Making Wigs (and wig fibers) Less Shiny Tutorial! I’m not sure how useful people will find this, but I’ve used it a lot so I may as well share in the hopes that it’s useful to someone else!
Sometimes you buy wigs and extensions and they’re lovely and nothing needs to be done to them – places like Arda Wigs already have fantastic fibers on their wigs. However, I like to get a lot of my wig supplies from my local Beauty Supply Store (er, that’s actually the name of it) downtown. It’s just so convenient, inexpensive, and I don’t have to wait for stuff to arrive in the mail. The downside to this is that a lot of their extensions are really obnoxiously shiny and plastic-y looking. They have that undeniable PARTY WIG look about them. And that is an awful thing.
So here’s how I take care of it! First, brush out your wig or extensions to get rid of tangles- then fill a bowl or bucket (I think I used a vase in these photos) with liquid fabric softener. You don’t need any sort of fancy fabric softener- just pick some up from the dollar store and you’ll be fine. Submerge your wig/extensions in the fabric softener and swish them around a bit to make sure that they’re fully coated in the stuff – then leave them to stew in that for about a week.
When the week is up, rinse your wig/extensions in cold/lukewarm water (don’t use soap!). Hang them up to dry. Once dry, shake baby powder/talcum powder onto the wig/extensions and brush through- applying more powder as you feel necessary. The fabric softener takes away a bit of the shine and also helps the powder to stick to the wig fibers and mute the obnoxious shine. Style however you want, applying more powder if you feel it’s needed.
I did this on my Leia extensions so that they matched my own hair better (since… my real hair is not QUITE as shiny as a party wig), and also on my Sailor Moon ponytails since they were originally very very shiny! I’ve used it on a few other wigs and sets of extensions and like the way it makes the fibers look more natural and less shiny.
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