Wigs for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide for How to Care for a Wig

Written by: Christina Jones



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Understanding how to care for a wig is vital, not just to maintain its aesthetic appeal but to ensure its longevity and performance. Proper wig care, tailored to the wig's material—be it synthetic or human hair—is the cornerstone of keeping your wig looking fresh, lively, and as natural as the day you received it. In this guide, we'll dive into the essential care practices, uncover expert tips, and distinguish between the care routines for synthetic and human hair wigs. Plus, we'll highlight some recommended care products to keep your wig in top-notch condition.


  • Synthetic Wigs: Made from fine plastic fibers, synthetic wigs are crafted to mimic the feel and flow of human hair. They hold their style well but require specific care to avoid damage from heat and friction.
    Key Care Tip: Use cool water and synthetic-friendly products for cleaning and maintenance.

  • Human Hair Wigs: Sourced from real human hair, these wigs offer an unparalleled natural look and versatility in styling. They demand a care routine similar to natural hair, including regular washing and deep conditioning.
    Key Care Tip: Opt for sulfate-free hair care products and products formulated for color-treated hair to maintain the wig's health and shine.


Preserves Appearance: Regular maintenance keeps your wig looking shiny, smooth, and free of tangles.

Extends Lifespan: A well-cared-for wig can last significantly longer, providing value for your investment.

Promotes Comfort: Clean wigs are more comfortable to wear, reducing scalp irritation and ensuring a better fit.

Enhances Natural Look: Proper care helps maintain the wig's style and volume, ensuring a natural appearance.


Daily, weekly, and monthly care routines, can significantly enhance your understanding and execution of proper wig care. We've put together an easy-to-follow visual guide for a wig-care routine.

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Daily Care Routines:

  • Synthetic Wigs: Gently brush or comb your wig after each use with a wig brush or wide tooth comb to remove tangles and restore the style. Store on a wig stand to maintain shape.
  • Human Hair Wigs: Like synthetic, brush gently but consider applying a light, leave-in conditioner to keep the hair soft and manageable. Avoid applying any conditioners, hair oils and serums to the root or base of the wig.

Weekly Care Tips:

  • Synthetic Wig: Use a Freshener or Refresh spray weekly to rejuvenate your wig, keeping it smelling fresh and feeling soft. Allow it to air dry on a wig stand.
  • Human Hair Wig: Wash weekly or as needed if used daily, using sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner. Deep condition every other wash to retain moisture and shine. Allow it to air dry on a wig stand.

Bi-Weekly Care Tips:

  • Synthetic Wig: If worn daily, wash lightly every 2 weeks. Use synthetic wig care products to avoid damaging the fibers. Allow it to air dry on a wig stand.

Monthly Maintenance:

  • Deep Clean: Both wig types should undergo a thorough cleaning and conditioning session. For synthetic wigs, consider a 5 minute soak to rejuvenate fibers. For human hair wigs, applying a light oil to the ends can also help prevent dryness and maintain the natural look of the wig.
  • Restyle: Visit a professional wig stylist if necessary to maintain the wig's cut and style. A hair steamer can be used on regular synthetic and hot tools can be used on heat-friendly synthetic fiber.


PROTECT YOUR WIG: To minimize wear, rotate between different wigs if you're a daily wearer. Proper storage on wig stands helps maintain the wig's shape and style, ensuring longevity and ease of wear. Incorporating The Wig Company's refresh product into your weekly routine adds an extra layer of care, keeping your wig in optimal condition.


  • Knots and Tangles: Use a wide-tooth comb and a spray conditioner to gently remove knots without pulling the fibers.
  • Static Cling: A light mist of water or fabric softener solution can help reduce static, especially in synthetic wigs.
  • Dullness: Revive the shine of your wig with a shine spray or a light application of natural oils, ensuring compatibility with your wig type.

