8 Mistakes To Avoid The Next Time You Wash Your Wi...

8 Mistakes To Avoid The Next Time You Wash Your Wig

It’s important to wash your wig regularly so that it stays in good shape for as long as possible. Washing a wig might seem straightforward at first – it’s pretty much like washing your hair, right? Not quite. There are some similarities, but properly washing a wig requires a unique approach.

Many new wig owners make the same common mistakes while washing their wigs, like the wrong water temperature or the wrong products. Don’t let that be you! Here are 8 common wig-washing mistakes to avoid.

Not Detangling First

Just like your natural hair, your wig needs to be carefully detangled from root to tip before shampooing to avoid hair loss or damage. Use a wide-toothed comb and start at the ends, then work your way upward.

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Using Hot Water

Always use cool or cold water to rinse your wigs, not hot water. Hot water can damage the fibers of your wig – not a good idea!

“Scrubbing” the Wig

Similarly, you don’t ever want to “scrub” your wig. It’s too delicate for that! Be gentle and don’t risk the damage.


Skipping Conditioner

Your wig needs conditioner to keep it soft, moisturized, and shiny. A good option is a conditioning spray, which nourishes the fibers without weighing them down. If your wig is synthetic, it’s a good idea to use products made for synthetic fibers to make your wig last as long as possible.

Applying Conditioner to the Roots

If you apply conditioner on or near the wig cap, the hair may start to come loose. Instead, focus on the mid-shaft and ends of the hair.


Brushing or Combing While Wet

For many women, it’s natural to brush or comb your hair while it’s wet to make detangling easier. But for wigs, it’s a no-no. It can cause the hair to break, stretch, or frizz. You can use your fingers to comb through product, but you should wait until your wig is 100% dry before reaching for a brush or comb.


Blow Drying

It’s safe to use blow dryers and heat on a human hair wig. For synthetic wigs, though, you can potentially destroy your wig by melting the fibers. Instead of a blow-dryer, hang your wig on a wig stand to air dry after gently blotting with a towel.


Not Washing Often Enough

Lastly, it’s important to wash your wig roughly every 10 wears, or 15 wears if it’s synthetic. However, this is a general rule of thumb. You can wash it more or less often depending on how many styling products you use. By caring for your wig regularly, you’ll allow it to last longer.




  1. Maybelline

    8 November

    What products to use on a deep wave wig

    • Brittany Johnson

      15 November

      Using light, leave-in conditioners can help with manageability. Make sure you're protecting it while you sleep (ideally taking your wig off) and using sulfate-free products as well as regular detangling. Deep conditioning every once in a while can also help with extra TLC, shine, and softness.

  2. Shanee

    10 November

    When you wash your extensions it is best to use a Sulfate free shampoo and conditioner because it will not damage your wigs or bundles and will make it last even longer.

  3. Shanee

    10 November

    Blow drying should not be done if you can avoid it, it is best to just let your wig or extensions air dry as well.

  4. Doris A. Sanders

    11 December

    i just got my first wig from my company Mayvenn and i want able to it. i was told i had order the black one in order to color it so i did i just color it and no color came so what must i do please call me tomorrow please send me the wig that i can color i was plan on wearing it to my convention which would be on this Thursday . please call me at 907-223-8148

    • Brittany Johnson

      3 January

      Hi Doris, our Natural Black (1B) virgin products are able to be colored - please contact customer service directly so that you receive the quickest response - they are available by text at 34649 or phone 1 (888) 562-7952 Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm PST.

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