The Bleach Bath Way to Restore Old Wigs

I bet you already know how to style a wig when it’s new, right? But did you know that your old wigs can still be used? That’s right! Don’t you worry, we’ve got you covered. Let’s take you through the processes of restoring your human hair wigs.

Part One of Two:

Cleaning Your Wig with a Bleach Bath

1. Fill three bowls with 1 gallon (3.8 l) of hot water each. Ideally, you should use bowls or containers that will not be used for food. You can also use just 1 bowl or your sink, but you will have to empty, rinse, and refill it twice throughout the process.

2. Add 2 ounces (57 g) of Clorox bleach to the first bowl. The bleach will open up the hair’s cuticles and make it easier to detangle. It will also remove oils and dirt that have collected in the hair. Bleach can irritate skin, so you may want to wear rubber gloves as an extra precaution.

3. Submerge your wig in the bleach bowl and gently comb it for 3 minutes. Use a wide-toothed comb or a vent brush to slowly comb through the wig while it’s in the bleach water. It should detangle easily. Be careful not to leave the wig in the bleach water for more than 3 minutes, as it may affect the color of the wig.

4. Move the wig to the 2nd bowl and add 2 ounces (57 g) of clarifying shampoo. This will clean the hair and help bring it back to a natural level of acidity after it interacts with the bleach. Move the wig around in the water for 1-3 minutes to get the bleach out and work the shampoo in.

5. Place the wig in the 3rd bowl and add 2 ounces (57 g) of ammonia. The ammonia will help neutralize what’s left of the bleach in your wig. Use a wide-toothed comb or vent brush to gently comb through the wig for 1-2 minutes while it’s in the ammonia water.

6. Rinse the wig thoroughly with hot water in the sink. Hold the wig so that the bottom of the cap, or the part that will touch your head, is facing up. This will keep the hair falling downwards and prevent it from tangling while you rinse it.

Part Two of Two:

Restoring Shine with a Conditioning Treatment

1. Saturate the wig with conditioner while it’s still wet. If you didn’t do a bleach bath, or if the wig has dried since you did it, wet it thoroughly in the sink. Work at least 2 ounces (57 g) of conditioner into the wig and leave it in.

2. Place the wig inside a plastic bag and microwave it for 30 seconds. This will heat the wet hair slightly and create some steam inside the bag, which will help to moisturize it. Use a zippable bag that’s large enough for you to fit the wig inside it and seal it tightly.

3. Let the wig sit in the bag for at least 1 hour. The bag may be hot, so be careful when handling it until it has cooled down. Letting it sit in the bag will give it time to absorb the water, steam and conditioner. You can also place a hot steamed towel over the bag to help retain some of the heat while it sits.

4. Comb the wig with a wide-toothed comb or vent brush. Hold the wig upright or place it on a wig head and gently run a comb or brush through it while it’s still wet. It should feel smooth and detangle easily.

5. Let the wig air-dry on a wig head. Gently squeeze any excess moisture from the hair and then set it on a wig head to dry. You can also pin it up by its cap to dry, but this could slightly stretch or distort the shape of the cap.

After above easy steps, your wigs will be refreshed and ready to go!