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Bought a straight or curly synthetic wig? We've written a whole blog post where we reveal our secrets for making your synthetic wigs last which you can read by clicking here. But in today's post we're giving you all the details on how to wash and revive your old synthetic wigs. So before you throw out your stiff wig, give this a try!


How to Wash and Revive Synthetic Wigs

You will need: 

  • Fabric softener 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • A basin 
  • A blowdryer (optional)
  • A steamer (optional) 
  • Perm rods (optional)

Step One
Fabric softener is like leave-in conditioner for synthetic wigs! It can revive even the stiffest of wigs. So to start fill up your basin with cold water. If you have a large basin add one cup of fabric softener and because you want your wig to be squeaky clean add one cup of laundry detergent (reduce the amount but keep the parts equal if your basin is smaller). If your wig is very tangled, comb/brush through the unit before you begin to wash it.

Step Two
Add your wig to the mixture and leave it to sit for at least one hour. If your wig is particularly stiff we recommend leaving it overnight.

Step Three
Rinse your wig in cold water until it runs clear.

Step Four
Gently take the moisture out of your wig using either a cotton t-shirt or a towel. Be very careful not to rub your wig too harshly at this stage and don't brush or comb the unit.

Step Five 
Let the wig air dry completely or blow dry it on cool. You can now brush it through. 


Common questions 

"My wig isn't as sleek as it was before, what can I do?"

Consider using a handheld steamer and a brush, and taking the wig in sections place the hair between the brush and steamer and slowly brush it through. If you don't have a steamer you can also use a blowdryer on a warm setting. This will have your wig looking as good as new!

"The curls on my synthetic wig look terrible" or "I'm bored of my old straight wig"

If the curls are very misshapen you'll need to reset them. Apply perm rods to your wig. Use a pan to heat water to boiling point, take it off the heat and dip your wig in the water leaving it in for about ten minutes. You'll then need to let your wig air dry (this can take days) or blow dry it on cool. You can also use this technique to add curls to an old straight wig that you have.

Have fun washing and reviving your wigs, Queens!


  • This has been very helpful now that my mother has started wearing wigs. Thank You

  • thank you so much!

    Bailey Humphrey
  • I find leaving the laundry detergent out works well.

  • I find leaving the laundry detergent out works well.

  • If you take a hair straighter hot pad and spray bottle you can get the flatness back and then curl bottoms with rods over night back to its old self


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