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5 Wig Care Tips for Beginners

Published By: Kennedy

Last Updated: June 2, 2022

The best way to ensure you are getting the most out of your wig purchase is to take proper care of the wig. This article will give you 5 easy tips for wig care that will give you undeniable results!

5 Wig Care Tips for Beginners

1. Co-Wash the Wig

Washing your wig is important for keeping the hair fresh and healthy. When products are consistently put on wigs or heating tools are used, the hair can become stiff and dull. However, washing the hair with shampoo too much can dry the hair out and you don’t want that either.

For the times that you need to clean your hair before your usual wash day, it is recommended that you co-wash. Co-washing is a method used to clean the hair, while not stripping the hair of the moisture that it needs. The method of co-washing is simply using a conditioner to clean your hair. 

Shampoos are great for the day that you want to do a deep clean, but co-washing is great for removing product buildup. Usually, after a week or even a couple of days of using styling products, your hair will start to get stiff and in need of a fresh start. 

Co-washing will not only re-moisturize your hair but also cleanse your hair and scalp enough to hold you over for the next wash day. Even though co-washing is good for giving your hair a fresh start, you don’t want to co-wash after styling every time. Co-washing still requires manipulation of the hair and can cause the hair to fall out sooner from pulling it often. 

2. Limit Glue Usage

When it comes to lace front wigs it is important to maintain the lace the best you can. One of the ways that you can keep the lace fresh is to refrain from applying glue to it. Glue can cause buildup on your lace that requires a lot of manipulation to remove. 

Constant manipulation of the wig can eventually cause the hair to fall out. Also, the glue can stick to the hairs on the lace and create gaps from hair breakage in the hairline when it is removed. 

Buildup on the lace makes the lace more noticeable, which can make the hairline look unnatural. It is best to refrain from using glue on your wig only a couple of times. In order to take the best care of your wig, use glueless methods for the most part. This will keep your lace fresh and the hairline fuller for longer. 

3. Night Protection

It is very important to keep your wig protected at night. Some people sleep in their wig, which is fine if they are going to wrap it properly.  Sometimes people will toss their wig on a shelf or anywhere it can fit before going to bed- but this causes the wig to lose its shape and is not good for the hair. 

If you are removing your wig at night, the best way to store it is to place it on a wig head. A wig head will maintain the shape of the cap and will also keep the wig hair from rubbing against anything. Also, placing your wig on a wig head will help keep you from having to style it often. 

4. Limit Styling

Styling your wig every day with heat will cause the hair to become dry and brittle quicker. Styling the wig by combing, brushing, and tugging the hair in any way will also cause the hair to fall out sooner. The best thing to do to make sure that the hair stays fresh and healthy is to limit the amount of styling as much as possible. 

If you constantly manipulate wig hair, it will continue to become frizzy and eventually will matte faster. Leaving the hair alone and storing it properly will ensure that you get the longest wear out of your wig. Curly hair wigs are the best texture for limited styling. Curly hair is great because it looks nice even when it is frizzy and doesn’t require much product for its natural look. Many times, just spraying water on a curly wig is enough to make the curls pop. 

5. Use Good Quality Products

When it comes to human hair wigs, you want to make sure you are treating the hair like you would your own. Using good quality products will ensure that you are getting the most out of your purchase because they will keep the hair healthy longer. Usually, cheap shampoos are the ones that do the most damage to your hair. 

It is beneficial to the health of your hair to invest in good quality shampoo, free of harmful ingredients such as sulfates and parabens. The better the shampoo, the better the results. If you are wearing a synthetic wig, then you should use products that are intentionally made for synthetic hair. Synthetic hair products are made for artificial fibers and keep the hair from frizzing and matting. 

What oil is good for wigs?

Argan oil is one of the best oils for wigs. It is a very lightweight oil and won’t weigh the hair down. It is also very moisturizing. Argan oil also gives the hair a nice shine. Applying argan oil is especially useful as a heat protectant. Applying the oil before blow-drying and straightening a wig revives the hair and protects it from becoming brittle. If you are wearing a colored wig, constant sun exposure can dim the color and make it less vibrant. Using argan oil can protect your wig from the sun and help maintain its color. 

How do you maintain a synthetic wig?

Synthetic wigs are known for lasting a short while because they are of lower quality than human hair wigs. However, there are several ways you can maintain a synthetic wig to get the longest wear out of them. One major way is to wash the wig using products made for artificial hair – which will ensure that the fibers do not become dry and frizzy too soon. Also, proper storage of synthetic hair will prevent unnecessary frizzing and matting. 

The Final Word

Taking proper care of your wig will not only make the hair look beautiful but will ensure you can enjoy it longer. Consistency is key, so take these tips to heart, make a routine, and your wig will thank you!


I have always had a love for writing and have been blogging for about 3 years now. I have a passion for teaching what I have learned over the years, especially about hair. I have had almost every hairstyle - typical of a cosmetologist’s daughter- including the big chop in 2015. With all the knowledge I have gained, I feel it is my duty to help others on their healthy hair journey. I believe education can be fun, and I strive to make it fun to learn about beautiful black hair.

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