How To Soften Synthetic Wig Hair

There are a number of advantages to synthetic wigs. For example, they are much easier to reshape and style when compared to human hair wigs. More so, they do not require quite as much maintenance.

With that being said, synthetic wigs also come with a number of drawbacks. For starters, they do not have the same natural hair feel. Over time, you may notice that the individual fibers become more and more ‘wiry’.

However, there are a number of ways in which this can be prevented. If you take good care of your synthetic wig, it should maintain a more natural feel and look for a longer period of time.

In this article, we will be discussing two ways in which you can keep your wig feeling soft, thick, and natural.

Wash The Hair

When it comes to maintaining that softer feel, washing the wig is of utmost importance. Even though the wig is not made up of real human hair fibers, you should still reinforce the hair using the correct lotions.

Shampooing The Synthetic Hair

Before shampooing your synthetic wig, be sure to untangle it as much as possible. Wide-toothed combs are better suited for synthetic wigs, as they do not snag on individual strands. You can also use your fingers to quickly brush through the hair.

You can now mix cool water and regular hair shampoo together in a tub. Swish the water around until the mixture creates a soapy solution. Submerge the wig and allow it to sit for a few minutes. To be more specific, it should be submerged for between 5 and 10 minutes. In order to avoid any damage to the wig, ensure that you make use of a synthetic-safe shampoo.

Rinsing the wig with shampoo will remove any dirt and grime. This will also make the hair much easier to soften. After soaking the wig, remove it from the water and gently rinse it using lukewarm water.

Using Conditioner Or Fabric Softener

Next, go about filling the tub with another load of cool water. If you will be using the same container as you did before, make sure that you rinse it out to remove any soapy debris.

You should then mix in roughly half a cup of conditioner or fabric softener into the cold water. In the long run, this step will prevent the wig from tangling easily in the future. More so, it will keep the synthetic hair fibers soft and shiny. Again, if you are using a regular conditioner, make sure that it is labeled ‘synthetic safe’.

Place the wig into the tub for roughly 5 to 10 minutes. Ensure that the hair is fully submerged during this period. If the wig is extremely damaged, you should leave it for up to half an hour.

While the water is in the tub, swirl it around for a few minutes to agitate it. This is done to ensure that every single strand is coated in conditioner or fabric softener. This only needs to be done for around 5 minutes.

When you remove the wig, do not rinse the conditioner or fabric softener. This way, the synthetic hair strands will continue to absorb the softener even after the wig has been removed.

Drying The Synthetic Wig

When it comes to drying the wig, start by gently squeezing out excess water using your hands. Make sure that you do not pull out any hair when running your hands down the wig.

After you have done this, pat down the wig using a clean towel. Ensure that you do not rub the hair, as this could cause additional damage.

Finally, set the damp wig out so that it can air dry. It is important to note that blow dryers can change the shape of the individual strands permanently. For this reason, it is best that you avoid the use of blow dryers as much as possible.

Keep The Wig Tangle-Free

One of the most important steps when it comes to maintaining your synthetic wig is keeping it tangle-free. As we have already mentioned, it is highly recommended that you use a wide-tooth comb, as they do not snag on individual strands of hair. This prevents as much hair loss as possible.

If your wig is very tangled and knotted, start by running your fingers through the hair. This will eliminate some of the bigger knots without pulling too much on the hair.

Eventually, after months of brushing and combing the hair, your synthetic wig will start to frizz and lose its softness. When this occurs, it is highly recommended that you steam the wig. Even though this process involves heat (which we know can damage the individual fibers), it is used in a very controlled manner.

Steaming the wig is actually quite an easy process. You can even steam your wig without the use of a steamer, which can cost a lot of money. If done correctly, this can revitalize some of your older and damaged wigs.

In order to steam your synthetic wig, simply place it on a mannequin head or any other sort of standing device. Place a pot of water on the stove and allow it to heat until boiling. When you notice steam rising from the pot, hold the wig over the pot, allowing the steam to make contact with all sections of the wig. If you would like to make this process slightly easier for yourself, try curling the hair with bendy rollers beforehand.

Final Thoughts

Now you know the basics of how to soften synthetic wig hair without damaging or destroying it. There are a number of ways in which you can soften your synthetic wig. Make sure that you keep the hair clean by washing it every couple of weeks - it does not need to be done more than this. You should also brush the hair regularly in order to get rid of any tangles. Lastly, try steaming the wig in order to keep it soft and shiny.

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