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How To Soften Synthetic Hair

Published By: Kennedy

Fact Checked By: Dasia

Last Updated: February 23, 2022

Synthetic hair is so affordable, it is heartbreaking when it starts to lose its glamor. Thankfully, there are several ways to soften synthetic hair again, so you can go on rocking your look.

What is synthetic hair?

Synthetic hair is not human hair. It is composed of artificial hair strands of plastic – usually acrylic or nylon – that are made into ultra-thin fibers and chemically processed to mimic real hair. Synthetic hair comes in many different assortments of colors and textures. However, the color or texture cannot be changed as human hair can with products like dye and relaxers. 

Synthetic hair is relatively low maintenance because it is meant to be worn in one style, but also has the tendency to matte severely over time – depending on the quality of the hair. Synthetic hair is also less costly than human hair, costing as low as $10, which makes it popular among those that need an affordable option. 

Synthetic hair does not last as long as human hair and tangles more frequently due to what the strands are made of. The hair usually lasts up to 4 months with daily use, depending on the quality.

How to Soften Synthetic Hair

1. Fabric Softener 

Synthetic hair is not real hair, therefore, it benefits from a product used to soften synthetic fibers – which is where fabric softener comes in handy.  Using fabric softener will help to detangle the hair, remove dirt and oils, as well as improve its softness. 

Once you use fabric softener on synthetic hair, it will come out shiner and softer.

How to use fabric softener on synthetic hair

  1. Comb the Hair 

Before you wet your synthetic hair, you need to detangle it first. An easier way to detangle is by using a detangling brush. You will have to start at the ends of the hair and gently work your way up in order to ensure you are pulling out as little hair as possible. 

  1. Get your water ready

Fill a sink or bowl with lukewarm water, and mix in a little bit of fabric softener into the water. If you also want to clean the hair, you can add in a bit of detergent to the water as well.

  1. Let it Soak

Place the hair into the water and press it down to get it submerged into the mixture. You do not need to scrub or rub it together. Let the hair soak in the water for 30 minutes. 

  1. Rinse

After the hair has soaked, rinse the hair with cold water until all of the mixture is gone. 

2. Hot Air Brush

One great styling tool for softening synthetic hair is a hot air brush. A hot air brush with metal prongs that blows warm air. To use a hot air brush, it is best to first comb out the hair with a regular brush. After the hair is detangled, spray it with a little water. 

Then, take the hot air brush and thoroughly brush through the hair until it is dry. Before using a hot air brush, make sure the hair is heat-resistant. By using the brush, the hair will come out sleeker and softer than before.

3. Conditioner

Conditioner will also soften synthetic fibers and tame the frayed hairs. There is conditioner made specially for synthetic hair that you can buy. You can also use regular conditioner, but you’ll need to make sure it does not contain sulfates. Sulfates dry the hair out and create even more of a tangled mess. 

How to Condition Synthetic Hair

  1. Comb the Hair 

Before wetting the synthetic hair, you need to detangle it first. An easier way to detangle is by using a detangling brush. You will have to start at the ends of the hair and gently work your way up in order to ensure you are pulling out as little hair as possible. 

  1. Get your water ready

Fill a sink or bowl with lukewarm water, and mix in some conditioner. 

  1. Let it Soak

Place the hair into the water and press it down to get it submerged into the mixture. You do not need to scrub or rub it together. Let the hair soak in the water for 10-20 minutes. 

  1. Rinse

After the hair has soaked, rinse the hair with cold water. The water needs to be cold because hot water can damage the hair. 

  1. Let it Dry

The best way to dry synthetic hair is to hang it up and let it dry overnight. 

Can you use a leave-in conditioner on synthetic hair?

Synthetic hair does not respond the same as human hair to human hair products. If you try to use a leave-in conditioner to moisturize or soften synthetic hair, you will not see much difference. It is best to use products that are made for synthetic hair.

There are products such as mousse and sprays that can help tame the frays. However, it is best to use products sparingly, because too much product buildup can cause the hair to become tangled and matted – shortening its lifespan. 

The Final Word

You don’t need to get rid of your hair as soon as it gets a little rough. Once you try these tips and tricks, you can wear your unit even longer!

Kennedy

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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