How to Get a Synthetic Wig Looking Fresh

Wash your wig to freshen it up.
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Over time, even the best wigs start to look dull and dirty. When that happens, it's time to freshen up the wig by giving it a quick bath. Synthetic wigs look almost just like human-hair wigs, but they require a slightly different cleaning technique.

Brush the wig before washing, to remove any knots or tangles. If the wig has tight curls, use your fingers instead of a brush.

Fill a large bowl or sink with about 2 quarts of cold water. Do not use hot water to clean your synthetic wig; it may damage the fibers or remove the wig's curl.

Add 1 tablespoon of synthetic wig shampoo to the water. Mix the shampoo into the water with your hand.

Turn the wig inside-out, then soak it in the soapy water for five to 10 minutes. Swish it around gently to remove dirt, oil and other debris. If there are makeup stains around the hairline of the wig, scrub them with a toothbrush and a few more drops of shampoo.

Rinse the wig under cold running water until all the shampoo suds are gone.

Rub one to two capfuls of synthetic wig conditioner into the wig hairs. Let the conditioner soak in for two minutes, then rinse it out under cold water.

Wrap the wig lightly in a bath towel and pat it dry. Don't squeeze or wring the wig.

Apply a leave-in conditioner spray to the wig, if desired. Hold the can 10 to 12 inches away from the wig when spraying.

Place the wig on a wig stand and let it air-dry. If you don't have a stand, lay it flat on a towel.

Mist the wig with a finishing spray once it's dry, for extra body and shine.

  • Never dry your wig with a hair dryer, and do not brush the wig when it's wet.

Melissa King began writing in 2001. She spent three years writing for her local newspaper, "The Colt," writing editorials, news stories, product reviews and entertainment pieces. She is also the owner and operator of Howbert Freelance Writing. King holds an Associate of Arts in communications from Tarrant County College.