How To Style Synthetic Wigs?

Charity-Nasike-author
Last update:
how to style synthetci wigs

The modern-day synthetic wigs have inbuilt pattern memory, making them easy to style.

Styling a synthetic wig can offer challenges, and people often look for the right way to do it. Even so, mastering how to style a synthetic wig needs the correct tools and the right procedure.

Below, you will learn synthetic wig styling tips to make it look more beautiful.

Keep reading!

What You Need to Style Synthetic Wigs

It is important to use proper tools and products when styling a regular synthetic wig. Here are the right tools to use.

  • Wig shampoo & leave-in conditioner
  • Towel
  • A wig head/stand
  • Water in a spray bottle
  • Brush/Wide-toothed comb
  • T-pins
  • Chin strap
Style Synthetic Wigs

Styling Tips for Synthetic Wigs

The following are insights to help you style an ordinary wig without heat to help you revive your wig.

Dry Hair

A synthetic wig is best styled when completely dry. A load of water can stretch the wig fibers and damage the curl pattern.

So, after washing, blot or pat the synthetic wig using a clean towel, then place it on a wig stand to air dry.

Spray Bottle

Pour clean cold water into a spray bottle and spritz the wig to make styling easy. Move your fingers gently through the strands to revitalize limp strands and smoothen frizz. 

Using your fingers is more applicable to short wigs for achieving an edgy and voluminous look. But for longer wigs, use your hands to smoothen down the hair. And then, manage the ends using your fingertips.

After styling, you can coat the strands using a wig spray to hold the shape.

Spray Bottle

Brush

Use a synthetic wig brush or a wide-toothed comb to eliminate tangles and knots on the wig. Do not use a human hair comb since it will stretch and pull off the fibers, ruining your wig.

Brush your synthetic wig from bottom to top. For short wigs, use short strokes, while for longer wigs, use long strokes with light pressure.

Styling Head

Consider using a styling head or wig stand because it gives you a 360-degree angle of what your wig looks like. This way, you can visualize and reach all sides during styling.

You will need T-pins to secure the wig on a styling head. Ensure you do not puncture the wig monofilaments when applying the pins. 

Styling Head with T Pin for Synthetic Hair

Chin Strap

The chinstrap keeps the wig in place when styling and prevents it from slipping. Working with a stable wig allows you to coordinate on different frames to achieve the best results.

Place each end of the strap next to the ear area and be keen not to clip hair strands to avoid ripping off the fibers.

Chin Strap for wig installation

No Heat

It is best not to use hot tools on regular synthetic wigs. Synthetic wigs come from plastic fibers that can not withstand high temperatures. 

If you want to use heat for styling, consider getting a heat-friendly synthetic wig. 

Be careful because even heat-friendly synthetic wigs can not withstand very high temperatures. You need to limit the heat to under 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Care Products

The care products you use should be specifically meant for synthetic wigs. Washing with synthetic wig shampoos to avoid product buildup.

Be careful when washing to avoid tangles, then air-dry the wig before styling.

You need to spritz a leave-in conditioner for synthetic fiber and use wig mousse when styling. Apply the mousse using your fingers to hold the style. 

Styling Bangs

Styling bangs on a wig to achieve a relaxed style requires you to comb them on the forehead and smoothen out the hair. You can use a shaping cream to hold the style. [1]

And for a voluminous look, comb from the underside with an upward stroke. Then leave them to bounce back to their original position. Flatten the sides using your fingers to get a more refined look.

Styling Bangs

Accessorize

You can use hair clips, headbands, or scarves to customize how the synthetic hair looks. Using accessories is good for re-styling and will make the wig look brighter.

Also, the hair strands can keep falling on your face every time you wear a wig. You will need accessories to tuck in the strands without ruining the style.

Restoring Style

To rejuvenate the original style of your wig, wash it using a wig shampoo. Rinse the wig well, condition and let it air dry. The process will leave the wig fibers restored and looking fresh.

How to Style Heat-Friendly Synthetic Wigs

Styling a heat-resistant synthetic wig is achievable in the comfort of your home. It would help if you did it well to avoid burning the fibers. Here are some tips.

What You Need to Style a Heat-Friendly Synthetic Wig

Use professional thermal styling tools on a synthetic wig. They come with a temperature control button and varying heat settings. The heat should be under 350 degrees Fahrenheit to avoid damaging the fibers.

It would help if you also had a leave-in conditioner and thermal protection spray. These will coat the synthetic fibers and prevent them from burning.

Synthetic Wig with heat tool

Curling (Step by Step)

Below is a simple procedure to curl your wig.

Step 1: Set the Wig

Stabilize the wig on a wig head, then brush through using a wide-toothed comb or wig brush. This detangles the wig making it easy to style.

Step 2: Section the Hair

Starting at the nape, section about 1-inch parts of the hair. You can section smaller parts for tight curls and larger parts for looser curls.

Step 3: Spray

Spritz each section with a leave-in conditioner and thermal spray to protect the fibers from heat damage.

Step 4: Style

Gather hair into the curling iron and smooth through the ends. Then wrap hair around the curling tool and roll it up toward the base of the wig. Roll to about 2 inches away from the cup.

Hold for about 8-12 seconds, then release the curls into your palms. Do not release the curl until it cools entirely for a tighter curl. While for loose ones, release while when the curls are slightly warm.

Step 5: Repeat

Redo steps 2-4 for the entire wig.

Straightening (Step by Step)

Straightening a synthetic wig is quite easy. The following is all you need to do.

Step 1: Set the Wig

Stabilize the wig on a wig head, then brush through using a wide-toothed comb or wig brush. This detangles the wig making it easy to style.

Step 2: Section the Hair

Starting at the nape, section about 1-inch parts of the hair.

Step 3: Spray

Spritz each section with a leave-in conditioner and thermal spray to protect the fibers from heat damage.

Step 4: Style

Run the straightener starting about 1 inch from the roots to avoid damaging the hand-knotting. Flat iron towards the end of the hair.

Be sure not to hold the heat on for too long as it may burn the fibers.

Step 5: Repeat

Redo steps 2-4 for the entire wig.

Conclusion

So, it’s easy to style synthetic wigs. All you need are the right tools and procedure, and then you are set to begin!

Is this article helpful? Leave a comment below to let us know what’s your ideas to style the synthetic hair.

Author: Charity Nasike

AUTHOR

Charity Nasike is a passionate wig wearer and basically has diverse knowledge related to wigs' care and maintenance. When she's not writing, she's either in the kitchen trying out new recipes or on social media advising fellow ladies tricks to apply on their wigs.

Save 70% on your next human hair order!

We have partnered with Juliahair.com to offer the best deal on high-quality virgin human hair to our readers. If you click on the button below, we will take you to their exclusive discount page.

Quality Human Hairs

Leave a Comment