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Fabric Softener: Can you use fabric softener on your synthetic wigs? Part 3

Fabric Softener: Can you use fabric softener on your synthetic wigs? Part 3

We’ll show you step by step how to wash your synthetic wigs with fabric softener and get them looking new again . . . but first, let's talk about the history of fabric softener a little to provide you with more context for why it's safe to use on your synthetic hair.

Fabric softener was invented back in the 1940s, when a scientist working for Procter & Gamble perfected the formula for creating a special fabric treatment that would help soften textiles. Since then, fabric softener has become one of the most popular laundry additives around, with millions of people using it to keep their clothes looking and feeling great.

Fabric softener has a lot of great uses. In addition to laundry use, you can also use liquid or dryer sheet fabric softeners to deodorize and freshen up various household items like carpets, curtains, upholstery and more. But did you know that you can also use it to keep your synthetic hair wig looking brand new? It’s true – fabric softener is one of the best ways to help clean and condition your wigs after each use so they stay looking fresh and beautiful for longer.

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Fabric softener works by coating the fibers of your clothes with a thin layer of chemicals that helps soften them and reduce static electricity. This makes clothes less irritating to the skin and easier to wear, while also making fabrics more pliable. Fabric softeners are usually based on a combination of naturally derived or man-made chemicals such as oils or fatty acids, alcohols, amines, artificial fragrances, enzymes and many other substances depending on the brand.

Fabric softener is generally considered to be safe to use on synthetic wigs as long as you follow the instructions, do not leave it on for too long or soak your wig excessively, and rinse very thoroughly. Many people have found that washing their wigs with a little bit of fabric softener helps keep them clean, shiny and free of static buildup between washes. (Note: If you notice any irritation or discomfort after using fabric softeners, discontinue use immediately and consult your doctor if necessary.)

How to wash a synthetic wig with fabric softener:

  1. To wash your synthetic wigs with fabric softener, start by filling up a large bucket or basin with tepid water (you don’t want to use hot water here, as it can damage the wig fibers).
  2. Add a generous amount of liquid fabric softener, and stir until combined.
  3. Place your wig in the mixture, making sure that all parts of the wig are submerged under the surface.
  4. Gently remove any tangles with a fine-tooth comb or hair brush if needed. (Be careful not to yank or pull on the hair while it's wet.)
  5. Let your wig soak for at least 15 minutes.
  6. Rinse very, very well with lukewarm water to remove any residue from the fabric softener.
  7. Once rinsed, gently squeeze out excess water and let your synthetic wig air dry on a flat surface.

You should only do this occasionally. Under normal circumstances, wash your hair as instructed by your stylist or manufacturer. But if your synthetic wig starts to look dull or feel less soft, a wash with fabric softener can help restore its freshness and luster. It’s quick, easy and effective – what could be better?

In addition to washing your synthetic wigs with fabric softener now and then, there are many other ways you can maintain the health and beauty of your hairpiece. For example, it’s always a good idea to store synthetic wigs on stands or mannequin heads when not in use to prevent tangles from forming. Use acid-free wig boxes to store long term. This will also protect them from dust. Regularly brush out any tangles with a fine-tooth comb or similar can also help prevent damage to your synthetic wig’s delicate fibers. Finally, remember that excessive styling can shorten the lifespan of a hairpiece.

With good care and maintenance, you should be able to enjoy the softness and beauty of your synthetic wig for many years to come. When in doubt, stick to synthetic-safe shampoo and conditioner. However, when your heat-friendly synthetics start to clump at the ends, consider giving this a try. 

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