How to Sleep in Your Wig

by Herman Cruz ; Updated September 28, 2017

Sleeping with your wig on is possible.

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Wigs are made of synthetic or real hair and come in different sizes and lengths. When selecting a wig you can choose the hair texture (straight, wavy, curly) and type of cap construction (lace front, capless, monofilament, hand-tied). If you select the hand-tied or lace front cap construction, you'll have to sleep with your wig because these types of cap construction are meant to be on permanently for a specific amount of time. You can sleep with your wig regardless of the the type; however, there are things you need to pay attention to to protect your wig.

Acquire a satin or silk pillow case for your pillow. This type of material prevents friction, which protects your wig from tangling or being damaged.

Use a silk scarf to wrap the hair. This cuts down the friction even more when you move your head while sleeping.

Brush off all the tangles from the hair in the morning to keep your wig from frizzing and matting.


  • Sleeping with your wig will deteriorate the fibers faster, causing damage to your wig. There are wigs manufactured specifically for sleeping. If you have a choice, using a sleeping wig will keep your daytime wig looking healthier for a longer period of time.

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About the Author

Based in Orange County, Calif., Herman Cruz has been writing since 2007. His articles have been published in various content platforms and he also has written for Internet entrepreneurs who need assistance with writing sales letters and articles for their businesses. Cruz is pursuing his Bachelor of Arts in integrated composition, improvisation and technology at the University of California in Irvine.