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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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:iconkaixiniee:
kaixiniee Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Student Digital Artist
May I know if normal conditioners work?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2015
Lightweight conditioners will work but even these are designed to be rinsed out of the hair so you might find that they leave the wig a bit greasy or weighed down. You can also use a leave-in conditioner or hair detangler sprays too. It is all a matter of personal preference and what tools/items you have available to you. Just like everything in cosplay, experiment and see what works best for you because anything is possible.

However, the point of my tutorial using lotion was also because lotion tends to be cheaper and many people have some lying around their house or can use the small bottle when they stay at a hotel. Since most cosplayers are using synthetic wigs, there is not really a need to spend more on products/use your "good stuff" designed to condition human hair because synthetic wig hair is long, extruded, strands of plastic. Hope this helps!  :)
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kaixiniee Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2015  Student Digital Artist
Aahhh.. I see! Thank you so much for your reply! I really appreciate it. Thanks for your tutorial, too, it's very helpful!
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SakuraNights Featured By Owner May 18, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Extremely useful!! Thank you!!
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MagickRyuu Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I used it on a long, pink wig, and it managed to get the tangles out, but now the wig is really frizzy. Do you know why, or have any solutions to that?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Apr 26, 2015
Sometimes it happens when brushing the wig a bit too much. It's a simple fix though. You can use hot water to straighten the fibers again or if you have a garment steamer, that works well without making the wig wet. If your wig happens to be heat resistant, you can also test out a straightener (on low settings first).
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MagickRyuu Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :D I'll try it out
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ReL-Coeli Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2015  Student General Artist
Thank you for this tutorial! It worked wonders on my long red wig! :D
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MiketheElephantBrony Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2015
Can it work on Build-A-Bear pony manes?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2015
I am not sure what pony manes are made of from Build-A-Bear but if it is like wig fiber, it might.

When in doubt, try a small test area where it won't be seen if there's a problem. 
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Okay
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nekozikasilver1 Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2015
I'm trying this out on a wig of mine with waves, before using it on my good wig that has corkscrew curls in it.  I've been hesitant to wash my wig cause I don't want the curls to come out and I don't know how to style too well.  (The wig was bought styled)

I'm also looking forward to using this on a massive wig I have in storage, and then try to put some wave in it.   
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gigi62 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015
Does this work on human hair wigs?
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2015
Yes.
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Toyon95 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015
I' rather use this than fabric softener since fabric softener isn't really good for you if you antecedently inhale it or get it in your eyes. Thanks!
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2015
You are most welcome. I'm glad this solution is workable for you. :D
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TisIsYaoiish Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2015  Student General Artist
This is amazing. My mom and I have been fighting with my Hatsune Miku wig's pigtails since October. This was the only thing that has worked and it works wonders.
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BlossomWebstergoo Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Digital Artist
I'm doing mine for my miku wig as well, im so glad someone else understand the pain of her pigtails.
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015
Ah, so glad you were able to rescue your wig! Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback. 
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Krooked-Genes Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Just used this on a long, ponytail clip and it worked wonderfully! Thank you for the tutorial. :)
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2015
Thank you for leaving your feedback and I'm glad this worked well for you!
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AstianaLouise Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Where did you get that wig from? It's gorgeous.
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2014
Ah thank you. It was one I purchased at a local hair and beauty shoppe. It is a high-quality kanekalon wig which I have since sold. That said, there are many lovely high-temperature wigs, especially those made of hiperlon or futura fibers, on the market these days that have a real hair look and feel and are a bit easier to care for and style than kanekalon.
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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  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  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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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2014
Thank you, I am glad you found the tutorial helpful!
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lexophile42 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
YOU are a lifesaver!! I've been pricing all these wig detanglers and stuff, but THIS is so much more convenient!!
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
Glad this tutorial was able to help you!
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lexophile42 Featured By Owner Jul 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Update: I spritzed my wig with this magic potion the week before heading out to SDCC, the wig not only survived the 6 hour drive completely untangled, but was also silky smooth for 4 hours of running around con, walking around the city for about an hour, and 3 hours at a concert. After all of that, it only needed to be finger combed before getting re-packed for the drive home.
Again, THANK YOU!!
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2014
And thank YOU for sharing your feedback and experience using the recipe. I love hearing back from people! :)
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xHimePaintx Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
This is awesome!!!!
I just got my wig today (waited 1 week over the actual date it should have arrived q_q) and as it arrived today, the ends were tangled but this is so awesome <33 I'm happy I found this, or else my wig would have died due the next week i guess without wearing qwq <3
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
I am very glad to hear that you were able to rescue your wig and can now wear it for your event!
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Vicky-V Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for making/posting this!! My current wig detangler is running out and I'm currently having to keep a close eye on my finances so I'll definitely be trying this out.
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
You are most welcome. Why spend dollars in a store when you can make this stuff at home for pennies. I hope you will find this recipe useful in making a nice replacement.
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popperbooty Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014  Hobbyist
THANK GOD YOU EXIST. I'm going to London Comic con next month, and my (Second, due to impossible tangles) Miku wig has strands sticking out and huge knots all over the place!
Thanks for helping me! You're so awesome! ^_^
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2014
Very glad you were able to rescue your Miku wig! Those are notorious for tangles and becoming rat-nests because of length. 
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ShelandryStudio Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG this is perfect
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SimplexLux Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
You saved me from spending another 31 dollars on a 100cm wig. I thought I wasted my money on a crappy wig that tangles every time the wind blows but this is just what I needed. Thank you!!! <3333 :3
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
Glad you were able to recover your wig!
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AgentNinetalesX Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much, you saved my most favorite wig from absolute despair! It got bird's-nested by some dude in an Ezio jacket at ShutoCon last weekend... 
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Stealthos-Aurion Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014
I'm glad that you saved your wig after it got messed up by another cosplayer :)
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PrincessHex Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is absolutely fantastic!!! I just tried it on my wig that I'm styling for my Princess Zelda cosplay and my friends wig for her Navi cosplay.

I'm definitely taking the solution with me to Supanova next week!!! THANK YOU!!
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