Washing a wig is an inevitable task for wig wearers. Nowadays, more and more people opt for wearing lace front wigs because they offer a more natural hairline. However, wearing a lace front wig involves the use of adhesive and its unique cap structure. Therefore, washing a lace front wig differs slightly from washing other types of wigs. This article will guide you on how to wash a lace front wig.


Detangle Your Lace Front Wig For Washing

Detangling a lace front wig before washing is crucial. Detangling beforehand prevents knots and tangles from worsening during the washing process. Hair tends to become more entangled when wet, so starting with a detangled wig makes washing easier, more time-consuming and reduces the risk of damaging the delicate lace and hair shedding.

A detangled wig ensures that the shampoo and conditioner can evenly reach all parts of the hair. When the hair is tangled, the cleaning products might not penetrate properly, leaving some areas unwashed or less conditioned.

Note that gentle and patience is necessary when detangling, rushing through the process may cause potential damage.

Hold the lace or the wig cap firmly near the roots while detangling to prevent unnecessary tension on the lace, reducing the risk of stretching or tearing. We recommend that detangle the hair in small sections, starting from the ends and working your way up to the roots, especially for a super tangled wig.


Remove Buildup And Glue

If you wear your lace front wig for a period, you may need to remove any build-up and glue on the lace part ahead of time.

First, you should lay the lace wig on a clean and flat surface. As for products to remove buildup and glue, you can use alcohol or wig adhesive remover.

Then wet the lace area, and apply alcohol or adhesive remover to the lace area, the frontal, especially the hairline part. Allow the alcohol or remover to soak in for a few moments to loosen the adhesive.

After the alcohol has had time to soften the glue, carefully lift the softened residue using a cotton ball or your fingertips. Be gentle to avoid damaging the lace or pulling out hair strands.


Wash Your Lace Front Wig

When you search for methods to wash wigs, you'll come across various wig-washing suggestions. Today, I'm sharing a method that has been tried, tested, and highly favored for washing lace front wigs. This method is considered relatively effective and simple. I hope it proves helpful to you.

Prepare your sink or take out a washbasin. Let the sink be filled with warm water.

Using the right water temperature is crucial to maintaining the quality and longevity of your precious wig. Warm water allows for better penetration of shampoo, aiding in the removal of dirt, oils, and styling products that may have accumulated.

Then squeeze a sufficient amount of shampoo specifically suited for wigs into the sink. Use your hands to stir the water in the sink from the water and shampoo mixture.

 It’s time to immerse your wig into the mixture, ensuring it's fully soaked. You can try using your hands to press the wig into the mixture in the sink.

Leave the wig in the solution for approximately thirty minutes. You can check midway to see if the wig still appears dirty. If it remains dirty, continue soaking until it's clean.


Rinse Out The Shampoo

Take the wig out of the sink, and you'll notice the water becomes dirty. Use your hands to squeeze out excess water from the wig.

Replace the dirty water in the sink and rinse the wig again with clean warm water to remove any shampoo residue. Repeat this step until there is no shampoo residue left on the wig, as indicated by clean rinsing water.

Apply Conditioner On Your Lace Front Wig

Then it was time to give the wig a deep conditioning treatment.

Take a generous amount of wig-friendly conditioner. Apply it evenly throughout the lace front wig, focusing on the hair strands. Avoid applying conditioner to the lace area to prevent any buildup.

Use your fingers or a wide-tooth comb to distribute the conditioner evenly from the roots to the tips of the hair strands.

Following you can choose to cover the wig with a plastic shower cap or cling film, ensuring the lace area is not covered. This helps to create a sealed environment for better penetration of the conditioner into the wig's hair.

Leave the wig wrapped or covered for at least 20-30 minutes. This allows the conditioner to deeply penetrate and moisturize the wig strands. You will get a super smooth and soft wig.

There’s another method to deep condition your lace front wig. Just like shampooing the wig, fill the sink with water, add a enough amount of conditioner—don't be stingy with your conditioner—to create a solution of water and conditioner. Immerse the clean wig in the solution and let it sit for a while.

Rinse Out The Conditioner

After the conditioning time, rinse the wig thoroughly with lukewarm water. Ensure all the conditioner is completely removed from the hair strands.

Dry The Wig

After squeezing the excess water out of the wig with your hands, gently pat the wig with a towel to remove the remaining water. Avoid rubbing vigorously to prevent tangling.

Finally, place the lace front wig on a wig stand or a clean, dry towel to air dry. Avoid using heat-styling tools on wet wigs.

Don't forget to use conditioner on the wig after washing. We've noticed many wig wearers overlook this step, but providing your wig with a deep conditioning treatment after shampooing is essential. Next, I'll explain why.

Regular deep conditioning can extend the lifespan of a wig, reducing tangling and friction between hair strands, which will cause hair shedding when combing.

Human hair lace front wigs can become dry and brittle over time due to exposure to environmental factors, styling, and regular wear. Deep conditioning helps replenish moisture, restoring the wig's softness and shine.

Do I Need to Wash My Wig Before Each Installation?

When you receive a new wig package and prepare to wear it for the first time, it's generally advisable to wash it. New wigs might carry an odor, and washing ensures a fresher wig while also reducing potential smell or allergy issues that might accompany new wigs. This is particularly crucial for individuals with sensitive scalps. Moreover, if you've purchased a curly wig, you might notice the curls are tightly grouped; washing them once can make the curls more voluminous and natural.

After each subsequent wear, remember to wash the wig promptly to remove dirt, oils, and prevent build-up. This ensures the wig remains fresh, clean, and in optimal condition for your next wear.