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How to Store a Wig

Posted on June 19 2019

Storing your wig properly can lengthen its lifetime. Surely, you paid good money for your wig, so protect it! So let's take a look at the best ways to store wigs, from basic methods to creative ideas to try!

How Should I Store My Wigs?

Before storing your wig, be sure to clean it. After all, you wouldn’t hang your dirty clothes in your closet, would you? No! Hopefully, you’re regularly washing your wig after wearing it, so you already know it can be a lengthy process. For a pre-storage wash, you want to set aside enough time to be thorough. As with a normal wash, it’s best to de-tangle the wig before getting it wet. Make sure that wig is completely dry before putting it away! Mold can grow on a wig if moisture remains.

Once your wig is clean, it’s time to find a place for it. Does it need packed away for a short time, like a week or two? If you’re traveling or moving, you only need a short-term solution. At, we love the ResQ bag by Amy Gibson. This handy little wig store bag has a mesh lining to prevent tangling and frizz. Plus, it comes in 3 cute colors: pink, black, or leopard print. For short wigs, you should fold it inside out and then fold it in half. For a long wig, you also fold it inside out and then in half, but then be sure to wrap the fibers around your cap.

Wig Storage For The Season

Long-term storage is a little more complicated than an easy drawstring bag. There are a few variables to work around, like what space you have and how many wigs you need to store at once.

Wig Stand

Wig Stand by BeautiMark

A mannequin head or a wig stand is always a great idea. These options keep the shape and style of your wig. You’ll appreciate that when you are ready to wear it again!

Now, your wig is all set and tidy on your wig stand. You think it would look lovely on display on your dresser near the window. Stop right there. Never store wigs in direct sunlight. Likewise, never in damp environment like a bathroom. These factors can destroy your wig. A closet is the safest place to store wigs. It’s cool, dry, and away from children and pets.

Clever Wig Storage Ideas

What if you don’t own a wig stand or a mannequin head? They are definitely the best storage options, but they aren't your only options. If you saved the box your wig came in, that is a convenient way to store your wig long term. In a pinch, a shoe box could also work.

If you have multiple wigs, include clear labels so you can easily decipher what is in each box. Be aware, with boxes, you may lose the style of the wig. What if you are completely box-less? No worries! Do you have a coat rack? Your wigs can be hung on the hooks of a coat rack, and since you can store multiple wigs this way, it, it's great for those with a large collection.

Wig Hanger

If you want to save even more space, mount a hook hanger on the wall. This is neat because as you acquire more wigs, just add more hook hangers! 

If you store your wigs properly, you will get to enjoy them even longer. Protect your investment! Store your wigs freshly washed and in a cool dark place. See the video below for visual help!


Do you have any tips and tricks you’ve learned about storing wigs? Let us know in the comments!


  • The Wig Experts: May 18, 2020

    Hi Deborah,

    We do not recommend long term storage in plastic containers because they pose the same issues are storing them in their original box. Storing your wigs in this type of box can be susceptible to “cold set” in the pattern it is laying in. Additionally, since these boxes are clear and if not stored in a dark place, your hair fiber color is susceptible to fading. Hope this helps!

    - The Wig Experts

  • The Wig Experts: May 18, 2020

    Hi Nancy,

    For hair pieces, a shoe rack or coat hanger hooks are great options for storage. Just make sure they are not stored in direct sunlight and in a temperature controlled area.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Magda: May 18, 2020

    I have a topper on a roll of paper towels. The front clip hooks in nicely between the paper towels ! :)

  • Deborah: May 18, 2020

    Do you recommend against storing a wig for longer term that you may not wear for quite a while in one of those clear covered plastic storage containers and if so why?

  • Nancy Hagan: May 18, 2020

    I use and have hair peices. Such as buns. Ponytails. Wraps. Best way to store these???? I’ve yet to have a full wig or full set of extensions.

  • June 27, 2019

    Hello Galetime,

    When storing wigs in a box, it is optional to store them inside out or right-side in. If storing right-side in, we do recommend using a hairnet to keep the hairs in place and free of tangles that cause breakage.

    We do not recommend storing your wigs in a box or container until the are completely dry. Always air dry wigs on a wig stand first, or blow dry if they are heat-friendly. These are great questions, and thank you for your response!

    The Wig Experts

  • June 27, 2019

    Hi Jace,

    Great question! We recommend hanging your wigs right-side out and from the top, yes. We love this idea to save shelving space and keep the wigs out of harm’s way. Thanks for reading the Blog!

    The Wig Experts

  • June 27, 2019

    Hello Debra,

    What is the name of the Revlon wig you were wearing before it was discontinued? Here are options for similar styles as well:

    Carley by Envy:

    Jolie by Noriko:

    Tempo 100 Deluxe by Ellen Wille:

    These styles all have great cap contructions for comfortable wear and beautiful shades of brunette to choose from! If you need additional assistance please give a call or send an email.

    800-581-2001 | M-F 8:00am – 6:30pm (CST) or email to

    Thank you for reaching out to us!

    The Wig Experts

  • Jace: June 27, 2019

    Question re the hook hanger. How do you place your wigs on the hanger? Right side out and from the top? It’s a great idea and I’d like to try it!

  • galetime: June 27, 2019

    Should wigs be stored (in their box) right side out or inside out? In the hairnet? If storage by hanging, by the front, or upside down by the back? How long is it OK to leave a synthetic in its box without it drying out?

  • Deborah van der Klooster: June 27, 2019

    I just had to switch form Revlon to Noriko after 28 years because Revlon is not available anymore. I always had 637T as my favourite wigcolor. Now I see the wig in your left hand and that is the one I want. Can you tell if Noriko has a similar color?

  • June 25, 2019

    Hi Julie,

    We understand that cancer and radiation are very tough to endure, and want you to know that we’re with you every step of the way! Offering wearable hair that’s comfortable on sensitive scalps due to chemotherapy is so important to us here at

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful feedback with us! If you’re not yet a member, we encourage you to join our forum at and meet other members of the wig community who have hair loss from cancer and other medical reasons. We hope to see you there!

    The Wig Experts

  • Julie Schmidt : June 25, 2019

    I just bought one of your wigs so far I just love it.
    It so light and not tight on my head. I had cancer and radiation and lost all my hair. So far I’m very impressed.

  • June 24, 2019


    This is a great idea! We love your creativity. With wig storage, we have learned so many great ways that wig wearers store their wigs.

    So certainly keep your eyes peeled for more blogs on this topic, and if you are not yet a member of the forum, we encourage you to join and see what the wig community is saying about wig storage! Thanks for your feedback.

    The Wig Experts

  • Carol Fry: June 24, 2019

    Great suggestions. For short term box storage I bought one of those beautiful boxes that close with Velcro. It looks pretty on a closet shelf. I need to have a longer term storage idea.

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