How To Wash And Care For A Human Hair Wig? All You Need To Know

how to wash and care for a human hair wig

Caring for a human hair wig might seem like a challenging and time-consuming task; however, the truth is that it's quite easy to do. Bearing in mind that for those wanting quality, realistic styling options, and longevity with their wigs, human hair wigs are definitely among the best choice of wigs available. 

Just like normal hair, you can wash, dye, and curl or straighten human hair wigs, all while being insured, they won't be damaged in any way. Even though human hair wigs require a little more maintenance than synthetic styles, it doesn't necessarily have to be difficult. 

If you want your new look to stay healthy, here we'll share some important tips on how to make cleaning and taking care of your human hair wig an easier thing to do. Stay tuned, or else you won't know how to keep a lustrous shine and manage the perfect look even months later!

Why Do You Need To Wash Your Human Hair Wig?

Ready to dive into the washing process? Let us take a moment to explain why you need to do this in the first place: making sure your wig looks fresh and clean, extending its lifespan, and keeping it easy to style. 

Every single day, irritating dirt, skin oils, and other residues accumulate all across your wig cap and the hair itself, creating difficult knotted tangles that can be a huge style culprit!

Fortunately, by using a suitable shampoo and conditioner combo approximately every one or two weeks--you can keep your wig looking great! So forget all the fuss; lather up and beautify away!

Products You Need To Wash And Care For A Human Hair Wig

It might seem like you'll need to buy many products for this task, but it's quite simple. If you get ready with all the items needed beforehand, your wig care session is bound to be a successful one! Make sure you have the following:

1. Sink or large bowl: 

This will be your base for washing, so make sure it's big enough to fit the wig inside and deep enough to cover the entire wig.

2. Wig Brush and/or comb: 

wig brush

For detangling knots and styling after the wash.

3. Shampoo and conditioner: 

shampoo and condition designed for wig

Specialized wigs shampoo or a mild one is best.

4. Toothbrush: 

tooth brush

This is great for getting into those hard-to-reach places and cleaning around the base of the wig cap.

5. Wig stand: 

wig stand

It's necessary to keep your wig in shape after washing, so make sure you have one to dry it on.

6. Clean microfiber towel or white T-shirt: 

clean Microfiber towel

Soft fabric that is easy on the hair.

7. Detangling spray: To help with knots and tangles.

8. Finishing spray: To hold your style in place once it's dried and styled.

9. Wig adhesive remover: For those opting to use glue or tape to attach their wigs, a specialized remover will help you easily remove it.

Now that you have all the items necessary to wash and care for your human hair wig let's get started!

Important Step Before Washing the Human Hair Wig

Every time you're about to wash your wig, it's important that you first prepare it for the process. The main steps are:

1. Detangle:

detangle wig

Begin by brushing and detangling your wig with a special wig brush or comb before washing it. This will help reduce tangles so they don't become worse when wet.

2. Remove build-up and glue to Clean: 

clean glue residue

If you use glue or tape to attach your wig, make sure it's removed carefully before washing. Specialized adhesive remover will help with this step—just follow the instructions on the package. If you are working with a glueless wig, you can skip this step.

3. Apply hair oil to the hair: To avoid detangling when washing, it's best to apply some hair oil to the hair strands to make it smooth.

Let's move on to the actual washing and conditioning process of your human hair wig!

Step-by-Step Guide to Washing a Human Hair Wig

It's time to freshen up your human hair wig! Are you ready to give it a good cleanse? Following the steps outlined below will ensure the best results, leaving you with a beautiful wig that looks like new! Let's get started now and trust that perfect hair will soon reign:

Step 1: Prepare Lukewarm Water to Wash

Fill your sink or a bowl with cool or slightly lukewarm water! You want to make sure that you don't end up break the hair when you cleanse, condition, or style your hair. So, set up the perfect amount of warm water – and get ready for amazing results!

