The Complete Wig Maintenance Guide

Maintaining your wig is crucial for extending its lifespan and ensuring it looks its best. Apart from not having to spend for a new wig more frequently, you want your wig to look like a natural extension of you. Having a beautifully-maintained wig will continue to give you that natural hair look.

Choosing the Right Products

Before you begin cleaning your wig, you will need the right products to use on your wig so you don’t end up damaging it instead. While the temptation to use “alternatives” or even human hair products is strong, it is best to consult with a professional before doing so.

  1. Wig-Safe Shampoo and Conditioner: Opt for products specifically designed for wig care, whether your wig is synthetic or made of natural hair. These products will help maintain the integrity of the fibers and keep them looking shiny and healthy.
  2. Gentle Styling Tools: Use a wide-tooth comb or a wig brush to detangle your wig. Avoid using regular hair brushes, as they can pull on and damage the fibers.

Washing Your Wig

Wash your synthetic wig every 2-3 weeks, you will want to wash when it is looking dull. Human hair wigs can be washed less frequently, depending on usage and styling products applied.

Steps for Washing:

  1. Detangle the wig gently before washing. Use a wide-tooth comb or a special wig brush designed to handle the fibers without pulling them out. Start combing from the tips and gradually work your way up to the roots to minimize damage.
  2. Choose a clean basin or a sink and fill it with lukewarm water—neither too hot nor too cold. Hot water can damage the wig's fibers, while cold water may not effectively clean it. Add a small amount of wig-specific shampoo to the water.
  3. Place your wig gently into the soapy water, ensuring it's fully submerged. Lightly swirl the wig around in the water with your hands. This motion helps the shampoo to distribute evenly throughout the wig without tangling the fibers. Avoid rubbing or wringing the wig, as this can cause tangles and damage to the wig’s structure.
  4. Carefully lift the wig out of the soapy water and hold it under a faucet with running lukewarm water. Make sure the water flows in the direction of the hair's fibers—from roots to ends—to avoid tangling. Rinse thoroughly until all soap residue is washed out and the water runs clear. It's important to ensure all shampoo and conditioner are removed to prevent buildup.
  5. After shampooing, apply a wig conditioner to add moisture and shine back into the fibers. Each conditioner will have its specific instructions—some require you to leave it in for a few minutes, while others are instant. Apply the conditioner mainly to the mid-lengths and ends, avoiding the roots to prevent any potential loosening of the knots on the cap. Afterward, rinse the wig again under lukewarm running water until all conditioner is washed out.
  6. To remove excess water, gently squeeze the wig starting from the top and working your way down to the ends. Be careful not to twist or wring the wig, as this can damage the fibers and alter the wig's shape. Instead, you can also gently pat the wig with a soft, dry towel to help absorb the water. Remember, the goal is to minimize stress on the fibers to keep the wig looking its best.

Drying and Styling


  • Pat the wig dry with a towel. For synthetic wigs, avoid using a blow dryer, as heat can damage the fibers. Human hair wigs can be blow-dried on a low setting with a diffuser.
  • Place the wig on a 2-liter bottle or something similar to air dry, avoid using a mannequin head as that will stretch out the wig cap. Ensure it’s completely dry before styling.


For synthetic wigs, you should not need to style as it will go back into its style when dry. For human hair wigs, you can style as you would your own hair, but use heat protectant products and avoid excessive heat to preserve the wig’s quality.

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Storing your wig is as important as maintaining it. Gathering of dust and damage to the fibers will definitely decrease its lifespan and actually make the wig look older than it actually is.

Short-Term Storage: Keeping Your Wig Ready for Frequent Use

After daily wear, your wig requires a place to rest and regain its shape. Here's how to do it effectively:

  • Use a Wig Stand or Mannequin Head: Placing your wig on a stand or mannequin head helps maintain its shape, style, and the integrity of the fibers. It allows the wig to "breathe" and not get crushed.
  • Keep It Away from Direct Sunlight: Sun exposure can fade the color of your wig and damage its fibers. Choose a cool, dry place away from windows.
  • Avoid Humid Areas: Storing your wig in a dry environment prevents it from becoming frizzy or losing style. Bathrooms, while convenient, may not be the best choice due to moisture.

Long-Term Storage: Preserving Your Wig When Not in Use

If you won’t be wearing your wig for an extended period, here are steps to ensure it stays in pristine condition:

  • Clean Before Storing: Always wash and completely dry your wig before long-term storage. This prevents any dirt, oil, or product buildup from damaging the wig over time.
  • Opt for a Silk or Satin Bag: For the best protection, store your wig flat in a silk or satin bag. These materials are gentle on the fibers, preventing tangling and friction that can cause damage. The bag also keeps dust away.
  • Maintain the Wig's Shape: If you're not using a mannequin head for long-term storage, consider stuffing the inside of the wig with clean, soft tissue paper. This helps maintain the wig's internal structure and prevents the cap from collapsing.
  • Store in a Cool, Dry Place: Like short-term storage, ensure your long-term storage location is away from direct sunlight and not exposed to humidity. A closet shelf or a drawer can be ideal.

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Tips for Traveling with Wigs

Traveling with wigs requires thoughtful preparation to keep them looking their best. Whether you're traveling for business, pleasure, or treatment, these tips ensure your wigs stay in top condition throughout your journey.

  1. Use a Travel Case Designed for Wigs: Invest in a hard or soft wig travel case. These cases are designed to protect your wig from being crushed or damaged during transport.
  2. Carry On, If Possible: When flying, try to carry your wig onboard with you to avoid the rough handling and extreme temperatures that can occur with checked luggage.
  3. Bring a Portable Wig Stand: A collapsible wig stand takes up little space in your luggage but is invaluable for maintaining your wig’s shape and allowing it to air out at night.
  4. Pack a Wig Care Kit: Include travel-sized wig shampoo, conditioner, a wide-tooth comb, and any other styling products you use regularly. Having your care items ensures you can maintain your wig no matter where you are.
  5. Limit Styling Tools: If you must bring styling tools, opt for travel-sized and dual-voltage versions. Consider heatless styling options to reduce the need for blow dryers or flat irons.
  6. Wear or Wrap Your Wig Securely: If you choose to wear your wig while traveling, ensure it's secured with wig clips or a wig grip. Alternatively, wrap your wig in a silk scarf to protect it from friction and static.
  7. Plan for Different Climates: If traveling to a significantly different climate, consider how humidity, dry air, or wind might affect your wig. Pack appropriate care products to combat these conditions.
  8. Backup Options: If space allows, bring a backup wig. This ensures you’re prepared for any unexpected events or if you simply want to change your look.

Additional Tips

  • Avoid Sleeping or Showering in Your Wig: This can cause tangles, matting, and overall wear and tear.
  • Protect Your Wig from Heat: Keep synthetic wigs away from high temperatures, such as open ovens or the hot air from dryers, as it can cause damage.
  • Use a Silk or Satin Pillowcase: If you must wear your wig to bed, a silk or satin pillowcase can help reduce friction and prevent tangling.

Wig Life Is Extended With Regular Care

Regular maintenance is the key to keeping your wig looking its best. By following these simple care instructions, you can ensure your wig remains beautiful and lifelike for as long as possible. Remember, a well-cared-for wig is not just an accessory but an investment in your confidence and style.

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