How To Wash A Wig?

If it’s your first time wearing a wig, it can be difficult to know how to wash it.

How many days should I wait between two washes? What kind of wig care products should you use? Should you washing a wig yourself or let a stylist do it? How to avoid damaging your wig while washing it? There are so many questions going through your mind.

Like most things in life, wig care takes practice! When you start to wash your wigs regularly properly, you’ll notice they look newer for longer.

Products and care materials for wigs:

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The wig products and materials you need (and the ones you don’t)

Whether you were wearing wigsof the extensions Or hairpieces in human or synthetic hair, there are essentials that everyone needs.

These include:

  1. wig stands
  2. Shampoo for synthetic or human hair (except for extension wearers)
  3. Conditioner for synthetic or human hair (except for extension wearers)
  4. Combs and brushes for wigs
  5. Napkins
  6. Detangler
  7. Finishing Spray

Never, ever use ordinary hair care products on your wigs. THE chemical products Powerful chemicals found in ordinary shampoos, conditioners and styling products will cause irreversible damage to synthetic and human hair wigs.

THE natural hair products will make your wigs curly, dull or abnormally shiny. Instead, choose products like Jon Renau’s HD Smooth Detangler or Revlon’s Wig Finishing Spray. They are made with gentle formulas designed to preserve the longevity of your wig.

YOU shouldn’t no longer use a standard hairbrush or comb on your wigs. The bristles of ordinary brushes will pull the hair out of the wig and tear the cap. Invest in a wig comb like the Jon Renau Wide Tooth Comb or the Revlon Bendable Brush.

How to wash a human hair wig?

Not the same care as for your natural hair. Many people think that since the wigs are made from real hair, they can wash it the same way as their natural hairbut this is not the case.

Most of human hair wigs are made with hair that has been dyed and chemically treated. This process not only eliminates the cuticle, but also offers a palette of semi-coherent colors. Unfortunately, this process also weakens the hair fiber and makes it more fragile.

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How often should a human hair wig be washed?

For all types of wigs and extensions, the frequency to which you owe wash your wig mainly depends on where you live.

Ideally, you should only wash your human hair wig every 7-14 days. But if you live in a humid climate where your scalp gets clammy under your wig, or your hairdo gets fluffy or frizzy quickly, you’ll need to wash your wig more often.

Washing your human hair wig, step by step:

  1. Before turning on the tap, gently comb your wig. If you have a curly wig, use your fingers to gently remove tangles, rather than destroying them with a comb.
  2. In a small sink or bowl, add enough cold water to fill it. Hot water will damage the hair fibers of the wig. Then add a maximum of one tablespoon of your wig shampoo.
  3. Place your hands gently inside the cap, flip your wig inside out, then completely submerge your wig in the water. Gently wiggle the wig, then set a timer for five minutes and let it soak.
  4. After five minutes, gently remove the wig from the soapy water, empty the sink or bowl, and run the wig under cold water until the water runs clear.
  5. Apply about a tablespoon of conditioner to your wig and run the wig between your fingers. Leave it in the clean sink or bowl for a few minutes.
  6. Gently rinse the wig in cold water until the water runs clear then.
  7. Wrap your wig in a towel and lightly squeeze or pat out excess water.
  8. Spray a conditioner spray on the wig, then let it dry on a wig stand.
  9. Let the wig dry completely before combing, brushing or styling.

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How to wash a synthetic wig?

Imagine the fibers of your synthetic wig like a lace dress. If you don’t take care of it, the lace will fray and the strands will stick out.

If you don’t take care of your synthetic wig properly, it can quickly go from sleek to frizzy and fraying. Think of the woman who dyed her hair platinum blonde year after year and forgot to deep condition it. This is what your synthetic wigs will look like if you don’t wash them properly.

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How often should a synthetic wig be washed?

If you wear your synthetic wig daily, you should wash it at least once a week. Synthetic wigs have “shape memory”. In other words, this type of wig is designed in a specific style and they will always maintain this shape after washing. However, if you neglect to take care of your wig instead of returning to its original style after washing, the wig will take on a new style.

Just like with human hair wigs, if you live in a hot and humid climate, you will need to wash your wigs more often.

How to wash a synthetic wig

  • Before washing your wig, brush it gently with a wig brush if you have a straight style, or comb it with your fingers if you have a curly style.
  • In a small sink or bowl, add enough cold water to fill it. Hot water will damage the hair fibers of the wig, especially on synthetic wigs. Then mix a maximum of one tablespoon of your preferred wig shampoo.
  • Place your hands gently inside the cap, flip your wig over and submerge it completely in the water. Gently wiggle the wig, then set a timer for five minutes and let it soak.
  • After five minutes, gently remove the wig from the soapy water, empty the sink or bowl, and run the wig under cold water until the water runs clear.
  • Apply about a tablespoon of wig conditioner and run it between your fingers. Leave it in the clean sink or bowl for two minutes.
  • Gently rinse the wig under cold running water until the water runs clear.
  • Wrap your wig in a towel, squeeze it lightly and pat it out to remove excess water.*
  • Spray a conditioner spray on the wig, then let it dry on a wig stand.
  • Let the wig dry completely before combing, brushing or styling.

Noticed :

It is particularly important to let it dry naturally synthetic wigs. Even with heat resistant synthetic wigs, hair dryers can damage the fibers.

What about hair extensions?

THE hair extensions are difficult to wash because you cannot remove them with each wash.

Since you’ll be washing your extensions at the same time as your natural hair, it’s important to use shampoos and conditioners that are safe for your scalp.

You can always replace your extensions, but you only have one skin!

If you can, try using a sulfate-free, fragrance-free, moisturizing shampoo and conditioner. These types of hair care products will cause minimal damage to your extensions and hair.

How often should I wash my extensions?

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It’s not as easy as telling yourself “as often as you wash your normal hair” because that means different things to different people. Extensions tangle and “frizz” more often than human hair, so it’s important to wash your hair at least once every other day.

How to wash hair with extensions?

  • Try to keep your hair as clean as possible and have a comb on you. Knots form when dirt or sweat builds up, and tangles in extensions are harder to remove than tangles in your natural hair.
  • Brush your hair and remove all tangles before washing. If you have a particularly difficult tangle, grab the extension above the tangle as you brush underneath. You have to be careful not to pull on the weave itself.
  • Get in the shower and turn it on cold (better for your skin and your wigs!). Once your hair is wet, evenly distribute a tablespoon of shampoo through your hair and wash in a downward motion. Gently press the products into the weave, but avoid rubbing or exfoliating.
  • Rinse your hair with cool or cold water, and repeat the process with the conditioner.
  • When you get out of the shower, wrap your hair in a cotton towel (cotton will cause the least friction) and gently pat out excess water. Do not rub.
  • Before your hair dries out, apply a moisturizing spray to your scalp. This will prevent the weave from becoming harsh and tight.
  • With synthetic weave, allow hair to air dry. For human hair weaves, you can either air dry your hair or blow dry it on a very low setting.

We hope this helps you take better care of your wigs and extensions!