How to Wash a Synthetic Wig

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This is a common question among a lot of our clients. We did a lot of research and decided we would just write a blog about it to help others out there who have the same question! Some of you might assume it’s the same as a human wig , but surprisingly there are a few key differences! So here is what we consider the best way to wash your synthetic wig.

1. You need to purchase a synthetic wig shampoo designed specifically for a synthetic wig. Never use a regular shampoo on a synthetic wig.  *There are a lot out there! Know what you are buying**

2. Brush your wig lightly with a wire brush before washing. Never brush your wig with a regular hairbrush as i can cause damage to the fibers.

3. Add A teaspoonful of wig shampoo to a large bowl or basin with cool water. If the wig has picked up the odor of smoke or other strong odors, you can add a teaspoon of baking soda to your basin, and dissolve.

4. Place the wig into the water for one minute until it’s saturated with the shampoo/water combination.  Now you can either leave it soaking in the water for about 10 minutes, or you can slowly agitate wig.


5. Rinse the wig gently in cold clear water twice or until thoroughly rinsed.

6. GENTLY squeeze excess water out of the wig. DO NOT wring or twist as that will do damage to the unit.

7.Gently blot the wig with a dry towel.

8. You should spray with a leave in conditioner and let dry overnight. Do not put back on a styro-foam head as it may stretch out the cap.  A wire wig stand maybe be a good option as it will not stretch out the cap.

9. Brush wig only when completely dry.

This is what we have found has the best results as far as washing a synthetic wig. Hope this helps some of you who had some questions about it.

You may now be wondering how often you should be going through this process. Wash your piece as little as possible. Think of it like a fine cashmere sweater. Picking up odors and “hat” stains on the cap at the forehead,  are reasons to consider giving your wig a bath.  Depending on the wig’s environment, this will vary from 12 wearings to 25. Use your eyes and your nose to determine this.  If you keep your own hair clean underneath the wig you can reduce the frequency at which your wig needs washing. The more you wash, the less life you are giving your wig. So remember if you want your wig to last longer, take care of it, and try to wash as little as possible without it looking grungy and dirty! In other words, if your wig is visibly dirty, PLEASE give it a shampoo! It needs it!

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