View Full Version : How To Wash a Wig Tutorial (With pictures!)

10-21-2010, 07:14 PM
For new wig owners, it can be difficult to figure out how to do things with your wig. I've developed a method to take care of wigs and keep them in top condition, and I'd really like to share it with everyone. :D Honestly, I made this tutorial out of boredom, and I really hope it helps some people! On to the tutorial!

You wig (Duuuh!)
Styrofoam wig head (Preferably one with a deep hole at the base)
Foldable music stand, camera tripod, or anything you can stick your wig head on
Any size spray bottle
Generic shampoo and conditioner
Dish soap
Beach towel
Hand towel
Access to a sink or shower
Multi-setting hair dryer (If applicable)

Step one; Potion making!

First off, select your favorite drug store shampoo and conditioner! I went with Suave Pomegranate Splash, mainly because it was in my house. ;P

Now, go grab some dish soap from the kitchen!

After gathering your ingredients, grab your spray bottle and start yer mixin'! Whenever I make my wash solution, I use about three squirts of shampoo, four squirts of conditioner, and two squirts of dish soap. This make up to be about an inch and a half of stuffs at the bottom of your bottle. Now, just add water and shake until the contents are nice and diluted.

And ta-da! Your wig washing potion is done!

Step Two; Spraying the wig

Get your mounting device, in my case it's a foldable music stand, and stick that styofoam head on there.

Make sure you lay down your beach towel to keep your carpet clean and dry! We certainly don't need angry mothers on our case.

If you like, you can brush out your wig before spraying with the solution. Make sure you coat the wig with the spray, leaving it nice and damp!

Continued in next post!

10-21-2010, 07:15 PM
Step Three; Migration!

Alright! Time to move to the bathroom! If you're working with a shorter wig, I would suggest using the sink. If you're using a longer wig, like mine, then use the shower. :3 For short wigs, you can take it off the head and swish it in the sink.

First off, make sure the water is set to a luke warm temperature. Many not hear resistant wigs can't take a lot of heat and you can risk damaging your wig when using hot water.

Make sure you check the temperature of the water by putting your hand under the running water.

Once that you've given the temperature the O.K, you can place the wig in the water.

Let it rinse for a little bit before softly running your fingers through the hair to make sure all the soap is rinsed out. If you are washing product out of a wig, make sure you lightly scrub the places with product with the pads of your fingers. Once your wig is soap-free, turn off the water. :3 Let the wig drip for a minute or so while you get your hand towel!

Now, lightly towel dry the ends of your wig so you don't leave a water trail in your house.

Go ahead and dry your mounting device also.

10-21-2010, 07:15 PM
Step Three; The Drying process

Migrate back to your place of origin and place the mounting device back on your beach towel. It's time to let it dry. Don't try to comb or brush it, just let it be for a few hours.

You can introduce the hair dryer. For you impatient people, make sure you use the lowest speed setting and use the cool setting. (Or warm for you daring types)

For the HR folks, you don't really have to worry about the temperature setting, although I do suggest using the lowest speed setting.

Go ahead and CAUTIOUSLY dry your wig. We don't want any melted fibers here.

If you'd like, you can go ahead and take the wig off the wig head to dry the cap.

DO NOT attempt to brush your wig while it's even the tiniest damp. BAD THINGS WILL HAPPEN.

10-21-2010, 07:17 PM
Step Four; Combin' it out

Alright, now that you've either waited a few hours or blow dried your wig, it's time to comb it out. I like to use a variety of wide tooth combs for wigs.

And today I feel like using this one.

Start at the bottom of your wig and work your way up when combing it out. Remember to go slow so you have minimal loss of fiber.

Knots should be easy to brush out because of the conditioner we used in our spray. Try your best not to yank and pull. Continue working your way upward!

Yay! Your wig is beautifully combed out now!

This last thing is totally optional, but what I like to do with my wigs is to lightly spritz them with my favorite body fragrance so they smell really good. <3

10-21-2010, 07:18 PM
Bonus tutorial! :D

How to Store a Longer Wig

Step one;
Divide your wig into three equal sections.

I used these cute hair bows to keep them separate!

Step Two;
Take your three sections and begin loosely braiding the sections together.

Aaand continue down~

Step Three;
once you've reached the end of the hair, secure the hair loosely with a hair tie.

Step Four;
Neatly place your wig on a shelf. :3 You're done! You can also take the wig off the head and place it in a ziplock bag if you happen to be moving, putting the wig in long term storage, etc.

I hope I was of some help with my first tutorial! Thanks for reading!

10-21-2010, 07:22 PM
Aaand we has reserved.

10-21-2010, 07:35 PM
Another reserved, just in case.

