September 7, 2021

How To Fix a Wig With Fabric Softener

how to fix a wig with fabric softener

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Wigs add volume and length to your hair and make you stand out from the crowd. However, they tend to lose beauty, shape, quality, style and get stiff after a certain period. This should not worry you since there are many ways of fixing it. One of them is using fabric softener.

My name is Lori, and I have been wearing wigs for over 6 years, I have attended a hairdressing course to enrich my hair care knowledge. One area that I pride myself on is fixing stiff wigs and make them stay in good shape, style, and quality for a long time.

In this article, I will share my knowledge and experience on how to use fabric softener to revive stiff wigs.

Fabric softener contains chemicals that help to eliminate cling on the wig caused by static electricity. Besides, it is an excellent hair conditioning agent that helps to combat the dry fell on your synthetic wig. As such it fixes the quality, shape, beauty, stiffness, and style issues of the wig.

Keep reading to discover how to fix a wig with a fabric softener.

Fabric Softener is for Synthetic Wigs Only

It is very important to know that fabric softener can only be used to fix a synthetic wig, if you want to fix or detangle a human hair wig, you need to use a human hair wig-related product, such as shampoos, conditioner, or hair oil.

Using the wrong products will damage your wig permanently!

Materials and Tools Needed

The following tools and materials have been of great help whenever I fix my wig.

  1. The regular fabric softener (make sure you like the smell)
  2. A basin
  3. Laundry detergent
  4. Wig stand
  5. Blowdryer
  6. Coldwater
  7. Wig brush

Step By Step Guide on How To Fix a Wig

Here are the detailed steps to fix a wig with a fabric softener.

Step 1: Clear the basin, fill it up with cold water, add 1 cup of laundry detergent (to clean the wig), and 1 cup of fabric softener. Avoid using hot water to clean or wash your wig because it will weaken the wig fibers.

Step 2: Brush your wig to detangle it and to remove all the dust or dirt. 

Pro Tips: Only brush your wig when it’s still dry, bruising a wet wig will damage it.

Step 3: Soak the wig thoroughly in the mixture for at least one hour. For an extremely stiff wig, leave it overnight.

Step 4: Rinse your wig thoroughly with cold water. Ensure there are no detergent or drift particles remaining on the wig. You can also use your fingers to gently straighten the wig.

Step 5: Take your wig out of the mixture and remove water or moisture portions from your wet wig. Carefully wrap your wig using a soft cotton towel or cloth.

Step 6: Hang your wig on a wig stand and allow it to dry naturally and completely overnight. You can as well use a blowdryer. Just make sure you are using the cold mode. This will help avoid damaging the wig.

Step 7: Brush or comb your wig and style it. Only use heat tools for heat-resistant wigs and always start with low heat mode first.

Pro Tips: Avoid twisting or rubbing your wig while brushing or styling it. However, you can twist or rub it if it has a specific shape. Twisting it in the opposite direction will make your wig weaker within a short time.


Here are my answers to some of the frequently asked questions relating to fixing a wig with a fabric softener.

How Long Should I Soak My Wig in Fabric Softener?

A quick answer is to soak it for at least 30 minutes. Avoid rubbing the wig when it’s wet. Doing so could damage the fibers.

After the soaking period, make sure to rinse excess fabric softener from the wig thoroughly using cold water.

Can You Fix a Burnt Wig?

No, we cannot fix a burnt wig, the only way is to cut off the burnt part because it’s damaged.

Fabric softener only fixes wig issues like stiffness, shape, style, and quality.

Can You Use Fabric Softener on a Wig Without Washing it?

Yes, you can use fabric softener on a wig without washing it. Just washing your wig will improve efficiency.

You can simply pour some fabric softener into a spray bottle. And then spray your wig. I always use this method to fix a stiff synthetic wig temporarily.

Final Thoughts

Using fabric softener is a great way to fix your synthetic wig. Knowing how to use it properly will keep your wig silky, healthy, and well-conditioned for a long time.

Follow this guide whenever you are fixing your wig and you will not be disappointed.

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