How to Care for a Braided Wig for Long-Term Wear in 2023

Hello there! I love braided wigs and realize how important it is to take care of them so that they last a long time. Even after months of use, proper care can keep your braided wig looking as beautiful as the day you bought it. In order to make your braided wig last as long as possible, I will offer my best maintenance advice in this article.

Start with a clean wig

It’s important to make sure your braided wig is clean before you start using it. Washing it with a mild shampoo and conditioner will help you achieve this. Before wearing it, make sure to rinse it thoroughly and let it air dry. This will reduce the chance of dirt or product accumulating on the wig.

Be gentle when handling the wig

Braided wigs can be fragile, so it’s important to handle them gently. When you are putting on or taking off your wig, be careful not to pull or pull the braids too hard. As a result, they can eventually loosen or loosen. Instead, move slowly and gently to avoid damaging the wig.

Avoid excessive heat

It is very important to avoid using high heat when styling your braided wig as it can damage the fibers. Use low to medium heat instead, and always apply a heat protectant spray or serum when using styling tools. You can also use other styling methods, such as elastic wands or perming wands, to create curls without using heat.

Store your wig properly

When you are not wearing your braided wig, you should store it properly to avoid damage. To maintain its shape, you should place it on a wig stand or mannequin head. If you don’t have a wig stand, you can store it in a box or bag, but keep it away from direct sunlight and heat sources.

Protect your wig while sleeping

If you wear it to bed, it’s important to keep your braided wig from rubbing against the pillow. Over time, this can cause the braid to fray or twist. To avoid this, you can wrap your wig in a satin or silk scarf or bonnet before going to bed. This will help keep the braids in place and protect them from damage.

Clean your wig regularly

Even if you’re not wearing your braided wig every day, it’s still important to clean it regularly to prevent dirt and product build-up.  You can wash it every few weeks or as needed with a mild conditioner and shampoo. Before wearing it again, rinse it carefully and let it air dry completely.

Avoid harsh chemicals

Harsh chemicals, such as bleach or hair dye, can cause the fibers of your braided wig to break or break over time. If you want to change the color of your wig, you should use a wig spray or temporary hair color. These products are specially formulated for wigs and will not damage the fibers.

Don’t wear your wig for too long

While it’s tempting to wear your braided wig for weeks or months, it’s important to give your scalp and hair a break. Don’t wear your wig for more than 2-4 weeks at a time, depending on how well you take care of it. This will help protect your natural hair and scalp from damage.

Get regular trims

Your braided wig, just like your natural hair, can benefit from regular trims. This will help keep the braids nice and clean and prevent split ends. For me, sometimes I do it myself with a pair of scissors, and sometimes I take my box braid wig to a professional stylist for a trim.

Be patient with the tangles

Even with the best care, your braided wig can still tangle or knot over time. When this happens, it is important to be patient and gentle when trying to eliminate it. Gently work your way through the tangles with a wide-tooth comb or your fingers, starting at the bottom and working your way up. Pulling or bending braids can loosen or unravel them.


Maintaining your braided wig for long-term wear requires patience, care and attention to detail. By following these tips and tricks, you can help your wig look beautiful and last longer. Whether you’re wearing your braid wigs for everyday use or for a special occasion, taking care of it will ensure it looks its best.

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