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Tut: HOMEMADE WIG DETANGLER by Stealthos-Aurion Tut: HOMEMADE WIG DETANGLER by Stealthos-Aurion
So, you may have seen wig detanglers sold in real wig shops and online. Sure, they work on cosplay wigs as well, but shipping can also be a monster for your 1-item order. Or maybe you are at an event and your long wig is now a tangled mess. You retreat to your hotel room to try and salvage your wig, but what can you do?!

Here is a cheap and easy way to make your own wig detangler. An old beauty trick to calm fly-aways and detangle knotted hair is using lotion. This is one of those "if it works for real hair, it works on plastic hair" moments, so soak it in. These moments do not come often.

The tut is pretty straight forward, please check out my thoughts (below the materials box) if you have custom dyed your wig. Otherwise, have a field day. The solution not only detangles your wig but it helps keep new knots and tangles from forming, rather like using silicone spray sans strong chemical odors. My wigs all smell like Lucky 7 perfume now, lol. You also can't really "ruin" a wig doing this. If your wig feels greasy, have too much lotion on the fibers. Wash it out and either add more water to your current solution or do not apply as much to the wig.

EDIT: This does work on curly wigs too! See Tifaia's comment.

Questions/comments/suggestions always welcome. Thanks bros!
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ZombieOwl Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
After hearing all the good things about this tut, I'm totally going to try it out! I like the idea of using lotion instead of silicone spray >.<
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2014
Good luck!

For me, my homemade recipe was much more convenient to use because you are not limited to working outside or areas with pristine ventilation. Silicone spray in the amount required to detangle and condition a wig creates so many fumes. I hope you will find it convenient as well!
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SassyKawaiiMitch Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
This tutorial is everything i need right now!! Long wigs are such a pain >.> 
I have a question tho. What do you mean by lotion? Is it like soap or conditioner? I...really dont get it ^^U
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014
No trickery here :) You just use hand or body lotion, as in, the stuff you use to moisturize your skin!

As it is going onto a synthetic wig, note that you pretty much use ANY quality product. There are not going to be benefits of using a $50 product versus one you got at a dollar store or grabbed from your hotel bathroom, so use what you want or whatever smells best to you (if you opt to use the scented kind). Hope this helps! Feel free to ask questions if it didn't.
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SassyKawaiiMitch Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2014  New member Hobbyist General Artist
aaah thank you so very very very much!!! :>

getting to it right away! cant wait to have my wig back the way it first was :3
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ChiiSanCullen Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2014
My Tauriel wig has been giving me so many problems. Like, ive tried everything and it always ends up a mess as soon as I put it on. This helped me get it looking nice and shiny for Medieval Faire tomorrow :D LIFEEEE SAVERRRRRRRR
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
*fist bump for Tauriel and glad you were able to get the wig into shipshape for your event!
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ChiiSanCullen Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
and it turned out excellent!

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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2014
Awyeaaa! You rocked that look! :)
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ShiroKuroMiho Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
GLAAAAD I found this before busy con time!!
you are god.
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