Curly Wig Hair Tips – How to Care for Them

A wig is a great
transformational tool that you can use to change your appearance for any occasion.
There are so many textures available now including
straight hair wigs, wavy ones, and
curly ones. Curl textures may be loose, tightly curled, or coiled. Since each
texture is different, they each require different care routines.

lady in a curly wig

What is A Curly Wig?

If you are wondering
what the definition of a curly wig may be, it can be described as a unit with a
hair texture that has cylindrical strands. The tightness of the strand may vary
by texture, with the tightest being Afro Hair otherwise sometimes called
4C Hair. It may be made from Human Hair or
Synthetic Hair and may be a Lace, Closure, or Non-Lace. You have many options
and as technologies progress, even more types are becoming available.

woman in curly blonde wig

Human Hair vs
Synthetic Hair

If you have had the
pleasure of owning a curly hair wig, you would realize that the Human Hair ones
need less maintenance. You would also realize that generally, the tighter the
curl, the more maintenance your unit may need and there are several reasons for
this. Taking care of a curly wig takes patience so you may want to learn how to properly care for them and how to keep your curly wig’s hair from breaking. This will make sure that you get the most out of your wig.

Synthetic Hair

Synthetic means
man-made, or non-organic. Such hair is made from man-made fibers which when
combined and manipulated somewhat mimic real hair. If you own a synthetic wig,
you will notice that the hair tends to be dryer than Human Hair. If the hair is
not good quality, it will tangle quickly and sometimes badly. However, there
are some premium synthetic fibers that are easier to manage and are either
tangle-free or low tangling. 

Three popular synthetic fibers which are good
quality are Kanekalon Fibers, Korean Fibers, and Futura Fibers. They mimic human
hair the best and are low shine so they do not look super shiny like doll hair.
The feel is also soft and almost human hair like. If you own a synthetic unit
that fits this description, it is probably made from one of these three fibers.

Human Hair Structure

100% Human Hair is
organic and genuine and will behave like real hair on a human head when styled
or washed. Since Human Hair Wigs are made from
real hair, you will find that they are much
easier to manage, need little maintenance and best of all, are tangle free.
Just like our real hair, Human Hair is protein-packed, porous and pliable, some
of the features which synthetic hair lacks.

woman in a curly black wig

How to Wash a Curly Wig

If you own both wig
types, you will notice quite a difference in behavior between the human hair
and the synthetic hair when you wash it. Since Human Hair is porous, it absorbs
products, unlike synthetic hair. Here are the comparison steps for washing the
two different hair types.

Step 1:

Saturate hair with
warm water. Make sure to saturate the entire cap as well.

Step 2:

Curly Hair loves
moisture. Whether synthetic or human, use a deep moisturizing shampoo. If the
wig is a colored human hair wig, use a moisturizing color-safe shampoo. This stops color fading and keeps the color looking vibrant. Make sure to shampoo
the cap thoroughly as well to remove any product and residue.

Step 3:

Rinse thoroughly with
warm water and repeat as needed.

Step 4:

Synthetic units need extra moisture because they are made of non-pliable, non-porous man-made fibers.
Combine a deep moisturizing conditioner with a few drops of fabric softener and let sit for an hour.
Apply conditioner to human hair and let sit for a few minutes.
Use a few drops of fabric softener on Human Hair if you think it was dry before washing. This step
of course is optional.

Step 5:

Rinse thoroughly with
warm water.

Step 6:

For Synthetic Wigs,
you should only air dry. For Human Hair Wigs, you can air dry or blow dry on a
low setting.


  • Never brush or comb
    curly hair, especially if it is tightly curled or coiled. Finger combing is
    best and is recommended, whether the hair is Human or Synthetic.
  • Wash at least once
    a week if being worn daily.
  • Even good quality
    synthetic wigs with a tight curl may tangle slightly, so detangle at the end of
    each wearing. Always use a detangling spray before attempting to detangle
    tightly curled hair. This way, you will avoid damaging the hair fibers.

woman in a high density curly wig

Tips for Styling Curly Wigs

  • Never heat-style tight curls. With synthetic hair, you can heat style loose curls at a lower
    temperature than you would for Human Hair. With human hair, it is safe to heat
    style loose curls at a higher temperature.
  • Never comb or brush
    tightly curled hair, it may cause damage. Finger combing is the safest and best
    option to ensure the longevity of your wig. For synthetic wigs, it may completely
    destroy the unit it is combed or brushed.
  • Always use styling
    products on curly wigs before styling. This will create a barrier against the
    elements while coating the hair strands for easy snag-free styling. This is
    especially important for synthetic hair which does not have the capability to maintain
    moisture naturally.
  • Never use shampoo
    without moisturizers. It will strip human hair of its natural moisture and will
    add dryness to synthetic hair. Using shampoo which does not contain moisturizers
    will cause your synthetic wigs to tangle and frizz although you condition them after.
    This is especially true with tightly curled or coiled hair. Also, human
    hair may lose some of its softness and sheen.


At some point, you may have owned a curly wig, but taking care of human
hair vs synthetic hair can be quite different. The curl tightness should
determine your care routine. The tighter the curl, the more careful you need to
be, especially for synthetic wigs. We know that synthetic hair has a completely
different structure than human hair, since one is organic, and the other is
man-made. Whichever option you choose, just make sure to use moisturizing
shampoos only, a good rich moisturizing conditioner, and finger combing should
be your preference for styling. Using these tips will ensure that you maximize
the life of your wig.

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