Essential Wig Care: How To Wash A Wig Without Damaging It?

One of the simplest ways you can do to express your love to your wig is to carefully take care of them. However, not many people think about this seriously as they think washing a wig is not a must. In today’s post, Apohair will be with you to explore how to wash a wig properly. Hopefully, our blog is useful and you can apply this method to shampoo your wig the right way.

How to wash a wig without damaging it

Why Should You Wash Your Wig?

You should take care of your human hair wig properly so that the lovely wig can achieve maximum lifespan and the best appearance. Do not think that maintaining and washing your human hair wig is difficult. Actually, this process just requires attention and gentle care.

Why should you wash your wig
It’s important to wash your hair wig regularly

A lot of human hair wigs are made with hair that has been dyed and chemically processed, meaning that there is no hair cuticle. Human hair wigs need to be handled gently because these processes make the hair more fragile.

How Often To Wash Your Human Hair Wig

Apohair highly recommends that you should wash your human hair wig every 7-14 days of wear. However, just keep in mind that each time your hairpiece is washed, its lifespan is shortened. That’s why the wig should not be washed too regularly. Using as few styling products as possible on your wig is good as this allows you to wash it less often and extend the wig’s life.

Wearing a wig cap underneath will also help you extend the life of your wig. Wig cap is beneficial as it helps adsorb scalp oils, keeping them away from the base of the cap. So, how to wash a wig? Keep reading to discover!

How Do You Wash A Wig Without Damaging It?

Some people usually wonder how to wash a human hair wig and how to wash a synthetic wig. Basically, washing these 2 types of wig is similar, you can use the guide on how to wash a wig without damaging it below:

Step 1: Prepare Your Wig

Start by gently brushing the wig to remove tangles. Start at the ends of your hair and work your way up to the base of your hat. Make sure you use a comb designed for wigs. For stubborn tangles, you can use hair spray to help detangle.

How do You Wash a Wig without Damaging it
Brushing your wig

Step 2: Wet The Wig

Instead of soaking the wig in a basin of water with shampoo because it can cause tangles, you should wet the wig another way. If your wig is short, you can hold it under the sink faucet. For longer wigs, use a bath or shower to avoid tangles.

How do You Wash a Wig without Damaging it
Wet the wig

Step 3: Rinse With Cool Water

Let cold water run through the wig, from root to tip, until completely wet. This step ensures that the wig is ready to be cleaned.

Step 4: Apply Wig Shampoo

How to properly wash your wig? Squeeze a small amount of wig shampoo into the palm of your hand and apply evenly to the hair shaft. Avoid twisting, rubbing or massaging the wig. Instead, gently apply shampoo from roots to ends.

How do You Wash a Wig without Damaging it
Apply wig shampoo

Step 5: Rinse Out Shampoo

Use cool water to gently rinse the wig to remove all shampoo. Make sure the water runs over your hair from root to tip. Continue rinsing until the shampoo is completely removed.

Step 6: Remove Excess Water

After rinsing, gently squeeze the wig to remove excess water. Don’t wring or twist it. Slight pressure on the wig is enough to remove the water.

Step 7: Condition The Wig After Wash

After washing, you need to do some wig care to maintain your wig. Spread a small amount of conditioner into the palm of your hands, work evenly in the hair while it is still wet. Avoid the application of conditioner to the wig base as it can loosen the knots on the cap, leading to hair loss. Leave the conditioner in the hair about 3-5 minutes.

How do You Wash a Wig without Damaging it
Condition the wig

While the hair is wet and saturated with your wig conditioner, detangle the wig gently by starting at the tips of the hair and working your way up. Although your fingertips are the most gentle,  a wide-toothed wig comb can also be gently used in this case. Thoroughly rinse the conditioner from the hair under cool running water and that’s all.

Step 8: Drying & Styling 

It is best to allow your human hair wig naturally dry on a wig stand as this is most gentle on the hair fibers. You can use rollers to set the wig. You can also use some heat styling tools such as curling irons and flat irons to style the hair, but only after the hair is dry. Do not forget to use styling products (such as hair spray) that are specifically designed for human hair wigs.

By following these steps, you’ll be able to wash your wig effectively and without causing unnecessary tangling or damage.


Taking care of your wig is vital to ensure it maintains its longevity. By following these how to wash a wig guidelines in this blog, you can extend the life of your wig and keep it looking fabulous for many wears to come.

If you’re in the market for a new wig or hair extensions, get in touch with Apohair. We are a a leading hair factory in Vietnam, offer a wide range of options to suit your style and needs. Contact Apohair today and discover a world of premium hair solutions that will make you look and feel your best.

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