How To Style A Synthetic Wig
One of the biggest advantages of synthetic wigs is that they often come pre-styled and this style will hold even after you wash the wig. They can be worn straight from the box and don’t often need too much processing or maintenance. But after a few cycles of wearing the wig, it is not uncommon for it to need a few touchups. In this guide, we take a look at how to style a synthetic wig.
Before we get to the steps of how to style synthetic wig hair, it is important to note that we will be talking about how to style a synthetic wig without heat. Many synthetic wigs don’t need heat to style. In fact, heat may very well damage the hair.
The following are some of the items you will need to style the synthetic wig:
• A wide-tooth comb
• A shampoo for synthetic fiber
• Good quality leave-in conditioner
• A towel
• A wig stands for drying. If you don’t have a wig stand any other appropriately shaped household item will do.
• Water in a spray bottle
• Canvas wig head for styling
Once you’ve collected all the items you will need, follow these simple steps to style the synthetic wig:
Step 1: Wash and Dry the synthetic Wig
It is a good idea to begin by detangling the wig. The wide-tooth comb is the perfect tool for the job as it can detangle the wig without damaging the strands.
Once the strands are detangled, was the synthetic wig using the shampoo, and don’t forget to use some leave-in conditioner. Use the towel to gently pat the wig to remove excess moisture. Don’t wring the wig as this could cause the fibers to tangle.
Allow the wig to air-dry overnight and don’t comb it while it is wet.
Step 2: Style the synthetic wig
Once the wig is sufficiently dry, pin it on the canvas wig head. This will make sure that you don’t miss any sections of the wig when styling it. With the canvas head, you also have a 360-degree view of the wig, allowing you to work faster and better.
To style a shorter wig, rub the knots gently with your fingers, pushing them back to get height and volume. You may find it easier to do this if you spray the wig with water. You should also consider using s shaping cream to help hold the style in place.
For a more relaxed style or to style a straight synthetic wig, comb the bangs to the front of the forehead and then smooth out the hair.
For longer wigs, start with parting the wig in your style’s desired location. Once again, spraying some water on the wig can help you with the parting. You can then use a blow dryer to smooth out the rest of the hair, although if you are going to use heat, be careful to avoid burning the synthetic fiber.
The following are just some things to keep in mind when styling a synthetic wig;
• Only style the wig when it is completely dry
• You can use a chin strap to secure the wig for easier access and styling
• If you must brush the wig, use a stainless steel brush
• Invest in a good styling head; they will shorten the time it takes to style the wig.
How can I make my synthetic wig look better?
Spray a dry shampoo over the hair to make synthetic strands more matte. Synthetic wigs are often made of plastic, which can have an unnatural shine. Put the wig on loosely and spray the dry shampoo all over like you would your natural hair. Avoid brushing or combing the wig to keep the tousled, matte look.
How do I style my synthetic wig to look natural?
For only a dollar or two, you can purchase a wig cap to wear under your wig. This will give your wig a good fit and a more realistic appearance on your head. Use bobby pins to secure the wig to the cap. This will ensure that the wig won't cause any odd bumps and lumps on the top of your head.
Can you style a synthetic wig with heat?
Unless specified as a heat-resistant wig, synthetic wigs shouldn't be styled using any heat tools to prevent the wig fibers from becoming extremely damaged. Heatless curling techniques are ideal for synthetic wigs as they can't tolerate heat.