How to Wash a Synthetic Wig

Your Guide on How to Properly Wash, Condition, and Dry a Synthetic Wig

How often should I wash?

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.

You will need the following items:

Prepare by gently brushing from the bottom up in short strokes to remove knots and spray build up, and to separate hair fibers

Prepare by gently brushing from the bottom up in short strokes to remove knots and spray build up, and to separate hair fibers

  1. A wig brush.

  2. 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. 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.

  3. A wig stand, like the PORTABLE WIG STAND by REVIVE.

  4. 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:


Step 1: Soak

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.


Step 2: Clean

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 toothbrush).


Step 3: Rinse

Rinse your wig gently but thoroughly in cool water.


Step 4: Condition

After washing your wig, conditioning it will restore 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.


Step 5: Rinse

Rinse your wig again gently but thoroughly in cool water.


Step 6: 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. Note: 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.

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