How to Care for a Human Hair Wig

by Kay Dean ; Updated September 28, 2017

Although they are more expensive then the synthetic varieties, human hair wigs allow for a more natural appearance, whether it’s for everyday use or for a stage play. However, when it comes to caring for the wig, just because it’s real hair does not mean you treat it like the hair on your head. There are things you need to do to protect your investment and allow the wig to look good for years.

How to Care for a Human Hair Wig

Protect the wig from an oily appearance by keeping your own hair clean. Besides washing your own hair, you can also wear a wig cap under the wig.

Wash a human hair wig infrequently; wear it for about 6 times between washings. However, if it starts looking oily or dirty, then decrease the wearing time between washings.

Remove tangles from the wig before washing. Use a wig pick for a curly wig or a wig brush for a straight wig. Carefully comb/brush through the tangles.

Fill a sink with lukewarm water and add wig shampoo. Soak the wig for 5 minutes in the soapy water. Gently squeeze excess out excess water. Rinse well in lukewarm water.

Place the wig back in the sink. Pour shampoo in your hand and gently massage the wig. Be careful not to overdo the massage. Rinse well in lukewarm water.

Pour conditioner in your hand; the amount will depend upon the bottle’s directions. Massage it into the wig and allow to stand for 5 minutes. Rinse well in lukewarm water. Gently squeeze out excess water.

Place the wig in a towel and blot gently to towel dry. Place the wig on the wig stand to air dry. If you need to wear it soon, a human hair wig can be dried with a blow dryer set on low.

Comb or brush gently through the wig. Style using hot rollers or curling iron or Velcro rollers. Set with a wig spray or light hairspray.


  • If you don't have a local wig store, you can order wig care supplies online at places like Sandy Summer Secrets

    If you don’t have access to wig products, human hair wigs can be washed with gentle, low-soap shampoo-such as shampoos for colored hair-and a mild conditioner.

    Use washings to check the wig to determine if any locks are loose and need to be repaired.

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After attending Hardin Simmons University, Kay Dean finished her formal education with the Institute of Children's Literature. Since 1995, Dean has written for such publications as "PB&J," Disney’s "Family Fun," "ParentLife," "Living With Teenagers" and Thomas Nelson’s NY Times bestselling "Resolve." An avid gardener for 25 years, her experience includes organic food gardening, ornamental plants, shrubs and trees, with a special love for roses.