• Happy to ve Retired
    251
    I just washed 2 of my heat defiant wigs. I soaked them in fabric softener (unscented) for about 15 minutes after the washed - gently rinsed - towel dried and put them outside to dry. They feel like new. So, I am wondering if I should be washing them more often - just the way I would wash my own hair frequently. I don't use much in the way of product on the wigs - but, the HD wigs tend to become more stiff between washings. I am sure that washing too frequently cuts the life of the wig - but curious as to what you do??
  • animallover
    277
    I am probably in the minority but I wash my wigs about every 3 to 4 weeks. I want them to last. I do spray Simply Styling on them every 2 or 3 wears. My HD wigs do start to get stiff feeling at about the 3 1/2 weeks mark but not too bad. I probably have even gone longer between washings. I agree, the HD wigs sure do feel so soft and new after a washing. I can't believe how long they are holding up. No frizz at all. I love them.
  • Cathe Lartigue
    320
    I'm even in more of the minority. I hardly ever wash my wigs. If I wash them every three months--that's a lot! But--I also have quite a large selection and I rotate my wigs.
    One thing I did learn, though, was to NOT soak wigs in fabric conditioner for longer than five minutes. I washed one of my Estetica Wren wigs and forgot that it was soaking in fabric conditioner . I was cooking, baking, procrastinating and a couple of hours later I realized my wig was in the upstairs bathroom sink. It dried horribly. The cap became stretched out and it was a mess. So I decided to re-wash it without any conditioner and it was just so awful I had to throw it out. It pained me but I learned a valuable lesson!
  • dc21
    327
    I am surprised. I have walked off and went to bed leaving mine soaking and never ruined them.
  • Happy to ve Retired
    251
    i am also surprised. I let mine soak in fabric softener for at least 20 minutes - then a quick rinse and dry outside on a stand. Mono top and lace front wigs fir tye most part.
  • btrflygal7
    19
    I was told after 2 weeks of wearing you should wash them but I think it depends on different factors, if use alot of product, the season and personal preference. For my job I alternate between 2 different wigs each week, I feel I'm exposed to a lot dirt and dust and other things that I want to wash my wigs after a couple of weeks. I wear synthetic so not sure if it's different with human hair.
  • mcvoice
    52
    gosh that’s too bad. Are you sure the water was cold and not warm or hot? I leave my wigs soak all day in a basin of cold water and a cap full of unscented fabric softener and dry overnight. Locke, soft the next day.
  • Cathe Lartigue
    320
    Yeah. I don't know what happened but I was so incredibly upset because I loved that wig. You live--you learn!!!!
  • A7X
    74
    I have two synthetic wigs that I rotate, generally I wash them whenever the hair starts to feel weird and gets hard to comb. I use dry shampoo on them to cut the shine and also use simply styling on the longer bits to keep them supple. This ends up being washing every 2-3 weeks or so. I use the fabric softener/shampoo/cold water combo and they end up coming out great.

    Here's another question - how do you know when you need a new wig? This is just me - but if my wigs are a little frizzy and flyaway I'm fine with it, it kind of makes them look less perfect and more real to me.
  • Jnc
    15
    I was told once a month. I have 2 wigs, so I do go a little longer. I need a new wig, but one of my wigs is 2 years old and still wearable. My others are 1 1/2 years and 1 year old. Mine aren't HD as far as I know.
  • Gingersnap
    26
    My short RW wig has developed frizzy bangs and I want to try using the fabric softener solution but I have a question: one cap of softener to a bathroom size sink? Cold water or warm? How long to leave the wig soaking? Should it be rinsed after soaking or just left to dry?
  • PennyC
    37
    COLD WATER only! I've seen it advised not to go over twenty minutes. Full sink to a capful or less.. And do rinse in clean water afterward.
    I also use a very diluted mix of so9ftener with water in a spray bottle for daily smoothing.
    I strongly recommend the use of a hot air brush for frizzies, though. I have the good ol' Helen of Troy. It's just warm enough to work on non-heat-friendly wigs.
  • alicexm
    97
    Steamer will tame frizziest too, but will straighten.
  • Lori
    254
    I have an HD wig and wash it once a week. Soak in shampoo water solution. Then 20 minutes in fabric softener water solution. Then rinse and hang upside down on a hanger. I also use a wig steamer on it. Mine usually last a year. By then it’s just time for a change especially since I wear really long ones. I gotta look for that simply stylin stuff. So many people have mentioned it. I have some Jon Renau leave in conditioner that I use on it once a week to freshen it up as well.
  • Jayne
    34
    I did the fabric softener/un-rinsed but it gave me a horrible headache. I now use regular hair conditioner with great results.
  • WinifredDubre
    1
    If it is a human hair wig then you can use any normal shampoo but for synthetic ones, it is better to use Revlon or DeMert Shampoo for wigs.
  • Gingersnap
    26
    Thanks for the fabric softener info. Think I figured out why the bangs on my RW wig frizzed - opening up the oven door and feeling a blast of hot air! Another issue I have is fading - I wear RW Winner in Honey Pecan and most of the brown color fades within a couple of months - when I get a new wig the fading is very obvious. I wonder what others have experienced. I use shampoo and conditioner for wigs so why do they fade so quickly - about 4 to 5 months.
  • MarburgGirl
    27
    I've been wearing "Open" by EW for the last 8 months. I have 2, the same color. They are still amazing and I think that's because I don't wash them too often. I have other wigs that I use for weekends. I agree with Cathe Lartigue, less washing is best.
  • Nikilet
    10
    I've been hearing about soaking wigs in fabric softener and I just can't imagine. How much fabric softener do you use, is there a "best" brand, is this done after you have washed the wig, do you rinse the fabric softener out?
  • PennyC
    37
    I use less than a capful to a basin of water. Mine is Downy, but you could use any that has a fragrance you like.. Don't go over twenty minutes (I have read), and yes! Definitely rinse out.
    I use an even more diluted solution as my spray-on detangler before combing.
  • dc21
    327
    I use unscented fabric softener. I have left them soaking for hours and even overnight, by accident, and it didn't harm the synthetic hair. I rinse after I wash the hair, but I do not rinse after the fabric softener soak.
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