Whether you’re an occasional or regular wig-wearer, these head coverings need to be treated with utmost care. This is especially true if you bought high-quality wigs in hairstyles worn by Raquel Welch or Jessica Simpson. During manufacturing, wigs made from human hair, animal hair and synthetic fiber actually went through intense chemical processing. If you want to maintain the suppleness of the strands and the vividness of the color, you need to know how to clean a wig properly. 

3 Steps to Follow when Cleaning a Wig When buying a wig, you want it to last for practically a lifetime so you need to make sure that proper care is given to each hair piece. Here are a few steps that you can follow when cleaning a wig: 

Detangle the wig using a wide-toothed comb. Before washing the wig, make sure to remove all the tangles. Use a wide-toothed comb or a specialized wig comb or brush that you can buy from supermarkets. Work your way from the root of the hair to the ends to untangle the individual strands. 


Shampoo, rinse and condition the hair. To prolong the life of wigs, it pays to choose custom-designed shampoos and conditioners. Look for ones with a formula that will not strip the color of the wig due to sulfate, and are free from toxic parabens. 

Use cool water to get the hair wet, with the water flowing in the same direction of the hair. This is a great technique to avoid tangling. Apply a small amount of shampoo without scrubbing and once all parts are shampooed, dry the wig using a soft towel. Gently pat the towel, apply conditioner and use the same technique in towel drying the hair after rinsing. 

Dry the wig. After towel-drying the wig, check if the strands are almost dry. If they are, use a wide-toothed comb to untangle the wig. Place the wig on a folding stand, a mannequin head or on top of a can of hairspray to fully air dry. Don’t stretch the cap of the wig to make sure that it perfectly fits the head for future use. 

With this three-step process, you can prolong the life of your wig and use it to completely change your look.