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How to Detangle a Wig

How to Detangle a Wig

Caring for your wig is extremely important, and one topic that is highly requested is how to detangle your wig. For a deeper dive into detangling your wig, check out this blog post as well. Let’s walk through all of the tools and techniques you’ll need to keep your wig looking in great condition for as long as possible. A good quality synthetic wig won’t tangle as easily as ones that are really cheap that you’ll find at places such as party stores, but it’s inevitable that hair tangles whether it’s the hair growing out of your head or it’s a nice quality synthetic wig, especially if it’s longer in length. 

Step 1: Tools You Need

The first thing you’ll want to have on hand is a wide tooth wig comb. Additionally we recommend using the René of Paris Revive Liquid Enhancement, a fantastic multi-use spray you can use to eliminate static in wigs, to minimize tangling, to restore curl patterns, and more! It’s a useful product to have for your synthetic wigs, especially for detangling your wigs.

Step 2: Put the Wig on Your Head or a Mannequin.

Some people find it useful to put the wig on a mannequin head, to work with it on there, but you don’t necessarily need to use a mannequin head. You can also rest it gently on a flat surface or put it on your head.

Step 3: Lightly Spray the Wig with the René of Paris Revive Liquid Enhancement Spray

Hold the René of Paris Revive Liquid Enhancement Spray about 10-12 inches away from the wig and spray the tangled area you are going to focus on with a few sprays. It’s better to start with less and work up to more. 

Step 4: Gently Comb Your Wig

Using your wide tooth comb, gently brush the wig starting from the ends. You’ll probably need to especially focus on the nape of the neck area as that is where you tend to get the most tangles – especially in the fall and the winter when you’re wearing longer garments or scarves that rub up against that area. You might need to detangle the nape area a little bit more often than the rest of the hair.

If you get to a part of the wig where the comb gets stuck, make sure you’re not yanking the comb through, just very gently work through it without pulling the hair too hard. Something you want to avoid when you’re combing or brushing your wigs in general is stretching out the fibers, because if you stretch the fibers they can’t necessarily go back to how they were.

That’s why when you do hit a tangle like that, pull through very gently or use your fingers to separate the knot. It can also be helpful to hold down the top of the wig so that it doesn’t pull. And remember, always start from the ends and gently work your way up. Be sure to detangle both the outer layer and inside layer of hair. You can use clips to section off a part and just work with that area if that’s easier. When you get to final touches, it can be helpful to put the wig on your head so you can ensure that you finish the style in a way that you like on yourself.

Is it Hard to Detangle Your Wig?

Ultimately, detangling your wig isn’t necessarily a lengthy or difficult process once you get the hang of it. 

How Often Should You Detangle Your Wig?

We recommend detangling regularly as needed as a maintenance step of your wig, so it doesn’t get too tangled over time. 


We hope that was helpful in learning how to detangle your wig! If you’d like to see these steps demonstrated by our Alopecia Ambassador, Abby Andrew, please watch this video: 


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