When Should You Wash Your Wig?

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When Should You Wash Your Wig?

When Should You Wash Your Wig?

Washing Your Wig

Your dream hair has finally arrived and you’ve been excitedly wearing it for the last week straight. Compliments have come in and you’re feeling great about your new look.

But when is it time for a wash?

Wig washing is a topic of much debate and confusion among many wearers. Wash too often and it may shorten the lifespan of your wig, while if you wash with less frequently, it won’t be much better.

What’s a good frequency to go by?

Here are a few questions to consider as you determine your optimal frequency.

Are You Using Product On Your Wigs?

First, look at whether you’re using any products on your wigs. Whether it’s hair spray, mousse, gel, or anything of that nature, this may be cause for more frequent washings.

Always remember though, use only synthetic safe products for your synthetic hair. While you can treat human hair wigs the same as you would your own hair, synthetic fiber is much different and requires special products if you hope to maintain the life of your wig.

Are You Exercising Or Sweating Heavily?

The great thing about almost any wig is that it’ll carry you through your day no matter what life throws at you. Have a hard workout planned in the afternoon? Or perhaps you are going to lay on the beach and soak up some sun? No problem. Your wig will stand up just fine.

In either case though, heavily sweating in your wig will be cause for washing it more frequently. In general, a good rinse with just plain water is sufficient after an exercise session, however if you’re sweating in it daily, you’ll want to increase the frequency in which you do a full wash as well.

Most wig wearers will designate a special wig to exercise only (or activities where they find themselves sweating more), so they only have to deal with the more frequent washings on that particular one. Using an older wig that you don’t need to keep looking quite as pristine is an excellent idea for this purpose.

What Length Is Your Wig?

Also think about the length of your wig. One sure-fire sign that it’s time to wash your wig is when you notice it’s starting to look a little clumpy. When the strands are not free flowing like they used to, a shampoo is in order.

Longer hair does tend to clump together like this faster than shorter hairstyles will, so you may be facing more frequent washings with your longer wigs.

If you’re someone who can’t be bothered with washing your wig regularly, consider this when picking out your style.

Are You Dealing With Human Hair Or Synthetic?

Finally, also think about the type of wig you’re dealing with. Human hair can withstand washing a lot better than synthetic hair can. As long as you are gentle with the cap, washing shouldn’t really shorten the lifespan of your human hair wig as you likely used to wash your own bio hair nearly every day. You can do the same with a human hair wig, however do keep in mind most people don’t find they have to because the natural scalp oils aren’t getting onto the hair like they would if it was your natural hair.

If it’s a synthetic wig, remember that each time you handle the wig, be it washing it, brushing it, or simply running your fingers through it, you are likely to create microscopic scrapes on the synthetic hair shaft, which will reduce the life of the wig over time.

So the moral of the story here is you should wash it as often as you need to in order to keep it looking, feeling, and smelling good, but no more than that. Don’t wash just for the sake of washing if your wig doesn’t need it.

As you can see, there are a variety of factors that can influence how often you need to wash or simply rinse your wig.

Some people may be able to go two to three weeks between washing if they are wearing a short style and aren’t sweating in it or going into polluted environments. Others may need to wash their wig once per week – or more frequently if it’s an exercise wig.

Think about what your day to day life entails and use that to help you select the perfect frequency.