Can I Use Heat on My Synthetic Wig?

FEBUARY 7, 2023

When it comes to synthetic wigs, you might be wondering which ones you can and can’t style with heat. The last thing you want to do is ruin your investment, so we’ll fill you in on exactly what the do’s and don'ts are when it comes to using heat on your wig. 

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Hot Tools are Not For All Wigs

Do not use hot tools on regular synthetic wigs (i.e. blow dryers, flat irons or curling irons). This fiber does not withstand any “dry” heat and will singe or melt. You can, however, style it with a wig steamer which uses “wet” heat. This is also how you’d remove frizz from the fiber!

Heatless Styling Techniques

Do use heatless styling techniques on your regular synthetic wig. Braiding the fiber or wrapping it around foam curlers when it’s wet is a safe way to give your straight locks some wave without needing to use any heat. Leave it to dry overnight, unwrap it from the braids or curlers and voilà!

Heat Friendly Wigs

Do use hot tools on heat friendly synthetic wigs. A big advantage of heat friendly fiber is that you CAN heat style it. Just make sure to keep the temperature of your tools between 275° F to 300° F. Too hot and you can damage the fiber, too cool and your wig will not style. Another pro to this fiber is that if it starts to frizz, using a flat iron to smooth it out is actually what’s best for it.


Do allow synthetic fibers to cool after using heat. Whether you’re creating curls with a curling iron or a wig steamer, they need to set in the shape you’re creating. Pin each curl while it’s still warm and make sure it cools completely before unclipping. You’re essentially baking a new look into the hair.

If you’re unsure whether your wig is heat friendly or not, check the label or the tag hanging from the wig. If it says “heat friendly” or “heat resistant”, you’re safe to break out those hot tools and start styling!

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