Addressing Knots and Tangles

  • Preventive Measures:
    • Silk Pillowcase: When not wearing your wig, placing it on a silk or satin pillowcase can reduce friction and prevent tangles.
    • Daily Grooming: Gently brush your wig with a wide-tooth comb or a wig brush before and after use to minimize knots.
  • Detangling Process:

    • Sectioning: Divide the wig into manageable sections, securing each with a clip.
    • Bottom-Up Technique: Start detangling from the ends of the wig, gradually working your way up to the roots to minimize stress on the fibers.
    • Conditioning Spray: Apply a detangling or leave-in conditioner to each section before combing to ease the detangling process. Avoid applying conditioners to the root or base as this may loosen knotting and cause shedding. 

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Brushing with a wig brush

Combating Static Cling

  • Preventive Measures:
    • Humidifier: Keeping a humidifier in the room where you store your wig can help maintain moisture levels in the air, reducing static.
    • Fabric Softener Hack: Diluting fabric softener with water and spraying it lightly on the wig can prevent static cling without damaging synthetic fibers.
  • Immediate Solutions:

    • Dryer Sheets: Gently running a dryer sheet over the surface of the wig can quickly eliminate static.
    • Ionic Brush: Using an ionic brush can neutralize the electric charge causing static, smoothing out your wig without the need for products.

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Static cling in a wig

Restoring Dullness

  • Preventive Measures:
    • Proper Washing: Overwashing can strip the wig of its natural sheen. Follow the recommended washing frequency and use the correct products for your wig type.
    • Protection from Elements: Protect your wig from sun exposure and harsh weather by wearing a scarf or cap, which can prevent fading and dullness.
  • Revitalization Techniques:

    • Shine Sprays and Serums: Select a shine spray or serum formulated for wigs. For human hair wigs, lightweight natural oils like argan or coconut oil can add luster without weighing the hair down.
    • Cold Water Rinse: Rinse your human hair wig in cold water after washing to seal the cuticles and enhance shine.
    • Professional Services: Occasionally, taking your wig to a professional for deep conditioning treatments or restyling can restore its original vitality and shine.

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Restoring Dullness to a wig



Avoid High Heat: Use medium or low heat settings for styling tools, especially for synthetic wigs. Human hair wigs can tolerate higher heat but with caution. We recommend keeping hot tools under 350 degrees. 

Minimize Washing: Over-washing can lead to wear and tear. Stick to the recommended frequency based on usage.

Protect From Sunlight: Prolonged exposure can fade and damage wigs. Wear a hat or scarf if in direct sunlight for extended periods.

Specialized Products: Use wig-specific care products. Recommended brands include Brandywine, Hairess, Hairuwear, and TWC for both synthetic and human hair wig care.

Secret Tip: For synthetic wigs, a light misting of fabric softener diluted with water can add softness and reduce static cling.


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As the seasons change, so should your wig care routine. Adapting your approach to maintenance with the shifting climates is crucial for preserving your wig's integrity, beauty, and longevity. Whether you're combating the dry air of winter, managing the humidity of summer, or navigating the mild conditions of spring and autumn, each season presents unique challenges for wig wearers.

Wig across seasons

Winter Care: Combating Dryness

  • Moisturize Regularly: Winter's dry air can sap moisture from your wig, leaving it brittle. Use leave-in conditioners or hydrating masks designed for wigs to retain moisture. For human hair wigs, a light application of natural oils can also help.
  • Static Control: Static electricity is common in winter. A light mist of water or a fabric softener solution can help reduce static in synthetic wigs. For human hair, anti-static sprays are effective.
  • Protection From Elements: When outdoors, protect your wig from harsh winter conditions by wearing a hat or scarf. This not only keeps you warm but also prevents damage from the cold and wind.

Summer Care: Managing Humidity

  • Fight Frizz: Humidity can cause human hair wigs to frizz. Use anti-frizz products specifically designed for wigs.
  • Wash More Frequently: Sweat and oils can accumulate more quickly in warmer months. Increase your washing frequency to remove buildup, but always follow with a hydrating conditioner to maintain moisture. Use the Refresh Neutralizing Spray in between washes or inside of the wig to freshen when needed
  • UV Protection: Prolonged exposure to the sun can fade and damage your wig. Use products with UV protection or wear a hat to shield your wig from the sun’s harmful rays.

