Your Guide to Must-Have Wig Care Products

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Your Guide to Must-Have Wig Care Products

Wigs today are used by a wide variety of women. Although they are no longer considered a status symbol, wigs can nevertheless change the look of a woman by enhancing her overall appearance and, in some cases, such as those women with thinning hair, boost self-esteem. For wigs to maintain their lustre, texture and colour, wigs need to be cared for properly.

You might need to wear a fancy dress wig for your stage play, or you might already be wearing a wig every day to the office. No matter which wig you wear, you will need to care for it using wig care products. These products cater to needs of particular wigs. Wig care products include wig shampoo and conditioners and wig and scalp protectants. Other wig care products include wig brushes and combs. The type of wig will determine what products to use to care for the wig. Women who wear wigs will find an array of wig care products on eBay.

Types of Wigs

The type of wig determine how the wig is cared for. There are many different types of wigs, each with their own advantages and limitations in terms of care and maintenance.

Lace Wigs

Lace wigs provide a natural look, and can be made of a variety of materials. Lace wigs can be fashioned such that baby hairs are intertwined with the wig's individual locks, providing the appearance of a natural wig. They are breathable and easy to wear.

Synthetic Wigs

A synthetic wig is very strong and will often require less maintenance. They dry quickly after washing, keep their form and shape longer, and are affordable. However, synthetic wigs also need to be replaced constantly, and they must be kept away from heat sources like curling irons because they can warp or even melt the hair.

Human Hair Wigs

Human hair wigs look, feel, and fit naturally. They can be cared for as though they were on the wearer's scalp, which allows them to be cleaned, permed, or even coloured, depending on the quality of the wig. Some human hair wigs even contain the complete hair strand, which makes the wig stronger and more durable. They might be more expensive, but human hair wigs last longer than other types of wigs.

Monofilament Wigs

Monofilament wigs also provide a natural look. They are constructed with a frame that allows the scalp to breathe, which keeps the scalp from itching, and prevents moisture and dirt from building up. These wigs are in demand for everyday use.

Hand-Tied Wigs

Hand-tied wigs also use a monofilament material in order to achieve a natural look.

Dermafix Wigs

These special wigs have artificial skin attached to them. Dermafix wigs are hypoallergenic and adhere better to the scalp.

Types of Wig Care Products

With a wide variety of wigs, it is expected that there are also many types of wig care products as there are types of wigs. These products are must-haves, but their frequency of use depends on what the wig is made of. Wigs can be washed anywhere between 12 to 25 wearings, although frequent use and exposure to the elements might necessitate more frequent washing.

Wig Shampoo and Conditioner

Both real hair and wigs will need their own special shampoo and conditioner. However, the shampoos and conditioners for real human hair growing on a scalp will differ from the shampoos and conditioners that are needed to wash the dust and grime off of wigs. Wig shampoo is specially formulated to clean up a wig without damaging the fibers, while wig conditioners keep the fibers strong and shiny.

Shampoos and conditioners for real hair should not be used on wigs. Wig shampoos must be specifically formulated to clean the wig fiber without damaging it. For instance, there are synthetic hair shampoos that can be used to both clean the wig and take out dust and dirt. Real hair wigs might also need specially formulated sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners.

Wig Mannequin

Wigs need to retain their shape and storing them haphazardly in a chest or box will damage the wig. A wig mannequin is used to maintain the set of lace wigs. A wig can also be placed upon a wig stand to prevent the hair fibers tangling. If hair fibers tangle during storage, it can be difficult to untangle them and even harder to restore the wig to its original state.

Hair and Scalp Protectants

Not all wigs will feel good on one's skin. There are special shampoos and solutions that a wig wearer might use in order to protect their scalp from itching, dryness, and irritation caused by wigs. The improper use of glues can cause damage to the scalp.

Lace Cleansers

A lace wig will often accumulate glue and other adhesives that are used to secure it onto the scalp. These accumulated glues and adhesives can damage the scalp and make the wig even more difficult to clean. Lace cleansers can clean the hair fibers without damaging the lace that holds the hair together. Aside from lace cleansers, such wigs will also require a prescribed adhesive remover.

Other Wig Care Products

Aside from shampoo and conditioner, wigs will also need special brushes in order to remove the tangles. Some companies even manufacture solutions that can keep wigs lustrous and shiny, hold the wig's specific set, and improve the wig's texture and volume.

The following table lists the various wig care products that one might need in order to completely care for a wig.


All Wigs

Real Hair

Synthetic Wigs

Clean Out Wig

Shampoos, conditioners

sulfate-free shampoos and conditioners

shampoos and conditioners specially formulated for synthetic fibers

Maintain Set and Style

Brushes, wig mannequin or wig stand

Brushes, wig mannequin or wig stand

Brushes, wig mannequin

General Tips

Keep free from tangles, use scalp protectants

May be colored or permed.

Keep away from heat.

This table does not contain all the different products that are needed to maintain a wig. Rather, it shows the most essential products that are needed in order to keep a wig's colour, shape, and structure. It can also be used as a guide when shopping for wig care products.

When caring for wigs, it is important to remember that the wig also needs care as much as regular hair does. It is recommended that wig wearers also take their wigs to a beauty salon if they want to create a cut or style. Synthetic wigs should be kept away from heat, as they can warp and deform.

How to Find Wig Care Products on eBay?

You can start by visiting the eBay website. In the search window, type the query 'wig care'. This query is broad enough to include all the different products that you might need to care for your wig. If you are already sure of the exact product you need, then you can be more specific with your search by making queries such as 'wig brush' or 'wig shampoo'.

On the search results page, you can select whether you want to get products from women's accessories or health and beauty. The former category will have clips or ribbons that you can use to accentuate your wig, while the latter class will contain products such as shampoos or brushes. You can specify your price range by entering numbers into the fields provided.

To search for wigs on eBay, simply enter a description into the search bar. For instance if you enter 'human hair wig' into the search bar, the search engine will populate a results page with all the human hair wigs currently listed on the site. You can sort the listings by style (full wig, extension), attachment method, hair length, colour, and texture.

You can also select whether you want to participate in an auction or buy products immediately. The seller will specify the buying method in the item description. To participate in an auction or buy the wig care products for their listed prices, you will need to register as an eBay member.


Wigs have a wide variety of uses, and they therefore have to be maintained and cared for. These products will depend on the material the wig is made of, and can also depend on how often you wear the wig. Wigs can gather dust, the individual hair strands can fall out, or the wig can be eaten by moths and other insects. All these concerns can be addressed with the correct wig maintenance. There are shampoos and conditioners specifically formulated to clean particular types of wigs. Wig stands are important because they prevent the strands of hair in wigs from becoming tangled. 

You can have a wide array of wig care products on the eBay marketplace, and you can filter through these choices of wig care products. With a good idea of what you need to care for your wig, as well as a set budget, you can find the wig care products that you need.

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