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Can You Style Synthetic Wigs?

Posted on August 14 2018

Are you considering which type of wig is best for you? The main types of wigs on the market are human hair, synthetic, and a blend of the two. Many clients prefer synthetic wigs for their affordable price and easy care. Today we will go over one of the most common synthetic questions, along with a few other helpful bits of information about your synthetic wig!


Can You Style Synthetic Wigs?


Styling Synthetic Hair: What You Need To Know About Heat


If you own a synthetic wig, there are several things you need to know. We will go over two types of synthetic wig, as well as several ways you can style each one. If you're looking for a new synthetic wig, check out our extensive selection of synthetic wigs!


Heat Friendly Synthetic Wigs


Certain types of synthetic wigs are known as heat friendly or heat resistant. These types of wigs can be styled with heat, but only to a certain extent. Be sure to follow the guidelines included with your specific wig.


Non-Heat Friendly Synthetic Wigs


Synthetic wigs that aren’t heat friendly or heat resistant should NEVER be styled with heat. Using any level of heat on these wigs will destroy them. Even the heat from a steaming pot or opening the oven can ruin this type of synthetic.


Styling Synthetic Wigs Without Heat


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As with your bio hair, it is always best to use heat sparingly, regardless of heat resistance. With that in mind, here are some great ways to style a synthetic wig without heat, as well as some care tips. Sometimes something as simple as sweeping the bangs to the side can give a fresh new appearance to your favorite synthetic wig.


Use a Spray Bottle


Fill a spray bottle with water to revitalize frayed hairs, and to reduce frizz. Sounds counterintuitive, but synthetic hair responds wonderfully to water, which helps it spring back to its original style.


Styling with a Cut


If you have a talent for haircuts, you can style your wig permanently with a pair of sharp shears. However, if the idea is a bit scary, speak with a professional stylist that has experience cutting synthetic wigs.


Hair Spray


Using a synthetic safe hair spray, you can sculpt your wig into a tousled or textured look, great for creating a beach wave aesthetic.


Care Tips


  • Never brush your wig while it is wet. When the wig is wet, it is at its most vulnerable, so wait until it is dry to brush it.
  • Use the right products. For synthetic styles, be sure to use appropriate care products to ensure the longevity of your wig.
What your favorite synthetic wig tips? Tell us below in the comment section!


  • Sandi in Florida: October 03, 2018

    Use hair glue or sew in extensions for wigs that you have screwed up. Trust me, I’ve done my share in the last 30 years. Don’t give up – there’s always a solution. Screw up bangs – buy the fringe ones and cover them up. I just did this and I should know better! Regarding hair glue – just a dab at the sides helps from the wig sliding or if you’re going to an amusement park on rides and are afraid it’s going to fly off. Also, on a wig that’s too light – try a FanciFull rinse. Works on light wigs not dark :)

  • Michelle: August 30, 2018

    For Catherine, you can take your wig to a stylist and have it thinned to make it look more natural. Or get a pair of thinning shears and do it yourself. Part the thick parts of the wig, comb the fibers upward, slide the shears into the fibers, taking a very thin amount of fibers, and snip into them about one inch from the cap. Part off the fibers about half an inch away from the first snip you did, and do the same thing. Part off and snip and thin until you reach the end of the thick area. Brush or comb the wig to remove excess fibers you just thinned out. Be careful and go slowly, taking tiny snips. Check to see if you’ve taken out enough. Usually, just a little bit of thinning can make the style come to life, and make it look more natural. If you’re nervous, use an old wig to practice on. You’ll be surprised how easy it is, and how good thinning can make a wig look. Use the shears to trim bangs, too. Synthetic fiber is plastic, extruded under heat and pressure, so it takes heat to bend the fibers. Use steam heat and wire mesh rollers. This too takes practice. Watch youtube videos on restyling synthetic wigs.

  • Michelle: August 30, 2018

    This is for Jan. Try loosening the adjustable straps in the back of your wig. I know it sounds like the wrong thing to do, but your wig might actually be too tight, and it keeps slipping up because of it. Either take your wig to a stylist who works with wigs to have the bangs trimmed, or do it yourself. Wear the wig so the stylist can trim them evenly on your face. Try sewing in a couple of toupee clips, or comb clips, the kind that snap open and closed, they will secure your wig very well. You can sew them in to the top\sides of the wig, and maybe one in the back\nape area. That should hold it!

  • Jan: August 30, 2018

    I love my new wig but it keeps pulling up I have tired hair pins and it does not work and the wig is to long in the bangs and after about 30 minuets I have to keep pulling it down. I have even used the clear band that come with it. Help

  • Michelle: August 28, 2018

    Well, I’ve been styling and rehabbing wigs for 25 years, and it is safe to use steam heat to either curl or straighten synthetics. Use wire mesh rollers and a small hand held steamer, apply steam inside and out of the rollers, heating each one for about 10 seconds. Keep the steamer moving to not overheat the fibers. It takes a little practice. This softens and defrizzes fiber. Let cool then unroll and run your fingers through the curls. Style as you wish. Same with straightening, smooth fibers with a wig brush as you move the steamer over the fibers. Try out these techniques on an old wig until you get the hang of it. I change up styles all the time. Check out youtube for many synthetic wig restyling videos.

  • Catherine Cook: August 20, 2018

    Your article told us more about what not to do, rather than what to do to style a wig. I have tried wetting the hair of my synthetic wig and curling it around rollers to air dry, but the result was very disappointing. Only a subtle curl that didn’t last long. I have been reluctant to use hair spray but may need to try it. My biggest disappointment in synthetic wigs is that they are way too full and look like wigs. They won’t stay down, so the hair looks even bigger in only half an hr. After washing, they do lose tend to their style, and after a few washings, there is relatively no style left. Yes, I need all the tips I can get.

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