Hey guys! We know that you love your wig. It makes you so nice and has changed your look so easily and quickly. Your wig is fabulous, soft, and makes you feel crazy confident. And the synthetic wigs are cheap, easy to install and uninstall. This is the reason why so many customers are wearing synthetic wigs.

But, oh no! You notice the cap starts feeling oily and the hair right at the base of your neck is looking frizzy. These are symptoms of a wig in desperate need of a washing. The only problem? You're not sure how to wash a synthetic wig. Never fear; we’ve got the scoop for you! Below is our recommended method for properly washing your synthetic wig. Just follow these steps to learn how to wash a synthetic curly wig or straight, and soon you'll be a pro! Let’s see the method of how to wash a synthetic wig with regular shampoo.

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how to wash a synthetic wig with regular shampoo?

 Step 1: Gather Essentials

When you start a new task, you, of course, need the right tools to get started. To guarantee a successful washing experience, you will need:

A basin or sink full of cold water

Shampoo and conditioner specifically for synthetic wigs

A wig comb

A clean towel

A wig stand

Step 2: Work Out Tangles

Before you submerge your magnificent mane, use a wig comb to gently work out any tangles. NEVER try to force or yank out stubborn knots - this can pull out the synthetic fibers and cause damage to the wig cap.

 Step 3: Soak Your Wig

Next, you’ll want to fill your sink or basin with cold water (cold water is key here as hot water can seriously damage your locks).

Measure out 1 tablespoon of wig shampoo, adding it to your water.

Swirl the water around a bit to ensure the shampoo thoroughly mixes in.

Immerse your wig underwater for 1-5 minutes. Make sure not to scrub at the wig; just allow it to soak.

  Step 4: Lather

Once your wig has soaked, remove it from the water and begin to gently run your fingers over the edges of the wig cap, focusing on areas where sweat and dirt show up. Be especially gentle on any hand-tied areas of the cap as rubbing too vigorously could loosen the hand-tied strands.

how to wash a synthetic wig with fabric softener

how to wash a synthetic wig with fabric softener?

While synthetic wigs are a financially friendly alternative to human hair wigs, they do have their downsides. One huge drawback is that they tend to lose shape and style when the synthetic fibers develop static electricity or cling. Static cling is caused by negatively charged ions and occurs when these charges accumulate, especially in dry environments. Fabric softener contains chemicals that have a positive charge, creating a balance between the positive and negative charges, thus eliminating the static electricity. WHEW! BOOM! Science!

This is why we use fabric softener or sheets when drying clothes. But not only does it prevent static cling on our clothing in the dryer, but it is also equally as helpful in eliminating static cling on the synthetic fibers used in wigs.

Wigs don’t have real moisture like human hair, so they tend to be very dry. Fabric softener acts as a great conditioning agent, combating static electricity in synthetic wigs. Once the fibers in the wig are no longer dry, static cling is under control, frizz is prevented and those pesky fly-aways are kept at bay. Class dismissed!

There are many different ways you can use fabric softener, but I like this way because I can do it at night before I hit the sack and can also do it while getting ready in the morning heading out the door.

Here’s what you will need:

• a spray bottle

• fabric softener

• cold water

 Take two parts of liquid fabric softener and two parts water. You can use as much or as little of both as you choose, but make sure they are of equal parts.

Then mix the two into a spray bottle and mix well, making sure it is an even 50/50.


I like to take my synthetic wigs off before bed to prevent the rubbing of the fibers against each other and avoid frizzled and frazzled hair. So at night, once I take it off, I douse the unit in the fabric softener/water mixture. Then I wrap the unit in a towel--but DO NOT rub the towel against the synthetic hair; simply dab. Then I sit the unit on a wig stand, letting the excess mixture air-dry overnight.

However, if I do this in the morning, I lightly spray the wig (think adding a little bit of hairspray to set a hairstyle before heading out the door), put that baby on my head and let it air-dry as I am on the go.

How to Wash a Synthetic Wig

SIDE NOTE: Please do this over a tub or sink to avoid leaving a slippery mess on the floor.

This is the method I use for curly/wavy wigs since they are my usual go-to in-between hairstyles. However, it can also be done on straight synthetic wigs as well. The only difference is that you should first let the hair air-dry completely and then use a wig brush to remove the tangles.

Also, I do not like to wash out the mixture, using it as I see fit when wearing a unit. But it is your preference.

A few DOs and DON’Ts to remember for synthetic hair:

• DO always use cold water on a synthetic wig.

• DON’T use a blowdryer. Allow the wig to air-dry.

• DON’T apply heat, including curling irons, flat irons or any appliances of the sort.

• DON’T use a brush or a comb on curly wigs.

• DON’T use a brush or a comb on straight wigs when wet.

• DO’NOT use human hair products on synthetic wigs. They are stifling to synthetic wigs.

• DO take off the wig when going to bed.