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How to Detangle a Wig: Detailed Steps for Synthetic & Human Hair

Last updated Mar 18, 2024

It may seem unsettling to try to tame a tangled wig, but worry not! Are you wondering how to untangle a wig without much trouble? We provide solutions for managing stubborn knots and preserving the smooth texture of your wig. Follow these detailed steps, and you'll be brushing out those tangles like a pro in no time!

How to Detangle a Wig

How to Detangle a Synthetic Wig?

Tools You Need (Optional)

◆ Wide-tooth comb or wig brush

◆ Wig stand or mannequin head

◆ Wig detangling spray or fabric softener diluted in water

◆ Styling tools like a blow dryer and a hair straightener

Steps to Detangle a Synthetic Wig

Prepare the wig: Place the wig on a wig stand or mannequin head to keep it in place while you work. This makes it easier to proceed with the next step.

Fully wet: Mix water and a small amount of fabric softener and apply it on the synthetic wig. You can also use an anti-tangle solution. In short, please fully soak the wig.

Comb from the ends: It is recommended to use a wide-tooth comb to comb from the tangles at the ends of the wig and work your way up. Once there are no tangles, comb the entire wig from top to bottom.

Use a straightener: You can wait for the wig to dry before using a hair straightener to make synthetic hair silky smooth, or you can use a heat styling tool directly after soaking, which acts as a revitalizer with hot water.

For severe tangles: After gently combing the wig tangles, place it in hot water with a fabric softener added. Be careful to stir, and then optionally use a hair straightener to style.

How to Detangle a Human Hair Wig?

Tools You Need (Optional)

◆ Wide-tooth comb or wig brush

◆ Wig stand or mannequin head

◆ Shampoo and hair conditioner

◆ Microfiber towel or an old T-shirt

◆ Styling tools like a blow dryer and a flat iron

Steps to Detangle a Human Hair Wig

Human hair is easier to care for than synthetic hair. The secret is to care for your human hair wig like we would our own hair.

Prepare the wig: Again, use a wig stand or mannequin head to position the wig for the next step.

Gently detangle: Use a wide-tooth comb or use your fingers to loosen tangles. Note, please comb the ends of the wig first and then gradually upward.

Cleaning the wig: To remove wig dirt, you can use a shampoo designed specifically for wigs. To prevent harming the wig, please ensure that the product's contents are moderate.

Moisturizing wig: You can apply a deep conditioner, comb through your hair with a wide tooth comb to cover every strand, let it sit for a bit to hydrate, and then rinse it out.

Dry the wig: Use a towel to absorb excess moisture from the wig, taking care to avoid friction that may cause tangles. Then choose to air dry or use a hair dryer.

Why Does Wig Get Tangled?

When it comes to tangles, wigs are a bit of a naughty troublemaker! Roughness, dryness, and even static electricity can cause them to become twisted. To begin resolving this issue, we must first comprehend its source and take every precaution to prevent it from happening again.

wig friction

Friction in Hair

Apart from the fact that we tie our hair in buns or braids, friction occurs constantly with our hair or wigs. This friction can occur between hair strands, between clothing, or even between pillows when we sleep. Friction dries and roughens hair strands, increasing the likelihood of knots.

Strong Electrostatic Interaction

Dealing with static electricity may be exceedingly challenging, particularly when wearing synthetic wigs. Dry circumstances can lead to static electricity, which can cause hair to stand up and tangle more easily.

Wig Aging

No matter what quality of wig it is, it cannot be used permanently. What we can do is to take care of it as seriously as possible to extend its service life. Wigs lose their luster and texture after frequent use, wearing down the hair and causing tangles.

Lack of Moisture

As mentioned above, friction causes dryness. Therefore, we need to replenish the wig with moisture in time to maintain its smooth texture. You can keep the wig hydrated and avoid dryness by misting it with a spray bottle and using essential oils.

Environmental Factors

In addition to dryness, excessive humidity, such as at a humid beach, can cause your hair to become tangled. In addition, windy weather can easily cause your hair to become messy and tangled.

6 Tips to Prevent Tangles in Wigs

Here I have prepared some tips for you to avoid wig tangles in daily life.

Be gentle: Whether it is a synthetic wig or a human wig, you need to be gentle and patient when combing it. Please avoid pulling on the hair causing breakage or damage to the fibers.

Bottom to top always: There is a misunderstanding when combing your hair from the top of the head down, which is likely to accumulate a lot of tangles at the ends. Now please change the habit of combing your hair and start combing it from the ends.

Wig storage: To help preserve their shape and avoid tangles, try keeping unused wigs in a hair net or on a wig rack.

Choose human hair: Synthetic hair is not as high-quality as human hair. All of UNice's wig items are made from 100% virgin human hair, which is difficult to tangle and fall out.

Wear a silk bonnet or pillow: If you must sleep with a wig, I strongly advise going with a satin or silk bonnet. This material feels silky to the touch and prevents hair from rubbing and tangled while sleeping.

Pay attention to moisturizing: Whether it is a synthetic or human wig, please pay attention to care. When wearing it daily, you can use a water bottle to add moisture to the wig to maintain it in good shape.


Caring for your wig requires patience, but with your careful care, your wig will maintain its long-lasting luster and style. If you want more tips on wig care, keep reading.

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