How to Wash a Human Hair Wig

Caring for your human hair wig is essential to maintaining its natural luster and longevity. Regular washing is a crucial part of the wig care routine, ensuring that it stays clean, vibrant, and comfortable to wear. In this blog post, we will guide you through the step-by-step process of washing your human hair wig, helping you keep it in top-notch condition.

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How to Wash a Human Hair Wig: A Detailed Guide

1. Prepare a tub or basin and fill it with lukewarm water. Take your shampoo and pump a few times into the water. Use a shampoo specifically formulated for human hair wigs. With your hand, mix the water and shampoo to create a foamy lather.

2. Then, if your wig is a HD lace wig, hold the lace top with your thumb away from the lace front, as this is the most delicate part of the wig.

3. Submerge the wig into the water using a dipping method. Dip the wig in and out of the water to ensure even distribution of the shampoo throughout the piece. Keep doing this until you feel the soap is nicely spread.

4. Pay extra attention to the lace front wig, where there may be buildup from any products you use or makeup residue. Take a small amount of shampoo and apply it to the underside of the lace front. Gently work the shampoo into a lather, focusing on areas with sweat and makeup buildup. Avoid rubbing the hair on the outside to prevent tangling. If needed, you can also do the same in the nape area of the wig, as it tends to accumulate sweat. Again, use the dipping method to distribute the shampoo and remove any buildup.

5. After washing, you'll notice the water has become dirty. This is normal, as it's residue and impurities being removed from the wig. Empty the dirty water and refill the tub with clean water. Repeat the dipping method with clean water until the water runs clear and there are no more suds. This step ensures that all the shampoo is rinsed out thoroughly.

6. Gently squeeze out excess water from the wig using your hand. Be careful not to twist or wring the wig, as this can cause damage.

7. Apply a deep conditioner or conditioning mask to the mid-lengths of the wig, avoiding the knots and wefts. Use a comb to distribute the conditioner evenly without getting too close to the knots or wefts. Let the conditioner sit for about five minutes to moisturize the wig.

8. Turn on the water at a small trickle and place the wig under the flow to rinse out the conditioner. Use your hand to rub through the wig and remove any remaining conditioner.

9. Squeeze out any excess water again using your hand or a towel. Wrap the wig in a towel and gently pat it dry to remove even more moisture. Using a paddle brush or a wide-tooth comb, gently brush the wig while holding the lace front delicately. This allows the wig to dry smoothly.

10. Fold up the towel and place your wig on a collapsible wig stand, making sure the lace front is not stretched or manipulated. Allow the wig to air dry completely on the stand. This may take some time, so be patient.

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Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

When washing a human hair wig, there are a few common mistakes that you should avoid to ensure the longevity and quality of your wig:

1. Using excessive heat: Avoid using hot water or high heat when washing your wig. Hot water can strip away the natural oils and cause damage to the hair strands. Stick to lukewarm or cool water instead.

2. Roughly detangling the hair: When detangling your wig, be gentle and patient. Use a wide-toothed comb or a wet brush to carefully remove any knots or tangles. Tugging or pulling too roughly can lead to hair breakage or shedding.

3. Using harsh or inappropriate products: Use shampoos and conditioners specifically designed for human hair wigs. Avoid using products with sulfates, alcohol, or other harsh chemicals that can strip the hair of moisture and cause damage.

4. Over-washing or under-washing: Washing your wig too frequently or not washing it enough can both be detrimental. Over-washing can lead to dryness and tangling, while under-washing can result in buildup and a lack of cleanliness. Aim to wash your wig every 15 to 20 wears or as needed.

5. Not properly rinsing out the products: Thoroughly rinse out all shampoo and conditioner from your wig to prevent residue buildup. Leaving residue in the hair can make it appear dull and weighed down.

6. Rubbing or wringing the hair: Avoid rough handling of the hair when rinsing or drying. Instead of rubbing or wringing the hair, gently squeeze out excess water with a towel and allow it to air dry to maintain its natural texture and shape.

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Regularly washing your human hair wig is a simple yet crucial step in maintaining its beauty and ensuring its durability. By following these steps, you'll keep your wig clean, fresh, and ready to enhance your style for many wears to come.

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