Spring and Autumn Care: Balanced Approach

  • Gentle Cleansing: With milder weather, maintain a regular washing schedule to remove dust and pollen that can accumulate, especially during the spring. A gentle, sulfate-free shampoo will clean without stripping moisture.
  • Detangling: Transitional seasons can bring variable weather, leading to tangles. Use a wide-tooth comb and a detangling spray to prevent knots without causing damage.
  • Moisture Balance: As the air transitions from dry to humid or vice versa, adjust your moisturizing routine accordingly. Lighter moisturizers are suitable for spring, while richer formulas may be needed in autumn.

General Tips for All Climates

  • Proper Storage: Always store your wig on a wig stand or mannequin head to maintain its shape, regardless of the season. Avoid leaving your wig in direct sunlight or in damp areas, which can cause damage.
  • Adjust Your Routine: Be flexible with your care routine, adjusting for weather changes. For example, if you're experiencing an unusually dry summer, incorporate more moisturizing treatments.
  • Professional Maintenance: Periodically, take your wig to a professional for deep cleaning, conditioning, or restyling. They can also offer advice tailored to your specific wig type and the climate you live in.


Mastering how to care for a wig is an invaluable skill that ensures your investment remains beautiful, comfortable, and durable. Whether you're wearing synthetic or human hair wigs, incorporating these care routines into your lifestyle will keep your wig looking as good as new. By following these expert tips and using the right products, you can enjoy the transformative power of wigs and the endless possibilities they bring to your personal style.

The Author: Christina Jones

Recognized as THE Wig Expert at The Wig Company. My fascination with wigs began at age 6 when I wielded scissors on Barbie's head. Since then, I've immersed myself in the world of wigs, utilizing my hairstylist background to explore endless possibilities. Now, I have the privilege of sharing my knowledge with you!

Engaging with remarkable women who embody bravery, courage, and beauty has been invaluable. I am humbled to meet each and every one of you and provide assistance in any way possible. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I prevent my wig from getting frizzy?

Besides using a silk or satin scarf for sleeping, ensure to apply a wig-specific detangling spray before and after wearing your wig. Regularly using a leave-in conditioner formulated for wigs can also help keep frizz at bay. For synthetic wigs, a fabric softener and water mix can help reduce static, which contributes to frizz.

What's the best way to dry my wig after washing?

Pat your wig gently with a towel to remove excess water, then place it on a wig stand to air dry. Direct sunlight or high heat from a hair dryer can damage the wig fibers, so always opt for air drying in a well-ventilated, shaded area. If you must use a hair dryer, use it on the lowest heat setting.

Can I store my wig in a box when traveling?

Yes, storing your wig in a box is a good option for travel. For added protection, first wrap your wig in a silk or satin scarf. This minimizes friction and helps prevent tangling and frizz. Consider using the original hair net to protect the style. 

How often should I wash my wig?

The frequency depends on how often you wear it and the environment it's exposed to. Generally, a wig worn daily should be washed every 6 to 8 days for synthetic wigs and slightly less often for human hair wigs. If your wig is exposed to strong odors, smoke, or excessive dirt, you may need to wash it more frequently.

Can I style my synthetic wig with heat tools?

Heat-resistant synthetic wigs can be styled with low heat settings. However, traditional synthetic wigs should not be exposed to high temperatures as they can melt or become irreparably damaged. Always check the manufacturer's instructions regarding heat styling. Investing in a heat-resistant wig might be worthwhile if you frequently change styles.

How do I choose the right products for my wig?

Select products specifically designed for wig care. For synthetic wigs, use synthetic-friendly shampoo, conditioner, and styling products. For human hair wigs, choose high-quality, sulfate-free products. Avoid products with alcohol and heavy oils, which can weigh down the wig or damage its fibers.

Can I sleep in my wig?

It's not recommended to sleep in your wig, as it can lead to tangling, matting, and increased wear. If you must sleep in it, wrap your wig in a silk scarf or use a silk pillowcase to reduce friction. Consider having a separate, more durable wig for sleeping.

Is it necessary to use a wig stand?

Yes, storing your wig on a wig stand helps maintain its shape, reduces tangling, and promotes airflow, allowing it to dry properly after washing. A wig stand is an essential tool for preserving the longevity and appearance of your wig.