Halloween Wigs: How to Fix and Wear a Synthetic Hair Wig

Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you picked out a costume months in advance or are waiting for an idea you hit you at the last minute, a wig might be the finishing touch. This is the best time of year to buy costume wigs because there are a lot of options and they are cheap. Let’s be honest though; most of these cheap wigs don’t come out of the package looking like the gorgeous, finished hair on the model in the picture. In reality the wig could come out tangled, frizzy and generally resemble a sort of hot mess. Don’t freak out though. With proper care, your $8 wig can actually look pretty awesome. Just follow these simple tips and you can end up with really fun and well-styled hair this Halloween.

1. If your wig comes out frizzy and tangled wash and/or condition it. I suggest using a shampoo and conditioner that is specifically design for synthetic hair. (If you don’t have one, a gentle, regular shampoo and conditioner will likely also do the job.)

Wig Shampoo from Sally’s Beauty Supply $8.99. Reduces static and increases manageability.

This spray in conditioner will de-tangle, add shine and generally re-vamp your synthetic hair wig. This spray is at Sally’s Beauty Supply for $8.99 and could be used with it’s partner shampoo (above) or alone after rinsing the wig.

2.) To ensure that your wig will set nicely as it dries, use a wig stand. These are pretty cheap and will make a big difference because your wig will dry faster and you can set it exactly how you want, so it doesn’t dry misshapen from being bent or flat on one side.

This wig stand retails for $6.99 online, which we suggest because they may be tricky to find in stores.


3. Gently brush your wig from ends upward to detangle, being careful not to pull hair out of the base. You may lose some hair and this is normal, but careless brushing can tear the hair and make your wig look pretty bad. You might find it easier to brush your wig while it is wet, after you have put some conditioner on it.

Using a special wig brush can make brushing easier and help maintain your wig. If you don’t want to use a wig brush, that’s okay too! Most brushes will work.

4. DO NOT use heat on synthetic hair. A curling or flat iron will burn and melt your wig. You will probably be safe with using a blow-dryer ONLY if your blow dryer has a cool setting (so again, no heat). If you need to spruce up the style – wash and condition it, brush it out and set it how you want, then set it on a wig stand to dry.

5.¬†Wearing a wig cap can help keep all your hair underneath the wig in place. That way no random pieces will be sticking out from under your wig. These are really cheap and worth it if you are wearing a wig. They can be bought online and found in stores (a Sally’s Beauty Supply near you will likely carry them.)