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Heat styling a synthetic wig

Lush wigs have a good variety of different styles to offer. However, achieving a different look or adding some extra definition for a special occasion, often involves heat styling, which can be intimidating for wig owners. Lets guide you through the process of heat styling a wig like a pro while prioritising its health and longevity.

Heat styling and synthetic Wigs

Heat-friendly synthetic wigs are made with special fibers that can withstand low to medium heat, providing flexibility in styling without causing damage.

Invest in Quality Heat Styling Tools

Investing in quality heat styling tools is crucial to achieving the best results while minimising potential damage. Opt for ceramic or tourmaline-coated heating tools that distribute heat evenly and reduce the risk of hot spots that could harm the wig fibers. Adjustable temperature settings are also essential, allowing you to customize the heat up to 140c and never above this setting.

Always Use Heat Protection

Before applying any heat to your wig, always use a heat protectant product specifically designed for wigs. These products form a protective barrier, shielding the wig fibers from direct contact with the heat. Be sure to apply the heat protectant evenly and sparingly to avoid any unwanted buildup.

Test Heat on a Small Section

Before fully heat styling your wig, conduct a patch test on a small, inconspicuous section to determine the wig’s reaction to heat. Set your hot tool to the lowest temperature and gently apply it to the chosen section.

Use Low to Medium Heat Settings

To ensure the longevity of your wig, always use a heat setting of 140°C (284°F) or under on your styling tools. High temperatures can lead to irreversible damage, causing the fibers to lose their luster and bounce. Be patient and work in small sections, as it may take longer to style your wig, but it’s worth preserving its quality.

Embrace the Right Styling Techniques

Whether you’re curling, straightening, or creating waves, adopt the right styling techniques for the best results. When curling, use a larger barrel to achieve loose, natural-looking curls. For straightening, glide the flat iron gently through the wig, avoiding tugging or pulling on the fibers.

Allow Sufficient Cooling Time

After heat styling, allow your wig sufficient time to cool down before handling it further. This cooling period helps the hairstyle set and reduces the risk of disrupting the curls or waves prematurely. Just use some bobbie pins to hold in place, and once cooled: remove.

Heat styling a wig doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Armed with the right knowledge and tools, you can create stunning hairstyles while maintaining the health and integrity of your wig. Remember Lush wigs are heat friendly premium synthetic hair. With patience and practice, you’ll become a master at heat styling, transforming your wig into a canvas for endless styling possibilities!

If you have any questions you want to ask, please email us here

Dying a synthetic wig (at your own risk)

We regularly get emails asking us whether it’s OK to dye one of our wigs. We usually reply to these with a “well we wouldn’t recommend it…” but we know there is a way that has been proven to work, and has been endorsed by our own customers, so we thought we would tell you how it’s done!

**DISCLAIMER: Lush Wigs cannot be held responsible for a ruined wig, we don’t recommend you try this, it’s always better to buy a wig in the colour you’d like, however if you have an old wig you aren’t afraid to completely ruin if the process doesn’t work, this could be worth a try!**

It’s a great way to revive old styles you don’t wear anymore.

Note: boiling water can smooth out synthetic hair, if your wig was styled in curls when you boiled it though, these curls will not still be present after it dries. This process removes any style the wig had been set into.

You’ll need:

A light coloured wig that is heat resistant (all Lush Wigs are) – one of our light blondes is most likely to take dye, never try and put colour into a wig that already has colour in it. It will just ruin the wig.

Fabric dye – look into a brand that others have used on wigs, this differs worldwide. NEVER USE REGULAR HAIR DYE ON SYNTHETIC HAIR – it will melt!

A large pot – big enough to stir the wig around in with plenty of room for all the hair. If the hair is crammed in, you might not get even colour coverage.
Put some old clothes on just in case!


Put your pot on the stove, and fill with enough water to completely cover your wig. Bring this water to the boil, then drop in your dye. You can control the colour at this stage, the more colour you add, the darker it’ll come out. If you want a washed out/pastel vibe, just a little will do.
As the water reaches boiling, run your wig under a tap to get it wet, this helps the dye take properly. Take the boiling pot off the heat, and put your wig in the water. Give it a mix around with a wooden spoon to make sure the colour gets to all the strands of hair. The longer it is in the water, the more of the colour it’ll take in. If you’ve made your water quite coloured and you only want a tint, take it out fairly quickly. It’s important that you keep an eye on the wig during this part, as it will determine how it looks, so remember not to leave it in too long if you don’t want an intense colour.
Once the wig looks the right colour, remove it from the water and rinse it under the cold tap. Do this until the water runs clear, like you would with regular hair dye. You can then lay your wig out and leave it to air dry.


This process is risky, factors like how well your wig has been looked after, the quality of fabric dye used etc. can all have an effect on the outcome, so please be careful, and as we said above, don’t do this on a wig you aren’t OK with potentially ruining. Having said that, you could bring an old wig back to life with a new look.