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Salvaging a Wig by ladythesta Salvaging a Wig by ladythesta
So 'Salvaging a Near Unsalvagable Wig' won in the pole, and since I pretty much had everything I needed right here to put it together, I did. Though there isn't as many 'step by step' pictures like my other tutorials have, I figured most people already know how to comb hair and washing wigs has been covered by other tutorials. Plus wigs usually say on their tags when you buy them how to wash them, SO! Moving on!

The wig featured here is an Amanda wig from cosworx.com that I originally ordered for my Envy cosplay. I was intending on dread-locking it, but the thing kind of exploded upon removing it from the bag and very quickly became unmanageable. So I stuffed it in a bag in my closet only to bring it out for a brief stint at Sakura Con '08 before promptly banishing it to my closet again.

Anyways, this tutorial was spawned from reading through many threads on cosplay.com on different ways to detangle wigs. Everything from fabric softener to 4-in-1 spray lubricant. Decided the fabric softener seemed less dangerous since the wig has to, you know, go on my head. X3

Hope this is helpful for somebody! Please, if you link off sight credit me to the original work (at least don't remove my name from the tutorial). Otherwise feel free to use it in your next wig endeavor!

EDIT: I have been informed by someone who used this tutorial that this method will straighten a curly wig. So if you want your wig to still be curly after putting it through this treatment you will have to go back and re-curl the wig.

EDIT x2: I feel, since I get several questions on the matter, that I must state that I DON'T KNOW IF THIS'LL WORK ON ALL WIGS!!! The best advice I can offer is to just TRY! What's the worst that can happen? You're out a few hours of labor on a wig that you couldn't use for anything anyways.

EDIT x3: This method CAN be used with cold water. Cold isn't as affective as the warm water, but it does work.

However, if you do try this tutorial and find that it did something that I wasn't aware of (like straightening a curly wig) then please let me know so I can add it here to let others know.

Thank you!

Those deviants that have used the tutorial!
~The-Ginzas - hxxp://www.mediafire.com/?ij9l8cjie6jqzv1
!MinamiKon - [link]
~Liyuku - [link]
~AppuruPie - [link]
~MirianRose - [link]
:devBlander-Madness: - [link]
~JellicleCatKivu - [link]
~LittleMonsterLp - unblogmasv.blogspot.com
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Soapy-Duckling Featured By Owner Edited Oct 4, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much forthis! I have a very cheap back up wig for my Yui Hirasawa cosplay, and this just saved my life! You're awesome!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome! Happy to know that the struggle of salvaging wigs is a little less of a struggle. ^^
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RinKagamine696 Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
this sounds really helpful!~ i think ill do this to my America cosplay wig :3 thanks for posting 
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome!
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ZAPPYLAZERS Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
ARE YOU FRECKLED JESUS?
YOU SRSLY SAVED MY LIFE
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No, but I would love that on a button! And you are super welcome!
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TurkTang Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! I'm going to use this for a brown wig I have that one of my friends decided to throw on the ground and I need it for Friday for a cosplay of Sam Winchester I'm going to wear to a con... I needed something that wasn't going to destroy my wig, because I don't trust hot water on one of these...
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AmberGoesRawr09 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014
I'll be trying this on my Miku wig tomorrow! Just got it today and it's already tangled and messy and I only wore it once D:
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kawaii-chibicosplay Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013  Student Artist
Aaah I am going to try out this tutorial whenever I get the shampoo stuff uwu 
My wig is almost mattered with knots, ;A; and it is pretty dirty (Since I worn it outside a few times) 

