How to Make a Wig Less Shiny

by Victoria Ramirez ; Updated September 28, 2017

Making your wig less shiny will give it a more realistic impression.

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Most wigs contain a special coating on the hair fibers -- which makes the wigs last longer. However, the coating provides a shine that also makes the wig look unrealistic. You can remove the shine to give it a more authentic appearance.

How to Make a Wig Less Shiny

Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar in a sink that is full of warm water. The vinegar acts as a natural softener and removes some of the coating on the fibers. Vinegar also removes excess dyes which helps prevent scalp irritation.

Place the wig in the sink. Let the wig sit submerged in the water for about 15 minutes. You may see white particles rise to the surface -- this is the coating.

Drain the sink. Rinse the wig with water in the drained sink.

Brush the wig gently with the wig brush to remove any tangles that may be present.

Place the wig on the mannequin head and allow to air dry. This may take several hours.

When the wig is completely dry add a pinch of baby powder to your hands and apply to the wig while finger combing. This will mask the last bit of shine, making the wig look more natural.

Brush the wig again with the wig brush and shake out the excess powder with your hands. If you can tell there is powder on the wig you have used too much and will need to repeat this step until the natural color of the wig remains.

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Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., Victoria Ramirez has been writing since 2010, with her work appearing on various websites.. Ramirez is pursuing a master's degree in global public Hhalth at the University of Colorado.