Must I use wig shampoo on my wig or can I just use the brand that I use on my natural hair for cleaning wigs?
Wig shampoo is made for wigs just like upholstery shampoo is made for upholstery. You wouldn’t use hair shampoo on your sofa. Do not use anything other than wig shampoo on a wig. Baby shampoo is designed to strip away at the oils that build up on a baby’s head. Neither are designed for use on a wig.
What will happen if I use drug store shampoo on my wig?
Your scalp produces oils constantly. That oil production keeps your scalp moist and helps keep your hair from drying out. Regular shampoo is designed to remove the oily build up from your hair. Wigs for cancer patients don’t get oily because they are not attached to your head.
Wigs, whether synthetic hair wigs or human hair wigs, are not attached to your scalp. Therefore, they do not have an oily build up. They get dirty just like your favorite sweater after wearing it a few times. This is environmental dirt not greasy hair.
Wash your wig in cool water that has wig shampoo in it by dunking your wig into the soapy water and lifting it out. There is no need to scrub it or make it lather like your regular hair.
Using regular shampoo on wig can cause many problems. If you have a synthetic wig you are essentially washing a delicate fabric in a detergent made to strip oil. All the shampoo will do is strip away at the fabric. If you have a natural hair wig and use anything other than wig shampoo it will make the hair start to deteriorate or change the color. If it is a highlighted wig regular shampoo will strip the color or make it start oxidizing and change the color. It will also make the hair in your cancer wig dry out since it does not get greasy like natural hair.
If you have already used regular shampoo it may not be too late for damage control. Stop using these products and switch to wig shampoo immediately. Use of a deep conditioner might restore some of the moisture to a human hair wig. For more information about what kind of conditioners to use on your chemo wig or to make an appointment please call us.