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Tangled Wigs: How to Detangle a Wig

3 Easy Techniques to Fix Tangled Wigs

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Whether you are a full time wig wearer or just wear them for special occasions, they will often end up in knots. Due to weather conditions such as rain and wind or even putting your clothes on can lead to a tangled wig. So what is the easiest way to detangle a wig? Well there are three main techniques to deal with tangled wigs: Spray, Wash and Section. 

Technique 1: Spray

What you need:

Fabric Softener or Hair Conditioner, a Spray Bottle and a Wig Brush


First things first, the detangling spray, to make the detangling spray you add 1 part fabric softener or conditioner with 4 parts water to the spray bottle. Shake well and your spray is ready for action. This spray is perfect for dealing with tangled wigs whilst making it easier for conditioning and styling also. If you are using a human hair wig, it is advised that you used hair conditioner as opposed to fabric softener as it will complement the wig.

Place your wig on a wig head or a similar surface where you can easily access the entire wig. Work on your wig in about 1 to 1.5 inch sections so this may end up being a little time consuming. Hold the spray roughly 4 inches from the knotted area and spray 1 to 2 times. With your brush, gently brush through the knotted area, you will notice that the brush will easily glide through however if you are struggling with a stubborn knot avoid manic brushing, simply spray the mixture a couple more times to the area and try again.

Top Tip: When brushing, brush your hair over your fingers instead of into the wig. This will prevent any breakages to the wig and will give you more control.

Technique 2: Wash

What you need:

a Sink Basin or Bathtub, Wig Shampoo, Hair Conditioner and a Wig Brush


Fill up your basin with cool water. Using cool water is essential, especially when working with synthetic tangled wigs as heat may fuse the synthetic strands together and deform your wig. Before placing your wig in the basin, with your wig brush, gently brush your wig. Once brushed, immerse your wig within the water. Washing a wig is different to washing natural hair, you must be patient and avoid rigorously rubbing it as this may pull out strands or cause breakages.

Gently swirl your wig throughout the water, add in a little wig shampoo and continue swirling your wig. You will notice that the tangles begin to loosen. Washing your wig is not only great for detangling your wig but also increasing the longevity of your wig. When properly cared for wigs should last you around 4-6 months. You may see the water turn a bit of a dirty colour, this is nothing to worry about, the water and shampoo will remove everyday dirt and grime restoring your wig to its former glory.

When you feel your wig is washed and looks de-tangled, remove the wig from the basin and refill the basin with cool water, swirl the wig around in the fresh water for a couple of minutes and remove from the water completely. Place your wig on a wig head or flat surface and gently brush through and leave to dry.

Top Tip: Whilst washing, if you notice that some knots are still present, add a little hair conditioner into the water and gently rub the wig with your fingertips. Hair conditioner with help to loosen stubborn tangles and leave your wig smooth and silky.

Technique 3: Section

What you need:

a Wig Head, a Wig Brush and Hair Clips


This technique is most suitable for wigs that are only mildly tangled as the dry brushing technique may strengthen large knots and make them harder to loosen. Place your wig on a Wig Head and begin to section your wig, working in smaller sections will make it easier for you to control and be more precise in your brushing technique. Before you begin brushing, check for any large knots and try to detangle them gently with your fingertips, once all of the large knots have been addressed, begin brushing in small, easy to manage sections.

Sectioning tangled wigs can be a little time consuming so being patient is key. The best thing about this sectioning technique is that you don’t need to wait for it to dry afterwards and you can wear the wig straight away.

Top Tip: Work your way from the bottom layer to the top layer, this will ensure that all of the wig will have been sectioned and will make the task a lot easier to complete.


If you have any questions regarding wig care, styles or materials, then visit Simply Wigs where they have loads of detailed information on wig buying guides and much more. Their experienced team can help you decide on which wig is best suited for you and with a host of guest writers, you can read some great personal success stories.

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