How to Care for Synthetic Wigs

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that there’s a difference between human hair and synthetic hair. Still, it’s important to remember the materials are different so you know how to properly care for your wig. If you try to wash or style a synthetic wig like its human hair, you might find yourself with a dull damaged wig, and we can't have that!

Check out your biological hair now. The follicle of each strand starts under your skin. Hair is made from a strong protein called keratin. Even if you’re not science-inclined, you have undoubtedly seen that term on shampoos or vitamin bottles. A shiny layer called the cuticle covers the keratin. The body also produces natural oils to protect and nourish the hair. 

Obviously, synthetic is a different game. We haven’t managed to perfectly duplicate human hair in the lab, but we get close. The strands of a synthetic wig are man-made fibers and polymers. A lot of materials can be used in wigs, including silicone, acrylic, vinyl, or silk, just to name a few. Synthetic hair doesn’t benefit from a cuticle layer or natural oils. This is why synthetic wigs need special care.

How To Take Care Of Synthetic Wigs

Once you receive a new synthetic wig, give it a wash before you wear it. Before washing your wig, be sure to detangle the strands. The easiest way to detangle involves mounting the wig on a wig stand. In a pinch, though, laying the wig on top of a paper towel roll or even flat on a tabletop can do the job.

Using a wide-tooth comb, start at the bottom of the wig and work your way up. Do not use an average brush you would use on your biological hair. That’s a quick way to damage the fibers. A wide tooth wig comb can help protect against breakage.

Washing A Synthetic Wig

Much like real hair, you don’t need to wash your wig every day. For synthetic wigs, once a week is a good rule. Again, don’t use the same products you’d use on your natural hair (are you noticing a pattern?) This cleansing duo by Beautimark is specially formulated to keep your synthetic wig looking amazing.

To wash, fill a sink or bowl with cold water. You only need a small amount of shampoo, about a tablespoon. Work the shampoo gently through the wig. Remember to shampoo and clean the cap as well! After the shampoo is washed out, repeat with the conditioner. If you like, you can go with a leave-in conditioner. Try this paraben-free one!

After washing, of course, you’ll need to dry. For synthetic hair, allow the wig to air dry on a wig stand or somewhere similar. I repeat: let the wig air-dry. Yes, even the heat-friendly wigs. Just put away the hair dryer!

Storing A Synthetic Wig

Once your wig is clean and dry, you need to store it. Your most important job is to keep your wig cool, dry, and out of direct sunlight. Many wearers prefer to store their wig on their wig stand. If you need a longer-term solution, you can opt to keep it in the original box and stow it away in the closet. Take care of your wig and it will keep you looking fabulous for longer!

 

Got any tips and tricks when it comes to caring for synthetic wigs? Share your advice in the comments!

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