Synthetic Wig Care

Caring for Your Synthetic Wig

The great thing about synthetic wigs is that they require very little care and maintenance. Synthetic wigs allow you to have perfect hair every day with almost no effort. Caring for your synthetic wig could not be easier. This being said, it is important to care for your wig properly in order to extend the life span and get the most wear out of it. This tutorial will cover the most important points that every synthetic wig wearer needs to know.

How to Wash Your Wig

How to Put Your Wig On

How to Keep Your Wig From Falling Off

Important Do's and Don'ts About Wigs

How to Style Your Wig

How to Make Your Wig More Comfortable

How To Wash Your Synthetic Wig


Pre-WashGently brush the wig thoroughly with a wig comb or brush to remove any tangles.

Shampooing Your Wig: Add one tablespoon of wig shampoo to a sink or basin filled with cold water. Immerse wig for one minute and agitate gently. Do not rub. Run your fingers over the inside of the cap where it meets your forehead to remove oils and sweat. Be particularly gentle on any hand tied areas of the wig cap as this area is the most fragile. Rinse the shampoo out of the wig in cold clear water until thoroughly rinsed. Your wig can be rinsed in a basin of cold water or under cold running water. Blot the wig gently with a towel. Do not squeeze or wring.

Conditioning Your Wig: After you have washed your wig, you are ready to condition it. The wig should still be wet from washing. Apply a small amount of wig conditioner to your hands and rub together. Carefully work the conditioner through the hair, avoiding the cap. You want to keep conditioner away from the cap. On hand tied areas especially, the conditioner can cause the hand tied knots to become untied, resulting in hair loss. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair over cold running water. Instead of using regular conditioner, an alternate method is to very lightly spray your wig with conditioning spray, spraying 10-12 inches from the hair.


Drying Your Wig: Blot excess water with a towel. Do not squeeze or wring. Air dry your wig on a wig stand. Do not use a hair dryer and do not brush the wig while it is wet. Wig stands are ideal for drying because they allow air to circulate, reaching all surfaces of the wig. If you do not have a wig stand, you may place your wig on a tall slender object (such as a can of hair spray) covered with a hand towel. Do not dry your wig on a styrofoam head as this will stretch out the cap. You may gently shake your wig and lightly work the hair with your fingertips, but wait until the wig is dry to style. Do not allow your wig to dry in direct sunlight. If you wash your wig in the early evening, it should be dry by morning.

Washing Frequency: For maximum life, it is recommended that you wash your wig every 6-8 wearings. Washing your wig more frequently will stress the fibers and decrease its life span. Washing it less frequently will allow sweat and oils to build up inside of the cap, which will break down the fibers and adversely affect longevity.



How to Put Your Wig On


Starting Out: Gently shake the wig to fluff the style. Identify the front and the back of the wig. The label always goes in the back. Notice the adjustable tabs inside of the wig. They can be adjusted if the fit is too loose or to tight.

Orienting Your Wig: Place your wig on a flat surface in front of you so that you are looking down inside of the wig. The label should be at the top (the back of the wig).

Putting Your Wig On: Grasp the wig by the ear tabs on the side of the wig and flip the wig over the top of your head. Slip the wig on, starting at the front hairline and working towards the back. The front of the wig should sit where your hairline is (approximately 4 finger widths from the top of your eyebrows). Gently rock the wig back and forth until it is sitting on your front hairline.

Be Gentle: Do not grab the wig by the hairs, but handle the wig from the base of the cap. Be especially careful of hand tied areas and do not pull on these areas when putting on your wig.

Fit: Your wig should feel secure, but not tight. Adjust the tabs inside of the wig to achieve a comfortable fit.


How to Keep Your Wig From Falling Off


Keeping your wig on is something many women worry about. Fortunately, this is not something you should be concerned about. There are adjustable tabs inside of your wig that allow your wig to fit securely. For women who want additional security, the following products have been helpful to many customers:

Cushion BandThis is a gel filled headband that not only keeps your wig securely in place, it also relieves pressure points, making your wig more comfortable to wear.

