Beauty 101: How to Wash & Maintain A Human Hair Wig

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With human hair wigs for women, it’s important to regularly wash and maintain them so they not only remain looking good and natural, but also last as long as possible. While some people just take their wigs to their stylist or a salon, this can be expensive with not everybody being able to afford regular appointments.

And so, we have created this easy guide so that you can wash and maintain your wig all from the comfort of your home.

What is a human hair wig?

Before we start, we should mention that this guide is specifically for human hair wigs. This means that the hair on your wig is extracted from real human hair and it’s just like your own natural hair.

The other kind of wig is a synthetic wig where the hair is made of fibers designed to mimic human hair. Synthetic hair is cheaper and more affordable, but lacks the look, feel and longevity of human hair.

How often should my human hair wig be washed?

There is no particular set number of times you have to wash your wig. However, our recommendation is washing it at least once a week.

Unlike the hair on our scalp, there is no oil being produced under the hair on your wig so it can take slightly longer for it to feel sticky or dry. However, once it does, it’s time to give it a rinse.

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What do I need for washing my wig?

It might surprise you, but you only need a few basic items for washing your wig. They are as follows:

  • Brush or comb
  • Sink or large bowl
  • Shampoo and conditioner specifically designed for hairpieces

Steps to washing human hair wigs

  1. Before you get started, you will first need to prep your wig by brushing it with a brush or comb, preferably a wide tooth comb. Start from the roots and work your way down until the hair is tangle-free and smooth.
  2. Next is rinsing your wig. In either your sink or a large bowl that can hold it, run cold water (lukewarm water is also fine) and submerge your wig.
  3. Put a few drops of shampoo and mix it with the water. Let your wig soak in this mixture for at least five minutes. Note: You should also turn the base inside out to help clean out any oil or debris. This can be done for another five minutes.
  4. Drain the mixture and rinse your wig again. After that, use a towel to gently dry the hair but not completely as we need it slightly wet for applying conditioner.
  5. It is now time to condition the hair. Apply your wig conditioner to the hair but avoid touching the cap or base as this can cause the fibers holding your hair to loosen. Start from the ends of your hair and work your way up. Leave it for five minutes.
  6. Once that’s done, all you have to do is rinse it again with cold water, dry off with a towel and leave it to dry completely on a wig stand or any place where there is no sunlight. Note: If you’re in a rush, you can also air dry or blow dry your wig. 
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With just six steps, you will now be able to wash your human hair wig on your own. But what about maintenance?

Here are some general tips when it comes to maintaining your wig:

  • Wash your wig at least once a week or every other week at the very least.
  • Avoid using hot water on your wig.
  • Avoid sleeping with your wig but if you must, put it in a braid and use a silk or satin cap or bonnet.
  • Don’t use regular shampoo or conditioner. Only use products specifically designed for wigs.
  • Use leave-in conditioner spray as needed after washing and drying to maintain shiny hair.

Following all this, you will be able to get the most out of your women’s hair replacement systems and continue looking your absolute best.

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