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How To Brush A Wig

Last updated Sep 27, 2023

Either your natural hair or wigs will face a common problem more or less: tangle. In this case, you need to take a comb to brush it and try to detangle it. So you may ask: how to brush a wig without ruining it? Now, let’s check out some useful steps and tips on how to brush a wig in this article.

First of all, let us learn why you should brush your wig.

Why You Should Brush Your Wig?


Whether human hair wigs or synthetic wigs, taking care of your wigs is the key to looking beautiful and feeling comfortable and confident. After all, without the right care, both human hair wigs and synthetic wigs will get tangled. And small and minor knots are much easier to remove than big ones.

In order to better maintain your HD lace wig and prolong its life span, it is extremely important for you to take a specialist wig brush to regularly comb your wig without ruining it.

How To Brush A Wig

What do you need to brush a wig out?

1.  A wig stand or a mannequin head;

2.  A wide-toothed comb/ a wig brush;

3.  A few t-pins;

4.  High-quality conditioner you can find at your local beauty supply store;

5.  Some clips;

So what is the best way to brush a wig?

Step 1 Secure The Wig Steady

Firstly, place your wig on the mannequin head and pin the wig on the mannequin head with some t-pins to hold it in place.

Of course, you can also wear the wig on your head and brush it as you wear it, as long as you are in front of a mirror.

Step 2 Apply Conditioner To Wig

Next, you need to spray a generous amount of high-quality wig conditioner all throughout the wig to make it easier to brush out.

Step 3 Section Off The Wig

Grab your wide-tooth comb and start splitting off the wigs into different sections and use the clips to hold hair out of the way in the direction you prefer, which can help you from getting too frustrated when you have small sections to focus on.


Step 4 Brush Wig 

Take your wide-toothed comb to gently comb the hair down, start at the bottom and work your way up. Once you have the tangles removed from the ends of your hair, you can move up a few inches and start combing down again, working out the tangles.

Remember to brush one section at a time. It may be a time-consuming process so please be patient and gentle while brushing hair to avoid pulling off the hair.

Step 5 Finish Brushing

Continue brushing one section at a time until the section is brushed out. During this process, make sure that you separate the brushed hair and the tangled hair. After you are done with all the sections, pull out the clips.

Some points You Need To Keep In Mind

Brushing a lace front wig is a little more complicated than brushing regular natural hair, as there are some points you need to keep in mind.

1. Never brush a wig when it is wet

It is important to not brush a wig when it is wet, particularly if it is a human hair wig. That is because your wig is at its weakest and most susceptible to damage when it is wet. In order to avoid permanently stretching and damaging your wig, make sure your wig is completely dried before brushing.

2. Brush from the bottom upwards

Brushing a wig from the roots and downwards can cause the brush or comb to catch knots and pull strands out of your wig. Instead, brushing should always start mid-hair or a few inches from your ends. So, start with the ends and brush in small sections to avoid pulling the hair, moving up your hair as you go. If your brush gets stuck, remove it and start again, gently.

3. Brush curly wigs with your fingers


When caring for curly wigs, it’s best to brush them out with your fingers, as brushes and combs can damage the curls and ruin the look.


1. Can you brush a wig with a normal brush?

If possible, it is best to not brush the wig with a normal brush. Normal brushes are too harsh on a wig so that they may stretch and pull out the wig hairs, instead of gently detangling them.

2. Can you brush a cheap wig?

Of course, you can. Ideally, you should be able to brush the wig smoothly and quite easily from roots to ends by the time you’re done. But a very old or cheap wig might hang onto a couple of knots. And it is okay as long as they’re small. Remember to be gentle brush your wig otherwise you will lose a lot of hair!

3. Do you brush wigs wet or dry?

Remember to only brush a dry wig!  Brushing a wig when it is wet can cause hair breakage, stretch, or frizz. In order to avoid this case, you had better take a wide-toothed comb or a professional wig brush to brush a wig, but you should wait until your wig is 100% dry before reaching for a brush or comb.

4. Do you need special brushes for wigs?

Regular brushes tend to create tension and can get caught up in synthetic hair or in the wig cap. To keep your wig in good condition and prevent excessive shedding, make sure to use appropriate brushes and combs. For instance, wig brushes are designed to treat synthetic hair gently and prolong the life of your wigs and extensions.

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