How to Detangle A Wig: Human Hair Wigs & Synthetic Wigs

January 4, 2020

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Wigs always bring you new experiences and styles, and you think it is one of the best things in the world. But nothing is 100% perfect. When does your wig frustrate you the most? Many wig wearers are annoyed with tangles and want to find a way out. Then, how to detangle a wig? Read further for our ultimate guide to detangle your wig!

Why Do Wigs Get Tangled?

First, let us explore why your wigs get tangled. In fact, whether you’re wearing human hair wigs or synthetic wigs, they will tangle up at times. Hair texture, the quality of wigs, maintenance method and your lifestyle can all contribute to matting.

Poor quality wigs

The synthetic covering fibres are from plastics, polymer, or so. They are prone to tangling. And the over-processed human hair wigs are also easy to become tangled when exposed to water, high temperatures and even weather conditions.

Not taking care of your wig well

Your wig is more likely to tangle if you don’t maintain it well. You will wash it regularly with soft shampoo and conditioner. Also, you need to keep it stored in the right place.

Chemical damage

Simply put, the more you wig has been treated, the higher the risk that it will tangle.


Wigs lack the natural oils of natural hair. This makes a big difference in the tangling sector, as these oils often help smooth and soften hair, preventing many tangling problems caused by dryness.

How To Detangle A Wig (Human Hair Wig or Synthetic Wig)?

What you will need to detangle a wig

◆ a wide-tooth/ fine-tooth comb
◆ a spray bottle
◆ fabric softener for synthetic wig
◆ Hair conditioner for human hair wig

Step by step guide to detangling a wig

Step 1: Pour cold water into the basin. If the wig is too dirty, put it in warm water and add a little shampoo to the water. Remember not to overheat it to prevent damage to your hair. Leave the unit in the solution for about 10-15 minutes.

Step 2: Rinse with cold water. Gently press the wig with a towel to absorb water. Finish after it no longer drip from the unit.

Step 3: Fill 3/4 of the spray bottle with water. Hair conditioner was then added to fill the rest of the bottle (add fabric softener if it is a synthetic wig). Your goal is to exchange 3 parts of water for 1 part of hair conditioner (fabric softener). Shake the mixture well.

Step 4: Spray the mixture evenly to the wig rather than overspray. Let it absorb for a few minutes.

Step 5: Use a wide-tooth to comb the wig from bottom to top. When detangling a wig, always start with a small part at the bottom of the wig, then gradually work your way up until you have combed through and detangled each section. Excessive combing and pulling of hair can cause wigs to loosen.

Step 6: If your wig has bangs, use a fine-tooth comb to untangle them and place them the way you want. If you have a wavy/curly wig, it is recommended to use your fingers to maintain a curly look.

Step 7: Give your wig a final rinse. And let it air dry.

Tips to Avoid Your Wig from Getting Tangled

  • Use proper mild shampoo and conditioner and wash regularly.
  • When not in use, please store the wig properly in the box or hang it on the wig head.
  • Wet it and minimize its exposure to sunlight and wind.
  • Use less hot tools and style products.
  • Don’t sleep with a wig.

Be careful with your wig and I promise it will smile back at you. Do you have any tips or tricks on how to detangle a wig? Tell us all about it in the comment section below.

  • Cassie Mayers January 6, 2020 at 12:25 pm

    Some great tips here. Never worn a wig so wouldn’t have any tips to help, but this post would be great for people who put on performances, I bet they are always getting tangled wigs.

  • Ami Elizabeth January 6, 2020 at 4:38 pm

    I’d never really considered that a human hair wig would be any different to actual human hair when it came to tangles! Some great tips, thank you.

  • MELANIE EDJOURIAN January 6, 2020 at 7:40 pm

    An interesting post and a topic I was unaware of before. I suppose it is like our own hair in regards to using a wide-tooth comb to untangle.

  • michelle twin mum January 6, 2020 at 10:16 pm

    Wow, I can’t belive your before and after pictures, they are awesome. We have some wigs we wear for fancy dress parties and I certainly need to sort those out. Mich x

  • Rebecca Smith January 6, 2020 at 11:45 pm

    Some great tips. It is always horrible when hair gets tangled but hadn’t considered what you’d need to do when it comes to a human hair wig.

  • Mandi January 7, 2020 at 10:10 am

    I am definitely bookmarking this post, Xene has so many wigs for her different cosplay costumes, she has become an expert at restyling them, but some do get awfully tangled, so this will be a great help

  • Anosa January 7, 2020 at 11:46 am

    I have loads of wigs and I too use normal shampoo and conditioners to clean my wigs, these are great tips.

  • Rhian Westbury January 7, 2020 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve never had a wig or extensions before, but I do find my own hair gets really knotty anyway, but my tangle teezer is great x

  • Kacie Morgan January 7, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    There’s nothing worse than things getting tangled up. My pet hates for this are my headphones and my jewellery!

  • Kira January 7, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    Wow you sound like a complete professional. I wouldn’t know where to start with wearing a wig.

  • Jennifer January 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm

    I would have needed a post like this years ago. In the end I just threw my human hair wig

  • Emma January 10, 2020 at 1:45 pm

    Great tips! Who knew it could be so difficult!

  • Laura January 10, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I wore a wig for the first time at my hen night and don’t think I will again, I found it so heavy! However I do know some regular wig users and so will point them in the direction of this post 🙂

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