How to Wash a Lace Front Wig

Published By: Kennedy

Last Updated: August 11, 2022

If you are wondering how to properly wash your lace front wig, look no further! Washing your wig is an easy process that will ensure that your hair stays fresh and beautiful.

What is a lace front wig? 

A lace frontal wig, or lace front wig, is a wig made with a frontal. A frontal is a hairpiece made with lace or silk that completes a wig or weave on the top part of the head. Its function is to blend the hairline and natural skin, to give the illusion of the scalp.  It extends from ear to ear and goes about at least 4 inches to the back of the head. 

A frontal wig is ideal for those who want their wig to look as natural as possible, and can even help those who have a receding hairline.  A frontal gives the wig more styling options and provides full coverage of scalp imitation along the hairline.  It is the most popular type of lace wig. 

How to Wash a Lace Front Wig 

1. Detangle the Wig 

In order to make sure you wash your wig thoroughly, you will need to detangle the wig. Using a detangling brush is going to make this process so much easier. Start by brushing the ends of the hair and work your way up.[1]

If you find that your wig is really tangled, you can wet the hair and use conditioner to help you brush through it better. The wig should not have any tangles when you start the shampooing process. If you can easily run your fingers through the hair, you are good to go!

2. Shampoo

The best way to shampoo the wig is in a sink or bucket full of lukewarm water. The water needs to be lukewarm because if it is hot it will strip the hair of moisture and leave it brittle, if it is really cold then it won’t clean the hair well. 

First, spread the shampoo over the wig hair and press it in a bit. You don’t want to scrub the hair really hard like you would natural hair because you can pull the hair out that way and cause the wig to be less dense. 

Next, put the hair into the water and squeeze it until it is submerged. You want to let all the dirt and oils seep into the water so that you get a nice clean. Once you see that the hair is clean, then you can rinse the hair thoroughly with lukewarm water and empty the sink. 

3. Conditioner

Use a conditioner to restore the moisture that the shampoo has stripped away. A good conditioner will revitalize the wig and nourish it again. Good conditioners are free from sulfates and parabens – which damage the hair over time. As a matter of fact, the more natural your conditioner is, the better. 

Having a good shampoo and conditioner helps your wig to last longer and the hair to stay fresh. When you have lathered the conditioner over the wig, gently work it through with your hands. You could even comb it through with a wide-toothed comb. 

After the hair is fully covered you can let it sit on the wig. There is no specific time you need to leave the conditioner on – however, the longer sits the better. 

If you really want to restore dry and brittle hair, then let the conditioner sit for at least an hour inside a plastic bag. The plastic bag will trap heat and help the product to penetrate the hair better. After you have conditioned your hair, be sure to rinse the hair thoroughly with lukewarm water. 

4. Dry 

After the hair is fully rinsed, wrap the wig in a towel and let it sit for about 20 minutes. The best kind of towel to use is a microfiber towel because it is more absorbent than cotton and not as rough on the hair.

Letting the wig sit in the towel first will keep it from dripping all over the place. After the hair has dried a bit, then you can hang dry the wig. Ideally, hang dry the wig overnight to ensure that it is completely dry. You can hang dry on anything that will hold the wig, including a wig head or shower head. 

Do I need to wash my lace front wig?

Washing your lace front wig depends on how often it is being worn. It is important to remember that your wig hair should not be washed as much as your natural hair. If your wig is being worn every day, it should be washed every two weeks at most. Using many products will cause product buildup – especially for products like gels, mousses, and hairspray that will likely be used daily. To remove product buildup, instead of shampooing every time try co-washing sometimes instead. 

What can I use to wash a synthetic wig?

Washing a synthetic wig should not be done with just any products. There are specific wig shampoos and conditioners that are specifically for synthetic wigs because they clean fibers gently and thoroughly. You can also use laundry detergent to wash the hair because it is made to clean synthetic fibers. You can simply add the detergent into a sink full of lukewarm water and let the wig sit inside for about 30 minutes.[2]]

Read: How To Soften Synthetic Hair

How can I make my wig silky?

Washing your wig with shampoo is essential for creating the silky look you’re looking for. Preferably, a high-quality moisturizing shampoo should be used to wash the wig. Another essential to achieving the silky look for your wig is oiling. For your hair to remain lively and fresh, oiling is important to do. Some great oil products are coconut oil, Moroccan argan oil, and argan oil. Being careful when drying the wig and always combing it after a wash can also help.

Read: 5 Wig Care Tips for Beginners

The Final Word

Washing your wig has many benefits and will ensure that you get the most out of your investment. Hopefully, this article has shown you that wash day doesn’t have to be complicated in order to be effective!


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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