How to Brush A Synthetic Wig

Much like your own natural hair, synthetic wigs are prone to tangling and knots as long as you are wearing them. Even the way you place them will also result in knots. Perhaps it is the wind that ruffles your hair, or it could be you put the wig in a bag or on the floor for a long time. Numerous factors in daily life could make your synthetic wigs hard to brush. 

Among the process to detangle your synthetic wigs, brushing is an essential and indispensable step. You are lucky if your wig is only slightly tangled. But for wigs heavily tangled, it could take you some time to brush through all the tangles and knots. And if the wig is not brushed correctly, the hairs may be highly likely to fall out. Therefore, it’s important to know how to brush synthetic wigs.

For straight synthetic wigs

What you need: a wide tooth comb, duckbill clips, straight pins, a Styrofoam head, wig conditioner

Step 1: Start by putting the wig on the Styrofoam head and pin the wig to the Styrofoam head with a straight pin to hold it in place.

Step 2: Then spray a generous amount of wig conditioner all throughout the wig to make it easier to brush out. For smaller tangles, conditioner is not recommended if you can comb the tangle out easily without it.

Step 3: Section off the wig and brush one area at a time. Working on too much tangles at a time will get you frustrated and out of patience. Always start from the bottom and work your way up. And be as gentle as possible, in case you will pull out too much hair from the lace mesh.

Step 4: Once this section brushes through smoothly, take your duckbill clips to clip the section to the opposite side of the head. This will keep it from falling back into the knotted hair that you haven’t brushed yet.

Step 5: Keep brushing from section to section. Once you get about halfway through, the clip cannot hold more hair up anymore. You could put the detangled hair into a ponytail to keep it separated from the tangled hair.

Step 6: After you have brushed all the tangled hair, release the hair that you hold with clips and let all the hair down together. Comb it from the bottom up to work through any remaining tangles.

Step 7: When you notice frayed ends, take some shears to trim off the damaged ends and it instantly looks nice and healthy again. Usually this is just little tiny cuts. It’s not a full trim across the whole wig. That’s how you brush straight synthetic hair.


1. A wide tooth comb is an absolute must. The teeth of wide toothed combs are far apart and large so they won't pull too much on the wig's fibers. A wide tooth comb is very gentle on wigs and are also very affordable. Regular hair brushes for your natural hair will ruin your wig so fast.

2. To remove the tangles, it’s helpful to have some conditioner that is made for synthetic wigs. You can find this at your local beauty supply store.

3. If you do not possess a Styrofoam head to hold your wig, you can just put the wig right on your head and start brushing. But this would be a little bit more exhausting to brush hair like this.

4. If you start at the top of your wig and brush down, you can really ruin a wig because it will just turn into a hugely damaged, knotted mess, which is the exact opposite of what you’re trying to do by brushing it.

5. If you run into a big knot, take your time and work through it. Just jabbing at it and trying to rip through it can damage the wig and it will lead to the ends being frayed and damaged. A better way to tackle a really stubborn knot is to see if you can free some hairs by pulling them away from the center of the knot with your fingers.

6. If you encounter a super stubborn knot, take a pair of scissors and trim a single hair or two around the knot. Sometimes just cutting one little strand will unravel the whole knot. In the worst scenario, you have to cut the knot out all together.

7. This process can be time-consuming, but caring for your synthetic wigs properly will make them last so much longer. Actually if you carry out daily brushing, it would be much easy to brush through the wig. If you have several wigs that need careful brushing, it’s a good choice to put on a movie or listen to some music while brushing your wigs, in case you may feel boring.

For curly synthetic wigs

Some of you may ask can I brush the curly synthetic wigs with the same method? Well, as a general rule, it is best not to brush a curly wig if you can avoid it, because continuous brushing will damage the shape of curls and to a certain degree the curls may not be able to return. But sometimes your curly wigs really need brushing. In that situation, you can gently comb out each curl individually with the above-mentioned steps. Use a wide tooth comb or even your fingers to brush your curly wig from the bottom up.

You can return those curls in one of three ways. The first way is to just let go it and guide it back into its natural curl. The second way is to wrap it around your finger to help it get back into a ringlet shape. The third way is to spin it all the way up and release to get it back to a spiral shape. And if none of these ways work out, the only thing you can do is to re-curl your wig with a curling wand. It’s safe to do this as long as your synthetic wigs are heat-resistant. If you aren’t sure whether your wigs are heat-friendly or not, do a heat test on an area of the wig that isn’t noticeable or contact the company you bought it from and ask.

After reading the blog, you may have a feeling like, ”Wow, what a lot of work!” Indeed the brushing process demands time and patience, but it’s pretty amazing to see your wig bounce back from the knotted mess, isn’t it? Both every day tangles and extremely knotted wigs can be approached the same way. Being patient, being gentle, and taking care to brush the synthetic wig from the bottom up. Hope you find this blog helpful and has cleared up your doubts that you may have about brushing a synthetic wig.

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