How to Untangle A Wig

Many wigs are easily getting tangled. What’s the best way to untangle it?

Firstly, let us see what things you need prepare: A hairbrush, a steamer, curling irons or flat irons. You can attach your wig somewhere you can comb it and it will not move. Then divide your wig into sections, leaving about a small handful of hair per section. Start combing your hair with your fingers, not with a hairbrush. With using a hairbrush you would be creating an extremely tangled mess, which would result with you throwing the wig away. When your fingers get stuck, try to gently open them without applying any excessive strength. This is the most time demanding part, but you need to keep going until your fingers can run through the section of hair without actually getting stuck anywhere. If you encounter any tough tangles that have formed into a ball, just cut them out. It saves you time and 1-5 strands of hair won’t make that much of a difference.

When your fingers run through the hair without getting stuck, it’s time for the hair brushing. Start with the ends, and move upwards. Do about 1-2 inches of hair at the time to avoid getting new tangles. The hair fill look absolutely terrible and fuzzy at first, but that’s normal. All you’re doing is getting the small tangles out.

Then you want to bring the steamer, or if you don’t have one – a flat ironer and something to lightly wet the hair with. The strands of fibers that are used to create a synthetic wig can become easily tangled and matted if you don’t properly care for the wig. One of the quickest ways to tangle your wig is to neglect to comb it after pulling it off and after washing it and forgetting to store it inside of the net that came with it. The good thing is that with a little time and attention, your wig can be restored into a hairpiece that you will love to wear again.

Avoid washing your wig while it is tangled. Doing so will only cause it to become more tangled.

Spray your synthetic wig with a detangling spray. The more spray you apply, the easier it will be to untangle. your wig on a flat working surface. If you like, you can lay it on your lap. Use a wide-tooth comb to begin combing the tangles out of your wig. Work your way from the ends of the wig strands to the top of the wig strands. Starting at the top and working your way down will only result in more of a tangled mess. Add more detangling spray as you deem necessary.


Refrain from pulling the comb forcefully through the tangles. Pulling will not only pull the hair off of the “tracks” of the wig but the pulling will also cause the synthetic hair to become frizzy. Though combing gently and slowly will take longer, it’s worth it. Spray your synthetic wig with a light oil sheen to restore luster that was lost while getting rid of the tangles.

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