Bring a worn out, dry, frizzy wig back to life with flexi rods and a clothing steamer.

It’s no secret that I wear wigs from time to time while I am growing out my natural hair. I mean, who doesn’t these days? Beyoncé has a wig stash that I would die to get my hands on. But since human hair wigs can cost as much as $2,000 per unit, most people buy synthetic wigs as a budget friendly alternative.

Although affordable, synthetic pieces don’t last as long as human hair; they become dry and matted with wear, and can only be manipulated for so long before you have to shelve it. But with the advancing technology of high heat synthetic fibers, there are many different methods to extend the lifespan of synthetic hair.

Today I’m going to show you how to use a clothing steamer to add waves or curls to a synthetic unit.

Steaming a worn-out, dry, and frizzy synthetic wig is a great way to quickly restyle, revitalize, and condition it. Since synthetic wigs have style memory, they can easily retain their shape until they are steamed or styled again. To achieve this look, I used flexi rods and a handheld clothing steamer.


Flexi rods come in various colors and sizes. I chose blue and gray for medium to large sized curls.

Step 1: Detangle


I have had her for about a year and a half. Let’s just say she’s seen better days.

Brush out the unit completely to eliminate any knots and tangles. If you are having trouble getting through a matted unit, generously spray it with a fabric softener/water mixture. Run a paddle brush from tip to root to avoid harshly snagging and tearing away hair.

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