“My human hair wig is dry and frizzy,” an old friend lamented the last time we met. Like a lot of ladies in the natural hair community, she wears wigs as a protective style. She wanted to know how one can keep these wigs looking sleek and perfect all the time – even for old wigs.
Human hair wigs are quite popular and for good reason. They look so good on the ladies.
But if you don’t maintain and detangle your wigs consistently, they will have the opposite effect. Like real hair, your wigs can still fall victim to intense dehydration and unruly frizz, making your otherwise glamorous hairstyle look unkempt and with zero shine.
This can be caused by many things, from over-styling to a lack of detangling. But if your human hair wig is dry and frizzy, fight the impulse to toss it in the trash!
There are still ways to revive it and bring it back to its smooth, lustrous, frizz-free glory. Today, I’ll be taking you through each one of them.
What Causes Dehydration And Frizz In Wigs?
Before we go in-depth about how to fix your dehydrated and frizzy human hair wig, you first need to understand what caused this condition in the first place.
That way, you’ll know what to watch out for and avoid in the future.
There are plenty of reasons why your once-perfect human hair wig now looks uber dry, messy, and frizzy.
Sometimes, it’s merely in the nature of your wig’s quality and structure.
But in most cases, it’s because of negligence in terms of washing, styling, and moisturizing.
Let’s first talk about the factors you don’t have much control over.
First, there’s the fact that wigs don’t have the advantage of being moisturized by natural sebum the way hair on your head does.
Because it’s not attached to the scalp, your natural oils won’t coat and hydrate your wig’s strands, making them more prone to getting dehydrated over time.
Another factor that might be causing this dryness and frizz may be the quality of your human hair wig.
Did you buy your wig from a renowned wig brand or did you pick it up on sale from a sketchy online store?
The lower the quality of your wig, the more likely it will be prone to tangling, frizz, and dryness.
If you think your human hair wig doesn’t quite meet the standards of high-quality hairpieces, make sure to take extra care of it and treat it delicately.
Now, let’s move on to possible reasons for dehydration and frizz that are because of bad wig care habits.
You might be guilty of some of them.
Washing Your Wig Too Often
When you use shampoo on your wig way too frequently, you could be stripping it of moisture, leaving it parched.
You don’t have to wash your human hair wig every time you use it.
One wash every 8-10 uses or once in two months should be good enough.
This is the mistake my old friend was making.
She was washing her human hair wig every two weeks!
Harsh Products, Water
Exposing your wig to harsh waters and products is another reason why human hair wigs get all frizzy.
Minerals and strong chemicals are yet another culprit of dry and consequently frizzy hair.
Taking a dip in seawater and chlorinated pools while wearing your wig can make hard minerals cling to the strands, leaving it dry.
Washing it with hard water can do the same thing.
You might also want to stay away from wig products that contain harsh ingredients, such as drying alcohol.
Over-Styling With Heat
When you use blow-dryers and flat irons daily, your wig will be vulnerable to heat damage.
When that happens, your strands will be dry, rough, and prone to frizz.
The same thing happens if you tend to wash your human hair wig in hot water.
Heat will strip what little moisture is in your wig’s strands, leaving it parched and tangly.
How To Combat Frizz And Dryness in Human Hair Wigs
So what should you be doing to combat your human hair wig’s frizz and dryness?
Here are five things I highly recommend:
Use Mild, Moisturizing Products
You should wash and condition your human hair wig with mild, moisturizing products.
Washing your wig with shampoo and then following it up with conditioner is a quick and easy way to get rid of frizz in the strands.
To hit two birds with one stone, make sure you use products with moisturizing ingredients in them to rejuvenate dry, dull hair.
Shampooing your human hair wig is a simple process.
But before you begin, you must first detangle the locks with a wide-tooth comb.
Take your wig in one hand, and with the other, start to comb through the hair.
When detangling, always start at the bottom and work your way up, the way you would your natural hair.
That way, you can avoid breakage.
It can also stop you from accidentally being too harsh and rough on your wig hair when there are stubborn knots.
Now, you’re ready to shampoo.
I like to use the tgin Rose Water Sulfate-Free Hydrating Shampoo on my wigs.
As it cleanses the wig’s hair fibers gently, it also hydrates with rose water, acai fruit extract, marula seed oil, vitamin E, and more.
And we all know hydrated hair means less frizz.
Take your wig and hold it under lukewarm running water.
Pour some shampoo into your hand and rub your palms together to loosen it up.
Then, apply the shampoo to the strands of your wig in a downward motion.
You can also gently massage the shampoo on the wig’s cap.
Rinse with cool water.
Now for step two: conditioning.
One product that I highly recommend is the TRESemmé Rich Moisture Conditioner, a lightweight, color-safe conditioner that nourishes the hair with the help of vitamin E.
It also adds a gorgeous luster to your wig, making it look shiny and fresh.
Apply the conditioner to the mid-lengths to the ends of your wig’s strands only.
Don’t put it all over the cap area, as this can loosen the knots of your strands and lead to shedding later on.
Let the strands absorb the conditioner for about five minutes, and then rinse under cool water again.
Squeeze the excess water out of the wig’s hair, but never wring it – this can cause tangling later on.
