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.
- Wig shampoo
- Baking soda
Brush the wig with a wig brush to remove all tangles and loosen dirt.
Fill a clean sink with enough cool water to cover the wig. Add a capful of wig shampoo and 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
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.
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.
Squeeze the water gently out of the wig without wringing or twisting. Blot the wig with a soft towel to remove any excess water.
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.
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.