How to Make a Synthetic Wig Appear Less Shiny

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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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you 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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    Baby Powder

  1. 1

    Pour 1 tablespoon of baby powder onto a powder puff.

  2. 2

    Lightly dust your synthetic wig with the powder puff.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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


  1. 1

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

  2. 2

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

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

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

    Fabric softener

  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    Soak your synthetic wig in the mixture for ten minutes.

  3. 3

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

  4. 4

    Allow the wig to air dry and style as usual.

Tips and warnings

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

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