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Reducing Shine on Wigs

Posted on November 11 2019

Typically, we all strive for shiny hair. After all, shiny hair means healthy hair. However, when it comes to wigs, too much shine can be a dead giveaway. If your wig is unnaturally shiny, it can be obvious it is a wig. Luckily, there are easy ways to reduce shine on wigs.

How To Make Your Wig Less Shiny

You most likely already have the best weapon against shine in your beauty arsenal. Dry shampoo! Dry shampoo will dull any shine on your wigs, you can apply it the same way you would to biological hair.

If your wig is a brunette shade, make sure you use a brown-tinted dry shampoo. Normal dry shampoos can leave a visible white residue on dark-colored hair. There are also blonde-tinted dry shampoos if the typical formulas leave a white dusting on your blonde wig.

Now, dry shampoo is definitely one of the top 10 beauty products of all time. You’d be hard-pressed to find a woman who disagrees. Still, it will build up just like any other product. To avoid excessive buildup, make sure to clean your wig 8 to 10 wears.

The next tip also uses a product you have already: a dryer sheet. The small pieces you toss into the dryer with your laundry can help tone down the shine on your wig. Poke the bristles of a wide-tooth comb through a dryer sheet. With the sheet touching the hair, work the comb through in sections. A dryer sheet may not work like dry shampoo, but it does work if you’re in a pinch. 

Shine on Wigs

There’s only one more method to reduce shine on wigs. What does it entail? Nothing! The last way is to do nothing to your wig and wait it out. If your new wig is too shiny, give it time. Most wigs will dull over time with washing. If you’d like to speed it up, wash the wig a few times before wearing. A couple of washes should give you the look you want. Be sure to wash it the correct way. If you are unsure of how to wash your wig, don’t miss our video on how to wash your wig like an expert.

We urge you to use caution when researching. In your search for reducing shine on your wig, you’ll encounter advice for unconventional methods for reducing shine, such as using fabric softener or apple cider vinegar. While these products may work as a quick fix, you will end up shortening the lifespan of your wig.

Likewise, you may read that baby powder can be used as an alternative to dry shampoo. We do not recommend using baby powder. It’s much heavier than dry shampoo and will give unexpected results.

If you’re in the market for a new wig and shine is a concern, pick the right style of wig. Wavy and curly wigs show shine less than straight wigs. Curls add texture and deflect light in multiple directions, instead of just one, like straight hair. If straight wigs are your preference, no worries - try the above methods to reduce shine and see the video below for visual assistance.

At Wigs.com, we love wigs, shiny or not. We want to help you keep yours looking its best. It’s how you protect your investment. Use proper products and care on your wig and you can expect a long lifespan for your piece.

12 comments

  • The Wig Experts: January 27, 2020

    Hi Valerie,

    We think this topper may be right for you: https://www.wigs.com/products/playmate-straight-hairpiece-topper-jon-renau

    If you don’t believe you think this topper is right for you, we recommend reaching out to our Client Care Representatives for assistance in choosing the perfect piece for you! Our Reps are available by phone at 800-581-2001 and by email at sales@wigs.com from Monday – Friday from 8am – 6:30pm CST.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Valerie Wright: January 27, 2020

    I’m looking for a Curley topper or integration piece … that I can pull my own hair through . I’m blonde with highlights . my temples And back on top are very sparse .. what do you suggest ?…as I would like to wear my own hair but need help on sides and top .. Thanks for your help …

  • The Wig Experts: January 06, 2020

    Hi Lee Ann!

    Wigs.com does not charge any fees when you return an order. However, we do not refund shipping costs as those go directly to the courier.

    You have 14 days to return an order, and you can read more about our return policy here: https://www.wigs.com/apps/help-center#!return-policy

    - The Wig Experts

  • Lea Ann Vincent: January 06, 2020

    What is your charge to return a wig?

  • The Wig Experts: December 30, 2019

    Hi Zizi!

    Based on your preferences, you would prefer a monofilament topper. However, since this is an upgraded feature, most toppers that are about 12" and cover the crown are more than $100 USD – depending on the hair fiber.

    - The Wig Experts

  • The Wig Experts: December 30, 2019

    Hi Jean!

    You can reset your password to access your account or check out as guest.

    - The Wig Experts

  • Zizi: December 30, 2019

    Hi
    I am looking for a hair topper which hides the empty spaces on the top of my crown but would like the parting to look natural and to be versatile where I could move the part from say middle to side etc. I find most toppers do not have a natural part and look very wiggy.
    Also I would like the hairline to look natural as I don’t want to look as if I am wearing a wig.
    Also if I can get maybe a 12” but costing less than £100
    Thank you

  • Jean moses: December 30, 2019

    I’m trying to buy Raquel Welch Going Places in Biscuit. Won’t accept my email or password. Can you help?
    Jean
    Mosessmall@aol.com

  • The Wig Experts: December 16, 2019

    Hi Peggy,

    A wiglet is more commonly referred to as a topper. A couple options for toppers that cover the crown only are Top Crown by Jon Renau and Essentially You by Jon Renau. See more of these styles below:

    Top Crown: https://www.wigs.com/products/top-crown-top-piece-topper-jon-renau

    Essentially You: https://www.wigs.com/products/essentially-you-top-piece-jon-renau

    - The Wig Experts

  • peggy: December 16, 2019

    i am looking for a wiglet (?) to cover my crown only. i could not find any on this site. could u guide me please?

  • The Wig Experts: November 25, 2019

    Hi Marie!

    The blonde, loose wave style is Chloe by Envy in color Medium Blonde, which you can see more of here: https://www.wigs.com/products/chloe-synthetic-lace-front-wig-envy

    - The Wig Experts

  • Marie: November 25, 2019

    What are the names of the wigs used in the reducing shine portion of this video. Love the loose curl wig.

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