How To Keep Wigs From Tangling

Whether you wear wigs out of necessity or choice, they can be a fun way to spice up your look. Go short for the day, add some length, a pop of color. The possibilities are endless. However, there is a lot that goes into maintaining them. One issue specifically is preventing your wig from tangling. That is where I come in. I’m going to show you how to keep synthetic hair from tangling. 

There are a few key habits to practice to help prevent tangling your wig that you can incorporate into your normal routine. They are actually quite simple and don’t involve much work, so there is no excuse to start implementing them into your routine! Why do wigs tangle you ask? Nine times out of ten, it’s out of lack of proper care which is vital to getting the best look with the least pushback. 

Care Routine

1. Storing the Wig

The way you store your wig is one of the most important care routines to help prevent tangling as well as overall damage from happening. While it can be easy to keep your wig hidden away laid down flat, it can lead to issues down the line. Invest in a wig holder that will keep it upright and in position. I promise it will make all the difference. 

2. Conditioner

If you aren’t using a wig conditioner, then you need to be. This is vital to giving the proper nourishment to prevent it from looking dry and damaged. Just like our hair, your wig needs moisture to help prevent damage and, as a result, tangling. Notice I said wig conditioner, as there is conditioner made specifically for wigs to give you the best results. 

You also should watch out for overwashing. This can dry out your wigs which is the enemy of luscious, hydrated hair, real or synthetic. 

3. Spot Brushing

A lot of times, the main problem area tends to be the nape of the neck. When this is the case, it’s smart to try spot brushing your wig. Unlike regular brushing, you have to be extremely gentle to prevent damage or pulling hair out of your wig, so slow and steady wins the race. 

It’s also smart to use a wig comb to have less damage rather than a typical brush. These are wide tooth combs to help lower the amount of damage from brushing. They’re often labeled wig brushes in the store to help you find them, but if not, just look for a wide tooth comb option. 

With wigs and your own hair, always brush bottom up. Brush the ends out and slowly work your way up. With wigs, however, stay away from the roots to prevent pulling any hair out. If you’re spot brushing, this won’t be an issue. 

4. Heat Break

While it can be tempting to have a field day with stylin, it’s smart to give your wig a heat break to help prevent damage. Take a break from the curling, straightening, and blow drying and see if your wig stops getting tangled so easily. 

When you are using heat, be sure to use heat protectant and keep your settings as low as possible while still achieving your goal. 

5. Wig Treatment

If you still aren’t having much success, try a wig treatment such as deep conditioning or intense recovery mask. This is specifically for human hair, so be sure to check if yours is synthetic or not before trying this option. This is a great last resort to try and recover an extremely damaged wig. 

There are different options to choose from, but they almost all have some form of nourishing ingredients such as avocado, Goji, and Acai berry. There are obviously loads of other options to choose from as well, so take your pick. 


No matter which style you choose, proper care is the secret ingredient to giving off the illusion that the wig is your actual hair. It’s always about the work that happens behind the scenes. Even the worst looking wigs can be salvaged with a bit of patience and proper information. 

Give these tips a try and watch how your wig transforms into a refreshed and healthy wig that will be sure to wow anyone you see. Rock your new look in style!

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