I will be honest: when I first started wearing wigs, I thought that using regular shampoo and conditioner on the wigs was the way to keep them nice. Though this might have worked on human hair wigs – though that is not ideal and not suggested – it was probably the worst thing I could have done to my blended or synthetic wigs. Though you can find many generic brands that create great products, I will always be partial to the BeautiMark line.

Whether you use BeautiMark or use this as a guide when exploring other options, below are some things you need to know when looking for care products. (Important Note: no synthetic washes on human hair, but human hair washes are safe for synthetic)

The Type of Products You Use Depends On The Material of Your Wig

Much like with anything else, before you buy do your research. Whether that is on YouTube watching tutorials from influencers who are well versed in wig care, or looking into ingredient lists, there is nothing wrong with analyzing the options before you invest. Here is one thing I will say about products for human hair: if you wouldn’t put it on your head, don’t put it on your wig. The first sign of parabens run the opposite direction.

Products to Use

On wigs.com two lines are offered: the synthetic bundle and the human hair care bundle. For anyone first starting out on their wig journey, these lines are the perfect place to start. They come with multiple products from cleansing to moisturizing to styling and are equipped with great instructions and an easy to implement routine. No matter what products you use, remember that you are going to have to carve out time to care for your wigs. No matter what products you use, if you don’t take the time, you will not find your wig in the same condition it was before.

Wig Expert Tips

I will leave you with what I consider to be the five cardinal rules of wig care: 1) be gentle. You ripping at the wig to try to comb through it is only going to weaken the bonds. 2) Don’t comb while wet, this also can loosen bonds and cause serious damage to the wig cap. 3) Use a wig mate to dry it properly. This basically means allowing it to dry on a wig head stand (preferably one that allows for air to flow through that won’t retain any excess moisture.

4) Do not wring it out, you’re wig is not a towel. And finally, 5) do not wash it every time you wear it. You can use a spray to refresh it, but you should wash it about as often as you wash your natural hair (3-4 times a week based on usage and overall wear and tear).