How to Wash Human Hair Wigs At Home

How to Wash Human Hair Wigs At Home

Learn how to wash human hair wigs at home with our simple guide! We’ll show you the steps to keep your wig clean and make it last longer. Get expert tips for washing your wig gently but effectively to keep it looking perfect.

Welcome to our easy guide on washing human hair wigs at home! Keeping your wig clean is super important to make sure it looks great. In this article, we’ll show you simple ways to wash your wig right at home. We’ll tell you what supplies you need and how to wash your wig carefully. Say goodbye to dirt and hello to a clean, shiny wig! Let’s get started and make sure your wig always looks fabulous, no matter what! Plus, it’s all done from the comfort of your own home, saving you time and money.

How to Wash Human Hair Wigs At Home

Importance of Washing Human Hair Wigs:

1. Maintains appearance

Regular washing is essential to remove dirt, oil, and product buildup from human hair wigs. This process ensures that the wig looks clean and fresh, maintaining its appearance and enhancing its overall aesthetic appeal.

2. Promotes hygiene

Cleaning the wig eliminates bacteria and odors, promoting better hygiene and freshness. Regular washing helps to keep the wig clean and sanitary, reducing the risk of scalp irritation and other hygiene-related issues.

3. Increases longevity

Proper maintenance, including regular washing, is crucial for preserving the quality and lifespan of human hair wigs. By removing dirt, oil, and buildup, washing helps prevent damage and deterioration of the wig fibers, allowing it to maintain its integrity and be worn for an extended period. This ultimately increases the wig’s longevity, ensuring it remains in good condition for longer use.

Increases longevity

Preparing to Wash Your Wig

1. Gathering necessary supplies

Before starting the washing process, gather the following supplies:

  • Wig shampoo: Ensure you use a shampoo specifically formulated for human hair wigs to maintain their quality and prevent damage.
  • Conditioner: Choose a conditioner suitable for human hair wigs to keep the hair moisturized and manageable.
  • Wide-tooth comb: This will help detangle the wig gently without causing breakage.
  • Wig stand or mannequin head: Use this to hold the wig securely in place during washing and drying, maintaining its shape.
  • Towels: Have towels on hand for blotting excess water and protecting the workspace.

2. Detangling the wig:

Detangling the wig before washing is crucial to prevent tangling and breakage during the washing process. Follow these steps:

  • Start by holding the wig securely on a wig stand or mannequin head.
  • Using a wide-tooth comb, gently begin detangling the hair starting from the ends and working your way upwards towards the roots.
  • Take your time and be gentle, working through any knots or tangles with patience to avoid causing damage to the wig fibers.

3. Preparing the washing area:

It’s essential to choose a clean and spacious area with access to running water for washing the wig properly. Here’s how to prepare the washing area:

  • Select a clean and well-ventilated space where you can comfortably wash the wig.
  • Ensure there’s access to running water for rinsing the wig thoroughly.
  • Place a wig stand or mannequin head on a stable surface to hold the wig securely in place during washing and drying.
  • Lay down towels or a waterproof surface to protect the area from water spills and provide a comfortable workspace for handling the wig.

Washing Your Human Hair Wig:

1. Creating a gentle cleansing solution

Dilute wig shampoo with water following the instructions on the bottle. Typically, you’ll use about a tablespoon of shampoo for every cup of water. Ensure you’re using a shampoo specifically designed for human hair wigs to preserve their natural oils and prevent damage.

2. Wetting the wig

Before applying shampoo, thoroughly wet the wig with lukewarm water. It’s crucial to ensure the hair is completely saturated, as this helps the shampoo distribute evenly and prevents tangling. Use a gentle stream of water to avoid damaging the wig fibers.

3. Applying the cleansing solution

Once the wig is wet, apply the diluted shampoo evenly, starting from the roots and working your way towards the ends. Be gentle during this process to avoid tangling or matting. You can use your fingers to gently massage the shampoo into the wig, but avoid vigorous rubbing, as this can cause damage.

4. Gently washing and rinsing the wig

After applying the shampoo, gently massage it into the wig using light pressure. This helps to cleanse the hair and remove any dirt or buildup. Once you’ve thoroughly cleansed the wig, rinse it with lukewarm water until all the shampoo is removed. Ensure you rinse carefully to prevent any residue, which can lead to buildup and dullness.

