How to Wash a Wig?
- Step 1: Pre-wash care - Begin by prepping your wig. You’ll want to use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently comb through any tangles. It’s best to start from the bottom and work your way up toward the roots. If there is any glue or adhesive on your wig, remove all residue according to your adhesive remover’s instructions. Do not want wash the wig if there is any residue on the wig. If you do, the residue will spread on the wig hair & cause the wig to tangle.
- Step 2: Rinse - The next step involves getting your lace wig wet. Place your wig under the faucet and use cool to lukewarm water to fully submerge it. If you have a long-haired wig, place it under a shower faucet to prevent the locks from going down the drain. After rinsing, gently remove the excess water with your hands and get ready to shampoo. Go easy on it—do not twist to wring it out.
- Step 3: Shampoo - Place a small amount of shampoo into your hands and stroke the hair from roots to ends, keeping the shampoo away from the scalp of the wig. It’s important not to be heavy-handed when it comes to shampooing—avoid scrubbing or rubbing the hair, as this could damage the strands. For the best results, use a clarifying shampoo that is specially made for wigs. These shampoos are gentle enough not to damage the hair and they are designed especially for your wig’s needs. To remove the shampoo, run cool water from the base down to the bottom of the hair. Once you’ve gotten rid of the shampoo and the water runs clear, use a towel to gently blot the hair before applying conditioner. The wig can still be damp, but you don’t want it to be sopping wet.
- Step 4: Condition - Now you’re ready to condition. Just like the shampoo, you’ll want to use a wig-approved conditioner. Work a small dab into the wig, starting at the bottom. Gently comb through the strands with your fingers, keeping the conditioner away from the base of the wig. You can let most conditioners set for one to five minutes, but follow the directions on the bottle. Once the time’s up, run cold water from the top of the wig down to the ends of the strands, making sure you get rid of all the conditioner before blotting it dry.
- Step 5: Dry - You’ve washed and cleansed your lace wig, so now you just have to wait for it to dry. Use a towel to lightly blot it and then leave it on a wig stand to air dry. Avoid using a blow dryer and brushing the hair until the lace wig is completely dry. Once it’s no longer wet, you can style your wig as you normally would.