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Factory made & freshly opened synthetic wigs should not contain any smell. Yet, depending upon the supplier synthetic wigs might carry pungent smell of chemicals often time. Synthetic wigs also absorb smells from the environment such as smoke from cooking, fire, tobacco etc. Wearing synthetic wigs over time without taking care to wash it also produces bad sweaty smell that do not dissipate easily. Deposits and oil secreted by scalp glands turn wigs dirty and make them stink. In order to remove the foul-smell out of synthetic wigs, try one of the following DIY methods.
Apple Cider Vinegar Dilution
Since synthetic wigs are finished by alkaline to protect the hair fiber & to keep them heat-resistant, they might generate unpleasant or nasty smells. If the smell does not go even after ordinary washing then it is time to roll the sleeves up for an extra step! Prepare a solution of Apple cider vinegar with water in 4:1 ratio. Mix it well & let your wig soaked in the solution for 20-30 minutes. The vinegar will work out to remove the white film off of your wig. This film is actually the product buildup & chemicals clinging to your synthetic wig. This method is also recommended to people who are allergic to synthetic wigs just because of the chemicals or dyes used in the manufacturing.
Baking soda is a wonderful agent to deodorize synthetic wigs. It also is considered a good alternative to wig shampoo. To use baking soda, fill your washing sink with ¾ of water & add 1/4th cup of baking soda. Dissolve it completely to prevent chalky residue and soak your synthetic wig for 4 hours. Wash your synthetic wig as you usually do & let it air dry.
After you are done with either of these DIY methods; spray off your synthetic wigs with a DIY wig conditioner. Wig conditioner keeps your wig soft, smooth & style intact. It also adds a natural shine & sweet fragrance to your synthetic wigs that you might have purchased after making heavy savings out of your limited pocket money.