How to Defrizz a Synthetic Wig
Synthetic wigs need specific care to keep them frizz-free, flowing, and looking natural. Over time, man-made hair tends to lose its shape and the style will begin to “fall out.” More often than not, the wig will also develop static cling and fly-aways, also known as frizz.
Knowing how to defrizz a synthetic wig will increase the lifetime of your wig and keep those locks looking beautiful every time you wear it.
Wash Your Wig
One simple way to defrizz a synthetic wig is to wash it. It’s a simple and effective way to add some much-needed moisture to remove flyaways and restore some of its bounce.
When washing synthetic fibers, only use cold or lukewarm water. Never use hot water on synthetic hair.
- To Wash Straight Synthetic Wigs: Wet the strands of the hair in a downward motion (do not rub as this will increase frizz and cause breakage) starting from the crown and working down to the ends. Apply shampoo, working it in using the same motion. Rinse completely and then repeat with the conditioner. Finally, use a towel to pat dry the hair, brush it out with a wig brush, and then allow it to air dry on a wig stand.
- To Wash Curly Synthetic Wigs: You can use the above method, but you do not brush the hair. Alternatively, you can soak a curly wig in cool water with liquid laundry detergent (about 1/4 of the cap). Let it soak for twenty to thirty minutes and then remove it from the water and rinse. Finally, use a towel to pat dry the hair, use your fingers to comb it out if needed, and then allow it to air dry on a wig stand.
Use a Conditioning Spray and Mousse
Don’t have time to wash your wig and let it air-dry? Maybe you have hair loss and never leave home without your wig. Try the conditioning spray and mousse method. There are conditioning sprays designed for synthetic hair that will add moisture, thus reducing frizziness.
To use this method, place the wig on a wig stand. Do not get too close to the top of the wig when spraying, as this can cause the hair to loosen at the crown. Spray the conditioning spray lightly over the hair shaft down to the ends. Next, use a wide-tooth comb or brush to remove tangles. For curly wigs, you may want to use your fingers.
After the conditioning spray has been applied, put a small amount of mousse on the ends of the hair to hold in moisture, keep it looking smooth, and to tame any leftover frizziness.
Use Natural Oils
If you don’t have conditioning spray on hand but still need to know how to defrizz a synthetic wig, consider using natural oils. Oils such as jojoba, coconut, or even olive oil can reduce frizziness and add shine.
Synthetic wigs are shinier than natural hair (check out FAQs about wigs to learn more about wigs)so take care in not applying too much oil as this can give the wig a greasy look. To apply, use a small amount (about 1/8 teaspoon) and rub it in between your hands to warm it. Starting at least three inches below the crown, rub the hands over the hair in a downward motion. Apply more as needed. After about 20 minutes, you can use a towel to gently dab the hair to remove any excess oil.
Accidentally sprayed too much? A dry-shampoo should be able to clear up any mishaps.
Fabric Softener Method
Perhaps the most popular method to defrizz a synthetic wig is the fabric softener method. Fabric softener is designed to prevent static cling in clothing, but did you know that fabric softener can also tame frizzy, untameable hair — even synthetic hair? That’s right! Your best tool for combating frizz on synthetic hair is probably right in your laundry room.
While natural hair has natural oils in the hair shaft, the man-made fibers in synthetic wigs do not. Therefore, they are often very dry. An easy way adds moisture and tame frizz on a synthetic wig is to mix equal parts liquid fabric softener and cold water in a spray bottle. Shake well. Take the mixture and your wig to the sink or your bathtub (to prevent any dangerous slippery spots) and follow one of the following instructions based on your hair type:
If you need the wig soon and only want a quick pick-me-up, spritz the wig lightly. Next, dab it with a microfiber towel and then smooth it out with your hands. It’s that simple.
If you can wait a little longer for the wig and want to smooth it out completely, spritz the wig liberally with the mixture. Place it on a wig stand and allow it to dry overnight.
You can then comb with a wig brush (or your fingers if it’s curly) and then style the wig as usual.
If All Else Fails, Try a Hot Air Brush
Do not use this method on curly or wavy wigs. It’s often frowned upon to use heat on synthetic hair because of the chemistry of synthetic hair fibers. Heat, if too hot, can melt synthetic hair, leaving the wig useless. However, hot-air brushes have had some success when used on man-made fibers.
To use a hot air brush on a synthetic wig, be sure that the brush is on its lowest setting. First, test a small inconspicuous area of the wig to check for damage or melting. If the wig smokes, melts, or if there is breakage, do not continue using this method. If all seems well, place the wig on a stand and spray it with a heat-protector. Next, move the brush down the wig slowly. You can then use a hair volumizer to add more bounce to the hair. This method will leave the hair looking soft and frizz-free.
When it comes to synthetic wigs, it’s best to know what you’re doing to avoid any hair mishaps. However, in some cases, a wig has simply reached the end of its life. If it no longer retains its style, it is dull, constantly getting tangled, and salon wig services aren’t of any help, then it’s probably time to get a new wig.
Strut Hair Solutions
If you need a new wig or just want to add more to your collection, Strut Hair Solutions can help you get fitted with the perfect synthetic wig. Keep yourself looking and feeling great by heading on over to Strut to see what they have to offer.