Things You Can and Cannot Do To Synthetic Wigs.

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By Eseandre

There seems to be three main types of synthetic wig owners.

The first group is made up of those who are almost scared to touch their wigs because they think that the slightest modification will ruin their wigs. The second group is made up of those who think they can do anything they want to their synthetic wigs and the wigs will be just fine. And the third group understands that there are dos and don’ts when it comes to handling a synthetic wig. These wig wearers know that when you show your wigs love and treat them right, that care and pride will shine right through.

So out of these three groups, where you want to be?

You want to be a wig wearer who’s smart and savvy, especially when it comes to caring for your hair. Don’t subject your wigs to the extremes. Help ensure that you can enjoy them for a long time by learning what synthetic wigs can and cannot handle.

Things you can do to your synthetic wig

Overall wig maintenance involves cleaning, storing and maintaining the wig’s shape. Synthetic wigs are no exception. The best part is, all of that it is pretty easy. You can do it all with a few simple tools and products.

Take your wig off at night and hang it on a wig stand. This step is crucial in maintaining the shape of a wig and its curls, and also in preventing tangling. If you can avoid it at all costs, please don’t go to bed with your wig on. If for some reason you just have to sleep in your wig, then do good to wrap it up in silk bonnet.

Detangle your synthetic wigs with care. Use a wide-tooth comb to detangle straight wigs and wigs with loose curls. For wigs with tighter curls, use your fingers and gently remove any curls. Under no condition should you use a tight-tooth comb for your synthetic wigs because it pulls at the wig strands and causes them to break. Another thing to keep in mind is to always detangle the hair before washing your synthetic wigs. This will prevent any existing tangles from getting even worse.

Moisturize your synthetic wigs. Luckily, synthetic wigs do not need as much styling product as human hair does. All you need is a little to add lustre to your wig, so if you choose to use a shine serum of spray, remember to use them sparingly. Wigs can get dry after a while, so get a good moisturizing product that’s specifically formulated for synthetic hair. Never use sheens or sprays that are meant for natural hair for your synthetic wigs. Some of those products can have alcohol in them and the alcohol can dry out the wig and cause it to get coarse.

Style your synthetic wig.

You can maintain the style of your synthetic wigs by storing them properly on a wig head, using the right comb for detangling and keeping curls rolled up in curling rods or rollers. Synthetic wigs cannot withstand heat so avoid using hot styling techniques except for wigs that are stated to have a heat protectant surface.

Apply little products on your synthetic wigs. Again, synthetic wig maintenance does not require a lot of product. Using a lot of product will only cause your wigs to lose their shine from product buildup.

Pick the appropriate products for your synthetic wigs. Synthetic wigs are very different from human hair. That means what works for human hair won’t work for synthetic hair most of the time. When picking out a moisturizer, shampoo, conditioner and other styling products for your wigs, make sure you get products formulated for synthetic wigs. Remember…say, “Yes!” to synthetic wig products, and say, “No!” to natural hair products.

Have a good washing routine for your synthetic wigs. It’s a bad idea not to wash your synthetic wigs. How else do you think all of that product build up will come off?!? Think about it. You’re putting a wig on your head and close to your scalp and bio hair. Keep your wigs clean on a regular basis is an absolute must. If you need help remembering how often you should wash them, set a washing schedule for every three to four weeks. Three to four weeks is the sweet spot. Washing your synthetic wigs too often can actually damage your wigs by making them coarse, dry and brittle.

Know how to wash synthetic wigs. When wash time comes around, you’ll need cold water, synthetic hair shampoo, synthetic hair conditioner, a wide-tooth comb and a towel.

Before any wash session, detangle your wigs the right way. Then, get your synthetic hair shampoo and add some to a small tub of cold or lukewarm water until the water is mildly foamy. Make sure there is enough water in the tub to immerse your wigs in it. Place your detangled wig in gently and make sure it’s completely flat in the cold water and shampoo solution. Make sure that the wig is completely immersed. Let it sit in the water for 10 to 15 minutes gently moving it from side to side. Do not try to wash the strands with your fingers, the shampoo solution will dissolve all the dirt on the wig and it will easily float away.

When the time is up, take your wig out and rinse it under running water. Mix together a synthetic conditioner and cold water solution and once again place the wig inside it making sure it is completely immersed in the solution. A fabric conditioner can be a substitute for the synthetic hair conditioner. Allow to soak for 5 to 10 minutes, take out the wig and place in between a folded towel and pat dry. Place the wig on a wig stand and let it air dry.

