How to Sleep in Your Wig?

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So you are wondering how to sleep in your wig? Alright, here are some of my personal tips to help you achieve that.

Let’s check it.

6 Tips On Sleeping in Your Wig

Here are 6 tips to ensure the longevity of your wigs, especially when you sleep in them most nights of the week:


If you are using wigs during the day and during sleeping time, it is advisable to use a separate wig for each time, which prevents overusing your wigs, causing them to get thinned and worn out fast.

To find a wig that you can slip on when you go to work or school, and another one which you may fondly call “my precious sleeping wig”.


A basic yet very important way of taking care of your sleeping wig is to use wig brushes to tangle from the hair before using it at night and upon waking up the following morning.

Doing this will get rid of the tangles and frizz that can damage the wig.

Otherwise, the hair will become brittle and difficult to untangle if you miss brushing it regularly.  Make it a habit to brush your sleeping wig and it will reward you with extended use for more restful sleep at night.

sleeping wig is to brush all the tangles


Wig experts highly recommend that your sleeping wig should be washed and conditioned weekly using the appropriate hair products for synthetic wigs or human hair wigs, depending on whichever type you prefer.

Brush the hair prior to washing it so that loose hairs are taken out. Remember to handle your wig gently while washing and conditioning it to make sure you don’t accidentally rip or tear the wig’s thread construction.

Afterwards, wash the inside of the wig’s cap meticulously to remove excess hair products used in washing and conditioning. Your scalp may suffer from itching if there is a residue of chemicals from the shampoo and conditioner.

Finally, let the hair dry by putting it on a wig stand. Human hair wigs can be blow-dried, but synthetic wigs are better dried by natural air.

washed and conditioned wigs

Cotton Liner

Our scalp produces natural oils, so to protect your sleeping wig’s cap from absorbing the oil, place a fine and clean liner made of cotton under the wig.

Aside from adding comfort to your sleep, its main function is to lessen the accumulation of oil inside the wig’s cap.

Remember that if there’s a build-up of oil in the cap, the hair knots could snag which may result in loosening some strands of hair.

With the use of a cotton liner to prevent the wig’s cap absorbing the natural oil from your scalp, the oil is retained in your scalp, which can promote hair growth. Talk of hitting two birds with one stone!


Cotton pillowcases are good, but those made of satin or silk are much better to use if you sleep in your wig. The reason is that satin or silk fabric enables your hair wig to “glide” smoothly and easily from side to side (especially if you often move when you sleep).

Silk or satin pillowcases have soft and light fibers that are not harsh on your wig’s hair strands. They allow frictionless contact with your hair, whereas cotton pillowcases have heavier fibers that can tangle your hair strands.

So the verdict of wig experts? Silk or satin pillowcases are indeed “wig friendly”.

Cotton pillowcases for wig sleeping

Wear a Ponytail

If your sleeping wig style is medium to long, then one way to protect it from damage is to wear it in a low side ponytail with a soft band, or you can style it in a loose side braid.

Styling your sleeping wig in this manner will keep the hair together safely on one side.

This can prevent tangling and matting of the hair as it isn’t all over your pillow.

Just always remember to brush the hair thoroughly but gently the moment you wake up in the morning.

Author: Charity Nasike


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.

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