pension card.
  • The applicant will also need to supply a confirmation that you do have a form of alopecia areata. Your GP can fill out a form that is available here
  • AAAF can provide a list of Wig Providers in your state. A Wig Provider needs to be selected as part of this application. AAAF has the right to refuse the Wig Provider if we do not believe the Wig Provider will provide an overall positive experience and quality product for the applicant.
  • The successful applicatn will recieve a voucher to present to the Wig Provider on collection of the wig. The Wig Provider will invoice AAAF directly quoting the voucher reference number.
  • The grant is valid only until the 30/06/2016 and must be used before this date or it will be forfeited.

Please pass this information on to anyone you know that may be interested!

4 Celebrities Who Wear Wigs

Kylie Jenner recently revealed a new hairstyle of long blond hair on Instagram. Although the young celebrity is often very creative with her hair, this is dramatically different from her naturally dark hair. The caption claiming ‘It took months of not dying my hair and wearing wigs to get my hair back to health so I can do this’, was a refreshingly honest confession about how celebrities are able to constantly switch their looks whilst still maintaining amazing, healthy looking hair.

Wearing wigs is common practice in Hollywood where celebrities stay relevant on the red carpet and front row at fashion week by rocking a different look seemingly overnight. Do you remember Katy Perry’s two NYFW looks? She was seen in red curls and a pink bob ALL IN ONE NIGHT. Obviously the songstress achieved this by wearing wigs. And the girl has been known to rock wigs with attitude in the past.



In fact, there are many women who wear wigs so regularly we can’t be sure what their natural hair is like. Ranking number one on Forbes highest paid celebrity list in 2014, Beyonce Knowles is an undeniably powerful, beautiful and successful woman. The ‘Single Ladies’ singer never has a bad hair day (that we see), and with a wig collection that is rumoured to be worth over a million dollars, now we know why!



Your girl Rihanna has been extremely about wearing hair that is not her own. ‘The girl who donated, she’s the bomb’ she recently told Vogue before revealing what was under her false hair. Often wearing little more than her fabulous locks and an attitude to match, Rihanna’s style and beauty is one to be envied.



If you are experiencing hair loss, a wig can be the perfect solution to help you feel yourself again. An amazing human hair wig can also be the perfect way to make you look and feel like a celebrity. At Transitions Hair for Women we offer an extensive range of beautiful wigs (even stocking a Follea the same shade of Katy’s NYFW red), and we recommend coming in for a free consultation. For more information on wigs and other hair loss solutions or to make a booking please call 1300 427 778.

Alopecia Sufferer Performs on ‘America’s Got Talent’

“I chose to perform my Aerial act on America’s Got Talent in order to prove to myself that I deserve to be seen.”

Laura Dasi stunned both the judges and audience on the hit television show ‘America’s Got Talent’ when the mother of two took to the stage and performed an incredible aerial silk act. Not only that, she then became an inspiration to all alopecia sufferers out there by admitting on national television that she was in fact wearing a wig as she was completely bald as a result of her alopecia.

There was a point in my life where I wanted to hide. I felt ugly and I didn’t feel beautiful at all. Five years ago I developed an autoimmune condition called Alopecia. This horrible disease attacks the hair follicles and left me completely bald. Since hair has a lot to do with society’s view of a beautiful woman I felt I was losing my womanhood.”

“I now have come to a place of acceptance and I no longer have a fear of this disease. I teach classes and I perform in front of large audiences without feeling ugly or ashamed. Facing my Alopecia and not letting it control me has changed my life for the better.”

Complete Hair Security with the Follea Gripper Wig

Maybe you don’t have the added concern of not wanted your wig to fall off while you’re upside down on the aerial silk – but I think I speak for everyone when I say we still want our hair to stay in place no matter what situation we’re in! Well, with the Follea Gripper Wig, a wig designed specifically for alopecia sufferers, you can have complete confidence in knowing your human hair wig is secure and looking fabulous!

The Follea Gripper Wig offers the most natural look that will have you feeling like yourself again in no time at all. Take inspiration from Laura Dasi in the video above and don’t let alopecia control your life. Call 1300 427 778 or click here to book your free confidential consultation with one of our hair loss specialists to kick-start your journey back to great looking hair!

Client Thrilled With New Fiery Red Hair!


The other day one of our courageous clients came into the salon to get her Follea Gripper Wig dyed a fiery red. The result? One fierce, roller derby loving, flaming red head who couldn’t be happier with her new look!

Inspired by the picture below which she saw on our website, our client who lives in Melbourne had a fly in, fly out appointment in our Sydney salon where our talented stylists Victoria and Anneliese made her hair dreams come to life.  Colour specialist Victoria was the brains behind achieving this amazing result, tag teaming with Anneliese who then proceeded to do the fastest cut in on a Gripper Wig in Transitions Hair history to make sure our client got her flight home to Melbourne!



Have fun with your Gripper Wig!

