How Often Do I Have to Wash Synthetic Wigs?

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Wigs are made out of synthetic material or real human hair. Human hair wigs are generally more natural looking, but nowadays, quality synthetic wigs are almost indistinguishable from human hair. Synthetic wigs also tend to be much easier to care for because they're made from a special material that allows the wig to maintain its shape, whether that is wavy, curly, or straight, without any styling.

The Right Products

  • The best way to take care of your wig is by using the correct products. Generally, name-brand shampoos and conditioners that are specifically designed to care for synthetic wigs should work fine. However, do not try using regular human hair products on your wig. Even mild products can damage the wig and dull the fibers. Regular hair spray should also be avoided because it can damage the wig and cause the fibers of the wig to deteriorate. Also, use combs specifically designed for synthetic wigs or rubber-tipped brushes to prevent fibers from splitting.

Washing

  • To avoid any damage, it is very important to go through the proper steps when washing your wig. Start by filling a sink or bucket with cold water. Read the directions on your shampoo bottle and add the appropriate amount into the water. Then, place the wig in the water and let it sit for two minutes. After the wig has soaked, begin to rinse it under cold water. If you want to maintain the shine to your wig, add conditioner. Leave it in for five minutes, and then repeat the rinsing process. When you are finished washing the wig, gently squeeze out the excess water and blot it dry with a soft towel. Place the wig on a wig stand so that it can dry completely.

Frequency

  • In general, you should wash your synthetic wig after every 10 to 15 wearings. However, the exact number of times you should wash your wig really depends on several factors. For example, if you tend to use a lot of hair products, like mousse or hairspray, then you will probably have to wash the wig more often. In addition, if you perspire a lot your wig may accumulate scalp oils more quickly, which will require you to wash the wig more frequently.

    It is important to remember that every time a wig is washed, its condition will decrease. Therefore, it is best to avoid using too many hair products so that it won't have to be washed as often. If you perspire frequently, consider purchasing a wig cap to fit underneath the wig to help absorb the excess scalp oils from your skin.

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