How to Detangle Synthetic Hair

Updated April 17, 2017

Synthetic hair is great for adding temporary length or colour to your natural hair and is also commonly used in many pre-styled wigs. Synthetic hair can become tangled, just like human hair, but the care and detangling of synthetic hair requires products made specifically for synthetic hair pieces.

Fill a sink or large pot with cold water. Add 1 cap of liquid fabric softener.

Submerge the synthetic hair piece in the water. Let soak for 5 to10 minutes. During this time, use your fingers to smooth and separate some tangles working underwater.

Empty and refill sink or pot with clear cold water. Rinse the synthetic hairpiece by submerging in the water and swirling it around. Repeat refilling and rinsing if necessary or if water does not stay clear.

Blot the synthetic hair piece dry with a towel. Pin the hairpiece to a wig base and place the towel under the base to catch any drips. Allow the synthetic hair to dry completely.

Position a wig base on a sturdy table or tripod. Pin the synthetic hairpiece or wig to the wig base with straight pins or T-pins, using as many as you need for a secure hold.

Section out tangled areas of the synthetic hair using your fingers. Pin the hair that is in good condition out of the way with duckbill clips.

Hold a tangled section of hair in the palm of your non-dominant hand and spritz the hair with a synthetic conditioner or detangler. Do not over-saturate the strands.

Hold the hair in the palm of your hand or between thumb and forefinger. Comb from the tip of the tangle, using tiny, gentle strokes. As the ends of the tangle become loosened and smooth, work upward through the tangle. Repeat on each tangle, spritzing and combing as needed.

Remove all the duckbill clips from the synthetic hairpiece. Comb the synthetic hair throughout to smooth. Finish by combing through the hairpiece with your fingers to allow for all sections of the hair to blend back together in a natural fashion.

Allow the synthetic hair detangler to dry completely before removing the hair piece from the wig base for storage or use.


Do not pull roughly on synthetic hair, as this will cause the fibres to stretch and can frizz them permanently. Do not use any heat tools on synthetic hair, as this will melt, damage or permanently frizz the hair.

Things You'll Need

  • Conditioner spray for synthetic hair
  • Wid-toothed comb
  • Wig form or mannequin head
  • Straight pins or T-pins
  • Duckbill clips
  • Tripod (optional)
  • Fabric softener
  • Large pot (optional)
  • Towel
Cite this Article A tool to create a citation to reference this article Cite this Article

About the Author

Jennifer Van Leigh began writing short pieces in 2007. With over five years in the hair industry, Van Leigh has contributed articles at Atlanta Salon & Spa and is certified as an extensions stylist. She studied scriptwriting and creative nonfiction in Gallery 37, a Chicago youth arts program.