Caring For Your Synthetic Wig On A Budget


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Washing a synthetic wig can be easy! Although many products are created just for this purpose, there are simple and easily accessible alternatives.

Synthetic wigs are made from man-made fibers. Essentially, they are a covering constructed of a cap with hair-like strands machine attached or hand-sewn onto the base. Because they are similar to apparel, they can be carefully washed like a delicate garment. Keep in mind we are discussing synthetic wigs here, not human hair!

Laundry detergent like Woolite or Dreft are mild cleaners that can remove oils, grime, and makeup from wigs, just like they do for fine garments. If you are sensitive to smell, use unscented or mix regular and unscented for a softer scent.

While your synthetic wig is still dry, brush from the ends to the roots to remove tangles. Fill your clean bathroom sink with lukewarm to cool water. Never use hot water because it will undo the styling of your synthetic wig.

Add about 1 Tablespoon of Woolite or Dreft. Put your wig into the solution and allow to soak for 10 minutes. Drain the sink and rinse your synthetic wig with cool, clear water. Squeeze out any excess water - DO NOT WRING!

Refill the basin with cool water and add 1 Tablespoon of a fabric softener like Downy or Snuggle. If the scent is too strong for you, dilute with unscented softener for a milder fragrance. Allow the wig to soak another 2 to 3 minutes. Rinse lightly with clear water to remove excess softener. Again, do not wring, but squeeze out excess water. Place on a clean dry towel and press to extract as much water as possible.

Use large S-hooks to hang the wig upside down by the adjustable band on your shower curtain bar. Once completely dry, give her a good shake and style as usual. Use a finishing spray like Renu & Repair by Envy to refresh your wigs and make them like new. This aids in preserving fibers and restoring tangled ends. The silicone reduces static from friction to keep strands from frizzing. 

One more thing that concerns wig wearers is the shine from the synthetic fibers, which keeps wigs from looking natural. A great solution could be to spray with dry shampoo that deposits a powdery residue onto the fibers. This can be expensive because dry shampoo to is costly and can run out quickly. A great alternative is The Original De-Shine Powder Sprayer. This tool is a refillable powder sprayer that a can deposit a light mist of a talc-free powder or possibly corn starch or baking soda to your wig, thus dulling the shine. You will have a clean, fresh wig at minimal cost!