Before suffering from the hair loss condition known as alopecia, our client had previously had bright red hair and was keen to recreate this stand out look, taking charge of her alopecia and not letting this condition control her life! We love that she’s not afraid to have fun with her hair and embrace her alopecia by not only experimenting with the colour and style of her Gripper Wig but also by getting excited to change things up with her new hair!

The Gripper Wig is a fantastic hair loss solution for anyone suffering from alopecia. In particular for those like our roller-derby loving client who leads an active lifestyle and wants complete confidence knowing that her Gripper Wig is going to stay secure at all times.

For more information on anything you’ve read, whether you too want to experiment with the colour of your wig in our full service salon, or you are interested in purchasing a Gripper Wig then call 1300 427 778. You can also book a free confidential consultation with one of our hair loss specialists to discuss an of our hair loss solutions further.

Follea Gripper Wig – Customer Review

A very happy client of ours – wearing the Follea Gripper Sport wig in a 12" colour c3045.

When a client of ours walks away completely satisfied with their new hair we know we’ve done our job right. When you feel good, you look good, and here at Transitions Hair we just love being a part of that! Here is a review of the Follea Gripper Wig from another happy customer.

“In the beauty industry I need to make sure my appearance is immaculate at all times, the Follea Gripper Wig makes my life that much quicker and easier.

I would have to say this is the best piece I have ever purchased. I have owned synthetic hair, human hair lace, virgin human hair silicone vacuum wigs and last but not least the Gripper Sport by Follea. The Gripper is truly my favourite out of them all. I’M FREAKEN IN LOVE!!!

It is by far the lightest most secure pieces I have (I can go under water and it holds up better than any of my suction vacuum pieces) ,it's the most comfortable piece I have had on my head . And the hair, (which I did have some concern hearing it was slightly processed) is just AMAZING, truly beautiful. It has complete movement, it’s soft, smooth and when comparing the actual hair with some of my "virgin hair unprocessed wigs" the only difference I had found was that I liked this hair better. Surely this "slightly processed" process I my eyes is a good thing.

Oh and how could I forget how natural it looks! Just look at it. It looks like it's growing from my scalp! I HAVE A HAIRLINE AGAIN!!”

More about the Follea Gripper Wig

The Follea Gripper Wig has been specifically designed for women who are suffering from alopecia and has been made with all the unique challenges that alopecia sufferers face in mind. As you may well tell from the above review, the Follea Gripper Wig is light, breathable, durable and comfortable! For more information about the gripper wig or to book a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists, call 1300 427 778.

The Truth about Alopecia

More and more people are taking to the internet and social media sites to open up and share about alopecia. Alopecia is an autoimmune disease that many people have little to no knowledge of which leads to misunderstandings, assumptions and social stigma for and about those people who are living with alopecia.

Alopecia is non-discriminatory. Both men and women suffer from alopecia and it can occur at any age. Alopecia manifests itself in a purely physical sense – that being hair loss. However many sufferers of alopecia say it's also a disease of the spirit, causing people a devastating emotional turmoil in a world that is obsessed with appearance.

For those who experience alopecia, particularly women who often self-identify with the colour and style of their hair, it's about learning to manage the disease and not be defined by it. A significant part of the coping process is about learning to value yourself for who you are rather than by the amount of hair you do (or don’t) have on your head. There seems to be a somewhat agreed upon perception from both sexes that it is worse to experience female hair loss as society deems it more acceptable for men to appear bald.

One Woman’s Alopecia Story

Lauren Crawford, now 29, began suffering from alopecia at an early age. In her teens she was extremely self-conscious of her condition, however this all changed while on a first date in high school. After going on a few dates she began to realise that these boys didn't handle her diagnosis of alopecia all that well. One night while on a date she decided to lay it all out on the table that very first night and straight up told him that she had something to confess.

"'If you want to walk out the door, that's OK” she remembers saying.

"Oh thank God," her date replied. "That's it?!"

Lauren has now been married for five years to the same man to whom she made that first-date confession to back in high school.

Hair loss in women is very often associated with either illness or aging so society is automatically shocked or fearful of this. Those suffering with alopecia can experience embarrassment, hopelessness, and are eager for a "quick fix," and, if a wearing a wig are often fearful that the wig doesn’t look natural and that people might find out what lies beneath the wig.

Natural Looking Human Hair Wigs

Luckily for alopecia sufferers, the Follea Gripper Wig couldn't be more natural, beautiful or comfortable! Designed by people with alopecia, specifically for people with alopecia, these human hair wigs will give you back your hair and your confidence.

For more information about hair loss solutions for people with alopecia book a free consultation with one of our hair loss specialists; click here or call 1300 427 778.

Meet the Modern-day Calendar Girls – with a twist!


A group of twelve extraordinarily brave women have recently caught our attention as they ‘bare all’ in hopes of raising awareness and much needed funds for the charity Alopecia UK through the sales of a very unique calendar.

