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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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SimplexLux 4 days ago  New member 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
Glad you were able to recover your wig!
AgentNinetalesX 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... 
I'm glad that you saved your wig after it got messed up by another cosplayer :)
PrincessHex 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!!
I'm glad that you found this tutorial helpful! Thank you for taking the time to comment :D
PrincessHex Mar 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
my pleasure ^^
TeiRaven Mar 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I FINALLY got around to doing this, and let me tell you, I am never leaving the house without it ever again! I got my first curly wig at Anime Boston and she was a tangled mess by the end of the weekend from rubbing against my back--I can sort out straight wigs like it's my job but this one just didn't want to comb. But now she is silky smooth again and smells like cherry blossoms XD

And I seem to recall you once saying that if you marinade the wig in this and then braid it it'll help refresh the waves? because that would be an excellent happening too XD

(man your tutorials are the best tutorials)
Glad this worked well for you too!

A braid will help keep waves intact. It can also put waves in a straight wig if you want them (depending on how tightly you braid it). If you have a long straight wig and don't want waves, you would only need to make a super loose braid to prevent tangles during storage.
EchoVoice713 Mar 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
THANK YOU! I have a super long wig and this helped so much! Only spent $7, WORTH IT
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