Wig GripperThis adjustable headband is made of a fabric which adds friction around the hairline. This allows your wig to stay securely in place without slipping.

Toupee ClipsToupee clips are secured to the wig and then clipped into your own hair to hold your wig in place.

Adhesives and TapesDouble sided tape or roll on adhesives can be applied to hold your wig in place.

ScarvesOn a windy day, a scarf can be tied over your head and underneath your chin to hold your wig in place.


Important "Do's" and "Don'ts" for Synthetic Wigs

no heat on synthetic wigs Exposure to Heat: Synthetic wigs should not be exposed to heat as this will permanently damage and singe the hair fibers. Do not use heated styling tools such as curling irons, flat irons or hot rollers on your wig.Be cautious when cooking. Keep your head away from hot ovens, stoves or barbecue grills. The only exception are synthetic wigs that are specifically labeled as "heat friendly".
use only products designed for wigs

Hair Products: Use only hair products that are specifically designed for synthetic wigs. Do not use regular human hair shampoo, conditioner, hair spray or gels on your wig as they will cause build up on the wig, shortening its life span and dulling the hair fibers.

do not brush your wig when wet Brushing Your Wig: Do not brush your wig when it is wet. This will stretch and permanently damage the hair fibers. Use only brushes and combs that are designed specifically for synthetic wigs. Your regular hairbrush or comb is not will stretch and stress the fibers.




How to Style Your Synthetic Wig


Styling Tools: Your fingertips and a spray bottle of cold water are essential styling tools. Use only brushes and combs that are designed for wigs. Regular hairbrushes can cause over stretching of the hair and damage to your wig.

Shake and Go: Our synthetic wigs have "style memory". This means that they retain their style even after they have been washed. For this reason, they require very little styling. To restore the original style, simply shake the wig. If the style is still looking a bit "tired," you can spritz it lightly with a spray bottle of water and work the hair with your fingertips. A spritz of water will also remove any static electricity. Do not comb or brush the hair when wet.

Styling Variations: Your wig was designed with a basic style but the variations you can achieve are limitless. To add height, gently lift with a wig comb. For additional volume, gently tease or back comb and then smooth the surface hair over the teasing. To achieve a "spikey" look or to define your hair style, our liquid moose is an essential styling tool. For curly or wavy hair styles, simply mousse, hand scrunch and pick the style into curls. For straight hair styles, simply mousse and work the hair with your fingertips. Your wig can be returned to its basic style by washing it and allowing it to air dry.

Cutting Your Wig: Your wig comes with a basic style, but it can be cut and shaped by a professional hair stylist to customize the look.This is a great way to make the wig uniquely your own. Often, a little trim on the bangs and a little thinning here or there can make all the difference. Everyone has a different face shape, a different forehead length, and different style preferences. To achieve the most flattering look for your unique face shape, the wig should be cut while you are wearing it.

Restyling Your WigTo completely restyle your wig, we recommend taking your wig to a professional stylist or wig salon.




How to Make your Wig More Comfortable

Sizing: Choose the correct size cap. Adjust the wig to the correct sizing with the tabs on the inside of the wig. See our Wig Buying Guide to learn how to measure your head correctly.

Mesh, Bamboo or Cotton Wig Caps:Wear a wig cap underneath to absorb sweat and provide a buffer between your scalp and your wig.

Cushion Band:This gel filled headband can be worn underneath your wig to relieve pressure points and provide padding, making your wig more comfortable to wear.

Headline It!: These disposable wig liners are placed inside of your wig to absorb sweat.


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I really appreciate this information!!! I just started chemo and have two synthetic wigs. I just received your shampoo, conditioner, spray and wig holder package the other day and will be using it, I am sure! Thank you so much for the lovely note you included. It's nice to know I have some help!!!(Posted on 11/20/2017)

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Thank you for the videos on how to wash and style wigs. In my case I use toppers but it is the same. Very useful tips, clear and easy to follow instructions.(Posted on 05/18/2017)

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I have human hair lace wig which I have damaged it while cleaning it.its no longer fluffy its more oily.what can I do?(Posted on 04/01/2015)

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