How to Curl Synthetic Wigs with Heat

Silky straight hair is always a good and easy look to achieve as most people are born with straight hair. However, as time goes by you may want to change your hair style during different life phases. Perhaps you are thinking about getting a curly hair to make yourself look more mature and capable when you prepare to step into the society and get your first job. Or you simply just prefer curly hair than straight hair because it tends to have more shape and volume. Rather than curling your own hair to achieve curly purpose which inevitably harms your natural hair a lot and even causes hair loss if things get worse, the alternative is to learn how to curl a synthetic wig.

Tips before curling your synthetic wig

When talking about curling synthetic wigs, you have to consider one question: whether your synthetic wig is heat-friendly or not. No matter what wig brand you are using, definitely check how hot your wig can be heated to before you use any kind of heat tools on them. You can find this info by checking the tag on the inside of the wig. And if it’s not there, try checking the product page or contact the company if you bought yours online. Or ask a employee if you bought it from a wig store.

If you don’t know what temperature it can go to but you do know that it’s heat resistant, start with a low heat setting or about 180F. It is always good to do a heat test by heating a small patch of the wig in a discreet place to see how it handles the heat. Remember to choose the hair at base of neck or an underneath layer, and avoid top layer or hair around face. If it’s too hot, the hair will frizz out or just straight up melt. So always heat test your wigs.

Curling a synthetic wig with heat

For this curling method, here is what you are going to be using: a heat-resistant wig, a curling wand, super strength hairspray for styling wigs, a wide-tooth comb for brushing through the hair, a rat-tail comb for parting the hair, bobby pins or clips for holding the curls in place, and big clips for holding extra hair.


1. Start by combing out the wig so it’s nice and tangle-free and easy to work with.

2. Then using the rat-tail comb to section off a bit to get started with by following along a weft and clipping all of the extra hair up out of the way.

3. Take the hair between two fingers, hold the curling wand facing downward, and wrap the hair around the wand, making the hair distribution as flat and even as possible.

4. Then release the hair into your hand where you spray it with some freeze spray and clip it up where it will stay until it finishes cooling.

5. Once you have curled a full row and all the curls have cooled off, release the curls.

6. To top it off, brush all of the hair together to blend the curls. Add some freeze spray and clean up any rogue curls that may have gotten a little bit too messy.


1. Wet hair is much, much more vulnerable to heat damage than dry hair. Applying hot tools to wet or damp hair is just asking for fried, burned hair. Always wait until your hair is 100% dry before applying heat.

2. The biggest advice for curling wigs is that after you release the curl from your heat tool, keep the hair curled tightly until it cools off. You can do this by letting it sit in your hand for a few seconds. Or you can do it by clipping it up so it can fully cool while you move on and keep curling. Allowing it to cool before releasing it will set the fibers in this curly shape.

3. If you’re going for that super bouncy look, you can leave the curls just the way they are. If you are looking for loose curls, brush them out.

4. Wear a heat glove when you do this because you may end up grazing or even holding the wand a lot while you curl hair. If you don’t have a glove or something to protect your hand from the heat, be careful do not touch the barrel of the curling wand.

5. The process is not much different than curling your real hair. Just like real hair, that leaves the door wide open for tons of different curl options. You could do big poofy curls, loose curls, waves, tight ringlet curls, whatever you want to do.

6. For you tools, you could use a curling wand, a curling iron, a crimping iron, or a waving iron. Literally, any heat toll should be fine as long as you stay under the temperature that your wig maxes out at.

That’s all the steps. Now you have a great curly synthetic wig. It’s a great way to take a style and give it some more life. It adds crazy volume to wigs. You can also only heat style just specific sections of a wig to have a different look. Anyway, it can be straightened again if you are not satisfied with the curling effect.

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