How to Wash Your Human Hair Wig

  • 3 years   ago
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Wig newbies feel overwhelmed the first time they do wig care maintenance. And while human hair wigs give the most natural look and feel, it requires delicate and proper handling to make it last as long as three years. That’s why it’s essential to know the basics of how to wash your wig with care so you can:

● Have a gorgeous and lusher natural-looking wig

● Maintain it in good condition and without damage

● Keep it for a long time!

So let’s begin the TLC!

Human Hair Wig Isn’t the Same as Natural Hair

You should always keep this in mind!

Although Human Hair Wigs are made of 100% natural hair, it’s still not the same as the hair growing on your head. So you shouldn’t wash this type of wig as you do with your hair. What happens when you (accidentally) do so? 

One word: Damage.

Treating it this way will weaken hair fibers resulting in shedding, causing you to lose a perfectly good wig.

To prevent this from happening to you, we’ve created this guide so you’ll be aware of the dos and don'ts on the basics of wig care.

How Often Should You Wash It?

Haircare experts agree that human hair wigs need to be washed every two weeks at most.

But it still depends on your lifestyle and living. If you live in a humid place or get exposed to a smoky environment, your sweat and the smoke, odor, and dirt will affect the wig’s condition and appearance. These cause it to tangle, frizz, matt, and shed, so you’ll have to wash it more often. 

We recommend increasing your washing to once a week; you can also do it every few days, but definitely not every day. Overwashing can cause damage to the hair fibers and the wig cap.

Washing Tools and Products You'll Need

To give your wig the care it needs, here are the essential tools and products you’ll have to prepare:

● Wig stand

● Towels

● Specially-made human hair wig shampoo and conditioner

● Wig adhesive remover

● Wig combs and brushes

Human hair wigs are more delicate than natural hair, so don’t use regular hair products to prevent them from getting serious damage.

We recommend the following hair care products for you to use:




Combs and Brushes

Wig Adhesive Remover

Pattern Clarifying Shampoo

Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo

Tgin Rose Water Sulfate-Free Hydrating Shampoo

Dimples Fibre Conditioner

T-range Fibre Hair Softening Conditioner

Revlon Dual Conditioner for Wigs

Jon Renau Wide Tooth Comb

Revlon Folding BrushEnvy Wig Brush

Salon Pro 30 Sec Super Hair Bond Remover

Esha Lace Wig Adhesive Remover

C-22 adhesive solvent by Walker Tape

Wash Your Human Hair Wig Step by Step

Human hair wigs can withstand the heat from straightening or curling irons and chemicals from hair colors far more than synthetic wigs. But when it comes to washing, they’re more delicate than natural hair, so be extra gentle!

Here are simple to follow steps to wash your wig:


1. Gently and thoroughly brush the wig with a wig brush to remove tangles. For curly wigs, use your fingers as combs. 


2. In a basin, add cold water and a tablespoon of wig shampoo. Never use hot water as it will cause the hair fibers to shed. 

3. Proceed to submerge it in water and leave it to soak for about five minutes. 

4. Remove the wig from the water. Gently rinse your wig under running cold water until the applied wig products are washed out. However, you should avoid twisting your wig, wringing it, or rubbing it. Replace the water with a clean one.

5. Apply a tablespoon of conditioner to your wig and thoroughly work your way to successfully applying conditioner evenly on your wig.

6. Rinse it again under running cold water.

7. Pat it dry with a towel to remove excess water. Avoid combing the wig while it's wet since it can ruin its fibers.


8. Place the clean wig on the wig stand and let it dry naturally. Remember not to expose it to direct sunlight.

9. Once completely dry, comb or brush it to straighten the hair or style it any way you want.

Optional Step

This is completely up to you, but we recommend that you apply conditioning or finishing spray before styling. Spray it lightly 10–12 inches from the wig.

You can use the following products:

● SheaMoisture Oil Shine Hair Spray for Wig and Weave, Tea Tree and Borage Seed Oil, Paraben-free Hair Shine Spray

● African Essence Control Wig Spray 3 in 1 Formula

● Bonfi Natural Oil-Free Wig Shine Spray

Pro Tips to Lengthen Your Wig’s Lifespan

Your wig gives you extra beauty and confidence. It helps you achieve your ideal look in no time! Hence, it’s important to wash it at the right time to preserve its quality and utility. You don’t want it to become in bad condition because of:

● Residues from hair sprays, perfumes, dust and smokes

● Continuous wear

To prolong your wig’s life and maintain it in good condition, here are some dos and don'ts to remember:



Use special wig shampoos and conditioners

Using regular hair care products

Store properly according to manufacturer’s instructions

Washing the wig in the washing machine

Apply wig oil and moisturizer

Using hot water instead of cold to wash it

Maintain a clean head and hair

Sleeping with the wig on

Consult a professional

Applying excessive heat and hair sprays

Have a Great Hair Day!

Your wigs are valuable. You can freely express yourself through it, and it brings out the best in you. Tending to its maintenance lets you keep your wig gorgeous and in good condition.

Regularly washing it every one to two weeks, or after seven to 10 times wearing, is one way you can maintain its luster and gorgeous look. It keeps the wig in good condition, making it last longer for up to three years!

Do you find this guide helpful? Share this with your friends so they too can know when to wash their wigs and how!

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