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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.

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

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)?

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

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.

How To Make Your Wig Look Natural

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. Of course, you can also take your wig to a beauty professional from Booksy and have them untangle it for you! Do you have any tips or tricks on how to detangle a wig? Tell us all about it in the comment section below.

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