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Unread 05-21-2008, 02:09 PM   #1
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Does regular conditioner on a synthetic wig destroy it?

I'm hoping I might be able to de-frizz my wig easily and naturally this way, because my parents frown upon me spending a lot of money. <<;; If there isn't a simple solution that works, I won't panic all too much since my wig isn't really in TERRIBLE shape.

Thanks for the advice, in advance! (And please forgive my ignorance. )
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Unread 05-21-2008, 02:51 PM   #2
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Don't use regular conditioners on wigs! Wigs are not meant to be treated like normal hair!

Regular hair conditioners work because of the oils and proteins in human hair. Synthetic wigs don't have either. What you'll end up with is a gummy, heavy residue that'll look awful.

Beauty supply stores and wig shops sell *wig conditioners* meant for synthetic wigs. I'm not sure what the cost is, but it's far cheaper than buying a new wig...
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Unread 05-21-2008, 02:54 PM   #3
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o_O I've used regular human shampoo on my wigs before, and never had a problem. Conditioner I'm not so sure of.

For future detangling purposes, Motion's Oil Sheen works very nicely in taming tangles and a little bit of those frizzy flyaways.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 03:01 PM   #4
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Regular hair conditioner really doesn't do much of anything to any wig that I've discovered. It's a moderately successful detangler, but there are better products for that.

Look at it this way: wig hair is made of plastic. What are conditioner bottles made of? Plastic. I really doubt anything in conditioner will damage a wig.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 03:08 PM   #5
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I use regular shampoo and conditioner on my wigs when they need it. Hasn't done anything bad to my wigs yet. However, the REALLY cheaply made bad wigs don't recover well no matter what you do because they suck, not because of the product used. lol
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Unread 05-21-2008, 03:50 PM   #6
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Unread 05-21-2008, 03:58 PM   #7
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I use normal conditioner on my wigs >.>
Heck, Katie Bair suggested using normal conditioner when straightening a wig.

Just follow up with the Motions Oil Sheen and you're peachy

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Unread 05-21-2008, 04:42 PM   #8
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Alright then! I must look for this Motions Oil Sheen dealie then. On the subject of my wig (and so I do not create an entirely new thread), is there any way of giving a straight wig a sort of...erm... poof at the end? I can't quite describe it, so here is a picture.

His hair fluffs up towards the bottom. ._.; In case that image isn't helpful, there's this one.

I was thinking hair-curlers, but that wouldn't really do the trick. ^^;
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Unread 05-21-2008, 04:54 PM   #9
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Hair curlers would probably be too small, but I'd recommend getting something round that's slightly larger (a glass, perhaps?) and then using hairspray to give the bottom of the wig that short of shape.
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Unread 05-21-2008, 07:36 PM   #10
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I used Mane n Tail conditioner, they sell that in the normal "human" conditioner so I think it'd qualified as regular conditioner, but from what I've heard, many cosplayers use it on wigs as well. It usually leaves my wigs smooth and smelling like strawberry
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Unread 05-21-2008, 10:43 PM   #11
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In my experience, it's fine to use a spray in conditioner in a wig. However, never ever ever wash a wig like you would with your own real hair. You'll end up ruining it. I found out the hard way when I was a newbie with a very expensive wig. If your wig has tangles, use a very wide tooth comb to brush it and use the tail end of the comb to drag the tangles out to the ends of the wig. Worst bits can be cut out once they're at the ends of the wig.
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Unread 05-22-2008, 03:59 AM   #12
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I've had a fair amount of luck soaking wigs in fabric softener overnight. As long as it's not a wig that needs to be styled in a certain way that you can't re-style yourself, it should work okay. It makes them easier to brush out, too.
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Unread 05-22-2008, 07:50 AM   #13
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I'm cheap, so I use regular conditioner on all my wigs, and it's worked just fine for me. Note, my conditioner is some kind of simple, unscented, unextra'd conditioner.

What I do when I want to detangle a wig, is I fill a large container with water (the container's just big enough to contain my entire wig), and dump a bunch of conditioner in it, a couple handfuls. I swish the conditioner around in the water, put my wig in, let it sit in there for a few minutes, then take it out and squeeze out the water. I then spread it out on a sheet of plastic like a spread-out garbage bag (I toldja I was cheap), leaving it hanging makes the conditioner drip out and make a messy puddle underneath wherever the wig was hanging. I've found it's alot easier to detangle afterwards this way. I've also used that method on my Ivy to prevent tangles, which it seems to help do. However, it takes a crazy long time for the wig to dry with the conditioner in it, my Ivy took almost 3 days! o.o
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