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How to Make a Wig Look Real

Synthetic wigs are an inexpensive way to change up your look from time to time. You can find them in a variety of textures, shapes and colors to fit your unique tastes. However, unpacking a new wig can be very intimidating at first glance. 

The main issue with synthetic wigs is the level of difficulty there is to make them look like natural hair. Luckily, we’re here to reveal some amazing (and some unbelievable) ways to make your wig look more real.  

Before we dive in, there is a universal rule we have to cover. It doesn’t matter if your wig is synthetic or human, your wig has to fit the shape of your face. Vogue Magazine’s Jimmy Paul offered a very important point that is a great place to start. He offered: “You should look at the side, the back, and the front—you will know in a second if a wig is wrong.” 

Every part of your head needs to be considered when choosing any wig. This includes your “baby hair” or edges, and the length and texture of the wig. When it comes to: how to make a synthetic wig look like human hair—a little TLC and these awesome tips will have you joyfully styling those wigs!

a black woman wearing long solver and black cardigan, black shirt, and brown pants

How to Make a Wig Less Shiny

Nothing makes a wig look more fake than that unnatural shine that you see when you first unpack your wig. A solid way to remove shine is to use a good dry wig shampoo. Some women opt for a household item like baby powder, but for our purposes, let’s stick to dry shampoo.

If you’ve used baby powder, drop a comment and let us know how it worked out. Spray liberally all over the wig to saturate the synthetic fiber in the wig. Avoid using a wig brush or a wide tooth comb on your newly unveiled wig.  

You WILL want to just give it a few shakes to let the natural curl or wave pattern fall out. You can also hold it upside down to spray with dry shampoo. Now shake!  Allow it to fully dry on a wig stand and you’re off to the races.

How to Defrizz a Synthetic Wig

A frizzy wig is no way to make a first impression. Our best tip for detangling a synthetic wig?  Fabric softener.  

Yes…your favorite fabric softener really works to take the kinks out of your wig. Using a spray bottle, make a mix of 50% fabric softener and 50% cold water. Shake to blend it and spray all over the wig.  

Once the wig is saturated, let it air dry or  loosely wrap a towel around the wig to absorb the moisture. The end result is a very conditioned wig that maintains its shape, and a happy you.  Seeing is believing so give it a try!

black woman wearing curly wig

How to Make a Part on a Wig Look Natural

Maintaining a natural-looking hairline on a synthetic wig is crucial. The part on your wig can make or break the look. Solution? Tweeze it.  

Let’s go to the how: First, put your wig on. Keep it loose so you’re comfortable while tweezing.  

Using a pair of standard tweezers, remove hair from the center of the part, and also along the natural hairline. Tweeze a few hairs at a time and remember that patience is a virtue. For this, you’re not going for perfect, so move around the part and hairline as you tweeze. Do NOT over tweeze any area.

How to Loosen and Relax a Wig

Our recommendation for getting that puffy look out of a synthetic wig is hot steam. If you own a professional or handheld steamer, steam your wig on the lowest setting, and lightly brush the hair.  For a curly wig, style the hair in fabric or foam rollers, then steam for a few seconds to set. Make sure to completely air dry the wig before removing the rollers.

black woman wearing a wig cap

Additional Tips

Now that you’re ready to re-style your synthetic wigs to make them look more natural, here are a few added suggestions to get you through:

  • Always wear a wig cap to keep your wig positioned smoothly.
  • Take your wig to a professional stylist for a great cut that fits your face well.
  • Remember to avoid hot air brushes and styling tools like flat irons.

So there you have it – these are our best tips for making your synthetic wig look as real as possible. Leave a comment if you’ve tried any of these tips. We want to hear your experience!  In the meantime, don’t forget to visit and shop our wig collection.

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Comments (1)

Thanks for the advice on how to properly wear a wig. My cousin had to shake her head recently and wants to get a wig to wear. We’ve been looking into what to know about buying one so we can be sure to get a quality one.

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