There is no doubt that wigs elevate our style with different colors and cuts while looking perfectly natural. Shiny hair looks great, but too much shine can give away the fact that your hair isn't natural. Whether you're going out for dinner or attending a wedding, too much shine on your hair isn't going to help.

This article will tell you multiple quick hacks to make your wig less shiny. Let’s delve into them:

1- Wash the Wig

Brand-new wigs are usually extra shiny because they haven't been used even once. A simple way to remove that extra sheen is to wash the wig to make it look more natural. However, there are only a few things you’d keep in mind to not damage it while washing.

The first one is to use a shampoo that has been designed specifically for wigs. There are many good formulas available in the market, and you can pick any of them.

Wash it and check if the shine has worn off. If it's still there, wash the wig a few more times. If there's still no success, you can try other methods described below.

2- Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Everyone knows about Apple Cider vinegar. It is made from fermented apples and is used in everything from food preservatives to chutneys. It works wonders as a fabric softener and comes in handy for synthetic fiber too.

It is a great item for your natural hair as well as your wigs. Here's how you can make your synthetic wig less shiny with it:

Pour ½ cup of vinegar into a jug of warm water and mix evenly.

Soak the wig in the mixture for 20 minutes.

If there are white trails in the jug, it means a chemical reaction has occurred, and your method is working.

Take out your wig and rinse it thoroughly with water.

Now, put your wig on a wig stand and comb it well to remove any tangles.

In the end, you will have a wig without any synthetic shine to it.

3- Use Dry Shampoo

Dry shampoo is usually used to remove greasiness from your hair's roots. However, it is also a popular item for removing the sheen from your wig. The dry shampoo contains a special blend of ingredients that work instantly and remove unwanted shine.

However, one downside of using dry shampoo is that it might discolor your wig and leave a powdery coating on it, especially if the wig is brunette. The best way to avoid this is to use high-quality shampoo. Always spray the shampoo evenly in your hair and work it well. Comb it gently, and you are ready to go.

4- Use Fabric Softener

Although it might sound odd, fabric softener is a solution that people swear by for removing sheen from your wig. It is a risky method as sometimes it can damage your wig. However, if you are willing to take the risk, here is how to do it:

Take water in a spray bottle

Put 1-2 tablespoons of fabric softener in it and shake it well.

Spray the mixture on your wig and comb it with your fingers to spread it well.

Dry your wig, and you're ready to use it.

5- Use Baking Soda

While baking soda is popular for removing oils and dirt, it is also excellent for making your wig look less shiny. Here's how you can use it to remove the extra sheen from your wig:

Fill a sink with water, put ½ cup of baking soda in it, and mix both well.

Soak the wig completely in water and let it sit for a few hours.

Rinse the wig thoroughly with water and let it dry for a few hours.

Comb the hair, and you're good to go.

6- Tactical Styling

Styling is often an overlooked tool that can help you make your shiny wig appear more modest. It can potentially make a huge difference in its look, and you may not need anything else. A sleek and straight wig catches light much more than a styled wig.

Try to get a curly wig or one with a messier style so that it doesn't reflect much light. You just need to get your angles right to make your wig more acceptable.

7- Be Patient

People often become restless when they see the extra shine on their wigs and hurry to get rid of it. However, it might not be the best strategy as you might end up damaging it. Instead, you should give it enough time to lose its extra luster and wash it regularly as you wash your normal hair.

With time it starts looking more and more natural. Just make sure you're using high-quality products to minimize damage.


Synthetic wigs are undoubtedly the most accessible way of getting some hair back on your head, but their sheen can ruin the whole experience. These DIY methods will help make your wig appear more natural and refined. You should pick the method that works best for your wig or just give your wig some time to lose its shine.