10-21-2010, 10:11 PM
Is it possible to use this if you're only trying to wash product out a a certain part of a wig, like lets say sideburn/bangs?

10-22-2010, 06:53 AM
This was very informative and useful as I am new to wigs. Thank you for taking the time to put this together and posting it.

10-22-2010, 05:49 PM
@heaven_firings: Of course! Just spray the solution on the part you need to wash and then carefully rinse in the sink. :3

10-22-2010, 11:41 PM
Sweet, this is really helpful thanks for making/sharing it.

10-23-2010, 01:35 AM
I really like this tutorial ^^ Thank you. I have never worn a wig before and I am currently in the ordering process and have tons more I have in mind as well...all of them long...oh jeez. I will for sure try this when it's necessary!

10-23-2010, 02:27 PM
Ooh, this is great! I was wondering how to handle the shampoo/conditioner/soap situation because I'd heard so many different options, but this looks awesome. Thank you!!

10-23-2010, 06:57 PM
I gave this method a shot last night. It worked great! ^ ^ I'm really new to wigs. Thanks so much for posting this!

10-23-2010, 08:24 PM
Yay I'm So Happy Someone Tried It. <3

11-03-2010, 11:07 AM
Has anyone else tried my tutorial yet?

11-04-2010, 07:50 AM
I plan on on once I find a spray bottle/something to hold my wig on!!
I've been needing to wash my wig >__<

11-04-2010, 11:09 AM
I tried your tutorial with a wig that had been damaged with make-up, too much product, and months of wasting away in the bottom of a box. It looks really nice now and I think I'll be able to use it again! Thanks for the tutorial!

11-13-2010, 02:13 AM
oh wow thank you for this!

11-14-2010, 06:35 PM
I tried this~
It worked super well for me!

Me and my friend had been trying to figure out the correct way to wash our wigs, and I saw this tonight and decided to try it. And now my wig is all clean~ c:
Thank you very much for posting this ~

11-15-2010, 11:16 PM
Great use of a music stand! ......... XD lol

11-16-2010, 09:21 AM
Somebody needs to sticky this.

11-16-2010, 10:34 AM
There's a link to this tutorial into the Wig Tutorial sticky. :3

11-16-2010, 12:03 PM
I really need to fix a tangled wig, so I want to try this, but what I'm worried about is the soft curls in my wig. Should I let it dry wrapped around curlers?

11-16-2010, 02:46 PM
awesome tutorial! the body spray thing is so cute. thanks!

11-16-2010, 03:26 PM
I really need to fix a tangled wig, so I want to try this, but what I'm worried about is the soft curls in my wig. Should I let it dry wrapped around curlers?

If you have a good wig, the curls should bounce back when it dries. I washed a flippy wig and it went right back to being flippy after I dried it.

11-26-2010, 10:28 PM
Why thank you! Tomorrow I'll do this with my Teto wig! <3

12-07-2010, 08:46 PM
I washed my wig yesterday using the tutorial. Thank you! xD This process didn't take long at all *was washing a short hair wig*

12-11-2010, 11:34 AM
I just finished trying it on the short part of my miku wig and it is currently drying ^_^

but the idea of washing the pigtails kinda scares me since they're so tangled that and because they're so long
so any ideas on how I could try with the pigtails?

12-11-2010, 12:39 PM
I just finished trying it on the short part of my miku wig and it is currently drying ^_^

but the idea of washing the pigtails kinda scares me since they're so tangled that and because they're so long
so any ideas on how I could try with the pigtails?

Your best bet would be to up the amount of conditioner you're using in the solution and wash them as you normally would. I'd probably invest in an oil sheen spray to keep them from tangling in the future.

12-14-2010, 07:41 AM
Here (http://www.cosplay.com/showthread.php?t=185958)'s a thread with an awesome detangling method. :3

12-22-2010, 07:08 AM
Thank you for the Tutorial. I have a wig in desperate need of washing. (It's for a cosplay I wear to almost every convention, so it has gotten so nasty looking...) Will most defiantly try this out! Thanks again.

01-02-2011, 09:46 PM
thank you! :D :D :D

01-21-2011, 07:19 AM
I used this tutorial to wash my Hime wig yesterday, because it was full of hairspray from the con and was feeling a bit rough to touch. I was a little afraid of using dish soap as I feel it's a little 'hardcore' for wig fibers... But my wig came out so smooth and shiny, it's like new! Thanks!

01-21-2011, 08:08 PM
Thanks for that. :heart:

01-22-2011, 07:17 AM
Thanks a lot for the tutorial!
I had my wig for half a year and I never washed it...
I shall try to wash it as soon as possible :3

02-05-2011, 06:55 PM
Thanks for this tutorial!! I tried it out on my Kairi wig, and now it's clean and soft! I'll be using this on all my wigs! ^^

02-06-2011, 05:38 AM
I got a superlong purple wig that has experienced all sorts of "awesomeness" in it's life and now it's so unpleasant to touch, ugh x.x I guess I'll try your method too!

