Wigs do not need washing very often, ever 14 - 20 times of wearing is sufficient but this can vary. Washing too much can make the life of your wig shorter.
Fill a bowl with cool water and add a small amount of shampoo, this can be wig shampoo or baby shampoo.. Swish the wig in the water gently and then leave to soak for around 3 - 4 minutes. Rinse in cool water, then press gently with a towel to remove excess water. Put wig onto a stand and allow to dry naturally. Do not comb or brush the wig whilst wet. The wig will dry in the style it was purchased. You can spray with leave in conditioner whilst wet if you wish. It is best to use a wig tree or even cans of beans to put your wig on to dry. Anything that allows the air to circulate. Foam heads are not suitable and are likely to stretch the wig.
Having two wigs is the best option. When you are washing one wig, you have a spare wig which you can use and also rotating the wigs will prolong their life. Also, if you have a disaster where the wig gets damaged you have a second wig to fall back on.
Wash your wig every 2 - 3 weeks.
Do not use hot water on synthetic wigs. Hot water can frizz the wigs and you could end up ruining your wig so be careful around heat and do not use heated appliances on it - heat will cause irreparable damage
Synthetic wigs often look better if trimmed slightly by a professional as this makes it look more like *you*. However, it is not necessary to have them cut as they come already styled.
Human hair wigs can be treated pretty much like your own hair. They still may not need washing as often and it is best to treat it very gently as the hair will not grow again like your own hair! Wash gently, do not rub and allow the water to run in the same direction as the hair to avoid tangling.
You can use the same products on a human hair wig as you would on your own hair but treat very gently.
Human hair wigs may need cutting by a professional. Whilst most human hair wigs DO come in a pre-styled design, others are left long all over so that they can be cut into a desired style.
Human hair wigs can be more difficult to look after than synthetic wigs as synthetic wigs only need a shake and they are ready to wear. Human hair wigs need more care. You can use heated appliances but it is best to let the wig dry around 80% before trying to style it They will not stay on your head whilst trying to blow dry so waiting until almost dry is easier!
It is natural for wigs to loose some hair so do not worry if there are some loose strands after washing!