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Shampoo for Wigs: How to Shampoo your Hairpiece Like a Pro

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Most people believe that shampooing their hair system on a regular basis will help it look better and healthier.

However, if done more than recommended, you are at risk of drying out the hair, resulting in tangles and a shortened hairpiece lifespan. 

Instead, over-washing can damage your hair system. For that reason, we recommend shampooing your wig once or twice a week at the most.

If you shampoo your hair system more frequently, you’re risking drying out your hairpiece, causing tangles, and shortening its lifespan. Washing your wig correctly is an essential part of a thorough hair system maintenance routine though.

Today, we’ll be going through a step-by-step guide to washing and caring for your hair system.

How to Shampoo Your Wig

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 1. Spread the shampoo evenly through your hairpiece

Pour a small amount of shampoo into the palms of your hands and apply it to your hair system, one section at a time. Start at the roots and make your way to the tips of the hair strands. Ensure each part of your hairpiece is coated with shampoo.

 2. Be gentle with your hairpiece

When applying the shampoo to your wig, try to do so softly and not too harshly. Don’t rub the strands together or matte your hair as this can create friction and cause unwanted tangles. Use your fingertips and palms to gently apply the shampoo to your hair strands.

 3. Rinse your hair system with warm water

Use warm, (not hot water) to rinse the shampoo out of your hair system. Hot water can also cause tangles to build up so make sure you keep the temperature tepid. Use a shower head from the roots of the hair system downwards to help the water flow naturally and prevent any tangling. Make sure you remove all the shampoo from your hair system to prevent shampoo from building up and an itchy scalp.

 4.Dry your hair with a low temperature

If you like to use a blow dryer on your hair system, make sure you use it on low heat or cool setting to prevent the hair strands from drying out too much. If you use a towel, choose one that’s made from cotton fibers and pat dry your hairpiece - don’t ever rub it.

Choose the Right Shampoo for Your Wig

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  • Walker Tape Bond Breaker Shampoo: This shampoo is great for removing your hair system for a re-bond or for taking off any adhesive residue stuck in your hair. Bond Breaker breaks down the adhesives, scrubs the skin, and cleans the hair in one step! It also has a gel texture with a small amount of grit to help with the adhesive residue removal.
  • Shampoo with Silk Proteins: A good choice for human hair systems, it adds strength and shine to the hair with its water-soluble polymer that forms a film on the hair. The addition of aloe vera leaves your hairpiece feeling silky and soft.
  • Prelude Shampoo: Prelude® has a protein-enriched formula that is perfect for light to medium cleansing. It's rich, mild lather works great on wigs for men and hair systems for women. It’s easy to rinse it out in the shower too.
  • Euro Novelle Clarifying Shampoo: This shampoo is formulated for the deep cleansing of a human hair system. It removes all sebum and dandruff, leaving the hairpiece super shiny and conditioned. We suggest using it once per week. Many of our customers love the smell of the herbal ingredients.

How to Use Conditioner on Your Hair System

Middle aged woman brushing hair after using shampoo for wigs

We recommend always using a conditioner after shampooing your hairpiece. This will help preserve the hair supply’s moisture and keep it looking natural and healthy.

The secret to having a healthy, soft, and hydrated hair system is using leave-in conditioners.

Always use a special conditioner designed for a hair system and not regular human hair. You can apply leave-in conditioners to wet hair after shampooing your hair system or directly to dry hair.

Learn more about using leave-in conditioners in our post, the secret to a soft hair system.

Apply the conditioner to the shaft of the hair strands, working it in gently - don’t apply it to the scalp or the base of the hair system.

Applying a leave-in conditioner to dry hair before brushing is a great way to ensure you’re not unnecessarily tearing out hair strands, as the conditioner helps allow the brush to slide through the wig.

Find out how to make a homemade deep conditioner for an ultra-natural alternative.

Following these tips should help keep your hair system fresh, clean, and smelling pleasant for longer. Hopefully, you can see how easy it is to do at home hair system maintenance and avoid the high prices of salons.

Washing your hair system correctly will keep it looking great for longer, check out more tips on prolonging its lifespan on our blog.

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