Step 2: Mix Shampoo into Water

When it comes time to shampoo it, the amount of shampoo you use will completely depend on how long your wig is.

mix shampoo into water

For shorter wigs, just go ahead and add half a tablespoon of shampoo! If your wig is medium length, step it up a notch to one full tablespoon. If those extra luxurious tresses need some cleansing, snag that tablespoon nearby and add 1/2 tablespoon for longer wigs.

Step 3: Submerge Wig into Water

Submerge Wig into Water

Now is the time to show off your styling skills! Extract your wig from the package and gently turn it inside out. Submerge it carefully in a water, shampoo mixture, swirl in a circle, and soak the wig for 5 minutes. Rejuvenate your wig by letting it free of all dirt, oils, impurities, and product residue build-up it has accumulated over time!

Step 4: Rinse Your Wig Under Cool Water

Carefully remove your wig from the mixture and then rinse it under an exhilarating cold-water shower. If your wig still looks grimy and needs some extra TLC, you can defiantly soak it for just a few more minutes!

Step 5: Clean the Wig Cap

clean the wig cap

It's time to clean your lace and wig cap! Gently whisk away any build-up or glue using a small brush or toothbrush, and take special care not to stretch or tear the material. This important step will prevent dirt, oils, and product residue from altering the quality of the hair on your wig so it remains pristine and looks fresh! Plus, taking these extra steps now means you don't have to worry about washing this part of your wig shortly.

Step 6: Rinse Your Wig Again Gently

rinse up the wig

Once your wig has finished its sumptuous soak and looks clean, get ready to rinse—but how? While it's still essential to sure gentleness with this step, make sure you don't twist or wring out, as that can be very damaging. When you're all done with the cleaning process, why not take the time and effort to empty your soapy water and rinse out the bowl – better still, if you can swoosh your wig around a bit too? This will help to get rid of any build-up of shampoo or conditioner residue that may have stuck.

Step 7: Condition Your Wig to Keep It Soft and Shiny

apply conditioner

You've completed a crucial step! Now let's take this hair game up a notch in lusciousness. Apply as much conditioner as possible to your wig. Then let your fingers further enrich each strand within the wig by gently working in the conditioning mix. And allow the wig absorb nutrition from condition for one hour. Once done, give them an exhilarating shower using cold water and revel in that beautiful shine!

Step 8: Apply Hair Oil to Seal in Moisture

Use a clean towel to wipe your wig until it stops dripping. Now's your chance for luscious locks! Before you call it a night, take a few extra minutes to give your wig some TLC. Jojoba oil's ideal for wigs, with its power to instantly replenish brittle strands and lock in moisture.

Just give your wig a brushing through and then treat it to the oil. Mist it on generously to help reduce frizz before drying — and you'll be amazed at the incredible shine you'll find yourself with! People will be feeling envious of just how healthy, nourished, and radiant your hair looks each day.

Step 9: Drying and Styling Your Wig

let the wig air dry

You're finally ready to move on to the next part of your journey! Time to dry and style! To begin, carefully lay your wig down on a towel or t-shirt. Gently pat out any excess moisture to dry it off—mindful that it shouldn't be hung while it is still wet. That's because this additional weight could stretch and damage your wig. Once the wig has been patted dry, then you can hang it on a wig stand for faster air drying! 

Once your wig is completely dry, it's time to add a layer of lusciousness. Gently brush or comb it using a detangling spray if needed - but remember you should never brush or comb your wig while it is still wet. With a small amount of effort and your trusty finishing spray, you will be able to style your wig sheath just like new in no time at all! A pat on the back is certainly deserved for being this dedicated. Congratulations, and enjoy wearing your fresh, soft, and radiant locks with pride!

How To Care For A Human Hair Wig To Keep It Fresh And Vibrant?

