Wig washing is absolutely essential if you want it to last you a long time. If you’re new to wigs, or just looking for tips on how to properly wash your human hair wig, look no further. We’ve come up with the simplest method for thoroughly washing and conditioning your wig so that it’s squeaky clean and as good as new.
- Lace wig types
- Should I wash my wig before wearing it?
- How often should I wash my human hair wig?
- How to wash a wig?
Lace Wig Types
Before we jump right in, let’s do a rundown of two popular kinds of human hair wigs.
Understanding these different types may help when it comes to your at-home care routine.
Lace front wigs: These wigs have a sheer lace base hairpiece that looks like your natural scalp, which is sewn into the crown of the wig. The lace is only in the front of the wig, giving the appearance of your natural hairline.
360 lace front wigs: A 360 lace front wig includes the lace piece all around the outside edges of the wig, rather than only in the front. These wigs are a great option for when you’re looking to style your hair in a high ponytail, which reveals your scalp around your neckline.
Should I Wash My Wig Before Wearing it?
Let’s start at the top. You just purchased a ready-to-wear wig, now what?
Deciding if you want tot wash it before wearing it is really a personal choice. It is important to keep in mind that every time you wash your wig, it shortens its lifespan. With that said, some women feel more comfortable putting on a freshly washed wig. Another option is to give it a quick rinse versus a full shampoo and condition.
How Often Should I Wash My Human Hair Wig?
Deciding how often you want to wash your wig is another personal choice.However, many women choose to wash their lace front wigs once every one to two weeks. If the hair begins to feel sticky or dry, it may be time to give it a rinse.
The same goes if it begins to lose its curl or volume. Remember, washing your wig will limit its lifespan, so you don’t know over wash it. If you wear a wig cap underneath and remove your wig before going to bed, you can help reduce the number of times you need to shampoo and condition it.
How To Wash A Wig?
Now that you know how often to wash it, it’s time to figure out how to wash a human hair wig. You’ll find that your wig washing ritual can be done in just five easy steps.
You will need the following items:
- A wig brush
- Wig shampoo and 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.
- A wig stand
- 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.
Step 2: Rinse
The next step involves getting your lace wig wet. Place your wig under the faucet and use cool to lukewarm water to fully faucet to prevent the locks from going down the drain. After rinsing, gently remove the excess water with your hands and get ready to shampoo. Go easy on it──do not twist to wring it out.
Step 3: Shampoo
Place a small amount of shampoo into your hands and stroke the hair from roots to ends, keeping the shampoo away from the scalp of the wig. It’s important not to be heavy-handed when it comes to shampooing──avoid scrubbing or rubbing the hair, as this could damage the strands.
For the best results, use a clarifying shampoo that is specially made for human hair wigs. These shampoos are gentle enough not to damage the hair and they are designed especially for your wig’s needs. Some women prefer to use mild shampoos for color-treated hair.
To remove the shampoo, run cool water from the base down to the bottom of the hair. Once you’ve gotten rid of the shampoo and the water runs clear, use a towel to gently blot the hair before applying conditioner. The wig can still be damp, but you don’t want it to be sopping wet.
Step 4: Condition
Now you’ve ready to condition. Just like the shampoo, you’ll want to use a wig-approved hydrating conditioner. Work a small dab into the wig, starting at the bottom. Gently comb through the strands with your fingers, keeping the conditioner away from the base of the wig. You can let most conditioners set for one to five minutes, but follow the directions on the bottle. Once the time’s up, run cold water from the top of the wig down to the ends of the strands, making sure you get rid of all the conditioner before blotting it dry.
You’ve washed and cleaned your lace wig, so now you just have to wait for it to dry. Use a towel to lightly blot it and then leave it on a wig stand o air dry. Use a towel to lightly blot it and then leave it on a wig stand to air dry. Avoid using a blow dryer and brushing the hair until the lace wig is completely dry. Once it’s no longer wet, you can style your wig as you normally would.
To help you with your at-home wig care routine, we’ve outlined all do’s and don’ts make your wig looks its finest. If you know any other of washing a wig, please leave your comments.