How to Wash a Wig? A Step by Step Guide

How to Wash a Wig? A Step by Step GuideRegardless of the wig type you have, every wig should be maintained and kept in perfect condition. Hairpieces are not cheap so it makes no sense to invest in it if you’re going to let it get damaged and ruined. Not only that, but neglected wigs look awful, so don’t be one of those girls with a dirty, tangled mess on her head. It cheapens the whole look and makes it really obvious that it’s actually a wig. Fortunately, hairpieces are really easy to take care of and learning how to wash a wig properly will definitely pay off in the long run. When a hairpiece is nice and clean, it can look like it just came out of the box. The luster will be restored, shedding and frizz will be reduced, and the risk of stretching or damaging the cap will be significantly reduced.

As you wear the wig, sweat and oil coming from your natural scalp gets into the wig cap and there can also be a lot of product buildup on the strands. All of that can get really messy if the hairpiece is not washed, just like with natural hair. The good news is that hairpieces don’t have to be washed as often as real strands, every two weeks is more than enough, but a lot of women wonder how to do it properly without damaging the wig. So here is a simple step by step process of how to wash a wig, regardless of the type, and keep it in an absolutely perfect condition.

Step 1

Although this is quite obvious, it is worth noting that the hairpiece should be taken off before washing it. Not only is it easier that way, but it also protects the wig, as well as natural strands. So carefully remove the hairpiece (how to do it depends on the attachment method used) and proceed to the next step.

Step 2

It is a good idea to get any frizz or tangles from the hairpiece first. Using a loop brush, go over the wig, making sure everything is nice and smooth. If do you find knotted areas, be very careful and gentle while brushing it out. It is also a good idea to start brushing from the ends to the top. That reduces shedding and breakage.

Step 3

Fill the sink with warm water, not too hot and too cold. Submerge the hairpiece into the water until it’s completely wet. Put some shampoo in your hand, and gently run your fingers through the strands, getting the product on the wig cap as well. We recommend that you use a shampoo that is made particularly for wig use, but any milder shampoo will do as well. Massage the hairpiece gently and avoid any tugging, pulling, or harsh scrubbing. Make sure to thoroughly wash the wig cap because that’s the dirtiest bit since it soaks up everything.

Step 4

Rinse the shampoo out with lukewarm water and make sure that there’s no product residue. When shampoo is not rinsed out properly, the strands become greasy, coarse, and lose their shine.

Step 5

Now that the shampooing is done, it is time to add some conditioner. It is important not to skip this step because conditioned hairpiece looks shiny, lustrous, and smooth. Put some in your hair and apply it on the bottom part, avoid the roots. When a conditioner is rubbed all over the roots, it makes the strands very greasy, as well as the cap. It is a good idea to leave the conditioner in for a couple of minutes before rinsing.

Step 6

How to Wash a Wig? A Step by Step GuideAfter the hairpiece is rinsed out again, squeeze the strands in order to remove excess water. You can also roll up the wig in a towel to get more water out.

Step 7

Now you can put some additional products. This step is optional, but we encourage you to try it because it might make the wig even more stunning and flawless. Because a wig doesn’t receive any natural oils, it is a good idea to add some macadamia oil which is really good for the hair. Depending on the wig texture, you can also add additional products that make the curly, wavy, or straight texture even more beautiful. Many women also like to use some wig mousse in order to style the wig while it’s still damp. Although these additional products might make the hairpiece even more perfect, don’t overdo it and use every single thing that you have.

Step 8

When it comes to drying, wigs are best left alone to air dry. Although the use of a blow dryer is permitted on human hair wigs, heat is never good for the strands. So if you have the time, place the wig on a wig stand and let it dry overnight.

Step 9

When the hairpiece is nice and dry, it is a good idea to brush it one more time. As you wash the wig, the strands can get tangled up a little bit, so it’s important to use a comb afterward as well.

Step 10

If your wig is curly and you notice that the texture has been slightly lost due to washing, you need to re-curl it. Use a curling iron, just like would on your natural strands and restore that nice texture. This is the last step of this process and the last thing you need to remember is to re-wash the wig when you notice it gets dirty and never neglect to do that. Since the washing doesn’t need to be done more often than two weeks, there’s really no excuse not to do it.

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How to Wash a Wig? A Step by Step Guide

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