How to Sanitize a Wig

Wigs allow you to change up your look in a hurry, trading long hair for short or short hair for long. When shopping for a wig, you usually have two options — human or synthetic hair. Both can be sanitized by shampooing. If you’ve bought a used wig or worn your own 12 to 25 times, it’s time to give it a shampoo. Special shampoos, available in wig stores, will keep your wig looking and smelling its best.

Things You’ll Need

  • Wig shampoo
  • Baking soda
  • Towel


    • Brush the wig with a wig brush to remove all tangles and loosen dirt.

    • 2

      Fill a clean sink with enough cool water to cover the wig. Add a capful of wig shampoo and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.

  • 3

    Submerge the wig in the water and swish it around gently for one minute. Do not rub the hair together. Allow the wig to soak for 15 minutes.

  • 4

    Remove the wig from the sink and rinse it thoroughly with cold running water. Do not scrub the wig; let the water carry the suds through the hair.

  • 5

    Squeeze the water gently out of the wig without wringing or twisting. Blot the wig with a soft towel to remove any excess water.

  • 6

    Place the wig on a wig stand and spray it with wig conditioner, holding the can 12 inches from the wig and keeping it moving constantly. Apply the conditioner as you would hairspray.

  • 7

    Allow the wig to air dry. When it is completely dry, comb it with a freshly washed, wide-toothed comb and style it according to the manufacturer’s directions.

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