How I wash my synthetic wigs

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By Heather Hershey

What you’ll need:

1 capful liquid fabric softener — your choice of brand / scent (doesn’t matter)

optional: wig shampoo

a clean sink


a towel

a plastic wig stand

a wide-toothed comb

silicone serum

optional: protectant / sealer / glosser

1. Fill the sink with lukewarm water

2. Add a capful of liquid fabric softener and (optional) a little wig shampoo to the water. Swish to mix.

3. Use wide-toothed comb to gently detangle wig, starting at the bottom of the hair and working your way up to the top.

4. Once detangled, add the wig to the water and gently swish around. Be careful not to scrub, wring, or otherwise be rough with the hair, as this promotes static buildup and tangling.

5. You may allow the hair to soak for up to 20 minutes if the water only has fabric softener in it. If shampoo was added, you may want to skip the soak.

6. Remove the wig from the water and place it on a towel.

7. Empty the sink and refill with clean water.

8. Submerge the wig again and gently swish to rinse.

9. Repeat steps 6, 7, & 8 until the water comes out clean. Empty the sink.

10. With the wig rinsed thoroughly in still water (as described above), remove it from the water, and place it on the towel, then place the plastic wig stand in the sink and position the wig on it. Allow wig to dry for about an hour.

11. While wig is damp, spray lightly with the silicone serum on the top and work from the top to the bottom of the strands with your fingers. Continue to let the wig dry on the stand until the rest of the way dry.

12. Optional: Once wig is dry, spray the ends very lightly with the sealer spray and comb through with the wide-toothed comb.

13: Lightly comb with wide-toothed comb when wig is dry, and that’s it! 🙂

Most wigs will only need to be washed about twice a month. We recommend using dry shampoo in between washings to keep your hair smelling awesome and feeling fresh.

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  1. September 12, 2018 / 5:01 pm

    Omg! Heather thank you so much for posting this!!! I can never understand what I’m doing wrong but now that I know I’m hopeful my hair will last longer!

    • Gina
      September 13, 2018 / 4:11 pm

      Hey there Jen! Thank you for commenting! We are so glad you found this article helpful! Please check out the CysterWigs Knowledge Base for more amazing articles like this on. These little tips of care can really expand your wig’s life span!

      Thank you for choosing, and have a lovely hair day!

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