How to Curl a Synthetic Wig With Boiling Water

by Audra Dean

Synthetic hair can look natural.

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A synthetic wig is an inexpensive, low-maintenance solution for those suffering from hair loss or who wish to change their look in a flash. Though synthetic hair can look less natural than human hair, synthetic wigs can be cut and styled to appear more natural. Boiling the synthetic wig is a simple way to curl the hair and create a stylish, natural look.

Items you will need

  • Plastic rollers
  • Cooking pot
  • Metal strainer
  • Oven mitts
  • Metal tongs
  • Wig head
Step 1

Rinse the entire synthetic wig in cool water and roll the wet hair up in plastic rollers. Larger rollers will create big, voluminous waves, and smaller rollers will create tight, spiral curls.

Step 2

Boil a large pot of water on the stove.

Step 3

Place a large metal strainer in the sink and set the rolled wig in the strainer.

Step 4

Wear thick oven mitts and remove the pot of boiling water from the stove.

Step 5

Pour the entire pot of boiling water over the rolled synthetic wig in the strainer. Soak the wig completely with the water.

Step 6

Allow excess water to strain from the wig.

Step 7

Remove the wig from the strainer with metal tongs.

Step 8

Place the wet wig onto a wig stand and allow it to dry overnight.

Step 9

Remove the curlers from the dry wig.

Tips

  • Heat water to 170 degrees Fahrenheit, instead of boiling, to curl synthetic hair with less damaging results.

Warnings

  • Do not use this method often as boiling water can damage synthetic hair.

Photo Credits

  • Thomas Northcut/Digital Vision/Getty Images