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Can You Put Your Wig In The Dryer?

Last updated Jun 25, 2024

Recently, some wig lovers have a common doubt: Can I Put my wigs in the dryer? Different people have different opinions. Thus, we especially do some research and will give you a professional answer in the following article.

Can You Put Your Wig In The Dryer?


No, if possible, you had better never dry your wig in a clothes dryer. After all, wigs, even though heat-friendly wigs, can not withstand heat or a lot of friction in the process of drying. And putting your wig in a dryer may burn and melt the hair fibers, cause a lot of tangles, and even leave your wig in an unmanageable condition.

Why Should You Avoid Putting Your Wig In The Clothes Dryer?

As above mentioned, you had better not put your wigs in a clothes dryer to allow it to dry. Then we will tell you the reason why you should avoid putting your wig in the clothes dryer.

1. Friction

As we all know, when dryers spin and move your wigs or hair bundles around at a fast speed, it will create a lot of friction. In this case, this friction will make your wigs very tangled and matted. What is more terrible, unless you tear and trim the hair, these knots will be almost impossible to remove. Whether your wig is human hair or synthetic, it’ll be damaged by too much friction. Friction can deteriorate the fibers of you human hair wigs or synthetic wigs and cause a loss of hair over time. It could also lead to split ends, frizz, and dryness. What painful it is!

2. Heat

The heat that is generated in a clothes dryer will severely damage your wig. After all, wigs, even human hair and heat-friendly wigs, are not made to withstand heat. The excess heat will melt or burn the fibers of human hair wigs and synthetic wigs. The heat will also misshape the wig cap or bonds! In order to protect your delicate lace front wigs from irreversible damage, we strongly advise you to avoid drying your wig in your clothes dryer at all costs.

How To Dry Your Wig Correctly And Faster

Wig-drying is a complicated task. It’s super time-consuming, and on top of that, it’s hard to get the cap or roots 100 percent dry. Have a look below for how you can dry your wig correctly and faster in order to preserve the shape and avoid damage.

1. Do Not Comb It When Wet


The important point you must know is your wig is at its most delicate and vulnerable when it is wet. Therefore, it is best for you not to comb your hair when the wig is wet or damp. That is because combing wet hair will damage the hair cuticle that protects the hair fiber of human hair wigs, thus increasing the risk of breakage.

Except for damaging the individual hair fibers, combing wet wigs may cause hair loss and leave patches of the wig cap exposed. Once the patches of the wig cap are exposed, there is no chance of new hair growing and covering up these bald spots. Thus, you should wait until your wig is 100% dry before reaching for a brush to comb it.

2. Pat Dry With A Towel


When your wig is wet after being washed, it is in its most vulnerable state. The weight of the water in the hair could actually stretch out the wig fibers and leave your wig misshapen and ill-fitting. In this case, you need to use a clean, absorbent towel to gently pat out any excess water out of the wig. Don’t wring, squeeze, or rub your wig with a towel. For example, leave the clean and damp wig hair in a dry towel for five minutes to allow for further water absorption.

If possible, you can also use a clean cotton t-shirt or microfiber towel since it is more gentle and absorbent and will not damage the hair, and avoid causing hair breakage and tangling.

3. Use A Hairdryer On A Low Set


Though human hair wigs can withstand very low heat from a hairdryer, it is essential that the wig is mostly dried first to reduce exposure to any heat. If you have a human hair wig and you are in a rush to dry it, you can let it air dry until it is half dry at least before using a hairdryer on a cool or low heat air setting.

Furthermore, don’t forget to use a heat protectant before drying the hair. In the process of drying, you must make sure the wig cap and roots are completely dry, otherwise, it could create a breeding ground for bacteria because of excess moisture.

4. Air Dry In The Shade


If time is enough, you can leave your wig and wig stand in the shade to allow it to air dry, rather than under direct sunlight or in the bathroom. The UV will dry out and weaken human hair strands, even fade hair color. If the wig is exposed to too much moisture and steam, it may result in mildew!

In colder weather, your wig may always take longer to air-dry. So remember to take this point into consideration when planning to cleanse your wigs.

It is recommended that if you have a synthetic wig, you don't use a hairdryer on synthetic hair and leave your wig to fully air-dry overnight in a place with good air circulation.

5. Use A Wig Stand


Wig stands are often used for drying your wig between washes. Storing your wig on a flat surface or a hook after you wash it will cause it to dry in an odd shape. If you are not using a stand to dry your clean wig, it can warp and flatten, making it very artificial-looking. Even it may stretch the wig cap so that your wig won’t fit as well as it is supposed to.

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