How to Keep a Wig from Tangling While Wearing

Wigs can be notoriously tangly – especially if you’re going the synthetic wig route.

Trust me, I’ve been there. I was enjoying my day with friends, only to realize halfway through our adventures that my hair was a tangled nightmare.

Talk about a major buzz kill.

But life with a wig doesn’t have to be so stressful. In fact, there are lots of ways to keep a wig from tangling while wearing it. 

Keep reading to find out how to live your life tangle-free, queen!

Six Ways to Keep a Wig From Tangling While Wearing

When your wig is tangled, knotted, raveled, and jumbled, you’re not yourself, babe.

Luckily, you don’t have to settle for a wig riddled with annoying tangles.

Here are my top six ways to say Sayonara to those infamous tangles!

1. Start With the Right Shampoo and Conditioner

We all know that washing our wigs is essential. It keeps them in tip-top shape by removing buildup, allowing them to shine bright like a diamond.

But if you’re using the wrong shampoo and conditioner, you’ll be doing your wig a significant disservice.

When it comes to washing your wig, always use products specifically designed for wigs.

For example, I recently started using the Awesome Human Hair Wig Shampoo & Leave-in Conditioner set and have seen impeccable results.

2. Don’t Overdo It on the Products

Wigs – both human and synthetic – require products to maintain their quality. 

For instance, you should use leave-in conditioners to keep the hair nice and moisturized. You should also apply a heat protectant before using hot tools.

While these products are critical to the well-being and longevity of your wig, you should not overdo it.

Using too much product will cause buildup in your strands. This will leave your wig looking limp and greasy – not to mention you’ll be beckoning tangles at every turn.

My tip? Use as little product as possible (although you should still ensure enough to cover the entity of your wig’s strands).

3. Brush It Out, Babe

If you don’t brush your wig, I think we all know what will happen – you’ll end up with an unprecedented amount of tangles.

Who wants to deal with that?!

Always make sure you’re brushing your wig regularly. For me, this means brushing in the morning, throughout the day, and before bed. 

When brushing your wig, make sure you’re using the right equipment. I use a combination of a loop brush and a wide-tooth comb (which you can find in this handy set). 

Start from the bottom and always be gentle. Don’t try to “force” the brush through the knots – it won’t turn out well!

4. Try Hairstyles that “Secure” Your Strands

If you’re like me, then you probably purchased your wig with lots of length so you can flaunt your locks around the town.

However, it isn’t always a great idea to “let your hair down.”

If the weather is impossibly windy, you will want to secure your strands. Otherwise, that crazy weather is going to leave you with even crazier hair that’s riddled with tangles.

Here are some of my favorite ways to “secure” my wig hair while still lookin’ cute:

  • Ponytails – Yes, you can do all kinds of ponytails while wearing a wig – even high ponytails!
  • Pigtails – Pigtails are always adorable. You really can’t go wrong with this look.
  • Braids – Braids are your best bet for staving off tangles. I like to go with a single braid down the middle that’s slightly tousled for a carefree aesthetic. Double braids, fishtail braids, and other options are also cute!

5. Stay Away From Collars and Certain Materials

Wait, what?

Yeah, this might not be something you’ve ever heard, and it may have never crossed your mind. If you’re in this boat, don’t worry – it’s not something most people think about.

Well, high collars and certain materials – like wool – can cause friction while wearing a wig, resulting in tangles.

The best thing to do is to stay away from super-high collars and materials that will lead to friction. If you don’t have any other items to wear, pop a silk or satin scarf over the area so your wig can remain tangle-free.

6. Utilize Detangler

Ultimately, you should use a detangler every morning before stepping outside your home. This will help to keep tangles at bay throughout the day.

However, I will let you in on one of the top-secret tricks: travel-size detangler.

I stash that baby in my purse and carry it with me throughout the day. Whenever I feel tangles coming on, I whip out my detangler, spray it on my hair, quickly comb through it, and continue with my activities.

It’s a simple and fast way to keep your wig knot-free and lookin’ fab. Plus, it will make it much easier to deal with when you get home. Fewer tangles throughout the day = less fuss at night. It’s a win-win situation, folks!


Go ahead and sigh in relief, knowing you don’t have to deal with tangles anymore, hon! Oh, but if you want to learn more about how to keep a wig from tangling while wearing it, I have included these FAQs asked by readers like you!

Why do wigs get tangled so easily?

Wigs get tangled so quickly for the simple fact that they do not produce natural oils like your scalp. Because there is no natural oil to lubricate the strands, they end up drying out and tangly. That’s why applying moisturizer is so critical when wearing a wig.

Does water help detangle a wig?

I would not rely on water alone to detangle your wig. It won’t do much good. You must use a product specifically designed to help get rid of tangles. A detangler is your best bet. You can also use a leave-in conditioner. Some have blended fabric softener with water to use on synthetic wig tangles.

Can you spray detangler on a wig?

You can spray detangler on a wig. In fact, I highly recommend it. Detangler is designed to do one thing – detangle. Therefore, it’s a must-have product for anyone who wears a wig regularly, considering they are so prone to knotting and matting.

Goodbye, Knots! Hello, Tangle-Free Tresses!

Now, at this point, I should never hear anyone complain about tangly tresses ever again. You have the tools to keep tangles at bay, enjoying your flawless wig – whether it’s a synthetic or human hair wig. Stick to these techniques and enjoy your lovely hair!

How do you keep your wig from tangling? Do you have any secret tips or tricks you’d like to add? 

About Michelle
My name is Michelle and I've been using hair wigs for about five years. I use them when I am heading out on a hot date or looking fierce for a special event. I created this site to help those new to the lace wig world.

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