How to Wash a Lace Front Wig

The best part about using a lace front wig is they are budget-friendly, easy to use, and, more importantly, easy to maintain. But just because this wig style is easier than others, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be careful while washing.

Did you know there is a precise way you should be washing your lace front wig? Yup, there is. And don’t worry. Just because it sounds like it’s going to be a time-consuming, tedious task, it’s really not; yet it will provide you with immaculate results.

So, let’s not waste another second. Find out how to wash a lace front wig the right way below.

How to Wash a Lace Front Wig

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to properly wash your lace front wig, along with detailed tips and tricks.

Step 1: Start by Brushing the Wig

Prepping is pretty easy. All you need to do before you even think about getting your lace front wig wet is to brush the hair thoroughly. It’s best to use a hairbrush or comb that is specifically designed for wigs.

My favorite is the Dreamlover Wig Brush for Synthetic Wigs and Human Hair because it’s versatile for all wig types and comes with four brushes and combs that every wig-wearer should own.

When you’re brushing your locks, make sure you are brushing gently to not damage the hair or wefts. The goal here is to remove any unwanted tangling or matting without harming the wig whatsoever. 

Step 2: Wash the Wig

Now, some women like to place their lace front wig in a basin (or a filled sink) and let the wig soak. Others prefer to run their wig under cold water and massage the shampoo themselves. Me? Well, I look to combine the two. As I always like to think, the more, the merrier.

So what do I do that I think you should be doing, too?

  1. Fill a basin (or sink) with cold water and a few pumps of shampoo.
  2. Turn the wig inside out and place it inside of the basin. 
  3. Let it soak for five minutes.
  4. Gently massage shampoo into the strands, starting from the bottom to the top (avoiding any shampoo reaching the lace or cap).
  5. Rinse the wig under cold water until all of the shampoos are thoroughly removed.

Why do I let my wig soak and massage a bit of shampoo into the strands? Well, I let my wig soak so that the cap can be cleaned. 

Otherwise, I don’t think it gets as thorough of a cleaning. I massage shampoo into the strands because I want to make sure all of the buildups are removed.

Keep in mind that you should only be using wig-safe shampoos. You only need a small amount to be successful in cleansing. My favorite is the Moroccanoil Clarifying Shampoo because I trust it will really clarify my wig from all dirt, dust, grime, and buildup.

Step 3: Condition the Wig

Once I have thoroughly rinsed the shampoo out of the wig, the fun isn’t over. Next up is conditioning. Conditioning is critical in the washing process. Why? Because wigs tend to dry faster than natural hair because there are no natural oils to moisturize it organically.

So, it’s up to you to keep those strands hydrated and ready for anything. I love the Brandywine Revitalizing Conditioner for Synthetic & Natural Hair Wigs. It is versatile enough to handle all types of wigs and rejuvenates while detangling. Yas!

Whichever type of conditioner you decide to use, it’s best to leave it in for upwards of an hour (if you have the time). If you’re in a bit of a rush, for whatever reason, you can also go as little as five minutes. 

When the conditioning time is up, it’s time to rinse the wig once more. Rinse under cold water only to make sure the moisture stays locked into the strands.

Step 4: Dry and Style

If you can, let your wig air dry. Air drying will always be the best option for all types of wigs (and your natural mane, too). However, if you’re short on time or simply want to add some pizazz from the get-go, go ahead and use hot tools.

If you want to add extra protection for styling with heated tools, try splashing on some heat-resistant products like L’Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle Sleek It Iron Straight Heatspray. This will minimize any potential damage to your wig.

You can also use other products, such as gel or mousse, to style your locks the way you prefer. Scrunching with your hands can help to bring bouncy curls back to life, for example.

How Often Should You Wash a Lace Front Wig?

Now, this really comes down to personal preference. But there is one major thing you need to remember: washing a wig reduces its longevity. So, in this circumstance, less is more.

However, most wig-wearers will decide that their wig needs to be washed every week or every other week. This is typically fine. But, if your wig doesn’t need to be cleaned, then don’t wash it.

What am I saying? Basically, it’s best only to wash your lace front wig if you can tell it’s in desperate need of revival. For example, your wig might be lacking life and appear dull or grimy. In this instance, you would 100% run to the sink and get washing, honey.

Do You Have to Wash a Lace Front Wig Before Wearing It?

Not necessarily. This is another time where personal preference comes into play. Sometimes, a wig might show up with an odd smell, and you need to wash it to get rid of it. Or, you’re coloring it or dying it in some way, in which you will finish with a wash.

Some women simply prefer to wash before wearing. And that’s okay. It’s just not necessary. Most wigs can be worn right out of the package!

Final Thoughts

Washing a lace front wig is pretty easy. All you need to do is brush, wash, condition, dry, and style. However, you should try to seek out lace front wig-specific products. Also, limit your washing as much as possible to extend the longevity of your wig.

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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