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How Do I Choose the Best Wig Hair Spray?

By S. Gonzales
Updated May 21, 2024
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Choosing the best wig hair spray is a matter of knowing what to look for in wig care products. You should primarily determine what you want your hair spray to do for your wig, as they can be used to provide shine, to cleanse, to condition, and to provide hold for hairstyles. Always be sure to choose a water-soluble product to help prolong the life of your wig. Select one that has been specifically formulated to work with synthetic hair fibers, as the chemicals in hair spray for human hair can easily break down the materials from which non-human hair wigs are made.

Be aware that there are many wig hair spray products available on the market to be used with synthetic hair wigs, including cleansers, glossers, and conditioners. You'll have to determine what type of hair spray you intend to use to make the appropriate purchase. Cleansers are meant to help to easily clean your wig. Glossers give shine to the hair, while conditioners relieve static electricity and give moisture.

You should choose a spray that can provide some degree of hold for your desired hairstyle. Obviously, the more complex the hairstyle, the greater the level of hold that you will need. In addition, be sure to select a product that can wash out completely and not leave any residue behind. Those that are water-soluble are usually good at rinsing out of wigs, as they are made with less alcohol than their human-hair counterparts.

Remember that the chemicals in the hair spray will accumulate each time that you use it on your wig. This means that your wig will have to be washed more often. Frequent washings can significantly reduce the lifespan of your wig, degrading its quality and requiring more expensive upkeep or even a full replacement.

Be advised that, if you can't find an appropriate wig hair spray, you can create your own. Simply filling a spray bottle with cool, clean water can provide comparable results to many products. Spritzing your wig with water and then styling it is often more than enough to remove static electricity and maintain hairstyles. If, however, a more intense styling product is needed, you can substitute hair spray with liquid wig mousse and brush your wig into the style that you prefer.

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Discussion Comments

By anon353209 — On Oct 29, 2013

No, you must not use regular hairspray intended for human hair on wigs made of synthetics. All are made of petrol-based plastics and will react.

By serenesurface — On Apr 04, 2013

I don't want to burst anyone's bubble here but when I first bought my wig, I asked my stylist friend about wig hair sprays. She asked me if I plan on washing the wig. Of course, I did. She then told me that I don't need a special wig hair spray then.

These products might be necessary for people who don't wash their wigs. But most of us do wash them, so when some styling product is necessary, a regular hair spray works fine.

Also, when I just want to do add a finishing touch on the wig, I spray some rose water and sea salt. I mix these two myself in a bottle. It works and smells very good too.

By SarahGen — On Apr 03, 2013

@burcidi-- Have you dyed your wig?

If not, it's okay to use regular hair spray on it as long as you don't do it all too often. I have done that a couple of times with my wigs. But if there is a wig that I wear daily, I avoid regular hair spray since it wears out the wig more quickly.

By burcidi — On Apr 03, 2013

I have a real human hair wig that I only use once in a while. Can I possibly use regular hair spray since I won't be using it daily? I don't want to spend extra money right now.

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