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Taking Care of Your Wig (i.e., Washing It, Storing It, Etc.)

Updated: Mar 3, 2023

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Unless you’re already a part of a community that uses a lot of wigs or in a profession that requires a lot of wig knowledge (such as cosplayers or actors), you likely don’t know much about wigs for women.

That’s okay! We’re here to help with this.

When it comes to a wig, unless you use them very often, you may not be aware that you need to take care of your wig almost as if it was normal hair. Real hair pieces are not just things you can throw on when you need them and throw into the closet when you’re not using them.

They, as with all things, require care and good treatment to make sure that they will last for as long as possible.

Today, we’re going to learn about how to take care of your synthetic styled wig, including looking into how to wash it, store it, and all-around keep it long-lasting and in good condition.

Synthetic Wigs

When it comes to synthetic wigs for women, there are two main types: human-hair wigs and synthetic wigs. The former is a type that is made from real human hair, and the latter is made from a specific type of fibrous material that can mimic the look of human hair.

When it comes to a synthetic, this fibrous material is typically made out of a low-grade plastic acrylic – meaning that you will want to avoid putting your wig anywhere near heat – but technology has advanced in such a way that some synthetic wigs can look just like normal hair.

The higher the quality, the more it will look like real hair that has grown naturally from your head. However, even though a synthetic wig can look like human hair, there are two important things to keep in mind:

A synthetic fibred headpiece cannot be used forever. They tend to last for a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months. They might last for a shorter amount of time or a longer amount of time, but it’s not a guarantee.

The more you take care of it, the longer it will last.

As such, we will now discuss the best way to care for a synthetic fibred wig to make sure that it will last for as long as possible.

Synthetic Wig Care

As mentioned, the better care you take of it, the longer it’ll look good and maintain its initial shape. (Keep in mind that most synthetic wigs come pre-styled, and the hairstyle can’t be changed up.)

Make sure to do your research to make sure that you are caring it as best as possible. Caring for a synthetic wigs is much different from caring for a headpiece made from human hair.

Gentle Is Best

Your synthetic headpiece is going to be very durable, but that doesn’t mean that you should treat it like a dog treats a new chew toy. If you want it to last, you must make sure to handle your wig as gently as possible.

This is not to say you need to treat it like fine china but being aware of it and how long it’s been since you last cleaned it is a basic amount of information to have!

Use a Wig Brush

Before you decide to wash it, it’s best to brush it with a wig brush. This will help to remove any tangles that have appeared, and it can also help to remove any product you may have previously used on the piece that you now need to remove.

Wash Your Synthetic Wig Every 1 to 1.5 Months

Unlike real hair, synthetic only needs to be washed every month or so. This is because the synthetic fibers don’t gain the same amount of dirt and buildup that your natural hair does. As such, it doesn’t need to be washed as often.

However, there are specific requirements you must follow when it comes time to wash your synthetic fibred wig. If you do it wrong, you might end up with a soggy, unusable mess… and you’ll have to buy a whole new one.

Before beginning your washing process, make sure you have wig shampoo and conditioner on hand. Because it is not made from real human hair, using generic shampoo and conditioner will ruin it.

Wig Shampoo

Wig shampoo is a specific type of shampoo that is meant for wigs. Make sure that whichever one you choose, it says it’s for use on synthetic wigs. If the shampoo you choose doesn’t work on synthetic wigs, you may find that you will ruin your wig or that the shampooing is not quite as effective as you might otherwise like.

Wig Conditioner

Similar to wig shampoo, wig conditioner is a specific type of conditioner that is meant for wigs. If you want your headpiece to last for a long time, it’s in your best interest to use a a conditioner often. This is because the conditioner is meant to soften dry fibers and give them a sheen like real hair. Additionally, conditioner is meant to loosen the fibers so that they flow more like normal hair rather than like plastic. The condition can also “activate” the original pattern of the synthetic by restoring it to the original style when you bought it.

Keep in mind that there’s a specific process for washing your synthetic wig! Realize that you only have to do this every month or so, so it’s best to do it as diligently as possible to keep your it looking good for as long as possible.

  1. Brush your hair with a wire brush. Do not use a normal hairbrush, as normal hairbrushes will damage the fibers of the synthetic.

  2. Get a bowl of cool water and add a teaspoon of the wig shampoo.

  3. Put the entire wig in the bowl of shampoo and water. Let it sit for about a minute or until it is entirely saturated with the solution.

  4. Remove the wig from the basin, spray it with conditioner, and then let it sit for a while longer. Give it a quick rinse.

  5. Remove it from the basin and squeeze the excess water out. Do not wring or twist your it, as this will damage it and reduce how long you can use it. Be gentle!

  6. Blot your it dry with a towel, then let it stand to finish air-drying.

  7. Once it is completely dry, you can style it. However, if the synthetic is at all still wet, don’t try to style it. Styling it will lead to failure, and that’s not what you want.

  8. If you’re not wearing it, you should be storing it nicely! This will help it keep its shape and last you for up to six months.

A quick note: if your natural hair is cleaned, you can wash it less often. This will help it last longer, as it’ll reduce the number of times you have to wash it to deal with the buildup and contamination from your normal hair.