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How to Wash and Care for Human Hair Wigs

It is important to appropriately take care of your human hair wig in order to maximize its lifespan, and get the best appearance out of it. The procedure to maintaining and washing your human hair wig is not complex; it just requires regular attention and gentle loving care. Most human hair wigs are made with hair that has been dyed and processed with chemicals in order to remove the cuticle. Gentle care is required when handling Human hair wigs as the processes they undergo make the hair more fragile. Although Remy human hair retains the hair cuticle, it is still more fragile and can be damaged more easily compared to unprocessed hair.

This guide was put together to give you tips and ideas on how to effectively wash, condition and style your human hair wig. We also provide useful guidance and points for looking after your natural hair wig. For information on caring for synthetic wigs, see our Synthetic Wig Care Guide.

Hair Care Products for Human Hair Wigs

Use only hair care products designed for human hair wigs. Do not use standard hair care products from the supermarket or drugstore. The chemicals they contain could be unsuitable and decrease the wig lifespan. Invest in some quality products to maintain your wig.

products specifically made for human hair wigs

How Often To Wash Your Human Hair Wig

It is recommended that your human hair wig could be washed every 7-14 days of wearing it. It must be noted that each time you wash you hairpiece, the wigs lifespan is subject to shorten. To prevent lifespan shortening, the wig should not be washed more than is necessary. To extend your wigs life, we suggest that you use as few styling products as possible on your wig so that you will not need to unnecessarily wash it that often. We do also recommend wearing a wig cap underneath your wig which will also help to extend your wig life. Inserting the wig cap first, is a good way to help absorb scalp oils, and thus keeping the scalp oils away from the base of the cap.

How to Wash Your Human Hair Wig: 

A good wig is no doubt one of your cherished beauty enhancers - therefore it will definitely be worth it to invest in an upgrade human hair lace wig. Bear in mind, that to maximize your investment, will require your tender loving care and appropriate maintenance. Treat your wig with respect at all times, and ensure that you commit to taking care if it, no matter how often you use it - and your efforts will be rewarded with incredibly stunning looks!

To ensure that you continue to look your best, at every occasion, we provide this complete guide on how to wash a human hair wig - which can easily be achieved in the comfort of your own home. 

To keep things simple and clear, we want to start with a list including the essential steps you should follow in your routing when washing your wig. We will provide support and answers to your questions whenever you need help!

1. Use a wide-tooth comb designed for wigs, to detangle your wig. For stubborn tangles, applying a spray conditioner can help loosen them

2. Rinse your wig with Luke-warm water. Start at the tips of the hair and work your way up to the base of the cap.

3. Apply a small amount of  human hair wig shampoo to the palms of your hands and apply evenly over the hairpiece in circular motions.  Some salons may recommend submersing your human hair wig in a basin of water with a small amount of shampoo. We do not recommend doing so as it can tangle the wig, making it difficult to manage.  For longer wigs, we recommend holding the wig under the faucet of your bathtub or shower so that the hair does not get tangled in the basin.

4. Rinse with Luke-warmth water

5. Apply some conditioner from the mid-shaft to the ends, making sure you avoid the root or any knots

6. Leave the conditioner in for a few minutes

7. Rinse your wig with Luke-warm water again, and keep the water flowing in the same direction of the hair, to avoid tangling

8. Gently squeeze the hair to remove excess water then blot hair gently with a towel to remove excess water before conditioning. Do not wring, twist, or shake vigorously!

9. Blow-dry your wig, but not completely. 80% of dryness will be enough.

10. Brush your wig until smooth.


How to Condition Your Wig:

While the hair is still wet, spread a small amount of human hair wig conditioner into the palm of your hands and work evenly into the hair. Avoid application of conditioner to the base of the wig as it can loosen the knots on the cap, causing hair loss to your hair piece. Leave the conditioner in the hair for 3-5 minutes.  While the hair is wet and saturated with your wig conditioner, very gently detangle the wig, starting at the tips of the hair and working your way up. Your fingertips are the most gentle, but a wide toothed wig comb can also be gently used. Be gentle and do not stretch the hair. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair under Luke-warm, running water. Gently squeeze excess water from the wig (do not rub or wring) and lightly blot hair with a towel (do not twist or wring). If you choose, you may apply a small amount of argan oil treatment throughout the hair to add vibrancy, moisture and protection to the hair.

Drying & Styling Your Human Hair Wig:

It is best to allow your human hair wig to air dry on a wig stand as this is most gentle on the hair fibers. Rollers can be used to set the wig. A warm set hair dryer can be used to dry the hair although air drying is the most gentle option. After the hair is dry, heated styling tools such as curling irons and flat irons can be used. Use styling products (such as hair spray) that are specifically designed for human hair wigs. Use products sparingly to enhance the longest life span of your wig.

styling tools to help style your human hair wig

Human Hair Wig Care Tips:

  • Store your wig on a wig stand or form that is smaller than the base of the cap to prevent the cap from stretching.
  • Direct sunlight will fade the hair so avoid storing your wig where it will be exposed to light.
  • Do not wear your hairpiece while sleeping. It may result in hair loss, breakage and matting.
  • Lighter hair colors are more delicate than darker colors because additional processing is needed to achieve the light colors.
  • Over time, your wig will lose hair. This is a natural part of the life cycle of your wig.
  • Avoid contact with chlorinated water, sea water and hot water to protect your wig from damage.

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