July 18, 2021

How to Wash a Wig without Wig Shampoo

how to wash a wig without wig shampoo

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In this article, I will talk about how to wash a wig without wig shampoo.

My name is Lori and I have been a big fan of wigs for almost 6 years. After all these years, I’ve learnt one thing that is very important: Washing a wig is a big part of prolonging its lifespan. If you do this well, your wig will look like it’s new and innate all the time.

However, sometimes, we may run out of wig shampoos. Today, I would like to walk you through different ways of washing your wig without wig shampoo.

Sounds Good? Keep reading!

How to Wash a Wig without Wig Shampoo

If you have a human hair wig (no matter it’s a virgin hair wig, Remy hair wig, or human hair wig), use regular shampoos and conditioners to wash them. Don’t apply any wig shampoo made for synthetic wigs only on human hair wigs whatsoever.

Only synthetic wigs need to use wig shampoo. Make sure you don’t use ordinary hair shampoo to wash your artificial wig; it’s very potent to the material. TThe hair will become parched, fragile, and tangled.

4 Best Alternatives for a Wig Shampoo

The purpose of a wig shampoo is to clear the dirt or oils that may be in it. Below are some alternatives to a wig shampoo:

Alternative 1: Baking Soda

Baking soda is an excellent alternative to wig shampoo. It is the best option if your wig has absorbed any smells from cooking, cigarette smoke, or other odors. It eradicates all these odors fast. 

Step1: Pour three quarts of warm water into the sink and add half to ¾ cups of baking soda. 

Step 2: Once the baking soda dissolves completely in the warm water, dip your wig in. Saturate it for about 4 hours or throughout the night.

Step 3: Take out your wig and rinse it, gently squeeze the water out, then place it on a wig stand to air dry.

Alternative 2: Using Dish Soap

Mild dish soap is ideal for getting rid of oil and makeup from your wig cap. 

Step 1: Put a bit of mild dish soap in a sink containing cold water. 

Step 2: Brush your wig, then dip it in the water mixture and compress the soapy water through your wig tenderly. Avoid rough perturbation so that your wig doesn’t tangle. 

Step 3: Empty the soapy water and use clean chilly water to rinse your wig. Again, take out the wig and squeeze the water out gently, then place it on a wig stand to air dry.

Alternative 3: Using Woolite

Woolite is a gentle detergent that will clean your wig safely. 

Step 1: Fill your sink with cold water, add one cupful of Woolite to it. 

Step 2: Brush your wig, swish it in the water delicately. 

Step 3: After swishing your wig, drain the water and replace it with clean and chilly water. Immerse the wig in the water, rinse, and then dry it with the method mentioned above.

Alternative 4: Use Baby Shampoo

I know I’ve said not to use regular shampoo to wash your synthetic wig, but baby shampoo is very gentle, and if you have none of the mentioned products, you can use it.

Step 1: Add a small amount of baby shampoo to the cold water in the sink. 

Step 2: Swish your wig gently in soapy water to get rid of the dirt and oil. 

Step 3: Immerse your wig in a sink with clean chilly water to rinse the shampoo off. Swish it gently to get rid of any soap residue. Then follow step 3 in the above method to dry it.


Here are some commonly asked questions regarding how to wash a wig without wig shampoo

How Often Should You Wash Your Synthetic Wig?

Wash your synthetic wig once a week if you put it on every day. Artificial wigs come with a “style memory,” and, therefore, they’ll not bounce back if you don’t take care of them. 

If you live in a hot and humid area, you may want to wash it more often.

Can you Use Regular Shampoo to Wash a Wig?

You can use regular shampoo to wash a human hair wig but not a synthetic wig. Regular shampoo will build on the synthetic hair and hence shortening the lifespan. Use wig shampoo, or even dishwashers on a synthetic wig is better than using regular shampoo.

Bottom Line

So I have shared the methods and products which worked pretty well for me in washing my synthetic wigs. Let me know if you have any good ideas for cleaning synthetic wigs in the comments below!


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