02-09-2011, 11:26 AM
This is an amazing tutorial :D

02-09-2011, 09:24 PM
The mannequin head scares me. LOL. :razz:

But overall, VERY helpful, ty! :bigtu:

03-18-2011, 02:56 PM
Just being super awesome and bumping this up... xD I slightly modified this method when I washed a wig extremely prone to knots. Basically, I washed it how I would normal, but then I coated it in conditioner and let it sit for a bit before washing it out. The result is an extremely soft and manageable wig! c:

03-22-2011, 09:49 PM
Thank you so much for this tutorial! I have a really long wig that is difficult to take care of. When my grandmother found it while cleaning my room when she visited, she thought it was something cheap. So, she rolled it up into a ball and threw it into a bin. Hopefully, this tutorial will revive it. Thank you so much!

05-06-2011, 09:41 AM
Thank you soooo much for the tutorial! I had this one wig that I have been using for year now but I was always too afraid to wash it. I tried your tutorial and it really did work! Now it looks good as new! Thank you~<3

05-20-2011, 11:25 AM
I've got a wig I'm gonna need for next month and my last attempt to do anything with it failed miserably. Hopefully this method will help get rid of the nasty product and I can wear it no problem! I'll let you know how it turns out when I do it.

05-31-2011, 08:16 PM
Thanks so much for this tutorial~
By the way, is it safe to leave hair spray in a wig for a long while?

06-01-2011, 04:01 PM
Hihi. I'm actually in the process of using your tutorial to wash one of my long brown wigs.

Though, I have a curious question. I still have some of the 'potion' left (ahaha~) Would it be ok if I left it in the bottle and save it for when I wash another one of my wigs or should I dump it and make a new batch everytime?

06-06-2011, 07:20 PM
@ LadyRawr: Hey there! Yes, it's safe to keep hair spray in a while for a long while. You'll just want to wash out all the hair spray if you wish to restyle the wig.

@ Horu-chan: I always use the same potion I have. It doesn't mold or go bad, so it's safe to use on wigs for a long while. c:

06-10-2011, 09:51 AM
When washing curly/wavy wigs, is there a way to keep the curls in after they're done?

06-10-2011, 05:29 PM
The waves/curls should bounce back once the wig is dry, just like with human hair. Just make sure you use luke warm water or even cold water to wash your wig, so to be sure it will not be straightened by the heat.
If you're still worried, you can always roll in some hair curlers while the wig is still damp and let it dry with the curlers in. c: Use small curlers for tight curls and large curlers for waves. Hope I helped!

07-18-2011, 11:05 PM
Okay i has a question, So my stocking wig.
Is VERY tangled, And gross because bubble solution had gotten on it.
Would washing it help it? It is very hard to brush and i am not sure what to do ... :c
I just got it and i went to an event and now it's completely ruined.

07-19-2011, 01:51 PM
Washing it will help immensely, especially if the bubble solution is making it harder to brush out. After washing it, I would suggest just slathering it in conditioner and letting it sit for a few hours to make it easier to brush out. I did that with one of my longer wigs and it helped a lot.
I suggest investing in some silicon spray and spraying your wig with it after it's been dried and brushed out. The spray will prevent your wig from tangling as bad as it did before.
If you go to page 3 in this thread, I posted a link to another thread that explains the silicon spray more and how to use it in detangling a wig.

08-11-2011, 04:08 PM
Thank you! I was planning on washing my wigs soon (after some styling mishaps) and this was exactly what I needed!

08-12-2011, 05:54 PM
Just wondering, how would you wash a curly wig?

08-13-2011, 11:07 AM
You wash curly wigs just the same as you would a straight wig. c: The curls bounces right back just as they would in real hair.

08-21-2011, 09:51 PM
oh wow! this is really helpful!

08-25-2011, 04:37 PM
I love you. :)

10-01-2011, 07:11 PM
I just used this on three of my wigs :D They're currently drying in my room! Thank you for this tutorial!

EDIT: It worked wonderfully! Thanks again!

11-30-2011, 04:30 PM
thank you so much for this tutorial! I ordered a wig and it came with a bunch of really obnoxious smelling product in it :C So I washed it using this method and now it's drying in my room C: It's a gift for a friend so I'm glad it no longer smells like that, instead it smells beautiful now :D

12-03-2011, 10:25 AM
This was a huge help.

