After you use glueless wigs for a while, you will naturally start to think about two questions. When should you clean glueless wigs? How to clean glueless wigs? This article contains many knowledge points about cleaning glueless wigs, which will be helpful to you.

Our answer to the first question is: washing your wig once a week helps keep your wig and scalp healthy.

For the second question, continue reading this article to get the solution.

How to wash a glueless wig

Glueless wigs refer to wigs that can be firmly installed without the use of glue. In fact, glueless wigs include quite a variety of wigs. Glueless wigs include: glueless lace wigs, gluelss headband wigs, glueless V part wigs, glueless U part wigs, etc. Different wigs have different things to pay attention to when cleaning them. This article will focus on the general cleaning tips for these glueless wigs.

Step 1: Soak your glueless wig in warm water

Prepare a bucket, basin, or sink. Add warm water to it (this is key! It helps with tangles) and soak your glueless wigs.

Step 2: Add shampoo and detangle your glueless wig

When your wig is completely soaked, add shampoo to your hair and comb through it with your fingers. When there are no tangles, soak the wig in water and continue combing it to remove dust and other dirt.

Step 3: Apply conditioner to your wig and wait 15 minutes

Pour away the current water. Then apply conditioner evenly to your hair. Don’t skimp on the use of conditioner at this step, rather put in more than less. After the hair is soaked with conditioner, let the wig sit for at least fifteen minutes to allow it to fully absorb the nutrients.

Step 4: Rinse the hair with cold water and comb it with fingers

Use cold water to wash off the conditioner on the surface. Then use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to comb your hair from roots to ends to make sure there are no tangles at all. At this step, you don’t need to wash the conditioner out very thoroughly, it’s reasonable to leave a little bit of conditioner on your hair to keep it silky.

Step 5: Air dry your glueless wig

Hang the wig on the foam head or wig holder. Then dry naturally in a place away from direct sunlight. If you need it to dry quickly, use a cold air blow dryer or a low-temperature diffuser to speed up drying. Avoid using a high-temperature hair dryer! High temperatures can cause closed hair cuticles to reopen, causing more frizz.

Step 6: Add some hair oil after an hour

When you feel that your glueless wig hair is half dry and half wet (usually after an hour of natural wind), you can apply a small amount of hair care oil or hair spray. If your wig is curly hair, you can also use your fingers to redefine the wig and then apply a small amount of elastin.

Tools needed

  • 1. A basin, bucket, or sink with warm water and wig.
  • 2. Warm water. If warm water is not available, cold water will do.
  • 3. Shampoo.
  • 4. Conditioner.
  • 5. Wide-tooth comb. If you don't have a wide-tooth comb, you can comb with your fingers.
  • 6. Foam head or wig holder. An overhead wig holder would be best
  • 7. A place that is protected from direct sunlight and has air circulation and is not humid.
  • 8. Non-essential tools: hair oil or elastin

Questions you may want to ask about this cleaning method (Trivia)

Is it necessary to use warm water to clean the wig?

Warm water will soften the hair cuticles and loosen the knotted areas, making them easier to comb.
Warm water allows the hair cuticles to open, making it easier for the wig to absorb the nutrients in the conditioner.
The heat of warm water will accelerate the movement of molecules, allowing the nutrients in the conditioner to enter the wig faster.
Warm water will make you feel more comfortable when cleaning your wig, so you will be more patient and gentle during the cleaning process.

What is the difference between washing a wig and washing our own hair?

Our own scalp produces oil, and the hair is connected to our hair follicles to continuously provide nutrients. Therefore, some shampoos add powerful cleaning ingredients to improve their cleaning power. These ingredients are fine for our own hair, but for wigs, they are a bit excessive.
When cleaning your wig, you should choose a gentler shampoo with added maintenance ingredients. If possible, it is best to choose a shampoo specifically designed for wigs.

Luvme Wig Shampoo

Is it necessary to use conditioner to maintain wigs?

Our hair is connected to our scalp and receives constant nourishment. But wigs do not have such a function and cannot actively obtain nutrients and moisture. Therefore we need to add conditioner and moisture to the wig. Although you don’t need to use conditioner when washing your wig. But if possible, you'd better use conditioner for proper maintenance to extend the life of your wig.

Luvme Wig Conditioner

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Why use a wide-tooth comb for combing?

The design of a wide-tooth comb makes sense. A comb with a wider spacing can remove knots while maximizing the original curvature of the wig. Especially if your wig has curly or afro curls, using a wide-tooth comb will ensure that your curls don't come apart.


Wide Tooth Comb

Why is it better to use a hollow wig holder?

The hollow wig holder can increase the contact area between the wig and the air and evaporate excess moisture faster
Unlike the foam head, the hollow wig holder does not have the problem of dust accumulation and mold.
The hollow wig holder can be folded up. It saves a lot of space when you don't need to dry or hang your wig

Wig stand-Wig-holder

Related reference videos

Here is a video of cleaning a lace wig. Some of the steps in the video may be slightly different than the methods above, but they should serve as a guide.


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Updated on May 23, 2024

May 23, 2024 — Tia Isom

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