When you’ve invested money in a wig that makes you feel gorgeous and confident, you want it to look as good as possible for as long as possible, but what happens when one day you go to put it on and it’s a tangled mess? Wigs can tangle just like natural hair, so in this blog I want to share my top tips on keeping your wig tangle-free.
What makes wigs tangle?
Not caring for them properly
When you buy your wig, make sure you do your research and get some good advice on how to look after it properly so it looks as gorgeous for as long as possible. If you don’t wash, dry, store, and brush it properly, your wig can tangle.
Buying poor quality wigs
Cheaper, lower quality wigs tend to tangle and get matted a lot more easily. One reason for this is that they are treated with chemicals, so you might notice that they tangle really easily and feel dry after you wash them.
Exposure to bad weather
Wind, rain, and colder temperatures can make your wig dry and tangled. Read our blog on how to look after your wig in colder weather to find out how to protect it from the elements.
My tips for keeping your wig tangle-free
Your Cleansing Routine Matters
Before throwing your wig into the sink, try brushing out all the tangles first. Use a shampoo and conditioner designed for wigs to give it the proper cleanse and nourishment it needs without overdrying the fiber or hair. Remember, while keeping your wig clean is essential, don't overdo it. Washing it too often will makes your wig dry and brittle, making it more prone tangling.
Store it properly
Don’t just lay your wig on a flat surface to dry, place it on a wig stand or styrofoam head.
Comb the right way
Using a regular hair brush will tear your wig cap and pull hairs out of your wig. Instead, try a wide tooth comb or a flat paddle wig brush if you're dealing with human hair. Start by sectioning strands of hair into more manageable parts, then start from the tip, gently work your way up to avoid the tangle from bunching up even more.
Invest in your Pillowcase
If you sleep with your wig on, consider investing in a satin or silk pillowcase for your pillow. Not only will this minimize the tangling, but it will also increase the longevity of your wig as well.
Wear and Protect
One of the most frequent complaints is tangling at the nape of the neck. One way to tackle the issue is by spot brushing periodically. It might seem like a tedious task, but trust us, you don't want it to accumulate into a bigger problem. Wearing silkier fabrics, a less bulky collar, or attaching some tracks in the back of the wig will keep those stubborn knots under control as well.