How to Wash Synthetic Wigs

Synthetic wigs allow you to have fabulous hair every day without much effort. The great point of synthetic wigs is that they require very little care and maintenance. So caring for synthetic wigs could not be easier. This being said, it’s important to care for your wig properly in order to extend the lifespan and get the most wear out of it. And one of the most important care steps is washing your wigs correctly.


Washing Frequency

Determining how often to wash your wig generally depends on how often you wear it. It’s better to wash your wigs after 20 wears, or every 3 to 5 weeks. However, if you're living around perfume, heavy smoke or other strong odors, you should clean it more frequent.

Pre-Wash Your Wig

Gently brush your wig from the bottom in short strokes to remove any tangles and any spray build up.

Shampooing Your Wig

Mix cool water with wig shampoo in a sink or basin (never use a washing machine and very hot water). Soak your wig for 3 to 5 minutes, Gently agitate but never rub, twist or wring it, even if your wig is quite soiled. Run your fingers over the inside of the cap where it meets your forehead to remove oils and sweat. Be particularly gentle on any hand tied areas of the wig cap as this area is the most fragile.

Rinsing and Conditioning Your Wig

Rinse your wig gently but thoroughly in cool water. Then apply a small amount of wig conditioner to your hands and rub together. Carefully work the conditioner through the hair with your fingers, avoiding the cap. To keep conditioner away from the cap. On hand tied areas especially, the conditioner can cause the hand tied knots to become untied, resulting in hair loss. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair over cold running water. Instead of using regular conditioner, an alternate method is to very lightly spray your wig with conditioning spray, spraying 10-12 inches from the hair.

Drying Your Wig

Pat the excess water out of the wig with a towel avoid squeezing or wringing. Hang your wig loosely on a wig stand or a spray can to dry at room temperature. If you do not have a wig stand, you may place your wig on a tall slender object (such as a can of hairspray) covered with a hand towel. Never place a wet wig on a Styrofoam head or a blockhead which can stretch the wig cap. Also, never comb a wet wig or attempt to speed dry it with a blow dryer. Air drying takes only a few hours and ensures healthy looking, manageable fibers.



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