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How To Wash Wig

Your wig is absolutely beautiful and you just love the way it looks! But now you might find yourself wondering, “how do I wash my wig?” It might seem like a daunting task, but rest assured, we are here to walk you through the steps at USA Hair. 

Proper care of your wig is essential for it to reach it’s full potential. Quality wigs can last quite a while when you wash them properly. 

Check out the steps below to wash your wig the right way!

Things you need to wash your wig properly:

  • A folding stand
  • A good comb or brush
  • Wig shampoo 
  • A nice clean towel
  • Wig conditioner 

How often should I wash my wig?

The answer to this question depends on how often your wear your wig. Usually, the wig needs to be washed after every 4 to 6 weeks or after wearing it for 30 times or so. 

However, your usage and the environment around you also play a significant role in determining how often your wig needs to be washed.

If you remain outdoor for a long time, you might need to wash your wig frequently, but if you stay indoor in less dust and smoke, you can take long breaks to wash your wig.

Step By Step Guide on How to Wash a Wig

There are seven simple steps that you need to follow to wash your wig. Below we have listed those seven steps in detail:

  1. Detangle

Before initializing the process of washing your wig, detangle the hair using the wide-tooth comb. Just start from the ends and work towards the root to decrease shedding.

  1. Soak

Mix cold water with wig shampoo in a sink or basin. Then soak your wig in the sink for at least five minutes. But remember one thing that while soaking, never rub, twist or wring it as it may damage your wig.

  1. Clean

Clean your wig by gently dipping it up and down in the water. If there are some stains on the wig, then clean them gently by using a small brush. You can also make use of a toothbrush to clean your wig.

  1. Rinse

Rinse your wig using luke water from roots to end. But do not soak or rub as this can lead to tangling. Moreover, if your wig is curly, then leave the hairnet on.

  1. Condition

The process doesn’t stop after just simply cleaning your wig! You also need to condition it as this will help restore the original style and pattern of your wig. Also, conditioners contain special types of oils that soften dryness and bring out the fiber's luster and mobility.

To do this properly, go ahead and fill up your sink with some water and add some conditioner to it. Alternatively, you can also spray the conditioner directly on to the wig hairs. However, you should try not to apply any conditioner to the roots of the wig as that can cause it to lose fibers. 

  1. Rinse

Again rinse the wig gently through the water. Let luke warm water flow in the direction of the hair to avoid tangling. During this process, you can squeeze and press the hair but do not wring.

  1. Dry

Your last step is to dry the wig. The weight of the water may stretch the wig hair and ruin the style. So to avoid that, soak up all excess water off your wig with a towel.

After that go ahead and hang your wig on a stand so that it can get dry at room temperature. But never put your wig on a Styrofoam head or a blockhead as it can stretch the wig cap.

You can also use a hairdryer to dry your wig, but some types of wigs are not suitable for this process. So just make sure you don’t go overboard with the hair dryer.

I have a human hair wig, should I wash this differently than a synthetic style?

Short answer, yes! Up above we discussed the best ways to wash a wig in general. Below we look to go into more detail when it comes to washing human hair wigs

Even though these wigs are made of actual human hair, yours may have dye or certain chemicals on it. Due to that, you should take the below steps into account: 

  • Gently comb your wig. If you have a curly hair wig, then you can use fingers to gently remove the tangles instead of using a comb
  • Put some cold water in the sink and mix a teaspoon of wig shampoo
  • Place your wig gently inside the cap and fully submerge your wig in the water. Let the wig soak in water for at least 5 minutes
  • After that, lift the wig out of the soapy water and wash it off with cold water
  • Now apply the wig conditioner to your wig and then again clean it with cold water
  • Wrap your wig in a towel to remove excess water
  • Lastly, let your wig dry on your stand

How to Wash Synthetic Wig

The fabric of a synthetic wig is similar to lace. If you do not take proper care of it then the lace will become frayed and individual strands will stick out.

So it is essential to wash your wig at least once a week if you are using it on a daily basis. You can follow the same steps as washing your human hair wig that we discussed up above. 

Those are the steps to properly wash your wig! We hope this was helpful, if you have anything you’d like to add to this article that you’ve found particularly helpful in washing your wig, please let us know!