The Ultimate Guide on How to Wash Your Synthetic Wig

Why Wash Your Synthetic Wig?

Should you wash your synthetic wig?

Wigs have become a versatile and fashionable accessory for many people, whether it’s for daily wear, a special occasion, or just to change up your look. Synthetic wigs, in particular, are a popular choice due to their affordability and ease of maintenance.

Now that you’ve invested in your own beautiful synthetic wig or hairpieces, you want to keep it looking brand new.

To keep your synthetic wig looking its best, it’s crucial to know how to wash it properly. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of cleaning and maintaining your synthetic wig to ensure it stays in excellent condition for a long time.

Learn how to wash your synthetic wig

How to Wash Your Wig

*Step 1: Gather Your Supplies

Before you start the washing process, gather the necessary supplies. You’ll need:

1. A wide-tooth comb or wig brush
2. A wig stand
3. A basin or sink
4. Mild wig shampoo
5. Cold water
6. A towel
7. Leave-In wig conditioner

*Step 2: Detangle Your Wig

Begin by gently detangling your wig using a wide-tooth comb or a wig brush. Start from the tips and work your way up to the roots. If there are any knots, matted hair or tangles, spray them with leave in conditioner and use the end of a rat tail comb to gently separate. This will help prevent any knots or tangles from becoming worse during the washing process.

*Step 3: Prepare the Basin

Fill a basin or sink with cold water. Make sure the water is not too hot, as heat can damage synthetic wigs.

*Step 4: Shampoo Your Wig

Add a small amount of mild wig shampoo to the cold water and mix it in gently. Place your wig on a wig stand or mannequin head, ensuring that it’s secure.

Submerge the wig in the soapy water and gently swish it around. Do not rub or agitate the wig vigorously, as this can lead to tangling and damage.

*Step 5: Rinse Thoroughly

After a few minutes of gentle soaking, carefully lift the wig out of the soapy water. Rinse it under cold running water, allowing the water to flow in the same direction as the hair to prevent tangling. Continue rinsing until all the shampoo is completely washed out.

*Step 6: Condition

To keep you wig soft and supple, use a spray wig conditioner.  The conditioner can be applied to a wet or dry wig.  Spray a few sprits on the middle and ends of your wigs.  Avoid spraying conditioner on the cap of the wig or the knots, as this can cause hair to shed. 

Turn the wig inside out and spray conditioner on the hairs of the nape to reduce tangling and matting in this area. 

*Step 7: Dry Your Wig

After rinsing, gently pat your wig with a towel to remove excess water. Do not wring or twist the wig, as this can damage the fibers. Place the wig on a towel or wig stand and allow it to air dry. Avoid using heat styling tools on synthetic wigs, as they can melt the fibers.

*Step 8: Style Your Wig

Once your wig is completely dry, you can style it as desired. Use a wig brush or wide-tooth comb to achieve your desired look. Remember  – be gentle and do not use heat on a synthetic wig.  There are a variety of wig styling products that can help finish your look!


Properly washing and maintaining your synthetic wig is essential for keeping it looking beautiful and prolonging its lifespan. With the right care, your synthetic wig can provide you with a stunning appearance for many occasions.

Don’t feel like washing it yourself? A Special Place Wigs offers a professional wig washing service.  Just drop it off and when you pick it up, it will be like new!

If you choose to wash your synthetic wig yourself, just remember to be gentle, use the right products, and avoid heat when caring for your wig. Follow these steps, and you’ll enjoy a fabulous, long-lasting wig that always looks its best.