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How To Detangle a Synthetic Wig

Posted on February 23 2018

“Oh my goodness!!” …. “What should I do?”… These are just some of the reactions to a bad hair day. Every morning we all get up, get ready and hope for a good hair day but this isn’t always the case. Having a bad hair morning can be detrimental, especially if you have a synthetic hairpiece or wig. With synthetic hair a bad hair day is like an uninvited guest. Realistically, a synthetic piece is ready to wear; however, synthetic pieces can tangle and frizz as well. To think tangles will never happen with your synthetic product would be naive. Lucky for you we are here to help when those tangles rear their ugly heads.


Before we can get into the process of detangling your synthetic piece, you need to understand the synthetic fiber. Synthetic hair is designed to be a ready to wear fiber and it is considered to be a “memory” fiber.  Memory fibers hold the style of the product and offer little to no versatility. Heat friendly synthetic fibers are the only synthetic fibers that can be altered. Keep in mind the estimated life span of a synthetic hair product is approximately 4-6 months. With proper care your hair can last longer.


Now that we have touched on the fundamentals of the synthetic fiber, we can finally walk you step by step through caring and detangling your synthetic hair.  For starters, you will need the proper hair care products.  On , we offer all the required synthetic hair care products. The standard required products are:


1.) Wide Tooth Comb


2.) BeautiMark Shampoo


3.) BeautiMark Conditioner:


Keep in mind you can only use synthetic care products on synthetic hair.

All synthetic products should be washed every 6-8 wears to avoid tangling and product build up. When washing your synthetic hair, DO NOT SOAK THE HAIR. You always want to wash you hair under a running faucet with room temperature water.

  • To begin apply a gracious amount of BeautiMark Shampoo to your synthetic hair and rinse it out. You will follow up, by using the BeautiMark Conditoner, remembering not to get the conditioner on the roots. Applying conditioner on the roots or knots will loosen the hairs. While the BeautiMark Conditoner is coating the hair, you want to use your wide toothcomb and begin detangling. Detangle the hair starting from the bottom of the hair and working your way to the roots. Once detangled you may now rinse the hair.


  • Follow up by pat drying the synthetic hair and place it on your wig stand to air dry. While the hair is on the wig stand take the opportunity to detangle and style it with your wide toothcomb once more.


If you would prefer to watch these steps, our “How to Wash a Wig Video like an Expert” is the perfect video for you:




We also recommend using the Jon Renau HD Smooth Detangler for your synthetic hair; you can spray this detangler daily to control frizz and aide with knotting:


If these steps do not work or if you need further assistance feel free to contact one of our experts. We are happy to assist you in getting rid of any knots or frizz that could cause a bad hair day!


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1 comment

  • Cathe Lartigue: March 01, 2018

    I never knew that emersing a synthetic wig to was it was not good. Thank you for that valuable bit of information.

    In all honesty, if you take very good care of your synthetic wigs, they can last up to a year or more. I’ve had some of my wigs for well over a year. I’m obsessive.

    After each wear, I carefully remove the wig then turn it inside out and very gently and sometimes not so gently I take a wig brush or a wide-toothed comb and detangle. Then I take a hairnet and place the wig in the hairnet and then it goes back in the wig box. ( With limited room, I have to store my wigs that way).

    If a wig has had a “long day”, I’ll spritz with wig conditioner or with a silicone primer (yes. face primer) and will keep the wig overnight on a styrofoam head and then will store the wig.

    I also rotate my wigs. I won’t wear one more than three days in a row. I do have multiples in the same styles.

    When a wig really starts getting wonky at the ends, I’ll run a flat iron over those wonky ends only if the unit is heat friendly. Sometimes I’ll trim the dead ends away.

    I try to get my money’s worth with every wig. And I do find the shorter units have a longer life than my longer units.

    Thank you for a helpful post!

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