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Correcting Synthetic Wig Damage

Posted on November 22 2019

Who doesn’t love synthetic wigs? Effortless glamour doesn’t get much easier than a synthetic wig. In general, the life span of a synthetic wig is three to six months if taken care of properly. Some signs of a damaged wig are frizziness, split ends, and lack of luster. If your wig is showing signs of wear, don’t worry, you can correct it! Read on for a couple of methods on how to make your wig look like new again.

Synthetic Wig Damage 

First of all, you will need to wash your synthetic wig. Be sure to watch our How To Wash A Wig video. With synthetic wigs, it’s important to only use shampoo and conditioner formulated for synthetic fibers. We recommend Beautimark’s Synthetic Cleansing Duo.

 

After washing, the next step is to apply a conditioning spray to the wig. You will want to spray it liberally remembering to avoid the roots. Once you have finished with the conditioning spray, it’s time to comb out the wig. As with any wig, a wide-tooth comb is the best choice. Gently comb out your wig in sections. It is easiest to start from the bottom and work upwards. You need to avoid pulling or tugging with the comb. It can damage your wig and lead to loss of fiber.

The ends of your wig need special attention. Hair oil is just what it needs. Oil only needs to be applied to the ends of the wig. Don’t lather it on. A little oil goes a long way. Once completed, it’s time to leave your wig to drip dry overnight. Never use a hairdryer on your synthetic wig. The synthetic fibers of wigs cannot handle the heat from appliances like hair dryers or straighteners.

The next day, if your wig still looks too dry or if the ends are too split, visit a professional wig stylist. They can give your wig a fresh haircut to liven it up. If your wig has intense damage, the above methods may not cut it. For that level of damage, you will want to try the steamer method. A steamer can help restore the quality of your synthetic wig.

There are steamers specifically made for wigs. You will love this Wig Steamer from Jon Renau. It is not recommended that you use any steamer intended for use on clothing.

 

Before steam touches your wig, be sure to apply a heat protectant spray. A spray like this forms a protective barrier around the strands to protect it from heat damage. It’s like sunscreen for your wig.

Now, prepare your steamer. Check the guidelines of your product for how much filtered water to put in the chamber. After the chamber is filled, spritz in some leave-in conditioner into the water. You will want a leave-in conditioner that is specially formulated for synthetic hair.

With a few sprays, your steamer will now condition your wig as well. Run the steamer through the lengths of your wig, taking great care to avoid the roots. As you steam, follow your progress through the hair with a wide-tooth comb to remove any tangles and knots. 

Synthetic Wig Damage

To prevent damage, keep your steamer at least three inches away from the hair fibers. Keep the steamer in constant motion, never leaving it on spot for too long. Both of these precautions will prevent burning your wig.

How To Fix Synthetic Wigs

If you browse the Internet, you’ll find pages of advice on how to correct synthetic wig damage. Be aware, not everything you read on the Internet is sound advice. Some experts will recommend using fabric softener on a synthetic wig. At Wigs.com, we suggest you stay away from products like fabric softeners that are not intended for use on wearable hair. Unapproved products won’t get you the results you’re looking for and they can damage your wig. 

If you have worked your way through all the methods and your wig still hasn’t bounced back, it’s time to replace it. To learn more about when you replace your wig read our blog here. Watch the video below for visual assistance on how to correct synthetic wig damage.

13 comments

  • The Wig Experts: March 30, 2020

    Hi Judy,

    Yes, sometimes wigs can come with these inconveniences, but there are some easy fixes!

    For the hairs that are coming through on the underside of the cap, you can pull them through to the right side making sure you are pulling them through to the correct section where they are sewn in.

    For the short hairs at the crown, these hairs are called “returns”, which is how the hair is tied into the cap. You can trim these hairs as you see fit!

    Hope this helps!

    - The Wig Experts

  • Judy Emanuel: March 30, 2020

    On March 23, 2020, I purchased a synthetic Easihair wig from a local wig shop her in south central Virginia. It’s a shoulder length style with a lace cap front and typical sewn in webbing cap with ear tabs at the sides and adjustable Velcro tabs at the back. I love the look as I have lost so much hair due to chemo. When I came home and studied the wig, however, I noticed two things. First I noticed just a few hairs pulling through the underside of the wig. Then the crown, on the outside, is covered with short stubby hairs poking out; they are about 1/2-1 1/2” long! This was disappointing to me. I discarded my last wig for that very reason. When I called the Shop owner, she said this is unfortunately how all wigs come. Is this true?

  • The Wig Experts: March 16, 2020

    HI Clara,

    Yes, you can use the steamer method to repair a frizzed wig! Follow the instructions in the video above for best results.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Clara : March 16, 2020

    Can you repair a wig which had been frizzed by a curling iron wig was supposed to be heat friendly only did one handful on one side

  • The Wig Experts: February 25, 2020

    Hi Jean,

    We recommend using a hair oil/serum like the Shine Serum from BeautiMark! See it here: https://www.wigs.com/products/shine-serum-for-human-hair-beautimark

    - The Wig Experts

  • Jean: February 25, 2020

    In the video above it says you can use hair oil on the ends of synthetic hair. What kind of oil would that be?
    Thank you.

  • The Wig Experts: February 10, 2020

    Hi Lisa!

    Yes, you can use a steamer on regular synthetic hair. Just make sure you follow the tips in the video included in this blog.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Lisa: February 10, 2020

    Can u use a steamer on a regular synthetic
    I dont have a HD one. Mine gets so dry looking after 7 weeks
    Its crazy. I have to replace it

  • The Wig Experts: January 24, 2020

    Hi L!

    The steamer will bring shine & luster back to the wig but will not be as strong as when you first received the wig.

    - The Wig Experts

  • L. Peacock: January 24, 2020

    Does the Jon Renau steamer bring back the shine/luster In the wig as when the wig was new?

  • 放: January 17, 2020

    i dont know english

  • Ann: January 13, 2020

    Thanks for this information.

  • Kirsten Cione: January 13, 2020

    Great tips! the Jon renau steamer is a lifesaver I have brought back to life so many wigs with that steamer it is amazing how well the steamer works on the Wigs it really works and makes the wigs look like brand new I highly recommend the Jon renau steamer I would not ever go without it I use it all the time and its been a lifesaver can’t live without it!

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