How to Make a Synthetic Wig Appear Less Shiny

Synthetic hair wigs alleviate bad hair days. Unlike natural hair, they require little maintenance and retain their style after several uses. However convienient synthetic hair can be, sometimes the pieces take a little work because they can appear overly shiny. There are a few useful remedies you can implement to make a synthetic wig appear less shiny. Use of several common household supplies can dull the shine, giving an impression of authentic human hair.

Pour 1 tablespoon of baby powder onto a powder puff.

Lightly dust your synthetic wig with the powder puff.

Hold the wig over a garbage can and shake out the excess powder.

Comb through the wig with a wide toothed comb to evenly distribute the powder.

Fill a clean sink with 1/2 gallon of water and 2 cups of white or apple cider vinegar.

Soak your synthetic wig in the vinegar solution for five minutes.

Drain the sink and rinse the wig, thoroughly, with cold water.

Allow the wig to air dry, then style as usual.

Combine 1 part fabric softener with 1 part water, in a small bucket.

Soak your synthetic wig in the mixture for ten minutes.

Remove the wig from the bucket and rinse with cold water.

Allow the wig to air dry and style as usual.


Do not use heated styling tools on your synthetic wig, as these can damage the hair fibres.

Things You'll Need

  • Baby powder
  • Powder puff
  • Garbage can
  • Wide toothed comb
  • Water
  • Apple cider vinegar or white vinegar
  • Sink
  • Fabric softener
  • Bucket
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April Ort began writing in 2007. he has more than 15 years experience in the financial industry, has held a travel agent license and has interviewed a variety of celebrities. Ort is currently working in the health-care industry as an operational trainer and completing her Bachelor of Science in communications with a focus on journalism.