The allure of wigs lies in their ability to instantly transform our appearance. However, one common concern many wig wearers share is the unnatural shine some wigs exhibit. This excessive glossiness can often give away the fact that you're wearing a wig. Fortunately, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can easily reduce that telltale shine and achieve a more natural look, all from the comfort of your home.

Understanding Wig Shine: Why Does It Happen?

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  • The shine in wigs, especially those that are synthetic, is a topic of interest for many wig enthusiasts. To truly grasp the reason behind this phenomenon, we need to delve into the construction and materials of wigs:
  • Material Composition: Synthetic wigs are primarily made from plastic fibers, such as acrylic or polyester. These fibers are crafted to mimic the appearance of real hair. However, unlike natural hair strands that have cuticles and varying textures, plastic fibers are smooth and consistent. This smoothness causes them to reflect light uniformly, leading to an intense shine.
  • Natural Hair vs. Synthetic Hair: Human hair has a natural variance in texture and color, which diffuses light reflection. This diffusion gives natural hair its subdued shine. On the other hand, synthetic fibers lack this variance, causing them to reflect light more intensely and uniformly, resulting in a more pronounced shine.
  • Production Process: During the manufacturing of synthetic wigs, the fibers are often coated with a silicone or similar type of sealant. This coating not only helps in detangling but also adds a protective layer to the fibers. However, this added layer can increase the shine of the wig, especially when it's brand new.
  • Quality Variance: Not all synthetic wigs are created equal. Higher quality synthetic wigs often have fibers that are designed to mimic the natural luster of human hair, reducing the artificial shine. In contrast, cheaper wigs might not have this feature, making them appear shinier. 
  • Age of the Wig: Over time, as a wig is exposed to various elements like air, moisture, and products, its shine can diminish. This is because the external factors can wear down the silicone coating, leading to a more matte appearance. However, this can also mean the wig might become more susceptible to tangling.

Understanding the root causes of wig shine is the first step in addressing and managing it. With this knowledge, you can make informed decisions about the type of wig to purchase and how to care for it to achieve a more natural appearance.

Home Remedies to Reduce Wig Shine:

  • Baby Powder or Cornstarch: A classic remedy, lightly sprinkling baby powder or cornstarch onto your wig can help absorb excess shine. Ensure you brush the wig afterward to distribute the powder evenly and prevent any white residue.
  • Dry Shampoo: Not only does dry shampoo help in absorbing oil from natural hair, but it can also mattify the shine on synthetic wigs. Spray a light layer onto the wig, then comb through for an even distribution. 
  • Apple Cider Vinegar: Mix a solution of one part apple cider vinegar to five parts water. Rinse your wig in this mixture, then rinse with cold water. The vinegar can help break down the shiny coating on synthetic fibers.

Washing Techniques:

  • Mild Shampoo: Using a wig-friendly or mild shampoo can help remove any buildup that contributes to excessive shine. Remember to wash in a downward motion to prevent tangling. 
  • Fabric Softener Soak: Soaking your wig in a solution of fabric softener and water for around 30 minutes can help reduce shine. The softener can break down the synthetic coating, giving the wig a more natural luster.
  • Cool Water Rinse: Always rinse your wig with cool water after washing. Hot water can increase the shine by making the synthetic fibers swell.

Styling Tips for a Natural Finish:

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  • Steam: Using a handheld steamer, gently steam your wig. The heat can help reduce the plastic-like shine and make the wig appear more like natural hair. 
  • Matte Hair Products: Opt for hair products that have a matte finish. These products can help in reducing the reflective quality of the wig.
  • Avoid Overbrushing: While it keeping your wig tangle-free is essential overbrushing can stimulate the fibers to produce more shine. Use a wide-tooth comb or a wig brush and be gentle.

The Role of Lighting:

  • Natural Light: Check your wig's appearance in natural light whenever possible. Artificial lighting, especially fluorescent lights, can exaggerate the shine.
  • Positioning: If you're attending an event or taking photos, try to position yourself in a way that the light doesn't directly hit your wig. This can help in reducing the reflective shine.
  • Photography Tips: If you're capturing pictures, using a diffuser or softbox can help scatter the light, making the wig appear less shiny in photos.

Understanding and implementing these techniques can significantly enhance the appearance of your wig, making it look more like your natural hair and less like a shiny synthetic piece. Remember, the key is to be gentle and patient, as over-treating can reduce the lifespan of your wig.

Choosing the Right Wig from the Start:

Selecting the right wig initially can save you a lot of time and effort in the long run. While synthetic wigs are prone to excessive shine due to their plastic fibers, natural human hair wigs tend to have a more realistic sheen, closely resembling the luster of our natural hair.

Luvme Hair prides itself on offering premium quality wigs made from 100% human hair. These wigs provide a natural appearance and offer versatility in styling, just like your own hair. The inherent advantage of human hair wigs is their ability to mimic the texture, fall, and shine of natural hair. This means that when you invest in a Luvme Hair wig, you're already a step ahead in achieving that authentic, undetectable wig look.

Moreover, human hair wigs from Luvme Hair are designed with utmost precision, ensuring that they are breathable, comfortable, and easy to maintain. So, while the tips mentioned above are beneficial for all wig wearers, starting with a high-quality human hair wig from Luvme Hair can significantly reduce the challenges associated with excessive shine and give you a head start in flaunting a natural, radiant look.


A wig is more than just an accessory; it's an extension of your style and personality. Ensuring it looks as natural as possible is crucial for confidence. With the tips provided, you can easily combat excessive wig shine and step out with confidence, knowing your hair looks as natural as it feels.

September 14, 2023 — Luvme Contributor

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