How to Wash a Wig | The Wig Company
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How to Wash a Wig

Our experts outline how to properly wash, condition, and dry your synthetic wig

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Guidelines vary for washing your wig. Generally, it should be washed every 30 wearings or four to six weeks, but it also depends on your lifestyle. If you're around heavy smoke, perfume, or strong odors of any kind, you should wash it more often.

Preparing to Wash Your Wig

Take a look at your wig. It is ready to be washed if it is dull, lifeless, over sprayed, or tangled from too much teasing. Follow these wig washing steps:

1. To start, gently brush your wig from the bottom in short strokes to remove knots, spray buildup and to separate the fibers.

2. Wash your wig in a sink or basin-never in a washing machine. Mix cool water with wig shampoo according to the directions. Wig shampoo cleans fibers gently and thoroughly.

3. Soak your wig for five minutes or perhaps a little longer depending on how soiled it is. Even if your wig is quite soiled, never rub, twist or wring it. After the five minutes, gently dip it up and down in the water. If there are makeup stains on the cap, clean them with a small brush.

4. Now rinse your wig gently but thoroughly in cool water. Remember, your wig is made of synthetic fibers, so handle it as you would a good blouse.

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How to Condition a Wig

Revive Revitalizing Conditioner restores the original style pattern of your wig. It contains specially blended oils that soften dryness and bring out the luster and mobility of the fiber. Follow these wig conditioning steps: 

1. Fill your sink basin with cool water.

2. Add one or two capfuls of Revive Revitalizing Conditioner to the cool water.

3. Immerse wig in the conditioner solution, gently work the Revive conditioner solution through the wig.

4. Rinse the wig thoroughly with cool water, remove the wig, towel blot and hang to dry.

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Drying a Wig

To dry your wig, pat out the excess water in a towel. Otherwise the weight of water could stretch the wig fibers and ruin the style.

Hang your wig loosely on a wig stand or a spray can to dry at room temperature. Never place a wet wig on a Styrofoam head or a blockhead which can stretch the wig cap. Also, never comb a wet wig or attempt to speed dry it with a blow dryer. Air drying takes only a few hours and ensures healthy looking, manageable fibers.