How to Remove Hairspray From Wigs

by Jennifer Hudock ; Updated September 28, 2017

With modern advances in wig-making, it is nearly impossible these days to tell when someone is wearing a wig or not. In order to preserve your wig and keep it looking natural, special care must be taken when grooming, styling and cleaning your synthetic wig. You should never use regular hairspray on your wig but a wig spray specifically designed for synthetic hair.

Brush out the wig, working your way up from the ends to the root-shaft to disentangle any strands that may be stuck together as a result of using hairspray. If your wig is curly, you will need to use a wide toothed comb or pick; otherwise, you risk causing the wig to frizz.

Fill the sink with warm water, adding a capfull of shampoo to the water while it is running so it disperses evenly through the water.

Immerse the wig fully in the warm water and allow it to soak for at least five minutes.

Swish the wig gently around in the warm, soapy water.

Rinse clean under hot water until all shampoo and sudsy residue are cleaned from the hair.

Lay the wig out on a towel and blot it dry before hanging it on your wig stand and allowing it to dry overnight.


  • For best results, always use products specifically designed for synthetic wig styling and care.


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About the Author

Jennifer Hudock is an author, editor and freelancer from Pennsylvania. She has upcoming work appearing in two Library of the Living Dead Press anthologies and has been published in numerous print and online journals, including eMuse, Real TV Addict and Strange Horizons. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing from Bloomsburg University.