Dos and don’ts
5-step guide to washing a wig with dish soap
Prepare the Sink
Fill a sink with cold water, ensuring it’s deep enough to submerge the wig completely. Avoid using hot water, as it can damage the wig fibers.
Add Dish Soap Pour a small amount of mild dish soap into the filled sink. Be cautious not to use too much soap, as it may leave residue on the wig.
Brush the Wig
Before placing the wig in the soapy water, gently brush it to remove any tangles or debris. Start from the ends and work your way up to avoid causing damage to the wig.
Wash the Wig
Carefully submerge the wig into the sink filled with soapy water. Gently press the soapy water through the wig, ensuring that the strands are thoroughly saturated. Avoid vigorous scrubbing or harsh handling, as it can lead to tangling or damage to the wig.
Rinse and Dry the Wig
After washing the wig with dish soap, rinse it thoroughly with clean, cold water. Ensure all soap residue is removed by gently swishing the wig in the water. Once rinsed, gently squeeze out the excess water from the wig, taking care not to twist or wring it. Finally, place the wig on a wig stand or towel to air dry naturally. Avoid using heat sources like blow dryers, as they can damage the wig fibers.
Can I use regular shampoo to wash a wig?
Regular shampoo should generally be avoided when washing wigs, especially synthetic wigs. The harsh chemicals in regular shampoos can damage the wig fibers and cause tangling, frizziness, or excessive shine. It’s best to use wig shampoo or one of the alternatives mentioned, such as dish soap or baking soda.
How often should I wash my wig?
The frequency of washing your wig depends on factors like how often you wear it, your lifestyle, and the amount of product buildup. Generally, it’s recommended to wash a wig every 6-8 wears or when it becomes visibly dirty. However, human hair wigs may require more frequent washing due to their tendency to accumulate natural oils.
Can I use conditioner on a wig?
While conditioner is typically used to soften and detangle hair, it’s not advisable to use regular conditioner on wigs, especially synthetic wigs. Regular conditioner can weigh down the wig fibers and cause them to become greasy or lose their style. Instead, use a wig-specific conditioner or fabric softener as a substitute.
How should I dry my wig after washing?
After washing a wig, it’s best to let it air dry naturally. Avoid using heat sources like blow dryers, as they can damage the wig fibers. Place the wig on a wig stand or towel to allow proper airflow and ensure it dries completely before wearing or storing.
Can I use baby shampoo to wash a wig?
If you don’t have wig-friendly shampoo available, you can use baby shampoo as a gentle alternative. Baby shampoo is milder and less likely to cause damage to the wig fibers. However, it’s still important to handle the wig gently during washing and rinsing.