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A Guide to Properly Washing Your Synthetic Hair Wig

A Guide to Properly Washing Your Synthetic Hair Wig

Synthetic hair wigs have become increasingly popular for their affordability, low maintenance, and versatility. To keep your synthetic wig looking its best and lasting longer, it's essential to follow proper care and cleaning techniques. In this guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of washing your synthetic hair wig to maintain its longevity and ensure it stays in top condition.

The model is wearing a Disc Wig from the Ellen Wille Hairpower Collection in Platin Mix.

Materials Needed:

1. Mild shampoo specifically designed for synthetic wigs
2. Cold water
3. Wide-tooth comb or wig brush
4. Towel
5. Wig stand or a Polyhead

Step 1: Detangle the Wig

Before washing your synthetic wig, gently comb through any tangles or knots using a wide-tooth comb or a wig brush. Start at the tips and gradually work your way up to the roots, taking care not to pull or stretch the fibres which may place strain on the cap and cause shedding.

Step 2: Prepare the Washing Solution

Fill a basin or sink with cold water. Avoid using hot water as it will damage the synthetic fibres. Add a small amount of genuine wig shampoo formulated for synthetic hair wigs. Swirl the water to create a soapy solution.

Step 3: Soak the Wig

Place the wig in the prepared soapy water and gently agitate it. Do not use any friction whatsover as this could damage the wig. Allow the wig to soak for 5-10 minutes, ensuring that the entire wig is submerged.

Step 4: Cleanse the Wig

Using very gentle motions, work the shampoo through the wig, paying special attention to the cap, where oils and sweat may accumulate. Do not rub or twist the hair fibers excessively, as this can cause tangling or damage.

Step 5: Rinse Thoroughly

Empty the soapy water and refill the basin with clean, cold water. Rinse the wig by gently swishing it in the basin until all the shampoo is removed. Be thorough ensuring no residue is left behind.

Step 6: Apply Conditioner

Apply a small amount of genuine synthetic wig conditioner onto the wig. Be cautious not to overuse the product, as too much conditioner can lead to a sticky or greasy feel. Focus on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, as these areas tend to be more prone to dryness.

The conditioner can be applied directly or in a bowlful of cold water.

Step 7: Distribute Evenly

Use your fingers or a comb to evenly distribute the conditioner through the wig's fibres. Ensure that every strand is coated for uniform hydration. Take care not to pull or tug on the hair while distributing the conditioner.

Step 8: Allow Absorption Time

Leave the conditioner on the wig for a few minutes to allow the fibres to absorb the moisture. This short waiting period helps the conditioner work its magic in restoring softness and shine.

Step 9: Rinse

After the absorption time, gently rinse the wig under cold running water or in a bowl of fresh cold water. Make sure to remove all traces of conditioner from the hair to prevent any residue build-up.

Step 10: Towel Patting

Gently pat the wig with a towel to remove excess water. Avoid wringing or twisting the wig, as this can damage the fibers. Place the towel on a flat surface and lay the wig on it, folding the towel over the wig to soak up remaining moisture.

Step 11: Air Dry

Place the damp wig on a wig stand or polyhead to maintain its shape. Allow it to air dry completely before styling or wearing. Avoid using heat styling tools on synthetic wigs, as they can cause irreparable damage.


By following these simple steps, you can keep your synthetic hair wig looking fresh and vibrant. Regular cleaning and proper care will not only extend the life of your wig but also ensure that you always look your best. Incorporate this wig washing routine into your overall hair care routine, and you'll enjoy a beautiful and long-lasting synthetic hair wig for many wears to come.

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