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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 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 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://
!MinamiKon - [link]
~Liyuku - [link]
~AppuruPie - [link]
~MirianRose - [link]
:devBlander-Madness: - [link]
~JellicleCatKivu - [link]
~LittleMonsterLp -
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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!
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 
ZAPPYLAZERS Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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...
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:
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: )) 
ladythesta Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Good luck! I'm sure the results will be well worth the effort. ^^
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!!!!!!!!!
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. ^^
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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