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How to keep synthetic hair from frizzing

Updated August 08, 2017

Whether you wear a full wig, permanent hair extensions or just temporary add-ons, frizzy synthetic hair is a common problem. Excess frizz can leave your faux mane looking unkempt, which is a disgrace to the amount of money you probably spent on it. Taking care of your synthetic hair requires very little; getting rid of frizz is similar to removing frizz on natural hair.

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  1. Brush your hair with a soft bristle brush and eliminate any tangles two to three times a day. You should always do this before washing it, as well.

  2. Buy a high quality shampoo that works well on synthetic tresses. You can talk to your stylist about products best for you and your hair type or refer to the directions for synthetic hair. As a general rule, use products that have little, if any, alcohol and plenty of natural ingredients.

  3. Wet your hair slowly before washing. To do this, get water on your hands or a comb and run your fingers/comb through your hair. The Hair Extension Guide says that synthetic hair is more dry than normal hair, causing it to swell, tangle and frizz when a lot of water is applied at once.

  4. Wash your hair downward, working from the crown of your head to the base of your roots. This will reduce the potential for frizzing once your hair dries. Also, avoid rubbing your hair dry with a towel when you are finished washing it. This creates unnecessary frizz and damages both your real and faux hair.

  5. Avoid applying excess heat or chemical products to your hair. This will decrease the longevity of your hair extensions and can contribute to major frizzing. That includes blow drying, straightening irons, perms and dye.

  6. Apply a dime-sized amount of hair serum on dry hair to smooth down any hairs out of place and prevent future frizz. You can also use a flexible hairspray to maintain a healthy-looking, non-frizzy do throughout the day.

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Things You'll Need

  • Bristle brush
  • Shampoo
  • Hair serum
  • Hairspray

About the Author

Wendy Rose Gould

Wendy Rose Gould is a professional journalist who has contributed to "Glamour" magazine and the Huffington Post, among other publications. After internships at the "Indianapolis Business Journal," "Kiwanis International" and "NUVO Newsweekly," she earned BA degrees in journalism and philosophy from Franklin College in 2008. Gould specializes in lifestyle topics.

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