Wig Frizz

Wig Frizz

If you've recently experienced your first wig frizz, don't panic! It doesn't always mean your wig is permanently damaged or it's bad quality...it just happens and it's common! We have to remember that synthetic wigs are well--synthetic. They're essentially made out of plastic (or acrylic) and not human hair. Knowing that should help explain why frizzing occurs and therefore help protect your wigs from even more frizzing in the future!

Main Causes of Frizzing

Tugging or pulling too hard

This typically happens when you're trying to comb or brush out a messy wig. When you hit a knot, you are yanking the comb. Yanking creates tension. Tension creates heat. Heat creates frizz. Think of curling the ends of a ribbon with a pair of scissors!


When the back side of your wig is constantly rubbing against your nape, it creates fiction, therefore creates the frizz. The nape is usually the most common area where friction is created but if the wig is long enough, it can create friction from other areas that is constantly being rubbed against such as clothes.

 Too hot

Using a heat tool on our synthetic wigs, specifically, is usually ok but it does have a melting point! If it's too hot, the wig fibers will frizz. Our fibers can withstand 410 degreesF, but it is best to keep styling tools at a lower setting between 280-340 degreesF.

How to Fix Frizzing

Flat iron or steamer

Using a wide tooth comb, take a small section of the frizzy area and gently comb it out. Start at the the ends and slowly work your way to the crown. Then on low heat setting, use a basic flat iron (please avoid chi irons) on the area to remove the frizz.

If you have a steamer, this works just as well as a flat iron if not better.

Laundry detergent and fabric softener

1. Comb out wig first to remove any tangles.

2. Create a cleaning mixture by mixing cold water, laundry detergent and fabric softener in a bowl big enough to submerge the wig in.

3. Soak the wig in the mixture and swish it around. Let soak for a minimum of 30 minutes. Wig can be soaked overnight if it’s severe.

4. Run the wig under cold water to rinse out all of the residue. Let air dry on a wig rack overnight. Avoid combing while wet and avoid using a hair dryer.

How to Prevent Frizzing

  • Gently comb out your wig after each wear. Start at the the ends and slowly work your way to the crown.
  • Use a wide-tooth comb instead of a brush. Brush tends to create more friction and we want the least amount of friction!
  • If there are a lot of static, get a dryer sheet and rub it on the wig.
  • These aren't guaranteed to stop your wig from frizzing entirely but it will definitely help mitigate it! 

***In addition, not ALL synthetic wigs are made out of the same fibers so while these dyeing and curling methods we've listed here tend to work on OUR wigs, it does not mean it will work on OTHER synthetic wigs.****

  • Aug 26, 2023
  • Category: Wig Tips
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