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Wig shampoo can be expensive--but that's no excuse to rock an unwashed wig! For your synthetic wigs, cut corners by bucking pricey shampoos in exchange for cheaper alternatives, a few of which you may already own. With the aid of these household staples, you'll be whipping your clean hair back and forth in no time. But be sure to pin it down first; you don't want a mishap.
Baby shampoo is designed to be gentle enough to use on your little one, so a little dab definitely won't hurt your synthetic hair. Fill your sink with cold water, squeeze in a small amount of the shampoo and gently agitate your wig in the solution. Rinse the wig in fresh cold water and blot dry with a towel.
You use dish soap to fight greasy buildup on your pots and pans, and those same properties can strip your wig of scalp oils and makeup. Dilute a small amount with cold water and work it through your wig cap and strands with your hands. Rinse with fresh cold water. Now you'll have hair so clean, you can eat off of it! Actually, that's disgusting. Use a dish instead.
Delicate Fabric Detergent
Synthetic hair is made of the same fibers as your clothing, so why not use delicate laundry detergent to revive your hair? Use a capful of detergent dissolved in a sink full of cold water. Give the wig a few quick swirls in the sink and rinse in fresh cold water until suds are gone. Then pat the wig dry with a towel and pat yourself on the back--you've got a squeaky-clean wig.
Baking soda is a wonder product. It freshens your breath, deodorizes your fridge, and you can use it to keep your wig free of foul odors. If your wig smells funky, dissolve 1/2 to 3/4 cup of baking soda in a large container of warm water. Comb out your wig and submerge it in the solution. Let it sit overnight or a minimum of four hours. You may find some leftover soda on your wig, but a thorough rinse will remove any residue.