Alopecia Sufferers bare all in Calendar Girl Style Shoot

Aside from their bravery, eleven of these women have something very distinctive in common – they all suffer from the hair loss condition known as alopecia.  These women have boldly gone where no alopecia sufferer has gone before, quite literally baring everything (hair loss and all) for a 2015 charity calendar with the aim of raising awareness for alopecia.

What is Alopecia? 

Alopecia is the medical term for hair loss that can occur for a variety of reasons. The direct cause of alopecia is unknown however do know that alopecia is an autoimmune disease; causing the body’s own immune system to attack itself, in this case the hair follicles, which trigger either patchy or total hair loss (alopecia totalis).

Organiser Victoria Short says she jokingly suggested the idea of a nude-bald calendar shoot and to her surprise eleven other ladies agreed! A nude calendar is certainly a bold move to raise awareness for alopecia and we commend these ladies immensely for their hard work and dedication to the cause.

Alopecia UK Charity

Alopecia UK is a small charity which offers information, support and guidance to those affected by alopecia and hair loss. Any funds received from the calendar project will help to further their work in helping those who may be struggling with alopecia.

To find out more or to purchase the calendar visit

Human Hair Wigs for Women with Alopecia

Made for alopecians by alopecians, the Follea Gripper Wig is the next generation in human hair wigs for women. This wig was designed knowing the unique challenges that come with alopecia, and is light, comfortable, durable, and secure – not to mention beautiful!

For more information about the Follea Gripper Wig or to chat to one of our hair loss consultants, call 1300 427 778 or click here to book your free confidential consultation

Gripper Wigs for Female Hair Loss and Alopecia

Follea has led the way for women with little or no hair by creating a product line of innovative, next generation wigs. Designed for Alopecians by Alopecians, you can be assured that their creators understand the unique challenges that come with Alopecia. At the core of this is product line is the Follea Gripper™ Wigs. From their quick and ever growing popularity, it is evident that Follea Gripper™ Wigs are the go to solution for women experiencing severe hair loss, especially due to alopecia.

These beautiful Follea Gripper™ Wigs are the next generation in wig technology. Unlike older style wigs, the new Gripper Wig does not use tapes or glue the secure the wig to the scalp. Rather, it uses a patented medical grade silicone that ‘grips’ to the scalp with complete comfort and security. It is so secure that even if you’re sweating it out in the gym or showing off your sweet dance moves on a Saturday night, you can have complete confidence in knowing the amazing Gripper™ Wig is going to stay on your head

Why We Love the Follea Gripper™ Wig

Our team of hair loss professionals are dedicated to finding the best possible hair replacement solutions for female hair loss and alopecia suffers; and here at Transitions Hair for Women we feel we’ve hit the jackpot with the innovative Gripper™ Wig! After using them for a number of years now we can safely say we are extremely happy with them. We love the hair quality (gorgeous European/Russian Hair) and how long they last for. Best of all, we love them because our clients love them! Many have switched to the Gripper™ Wig because they especially love how it requires no glue or tape; giving them confidence, security, and zero hassle! Also they are very light, cool and breathable (especially compared to the suction or Vacuum wigs). In hot climates, coolness, lightness and breathability are extremely important. Clients also love being able to feel the wind and rain on their scalp again!

If you are suffering from alopecia or severe female hair loss, we cannot recommend the Follea Gripper™ Wig enough! Hear what one of our client’s has to say about the Gripper™ Wig in the video below!

For a free confidential consultation with one of our hair loss professionals click here; or call 1300 427 778

Follea Gripper Wig Video Review

For more videos on the Follea Gripper Wig, check out our Gripper Wig video gallery.

Follea Gripper wigs are the next generation in wig technology designed for people with alopecia, in particular, alopecia totalis, universalis as well as advanced forms of alopecia areata.

The video above shows an interview between a young lady, Maykayla, and Michael Leigh, the President of Follea. Maykayla demonstrates her experience with the amazing Follea Gripper Wig, a product that she had now become a spokesperson and unofficial model for.

Maykayla has been using the Gripper Wig for a couple of years and loves it so much. She has become somewhat of an ambassador both for Follea Gripper wigs and also for raising awareness about Alopecia.  It's not often that people are so willing to share their experience of alopecia so publicly; Maykayla is to be commended for her brave attempts help others suffering from alopecia.

At Transitions Hair, we have been using the Follea Gripper Wigs for a number of years now and we are thrilled with them! The gorgeous European/ Russian hair quality is amazing and we love how long they last for – as do our clients! 

Many have switched to the Gripper wigs because they especially love how it requires no glue, tape or any other kind of adhesive - it is extremely secure (watch the video to the end and you will understand what I mean!) When fitted properly, these beautiful wigs will never come off your head.

Gripper Wigs are very light, cool, and breathable (especially compared to the Suction or Vacuum wigs).  In a hot climate, coolness, lightness and breathability are extremely important. Our clients also enjoy being able to feel the wind and rain on their scalp again!

For more information on Gripper Wigs call us on 1300 427 778 or click here to book a free, confidential consultation with one of our hair loss professionals.