I’m a big fan of wigs. Not only are they convenient for bad hair days, but they are also super comfortable. When wigs became a thing back in the days, they were super expensive but today wigs have become more cost-effective than actually getting your hair done at the salon. It is for this and many other reasons that women prefer wearing wigs. The question, however, has been how do you wash a lace wig without damaging it? Before diving into the process of washing your wig, you should know that if you wear your wig on a daily basis, you should clean it at least once a week. This is because buildup from glue and sweat can make it smelly and tangled up. Ew! Well, the best way to take care of your wig is to take it to an experienced hairdresser and have it cleaned at a cost. However, if you’re looking to save a few bucks then you can actually wash your lace wig at home. You have to be careful though – lace wigs are very delicate so you have to be extra careful when washing them. Here a few tips you need to know before making a mess of your wig in the name of washing it at home by yourself:
The very first step before washing your lace wig is to detangle it. You can do this by brushing the hair as you would when wearing it. This is because washing a lace that’s not detangled will make the wig messy and difficult to brush after.
Fill a basin or sink with lukewarm water, add shampoo and then soak your wig in the water. (Notice that I said lukewarm water instead of hot water. This is because hot water will only weaken your wig strands and make it shed.) After about 10 minutes, drain the water out and use another basin of lukewarm water with shampoo to now clean your lace wig. Gently, you can use a very soft brush or old toothbrush to scrub out any leftover buildup in the lace wig. If it’s a frontal lace wig, be very careful as to not scrub too much because this may cause thinning on the front. Once you’re done, rinse your wig with another bowl of lukewarm water.
After rinsing out your wig, apply a conditioner through the hair strands of your lace wig. This will help detangle the hair in your wig and give it a natural soft feel and thus allowing for a smoother brushing and combing. After a couple of minutes, rinse out the conditioner in lukewarm water and with a towel, squeeze out the water from the wig. Don’t yank it around as this will only weaken the hairs’ grip on the lace.
The last step of how to wash your lace wig is to dry it. You can either air-dry your wig or use a blow dryer in a low heat setting. Too much heat might damage the hair strands and cause it to break. Once your wig is dry, brush it using a wide-tooth comb and follow all the steps to moisturize and oil it. Then using a flat iron, you can straighten or curl your wig.