Taking care of your human hair wig isn't just an extra chore – it's essential maintenance for ensuring that your fabulous style lasts as long as possible! Whether you want to keep that short pixie cut pristine or maintain those gorgeous, luscious locks well past their natural expiration date, read up on the following guidance. Here are a few tips and tricks to help you in that journey:

1. Brush the wig gently

"It's so important to always use a wide-tooth comb or brush when styling your wig, to prevent any dreaded snags or tangles! And if you're working with a curly wig, finger combing is even more effective for the best results. Who knew that the specifics of a simple hairstyling tool could be so important? Let's protect our luscious locks and get that slick style rolling!"

2. Avoid heat treatments

Washing your wig is great... but styling? Now THAT'S exciting! From blow drying to curling with iron tongs, straightening, and more, the possibilities are endless. But just remember: be careful when styling! To protect that glorious lusciousness you so love, ensure you don't use too much heat on your wig. High temperatures can damage the synthetic fibers - causing them to become dry and frizzy! Nothing screams 'Bad Hair Day' quite like that horror does.

3. Keep away from sweat and oil

It's essential to take action quickly when perspiration accumulates on your wig! Not only can it cause damage, but it can also lead to pesky discoloration if you don't rinse it off immediately with lukewarm water. Plus, avoid oil-based products because the added layer of oil can do a number on the fiber and cap of your unit! Ward off any potential problems by keeping sweat away from your wig as much as possible.

4. Rinse the hair and cap

Get your wig flying high with a deep cleanse! Everyday heat and product buildup can weigh your wig down, but it's no problem. Just use lukewarm water and an ultra-gentle shampoo once in a while to give it the fresh boost it needs! Let the water flow through, removing any dirt or lingering excess oils so that you can look revitalized and reinvigorated. Your old wig will suddenly have a whole new lease of life once you're done!

5. Store the wig correctly

It's essential to know how to look after your magnificent wig collection! When taking off a piece, it's very important to avoid stretching and frizzing at all costs. Counter this by carefully placing the piece onto an adjustable mannequin head or styrofoam head with pins – this will help maintain each affectionately crafted lock's shape. What's more, ensure their safety by storing them away from direct sunlight, which can cause discoloration eventually or quicker than anticipated if not looked after meticulously.

6. Do not sleep in your wig

Though the temptation may be there, try to avoid wearing a wig for more than 8-10 hours at a time, and don't ever sleep in it. As we all know, sleeping on a regular night's beauty rest is essential for our well-being! The same can be said for wigs - taking them off when we're done looking fabulous can help us look our best in the long run.


Should I Wash My Human Hair Wig Before Wearing It?

When it comes to deciding if you should wash your human hair wig before wearing it, the choice is solely yours! Ready-to-wear wigs are pre-washed and immediately ready for use, so there's no need for additional washing when a fresher look isn't necessary.

However, washing your wig will give you the desired outcome – but be aware that every time you lather up your lace front or curl up your bob, it will, unfortunately, decrease its lifespan slightly. For maximum longevity of your incredible wig, just bear in mind to only wash it when necessary and be cautious while cleaning.

How Often Should I Wash My Human Hair Wig?

Wearing your wig doesn't have to mean an extra maintenance routine. To keep it looking its best, you should make sure you wash it after wearing it about 7-10 times. For those who wear their wig daily, try to aim to wash them every two weeks! With occasional days out or breaks from the sunny 'do, estimate washing frequency between 10 and 21 days to keep your locks strong and luscious!

Finally, no matter what your hair journey will look like, it's essential to remember that taking care of a human hair wig is an investment - and you'll reap the rewards in more ways than one! With enough TLC and styling savvy, you may never need to buy another wig again. Now that's a feeling we can all get behind! Let the new and improved YOU shine bright -—because you're worth it!

In a Nutshell

So, there you have it! We hope this guide has helped explain the steps of how to properly wash and maintain your human hair wig for maximum satisfaction. A few key points to remember when caring for your wig include: avoiding excessive heat styling, brushing or combing while wet, and washing at least every two weeks. With regular upkeep and proper care, your wig can look incredible for longer — and you're sure to be the envy of everyone around when they see your beautiful locks!

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