Lastly, place it on your wig stand to air-dry before styling as you wish.
Detangle The Wig
But not everyone has time to shampoo and condition their human hair wig to deal with dry and frizzy hair accessory.
If you need a quick way to bring your wig back to life, a leave-in conditioner and wide-tooth comb will be your best friends.
Detangle the human hair wig with a leave-in spray and a wide-tooth comb.
Conditioning sprays are terrific for human hair wigs because they make detangling a breeze, especially since it’s not recommended to brush wigs when they’re dry.
They also pretty much eliminate frizz in your wig’s hair by moisturizing it deeply.
Plus, using one is easy – just spray and you’re done!
One leave-in designed specifically for wigs that I adore is the Awesome Human Hair Wig Leave-In Conditioning Spray.
This lightweight leave-in spray helps freshen up and hydrate dry, rough-textured strands to make them silky smooth, and nourished again.
It contains coconut oil, which is excellent for moisturizing dry hair.
When you’ve spritzed a bit of conditioner on all areas of the hair, detangle it with your wide-tooth comb.
Any stubborn knots will be easily brushed out without the need to be too rough and forceful.
Take your time with detangling to avoid breakage of the wig’s hair strands.
Use Finishing Sprays
If you are looking for lustrous shine for your frizzy human hair wig, try the SheaMoisture Wig & Weave Tea Tree & Borage Seed Oil Spray.
This product softens hair and reduces friction for easy combing of the wig.
It contains shea butter, olive oil, and essential oils from tea tree and borage seed that work to add a glossy, luminous shine to your wig hair that will make it look brand new.
Despite containing these oils, this finishing spray never feels greasy on the wig.
Heat-Style With Caution
The high temperatures of your blow dryer, flat iron, or curling wand can leave your human hair wig feeling rough, dry, and brittle because of heat damage.
So if you’re able, try to avoid using heat on your wig on a daily basis.
Besides, if you’re washing, moisturizing, and styling your hair the proper way, you won’t need to keep heat-styling your hair after every use.
It should be able to hold a curl or straight texture as long as it’s well taken care of.
Be creative when it comes to hairstyling sans heat.
Try heatless curling techniques, like braiding the hair or using classic Velcro rollers on them if you can’t do without voluminous waves and curls in your wig.
If using heat on your hair is unavoidable, at least use a heat protectant before your hot tools come in contact with your wig.
And before you start heat-styling, ensure that your hot tools are at low to medium heat, never blazing hot.
Use Natural Oils
Earlier, we talked about how wig hair is prone to dryness because it doesn’t have natural sebum from the scalp to keep it moisturized.
One workaround for this problem is by applying natural oils to your wig to tame frizz and add a bit of extra moisture and softness to the hair.
Any of your favorite pure, natural oils will do for this.
Coconut oil is great for nourishing very dry hair, thanks to its penetrative properties.
Meanwhile, argan oil might be a top choice as well for its ability to make your wig shiny.
And if you want to use an oil that mimics natural human sebum, jojoba oil is your best bet.
Using oil on your human hair wig is simple.
Just take about 1/3 of a teaspoon of the oil you prefer and warm it up in your hands.
Then, apply the oil onto the mid-lengths and ends of your wig, working in a downward direction.
Don’t use too much oil, or else your wig’s strands will get overly greasy.
This is a great pre-poo technique, seeing as how you need to wash the oil out after.
Make sure the oil stays on for about 30 minutes to an hour so it penetrates and moisturizes the strands from the inside out.
Trim Dry, Damaged Ends
Sometimes, if your wig’s hair fibers are severely damaged, moisturizing products and less heat might not cut it.
If you have split ends or hairs tangling and frizzing up like crazy because of how dry the strands are, and nothing seems to work, your last resort may need to be chopping some of the hair off.
If you’ve had experience cutting hair before, then you might be able to do it on your own with a sharp pair of scissors and a knack for accurately measuring hair length.
But if not, you can always take it to a salon stylist you trust and ask them to give your beloved human hair wig a snip.
You don’t have to change the length of your wig.
Most of the time, cutting off just the damaged ends (the driest area of your hair that can indirectly cause a lot of frizz) will already be a big help.
Just inform your stylist that you want only the extremely dry parts cut off, so you can maintain your wig’s length.
After a quick trim, your human hair wig will have a better chance of looking healthy, smooth, and frizz-free again!
Having to go through all these extra measures just to keep your human hair wig hydrated and smooth may seem like a time-consuming hassle.
But at the end of the day, there’s nothing worse than putting on your favorite wig to help you make put-together only to be stuck with a tangly, matted hairpiece.
Wig collectors should know how to properly care for human hair wigs to avoid a nightmare like that.
So, for anyone who has also been saying “my human hair wig is dry and frizzy” just like my old friend, I hope this post will help you to revive your wig.
With the tips and products I’ve listed above, you’re sure to keep your wig healthy and looking brand new for a long time.
Remember what you should and shouldn’t do to keep your human hair wig in tip-top shape, and you’ll be good to go.
Hopefully, with these tips as a blueprint, you’ll never have to deal with a tangly, frizzy mess of a wig ever again.