Styling Tips for Synthetic Wigs

Taking care of synthetic wigs is not as easy as it might seem. Synthetic hair tends to create friction when rubbed together or stick to the clothes you wear. Fibers can become tangled and frizzy, which is the worst! This especially affects long or shoulder-length synthetic wigs.

Synthetic wigs don’t contain the natural oils produced by your scalp, which is just another reason why wig fibers get easily tangled, frizzy, and dried out.

The tangling and matting usually happen around the back of the neck and is caused by friction from jewelry or clothes. Over time, the problem becomes more and more of a headache.

How to Prevent a Synthetic Wig from Becoming Tangled

brunette girl styling a synthetic wig
  • To lessen problems caused by tangling, it’s essential to use a shampoo and conditioner, developed specifically for synthetic wigs. After washing your wig, make sure to be extra gentle when drying with a towel. If you aren’t careful, you’ll end up with even more tangles.
  • Wearing a silk or satin scarf over the collar of your jacket or heavy wool sweater can also keep tangles at bay. It’s also best to stay out of direct sunlight and avoid the wind. It can be easy to take a snooze, but it’s also important to remember not to sleep with your wig on, or else you’ll end up with unnecessary knots and tangles.
  • Brush your wig with a comb or brush designed specifically for wigs. You can do this after each wear to catch those fine knots early on. Spritz your wig with leave-in conditioner from both sides and gently comb through. If your wig is curly, use your fingers to detangle it and avoid using a brush. Next, give it a shake and put your wig on a stand.
  • To keep the fibers soft and to prevent future tangles, use a leave-in detangling spray specially formulated for synthetic hair. Jon Renau HD Smooth Detangler is designed to eliminate tangles and frizz in synthetic hair extensions and wigs. It makes combing out effortless and reduces fiber friction to prevent tangles from occurring.

How to Keep Synthetic Hair from Frizzing

When your synthetic wig doesn’t get the moisture it needs and ends up rubbing against your clothes, you’re bound to get a frustratingly frizzy wig.

To maintain a healthy-looking and smooth wig, using the appropriate wig products is essential. You can’t just go ahead and use regular styling products, though. This will lead to the build-up of dull fibers. You also can’t scrub roughly when brushing. It’s tempting to treat synthetic wigs as normal hair, but they’re not.

Let the wig air dry naturally by placing it on a wig stand. Cover your wig when not in use with a satin scarf to prevent rubbing against the surface of other objects, which leads to synthetic fibers becoming frizzy.

Wrap your wig with a satin scarf when you are wearing it in the sun, rain, or wind.

Lastly, it’s recommended to use a wig spray before or after styling to coat the fibers. This helps moisturize the fibers and prevent friction.

Related product: African Essence Control Wig Spray keeps wigs from tangling, controls frizz, and prevents fly-aways.

Beautiful girl wearing a synthetic wig

How to Style your Synthetic Wig

Synthetic wigs are pretty easy to style because they come pre-styled and can be worn with minimal style upkeep. These wigs always return to their original style after washing and air-drying. For detangling and minor style adjustments, use a Styrofoam or canvas wig head to stabilize the wig while working with it.

Straight-style wigs can be combed and brushed using the right tools and products. Brush your synthetic wig with a loop brush to prevent the stretching of hair fibers and shedding. Lightly mist the wig with a wig spray to add moisture, revitalize fibers, and reduce frizz. After spraying, you can use your fingers to create a tousled style.

Wigs with tight curls should not be brushed as brushing can ruin the curls. Curly wigs should be finger-detangled to remove tangles and knots. Keep in mind that using a wig hairspray can help prevent friction and maintain the style.

Related product: Awesome Synthetic Wig Leave-in Conditioning Spray can do a great job of detangling and conditioning any type of hair. This spray can be used before rowing your wig in rollers.  It revitalizes old wigs, eliminates bad smells, and promotes volume and softness.

Caution – you should not use hot tools on regular synthetic wigs because the heat will melt synthetic fibers.

Is it Possible to Curl a Synthetic Wig?

Curling your wig is a great way to refresh your style. Unfortunately, standard synthetic hair will easily melt if you use hot tools to curl it. If your wig is not heat resistant, you need plastic or foam rollers to create curls.

  1. Slightly mist your wig with cool water before using rollers.
  2. Comb the section of the hair to ensure that it is tangle-free.
  3. Spray the section you’re working on with a wig hairspray before curling.
  4. Wrap the end of the wig hair around the roller and roll each section, starting from the ends towards the base of the wig.
  5. Use hair clips to secure the rollers in place.
  6. Once the wig is completely dry, unravel the rollers and apply a wig spray.

How to Style Heat Resistant Synthetic Hair

Watch the useful video by Patti’s Pearls Curling a Wig with Rollers.

Nowadays, some brands of synthetic wigs are made to withstand the low to moderate heat of styling devices.

Make sure to check the label on the packaging for instructions. Synthetic wigs labeled as “heat resistant” can be heat styled by setting a safe range of temperatures.

The temperature you use should aim for is usually between 180 to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. The proper temperature settings can create curls without causing permanent damage to the fibers.

Related products: HairUWear”Restore” Leave-in Conditioner & Heat Styler is a gentle nourishing detangler that also works as a heat-styling protector for heat-friendly synthetic wigs.

Video: Curling My Synthetic Wig by Trendy Kay

girl with a pink synthetic wig posing in the studio

Disclaimer: All content on this blog is created for informational purposes only. You shouldn’t use it as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

Last Updated on March 24, 2022 by Gaga

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Gaga is a blogger and founder of the Softer Hair website. She often says that insomnia is to blame for her first blogging attempts. Being the night owl, she hated the morning alarm. She left her office job and returned to what she loved most - writing. Her pets are her coworkers, and she replaced the town crowd with a quiet neighborhood outside the city.


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