How to Wash a Synthetic Wig
Your Guide on How to Properly Wash, Condition, and Dry a Synthetic Wig
Determining how often to wash your wig generally depends on how often you wear it. Your wig should be washed after about 30 wears, or every four to six weeks. However, your lifestyle also plays a big part in how often your wig should be washed. If you're around heavy smoke, perfume, or strong odors of any kind, you should wash it more often.
To wash your synthetic wig, you will need the following items:
- A wig brush, such as the PROFESSIONAL WIG BRUSH by REVIVE.
- Wig shampoo and conditioner, such as REVIVE NON-STATIC SHAMPOO and REVIVE REVITALIZING CONDITIONER. Wig shampoo and conditioner are specially formulated to clean fibers gently and thoroughly. If you're looking for a more complete wig care kit, here are some options to consider: The REVIVE WIG CARE KIT by REVIVE includes everything you need for wig care – wig spray (8 fl oz., non-aerosol), non-static shampoo (8 fl oz.), revitalizing conditioner (8 fl oz.), volumizing mousse (7 fl oz.), a wig cap liner (HairUWear brand), and a professional wig brush. It comes packaged in a handy vinyl tote. This also comes as a mini travel kit for someone on the go. Note: If you're washing a human hair wig, human hair shampoo and conditioner should be used. However, you will still want a wig brush and a wig stand.
- A wig stand, like the PORTABLE WIG STAND by REVIVE.
- A clean towel.
Preparing to Wash Your Wig
Take a look at your wig. Wigs should be washed when they are dull, lifeless, over sprayed, or tangled from too much teasing. Start by gently brushing your wig from the bottom in short strokes to remove knots and any spray build up, and also to separate the hair fibers.
Step-by-Step Guide to Washing Your Synthetic Wig:
- Mix cool water with wig shampoo in a sink or basin (never use a washing machine). Soak your wig for five minutes, or a little longer depending on how soiled it is. Even if your wig is quite soiled, never rub, twist or wring it.
- After the five minutes, gently dip it up and down in the water. If there are makeup stains on the cap, clean them gently with a small brush (like a tooth brush).
- Rinse your wig gently but thoroughly in cool water.
- Condition your wig. After washing your wig, conditioning it will restores the original style pattern of your wig. Conditioning the wig will keep it looking great and lasting longer. Synthetic wig conditioner contains specially blended oils that soften dryness and bring out the luster and mobility of the fiber. To condition your wig, refill your sink or basin with clean, cool water. Add one or two capfuls of conditioner to the cool water (for human hair conditioner, follow product directions). Immerse your wig in the conditioner solution, gently working the solution through the wig with your fingers. Rinse your wig gently but thoroughly in cool water.
- Rinse your wig again gently but thoroughly in cool water.
- Dry. The weight of the water could stretch the wig fibers and ruin the style. To avoid this, pat the excess water out of the wig with a towel. Hang your wig loosely on a wig stand or a spray can to dry at room temperature. Never place a wet wig on a Styrofoam head or a blockhead which can stretch the wig cap. Also, never comb a wet wig or attempt to speed dry it with a blow dryer. Air drying takes only a few hours and ensures healthy looking, manageable fibers. For human hair wigs/hairpieces, blow drying and heat styling is recommended for optimal results.
For more information on wig care, check out our article How to Care for a Synthetic Wig.