Recently I have discovered that I have quite a few clients who do not wash their lace wigs. A few have told me that they simply do not know how. Some have said that they were not aware that they could wash their wigs. But the thing that alarmed me the most is that almost all of them simply trash their wigs when they get too dirty. Listen, I am in the business of selling hair extensions and wigs. But if I can save my clients some money then that is what I will do! By the time you finish reading this post you will know how to wash you lace wig properly and I even created a video up above to show you how.
First things first, hair products. If you have read my blogs you know that I have my favorites when it comes to shampoo and conditioner. The Herbal Essence line is my go to product for hair extensions. I use the Totally Twisted for my curly and wavy textures and the Hello Hydration for my straight textures. Check out my blog post here. If your wig has a lot of product buildup then I recommend the V05 clarifying shampoo. Although it is cheap it will get your hair squeaky clean trust me.
Now that the products are out of the way, let’s talk about the process. I always wash my wigs in lukewarm water. For the first round I use shampoo. I hold the wig upright, lather it with shampoo, and gently brush the shampoo through the wig just to make sure that it is saturated thoroughly. Now for the brush you will need a Denman or vent brush. Do not use a comb for this. A comb is a surefire way to damage your wig. After gently brushing through the wig, I rinse out the shampoo completely.
Next I follow up with a second round but this time I only use conditioner. I do the exact same steps as I did in the first round. The reason that I use conditioner is to replenish the moisture in the hair. This keeps me from having to do a deep condition and it also makes the hair vibrant. Trust me you do not want to skip this step. After I am done I rinse most of the conditioner out. I like to leave in a little conditioner, especially in my curly and wavy textures because they need constant moisture anyway.
After my wig is clean, I wring it out and let it air dry. The whole process takes less than 10 minutes and it is fairly easy. It will also save you money in the long run because you will be able to reuse and restyle your wig over and over. Check out the video above to see how it is done!