10 Ways to Keep Your Wig From Smelling
Aug 25,2023 | Bailee
If you're out and about in your wig with confidence, but you suddenly notice that your wig is emitting an unpleasant odor that you may not even notice until someone else reminds you how embarrassing it is, what could be more disgusting than the constant smell of smoke or a chemical-like odor? Read on if you want to know how to keep your wig free of unpleasant smells!
I. What causes a wig to smell bad?
1. Before deciding on measures related to keeping wigs fresh, we must first understand the causes of wig hair odor.
First, some wig manufacturers may use chemicals in the production of Remy and synthetic wigs to achieve a specific color or texture, which may cause your wig to have a less-than-pleasant odor. In addition, the retailer's storage methods and packaging materials can have an impact on the odor of your wig.
2. The reason your human hair wig smells bad may be because you wear them when they are wet. A musty smell can develop under the wig base or wig cap if your wig is damp.
3. wigs, like our clothes, are susceptible to odors from the outside environment. So humidity and sweat have a big impact on the smell of wigs. But they are not the only culprits. Tobacco, smoke, dust, perfumes, and air fresheners tend to stick to our hair and blend in with it. This could also be the reason why your wig has a strange smell.
In addition to the above reasons, not washing your wig for an extended period of time can also lead to product build up and give your wig an unpleasant odor.
II. How to keep your wig fresh?
1. Wash your wig regularly.
While wigs do not need to be washed as often as natural hair, it is vital that they are cleaned regularly. After all, washing your wig thoroughly is probably the best way to remove any offensive or unnatural odors from your wig.
First, fill a basin or tub with warm water and add a small amount of mild shampoo, conditioner or fabric conditioner. Place the wig in the basin and set it aside for about 10-15 minutes. Finally, rinse the wig thoroughly with cold water.
When washing your wig, you should keep the following points in mind：
1. 1 Do not use hot water to wash wigs, whether they are human or chemical fiber wigs, as this may damage them.
1.2 To keep your wig healthy, use a sulfate-free shampoo and conditioner specially designed for wigs. Of course, baby shampoo is a good choice for you.
1.3 If possible, use the same brand and range of shampoo and conditioner to ensure the wig smells the same and to avoid odor conflicts.
1.4 Remember that the frequency with which you wash your wig is determined by how often you use it.
2. Once every two weeks, use a deep conditioner.
Deep conditioners are known to keep your hair soft and prevent breakage and tangles. In fact, deep conditioners can help reduce odors caused by product buildup and odor conflicts, while also adding a pleasant scent to your hair. We recommend using a deep conditioner once every two weeks.
Heat the conditioner before applying the deep conditioner to obtain a more thorough cleanse. Fill a closed container with conditioner and submerge it in a sink filled with hot water for about a minute before applying it to the wig.
Also, when using conditioner to keep your lace front wig moisturized, use natural oils or premixed natural oils that do not contain harmful chemicals, such as olive oil, coconut hair oil, argan oil, etc. Also, you should avoid DIY oil blends unless you are sure the scents are complementary.
3. Make sure your natural hair is dehydrated before you put on your wig.
For the same reason you should store your wig while it is drying, you should also make sure your natural hair is completely dry before you put it on. This is because a lot of wet or damp natural hair that collects under a wig cap can give off a musty smell and can even cling to the bottom of the wig.
4. If your wig is wet, don't store it.
If your wig is not completely dry before storage, the damp musty smell will build up around the human hair fibers and the internal wig cap, just like our clothes. Therefore, make sure your wig is completely dry before folding it and putting it in a box or bag. You can also place the wig on a wig stand to keep it in good condition and allow enough air circulation so that it does not smell musty.
If you plan to store your wig for a long time, try to clean and care for it before storing it to avoid the possibility of existing pungent odors. What's more, it can become difficult to remove the odor in the end.
When you have washed your wig and it is a sunny day, hang it on a clothesline or a makeshift rack and air dry it outside, this will help you create a gorgeous and fresh wig with the most natural aroma.
5. Cover your hair in a smelly environment.
Nothing beats a hair cover if you're working in a kitchen or going to a party that smells like smoke. For example, you can wear a hair net, headband or hat in the kitchen. And at a party, if the dress code allows, you can add a hat or a cute bandana to complete your look. If you can't cover your hair, put it up in a bun to limit the amount of hair exposed to the odor.
6. Keep your brush clean.
Your hairbrush or comb also needs to be kept clean. Take this into consideration. You use your comb daily to detangle knots and keep your hair looking its best. And after you comb your hair some of that oil (as well as dirt and pollution) is bound to build up on your brush over time. To remove the smell from your wig, remove the hair between the brushes and wash it regularly with soap and water.
7. Try using a leave-in shampoo
In addition to absorbing excess oil, leave-in shampoos are designed to absorb the smell of wigs. Consider using a scented dry shampoo on your hair and brushing thoroughly with a wide-tooth comb to help remove odors from your hair.
8. Wash your pillowcases regularly
Many people think that their pillowcases are clean. However, there are all kinds of tiny and dangerous things that you can't see, such as grease, dust, sweat, bacteria, etc. We highly recommend you wash your pillowcase regularly to eliminate odors from your wig. In addition, your hair accessories, such as hair ties, caps and scarves, should also be washed periodically, especially if they are worn to the gym
9. Use lemon juice on your hair
Not only does lemon make your wig smell great, but it also helps reduce dandruff and excess oil in your hair. For great results, simply wash your wig first, then squeeze on lemon juice and massage it into your hair and scalp. This is also great for highlighting wigs because the lemon juice brightens your hair and brings out the highlights.
10. Apply baking soda to your wig
Baking soda is a great option to neutralize bad smells and soften synthetic hair. Add a teaspoon of baking soda to the wig or dilute a few teaspoons ultimately in a basin and soak the wig for 10-30 minutes. Finally, rinse with cold water and wash the wig thoroughly to remove any residue.