Conditioning and Detangling

1. Selecting a suitable conditioner

Choose a conditioner specifically formulated for human hair wigs. Look for one that provides moisture without weighing down the hair. Consider your wig’s texture and any specific needs it may have, such as added hydration or protein.

2. Applying conditioner to the wig

After rinsing out the shampoo, apply a small amount of conditioner evenly throughout the damp wig. Focus on the mid-lengths and ends of the hair, as these areas tend to be drier. Avoid applying conditioner to the roots, as this can weigh down the hair and cause excess oiliness.

3. Detangling the wig while conditioned

While the conditioner is applied, use a wide-tooth comb or your fingers to gently detangle the hair. Start from the ends and work your way up to the roots, using smooth, downward strokes. Conditioning the hair helps to lubricate the strands, making them easier to comb through without causing damage.

Drying the Wig

Drying the Wig

1. Towel blotting excess water

After washing and conditioning, gently blot the wig with a soft, absorbent towel to remove excess water. Avoid rubbing or wringing the wig, as this can cause damage and tangling.

2. Air drying or blow drying options

You have two primary options for drying the wig: air drying or blow drying. Air drying is gentle and helps maintain the wig’s texture, while blow drying on a low heat setting can speed up the process. If using a blow dryer, be sure to use a diffuser attachment to evenly distribute airflow and minimize heat exposure.

3. Styling considerations during drying 

While the wig is drying, consider how you want to maintain its style or shape. You can use clips or pins to hold specific sections in place. Avoid excessive manipulation or touching of the wig while it’s drying to prevent frizz or disrupting the style. Be patient and allow the wig to dry completely before styling to maintain its shape and prevent damage.

Final Touches

1. Brushing and styling

Once the wig is dry, gently brush it with a wide-tooth comb or wig brush to detangle and smooth out the hair fibers. Style the wig according to your personal preference, using heat tools or styling products as desired. Just ensure that any products or tools you use are suitable for use on human hair wigs to avoid damage.

 Brushing and styling

2. Storing the wig properly

When not in use, store the wig in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight. Consider using a wig stand or mannequin head to maintain the wig’s shape and prevent tangling during storage. To protect the wig from dust and debris, cover it with a breathable hair net or scarf.

Maintenance tips for future care

To keep your wig looking its best, establish a regular maintenance routine. This includes weekly brushing to prevent tangling, periodic washing and conditioning as needed, and avoiding exposure to heat sources such as curling irons or flat irons that could damage the wig’s fibers.

Additionally, consider incorporating periodic deep conditioning treatments to restore moisture and keep the hair soft and manageable. Regularly inspect the wig for any signs of damage or wear and tear, such as split ends or thinning areas, and address them promptly to prolong the wig’s lifespan.

Maintenance tips for future care


Here are some important FAQs:

What is the best way to wash a human hair wig?

To wash a human hair wig effectively, detangle it first, then use a gentle wig shampoo diluted in lukewarm water. Rinse thoroughly and condition before air drying on a wig stand.

Can human hair wigs be washed with regular shampoo?

While regular shampoo can be used, it’s better to opt for a shampoo specifically made for human hair wigs to maintain their quality.

Can I wash my human hair wig with just water?

Washing a human hair wig with just water may remove surface dirt but won’t thoroughly cleanse or condition it.

How can I make my human hair wig silky again without washing it?

To restore silkiness without washing, apply a small amount of wig conditioner or shine serum, focusing on the mid-lengths and ends, then gently comb through.


In our journey to maintain our human hair wigs, we’ve explored various washing techniques and care practices. Washing our wigs regularly is key to keeping them looking fabulous and hygienic.Regular washing removes dirt, oil, and product buildup, ensuring our wigs look clean and fresh. It’s like giving them a spa day!

But it’s not just about looks. Washing also gets rid of bacteria and odors, keeping our wigs clean and smelling nice. It’s like giving them a hygiene boost! By following these washing tips, we not only keep our wigs in top shape but also feel more confident wearing them. It’s a win-win!

And remember, washing is just one part of caring for our wigs. Regular maintenance is important to keep them looking their best. So let’s commit to taking good care of our wigs, giving them the love and attention they deserve.

Here’s to many more days of rocking our freshly washed human hair wigs with pride! Cheers to clean and fabulous hair days ahead!

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