How to Get Rid of Knots in a Wig

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Wigs allow you to change your hairstyle instantly, making them perfect for nights on the town or days when you just want a different look. Whether you want synthetic purple curls for cosplay or natural human hair for everyday, your wig needs regular care to keep it looking good. You don't have to wash your wig to remove light tangles, but heavy tangles may require a shampoo. If you're tempted to cut your wig because it's so knotted, try a strategic combing first.

Light Knots

Pour 1/4 cup of liquid fabric softener and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle and shake well to mix the solution.

Take your wig outdoors or hold it over the bathtub to keep the fabric softener from making your floor slippery. Spritz the solution into the air and wave the wig through the mist. Repeat three to four times.

Place your wig on a styrofoam wig head and clip the top layer up with a butterfly clip.

Hold a 1-inch-wide section of the bottom layer of hair taut. Using a wig brush, start brushing 2 inches from the bottom of the section. Work up the section in 2-inch pieces until you get to the wig cap. Repeat for the entire bottom layer, combing a 1-inch-wide section at a time.

Let down the top layer and repeat Step 4. If the wig is still damp, allow it to dry on top of a tall hairspray can or wig-drying stand, which prevents moisture from becoming trapped in the wig cap.

Heavy Knots

Fill a sink with enough cool water to cover the wig. If your wig is made of human hair, use lukewarm water instead.

Squeeze a quarter-sized amount of wig shampoo into the palm of your hand. Add a bit of water and rub your hands together to make suds.

Shampoo the wig gently, getting it very sudsy. As you shampoo, work out as many knots as possible by running your fingers through the hair. Rinse the wig thoroughly with cool water.

Shake the wig until it is damp but not soaking wet. If desired, spritz it with wig conditioner or detangling spray, holding the bottle 10 to 12 inches from the wig.

Hang the wig on a tall hairspray can or wig-drying stand to dry.

Clip the top layer of hair on top of the wig with a butterfly clip once the wig is completely dry.

Hold a 1-inch-wide section of the bottom layer of hair taut. Using a wig brush, start brushing 2 inches from the bottom of the section. Work up the section in 2-inch pieces until you get to the wig cap. Repeat for the entire bottom layer, combing a 1-inch-wide section at a time.

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