*fingers cross that I won't stuff up* 
((I will post links with progress reports and such :iconblushuplz: )) 
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck! I'm sure the results will be well worth the effort. ^^
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XBlissfulnightmareX Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013
I used your method and I was insanely happy with the results. Oh my goodness your a genius i landed up washing all my wigs with this method there all beautiful thank you i will post pictures as soon as i can :D <3 thank you!!!!!!!!!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm so glad this was able to help you out! It's the only way I wash my wigs anymore. ^^
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XBlissfulnightmareX Featured By Owner Oct 21, 2013
im using this tutorial right no!!!! Ill let you know how it goes and ill post up pictures :D
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Disney-Overdose Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2013  Student General Artist
I've been trying to get my Miku Hatsune wig untangled for DAYS.. I'll definitely try this and post some pictures on the results c: thanks for this!!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I hope it works for you!
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enjoithis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love you for this..
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaw, that's sweet. <3
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purplewig Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you!!!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Very welcome! Before and after pictures if you use the tutorial please? I would love to see!
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CaptainFeline Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2013  Student General Artist
I need to try this. The wig for my Queen Elinor cosplay is driving my crazy. Thank you for this tutorial though! :D
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please get before and after pictures! I would love to see. ^^
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psyco-chick28 Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I really needed this for my LARP wig, the poor things been though nearly six events and it's pretty tangled despite the preventative measure I took, like silicone detangling spray and styling it in a braided updo.
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck detangling it! Please get before/after pictures for me? I would love to see. ^^
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EdTheKid Featured By Owner May 19, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I really hope this works i have been working on my Kagami Hiiragi wig pigtail (that i somehow tangles trying to comb it out yesterday) for like 6 hours with conditioner and hair oils and lots and lots of combing it has done nothing if this works i will for sure send you some before and after pictures because my pigtail is a horrible mess!
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Sorry for the delay in replying, but I hope you were able to salvage your pigtail!
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Fabi-ren Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh blessing Christ, you have just saved my life with this tutorial!!
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:iconladythesta:
ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I'm glad! Could you get before and after pictures for me? I would love to see. ^^
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Fabi-ren Featured By Owner May 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
IŽll do so!
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suus777 Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
how long does it take to dry
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
That really depends on how much fiber there is on your wig.
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AquariusTaurus Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I'm off to try this on my Feferi wig! :D I thought it was a lost cause <3
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Please get before and after pictures! I would love to see!! ^^
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AquariusTaurus Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2013
I totally forgot to take pictures :( I'll be sure to take some next time I wind up having to do this, I'm getting another long wig and I can almost garuntee it'll wind up at this point xD (I fail so badly at taking care of wigs >.>)
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andieTHM Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
thanks for the tutorial i finally managed to tame my wig from hell.
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:iconladythesta:
ladythesta Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
You are very welcome! You wouldn't of gotten any before/after pictures, would you?
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andieTHM Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No sorry, I braided it up and I don't want to take the braid out because it might get ruined for my cosplay
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ChiChobits Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2013
Omg! Yay Thank u for this, I really needed help for my Chi wig...ur wig is the same as mine but its green ^ o^
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck with your Chi wig! If you can, please get before and after pictures for me. I would love to see!
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ChiChobits Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2013
Hai! ^ o^
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TurtleFish91 Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013
Ahhh, this tutorial is a lifesaver! I'll have to try it, I thought my wig was doomed. Also, by any chance, where can you find wefts?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I usually make my own from loose hair that I've purchased from Amphigory or other such wig sites that sell loose hair fibers. Although some of those sites sell pre-wefted fibers.
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TurtleFish91 Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2013
Ok! Thank you! ^.^
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BakuchanBaku Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013   Digital Artist
I am going to be attempting to save my miku pigtails today-- would you like me to upload pictures when I'm done and post them here? :3 I'm very excited after seeing all of the good results from other deviants.
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Yes please!
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Dalareyn Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013
Did this to 4 wigs. I got pictures of the worst one (which now looks great!). Where can I send them to?
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:iconladythesta:
ladythesta Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
If you upload them on here in your scraps, that would be perfect. ^^
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SesuKyio Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thanks that's really helpful, my mother fix wigs sometimes I do to and we will be trying this.
Does this only apply to synthetic wigs or any type of wig?
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ladythesta Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I've only ever tried it on synthetic wigs. Natural fiber wigs can be washed with a detangling shampoo and a leave in conditioner to bring it back to life/luster. Not so much with synthetics
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SesuKyio Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
ah I see
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oOChaosKruemelOo Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012
can i also use cold water? 'cause i tried it today but i think it needs another bath with fabric softerner. i still have the water with the softener in it but it'll be cold tomorrow. can i use it again or is it useless with cold water?
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