Reformed Tomboy
01-06-2012, 02:24 PM
You've said it works with curly wigs as well, but would you still comb out a curly wig though? I would think doing so would separate the curls out and make it frizzy. Is that not the case?

Also, do you use all the shampoo solution for one wig?

Thanks for this tut, very helpful.

01-07-2012, 05:48 PM
You've said it works with curly wigs as well, but would you still comb out a curly wig though? I would think doing so would separate the curls out and make it frizzy. Is that not the case?

Also, do you use all the shampoo solution for one wig?

Thanks for this tut, very helpful.

Hey! I probably wouldn't comb out a ringlet curly wig and a full bottle of the solution will last for MANY washings. (I've probably washed wigs twenty times with the same bottle)

02-14-2012, 01:41 AM
This helped a lot! I have three wigs and never washed'em... Today I wanted to wear one of them and saw that it was a little strange and bad-smelling. Then I felt in a mood of washing it but I didn't knew how to do it. It's perfect now! Thank you!

03-01-2012, 04:35 PM
Thanks for the tutorial! I washed my wig and it smells pretty and I was able to get all the styling glue out :3

03-06-2012, 10:06 AM
So I have this wig I'm trying to style for my Lulu costume. Would hand soap work or does it have to be dish soap? I'm going to try this as soon as I find a good spray bottle. :P

06-21-2012, 05:56 AM
So that's what I'm going to use my music stand for now! Hah! I knew it would be a good idea to keep it!

11-04-2012, 06:37 PM
Love this tutorial. My wig came smelling like my stylist's house, which set off my OCD. (Unreasonable, but yeah.) Now it smells like my shampoo and Fabreze. ~

11-05-2012, 08:57 AM
What and excellent tutorial! Thank you very much, I shall keep these tips in mine with my newly purchased C.C. wig.

11-05-2012, 08:28 PM
omygosh i loved this and the photos helped a lot. <3 thanks for putting up the time and effort ^.^
also i had some wig cleaning questions
how often should one wash a wig? how will i know when to wash it? does it like help it keep the wig nice with every styling?
and i assume combing it when wet causes it to pull fibers.

11-05-2012, 08:58 PM
So would any dish soap work? Also Ive heard that normal shampoo wouldnt work for a wig but this seems to prove that wrong? Is it just as long as its a generic brand?

also thanks this helps so so much!

12-19-2012, 03:09 PM
Thank you soooooo much! My wigs have been in dire need of a bathing! I've always been so nervous about washing them, so I've never really done it before, but this is great! Now two of my best wigs are soft and clean once more and ready to be re-styled for my next convention!

12-29-2012, 06:07 PM
Oh my gosh, I just used this tutorial on my old Lucy wig and it works amazingly! I will have to do this for my other wig when I have the chance.

My parents complimented on how good it came out looking. Now my Lucy wig is all set to ship out!

05-17-2013, 01:50 PM
What a super helpful tutorial. I've owned wigs for years and the way I've been washing them has never been as nice as this. It really makes a difference. Before (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/kuko-chan/media/2013-05-17130008_zps86f3c23f.jpg.html)and after (http://smg.photobucket.com/user/kuko-chan/media/2013-05-17153957_zps63a686e2.jpg.html).

08-02-2013, 03:40 PM
I am trying it :)

01-05-2014, 12:47 PM
Does washing the wig in hard water affect it? I want to wash it but I know hard water is bad for real hair and that makes me to nervous to try :(

01-16-2014, 02:20 PM
I'm going to try this on a few wigs today. I'll let you know how it turns out!

04-22-2014, 03:55 AM
thank you for posting this tutorial, you literally saved my miku wig *-*

05-09-2014, 11:15 AM
I just tried this with my Ritsu wig! It's drying right now. I altered the "potion" a little bit by adding some dial hand soap, just for the scent.
I have a question about the wig in the picture. It is from Risqué? Because the brown inside looks a lot like the inside of my wig. (I was asking because I was hesitant to try this on my wig >.<)

01-15-2015, 09:50 PM
I followed this to fix some messed up bangs on my Kagamine Len wig, since I never really styled it but it did have glue in it. I washed it out and hoping it goes back to normal after I pre-brushed it. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

02-01-2015, 05:39 AM
I am going to have to try this out! I have wigs that I've used like over 4 years ago that still has gatsby on it ><...

Thanks for the tutorial! (Good to know that I can use my music stand too!)

02-25-2015, 03:04 PM
Thanks SO much for this tutorial! I tried this on my Human Luna wig because I wanted it to look presentable for a cosplay contest I'm doing this weekend and now it looks GREAT! This is amazing! :D

03-15-2016, 03:10 PM
This tutorial is really helpful! I've only worn a wig once and I don't even have a stand yet for said wig. ;u;