To sum it all up, here’s a list of what you can and cannot do to your synthetic wigs:

● You can apply a synthetic wig serum/spray to maintain a healthy shine on your wigs.
● You can’t use natural hair products on synthetic wigs.
● You can detangle your synthetic wigs with a wide-tooth comb or with your hand depending on the curl type.
● You can’t use tight-toothed combs to detangle your wigs.
● You can style your synthetic wigs with rollers or curling rods.
● You cannot apply heat to synthetic wigs unless it is a heat-safe wig.
● You can use synthetic hair products on your wig and not human hair products.
● You can store your wigs carefully on a wig head.
● You can air dry your wigs.
● You cannot use heat to dry your wigs unless it is a heat-safe wig.
● You can wash your wigs with cold or lukewarm water. Don’t wash them with hot water.
● You can use a towel to pat your synthetic wig dry. Do not squeeze it.

Keep these things in mind and your wigs will be just fine.

You can see all of Eseandre’s posts here.


  1. Carissa Lynn Cuesta
    December 13, 2018 / 12:08 am

    Hello, I keep watching videos and reading articles about people boiling their synthetic wigs to restore them. Do you know how legitimate this is or is it just a bad idea?

    • Gina
      December 13, 2018 / 3:56 pm

      Hi there Carissa! Thank you for commenting!

      Yes, some people have successfully used a super quick dunk in boiled water. This is something that is highly advanced for most wig wearers and can ruin a beloved wig. If you feel like giving it a shot, we would recommend trying it with a practice wig (a wig you are ok with letting go). Please be careful with any lace front or monofilament wigs. Good luck!

  2. CM
    January 18, 2019 / 6:18 pm

    Do you recommend using Simply Stylin with heat defiant wigs (mainly True2Life Raquel welch)? I tried looking the product up on the Cysterwigs site but the search feature seems to have issues (which I have reported to the helpdesk). I am hoping there is something I can use to prevent or at least slow down the frizz from just wearing the wig.

  3. Kat
    February 6, 2019 / 10:17 pm

    How best to store wigs?

    If alternating between wigs on a daily or weekly basis, is it best to leave them out on a dresser on their stands ? With or without the hair net? They seem to be a dust attraction/collector.

    If you’re not wearing a few wigs currently or for a few weeks/ months, is it best to put them on their stands in a protected area (closet) or back in their boxes? And if so, how to keep the lace from developing a fold or ripple?

    In fact, how do you keep
    The lace from rippling no matter where it gets placed-stand or box? And what to do if it gets a ripple:(

    Thank you!

    • Gina
      February 7, 2019 / 6:18 pm

      Hi there Kat!

      Thank you for commenting!

      Here’s what Heather says about storing wigs:

      I store mine inside-out in the boxes with a dryer sheet, and take them out either to wear them or place them on a mannequin head at least once a month, so that they don’t become misshapen from sitting in the box too long.

      The thing to think about with long term storage of wigs on a mannequin is for longer or curly wigs. I would worry about the weight of the hair affecting the cap or curl construction.

      I hope this helps.

      Please let us know in the CCHD if you have any further questions. 🙂

      Our CCHD team is available 10 am – 6pm (EST/EDT)
      Monday – Friday (excluding most major US holidays)

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

  4. March 12, 2019 / 7:32 pm

    Please help, I have white wig glue build up on the lace front of my RW top billing topper. I can’t get it out, any ideas??

  5. Alyssa
    April 30, 2019 / 12:47 pm

    I am new using wigs, and I currently need to take a cheap route to wash my wig for now until I can actually buy the products that I need. This will be my first time washing my synthetic wig in a month, which I’ve only had it a month and I might’ve worn it like twice each week, so I feel it’s getting to the time that I need to wash it.
    Is there any at home products I could use for this time to wash my wig? By next time I should be able to get actual products to wash the wig, because I don’t want to use at home products to often on it, and hopefully this will be my last and only time, IF I am able to use them.
    Thank you

    • Gina
      April 30, 2019 / 4:05 pm

      Hi there Alyssa! Actually over the “fancy” synthetic wig shampoos, we prefer using liquid fabric softener! A little goes a long way and there are many scents to choose from. Check your laundry room first to get you by and then when you are ready go pick out a scent for just your wig washing. I really think this makes a difference so you don’t feel like you are wearing a piece of laundry on your head. 🙂

      Have a lovely day!

  6. Sue
    May 24, 2019 / 5:32 pm

    Rinsing my heat safe wigs under running cool water and then blotting dry in a towel and giving a good shake removes a good bit of product like detangling spray or leave-in conditioner. And the wigs feel great after just a cool rinse like this. This way I can extend the time between shampoos with fabric softener.

    • Gina
      May 27, 2019 / 6:58 pm

      Great tip Sue! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Amy
    June 15, 2019 / 3:01 am

    I just got my new Raquel Welch straight up with a twist wig and I LOVE IT!! I have only one issue, some of the hair strands seem really fly away, can I use a product to tame the stray strands without damaging the wig.

  8. June 23, 2019 / 5:07 pm

    Do synethic wigs fade with each washing? I wash them about every 4 weeks and the water will be brown. I can not believe the wig would be that dirty.

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