Cosplay 101: Detangeling Your Wig

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If you are anything like me, you might not always take good care of your wigs (or just store them wherever you can after taking it off). Well if that’s the case, than this post is for you! I’m going to give you some of my tips for detangling your wigs!

Part 1: Preparing Everything

Gather your materials

  • A wig comb or wide-tooth comb
  • A fine-tooth comb (if your wig has bangs)
  • A spray bottle filled ¾ of the way with water
  • Conditioner
  • A wig head and a way to mount it (optional, you can just hold it in one hand)

Mount your wig

Place your wig on your wig head. If possible, mount the wig head onto a camera tri-pod (or another tall object) to make it easy for you to work on it. This is especially helpful if the wig you are combing is very long. You can also just lay it down on a flat surface or hold in your hand.

Prepare your conditioner

Fill your spray bottle about ¾ of the way full with water. Then add conditioner to fill the bottle the rest of the way. You are aiming for roughly 3 parts water to 1 part conditioner. Shake the mixture well.
You may also choose to use a leave-in conditioner, or a product designed specifically for untangling wigs. These products do not need to be diluted in water, but cost more.
On synthetic wigs, you can also try using fabric softener. Just like with conditioner, use 1 part fabric softener to 3 parts water.

Part 2: Combing Our Your Wig

Soak your wig

If your wig is really mangled, you may want to give it a warm water soak. To do this, fill a sink with warm water. Remove your wig from the wig head (if using), and leave it to soak in the water for 10-15 minutes. Carefully wring the excess water from your wig and return it to your wig head.
If the wig is very dirty, you can add a squirt of shampoo to the water. If you do this, be sure to rinse the wig with clean water before you begin combing.

Saturate the tips of your wig

Take out your spray bottle, and squirt conditioner-water onto the bottom tips of your wig, until the bottom 3-5 inches (7.62-12.7 cm) of the wig is fully saturated.
If the conditioner begins to separate from the water, give the bottle a shake.

Comb out the tips

Using your wig comb (or wide-tooth comb), begin combing out the bottom 3-5 inches (7.62-12.7 cm) of the wig. Hold the hair firmly with one hand (just above where you are combing) as you comb with the other hand. If the hair is quite tangled, you may need to do this in small sections, until the entire bottom of the wig is tangle-free.

Continue spraying and combing, making your way up the wig

Once the bottom 3-5 inches (7.62-12.7 cm) of the wig have been combed through, saturate the next 3-5 inches (7.62-12.7 cm) with conditioner-water, and resume combing. Continue this process until the entire wig has been combed through.
Depending on the length of your wig, this process can take a long time.
Be careful not to yank on the wig, as this only makes tangles worse and you’ll pull out the hairs (which don’t grow back like on our own head). Instead, carefully comb out each tangle.

Part 3: Styling Your Wig and Letting it Dry

Comb out the bangs and style the wig

If your wig has bangs, use a fine-tooth comb to untangle these, and position them the way that you want them. With the wig wet, carefully position the hair into the overall style you desire.

Give the entire wig a final spritz with water

If you have used quite a bit of conditioner (and especially if your wig is not synthetic), you might want to give the whole wig a spritz with clean water. This helps to further dilute the conditioner and reduce greasiness.

Let your wig dry for several hours, combing every 30 minutes

Leave your wig on the wig head and give it some time to dry. Every 30 minutes, give the wig a gentle comb-through. In 2-3 hours, your wig should be completely dry.
If you’re in a hurry, you can use a blow dryer on low heat. Be careful, because it is very easy to damage your wig this way; For best results, allow your wig to air dry.

Part 4: Be Proud Of Your Work

After all this, your wig will look great again! Now learn from your (mine) mistake and take care of your wigs so you don’t have to go through this process again!

I hope this has helped you and if you have any other tips on how to take care of a wig, please let us know in the comments below!

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