Can You Put Mousse on Synthetic Hair?

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Mousse and other hair styling products, are great for styling, moisturizing, and protecting your hair from heat. But those work on hair! What’s the deal for those with synthetic hair like wigs and weaves? There are certain products that you should avoid completely.

That leads us to ask, can you put mousse on synthetic hair? 

You will be glad to know that, yes, you can put mousse on synthetic hair, but only mousse that has been designed for use on synthetic hair, or one that does not contain alcohol. 

In this article, we’ll look at mousse and synthetic hair.

We’ll also go over a few other issues that you might come across if you have synthetic hair, including:

  • Synthetic hair care products: What to use and why
  • How to care for synthetic hair
  • The dos and don’ts of synthetic hair


Synthetic Hair Care and Styling Products

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While many women (and men) use regular styling and hair care products on their wigs and weaves, there is a risk of causing unnecessary damage to the hair when using the wrong products. 

Unfortunately, not all hair care products available on the market are created using the same ingredients.

Those for “regular” or real hair often contain ingredients like alcohol that will cause moisture loss, change the shape or quality of synthetic hair, and even lead to irreparable damage. 

Synthetic hair care and styling products designed for use on synthetic hair contain no alcohol and are either water or silicone-based to protect the hair from heat and damage.

Synthetic hair cannot withstand the effects of chemicals, so choosing natural products is a must. 

Synthetic hair cannot withstand the effects of chemicals, so choosing natural products is a must.

We know that styling products created for a certain hair type or synthetic hair can be expensive. Still, you can buy relatively good quality products at a reasonable cost from any drug store or supermarket. 

How to Care for Synthetic Hair

Before you rush out and buy a wig or get a weave, it is important that you know how to care for your new hair.

It might seem easy enough to buy any shampoo and conditioner or styling products, but knowing how to properly maintain synthetic hair is key to long-lasting, luscious locks. 

Here are a few care tips that you need to know about synthetic hair:

1. Wigs

For wig owners, washing your wig is necessary to keep it looking good and tangle-free. If you wear your wig every day or even every other day, you should wash it at least once a week.

And be sure to use a good quality shampoo and conditioner designed for wigs and synthetic hair .

Comb out your wig before washing, and let your wig dry naturally if possible.

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Washing your wig is necessary to keep it looking good and tangle-free.

To keep your wig looking fabulous and shiny, there are several hair oil options that can be used to keep the ends neat and help the wig keep its shape. Remember to wash your hair thoroughly to remove any product that may be in your hair. 

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Some wigs can be heat-styled. But only certain types, depending on the synthetic materials used to create them. Always take note of this when purchasing your wig, and ensure that you buy one of the best quality that you can afford. 

2. Weaves and Extensions

Weave washing tips are more or less the same as those of wigs, but hair can be washed more often than once a week, depending on how quickly your hair gets oily and dirty and also how often you use products to style your hair. 

Treat your weaves to a good conditioner, and use a leave-in conditioner if your hair is particularly dry. 

Weaves and extensions can be heat styled, but remember to use a heat-protective spray or product before you style your hair. This helps to prevent damage, moisture loss, and of course, shrinkage (and discomfort). 

The Dos and Don’ts of Synthetic Hair

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Keeping your synthetic hair in tip-top shape is easy if you know what to do (and what not to do). We have come up with a list of important do’s and don’ts that you should keep in mind when styling, treating, and caring for your synthetic hair. 

  • Don’t overload your synthetic hair with products. While we do understand the importance of styling your hair to look great, synthetic hair should not be washed every day. And using products can damage the synthetic strands and even change their shape and texture. 
  • Do invest in a wide-toothed comb and a brush designed specifically for synthetic hair. Both are useful when washing or styling your synthetic hair and will minimize breakage and damage from using the wrong type of brush. 
  • Don’t heat style synthetic hair unless it is of good quality and can, in fact, be styled using heat like that of hair irons and curling tongs. Remember to use a heat-protective spray
  • Do use serums to keep your hair soft, moisturized, and looking good. Synthetic hair can dry out, causing it to go fluffy, frizzy, and wild. Avoid this by using a serum on the ends of your hair, and always brush with a synthetic hair brush. 
  • Don’t dry synthetic hair with a hair dryer. Air-drying wigs can help maintain shape and allow each strand to dry properly. There are stands available for drying wigs. 

These are, of course, only a handful of the most common dos and don’ts that come with caring for your synthetic hair.

When in doubt about which products you can and cannot use, you can always ask your hairstylist for care tips or join an online forum for synthetic hair. 


Caring for synthetic hair might seem tricky. But it is pretty made easy if you remember to use natural or water-based products on your wig or weave.

You can use mousse on synthetic hair if it’s a wig-safe mousse. Alcohol and other additives in products like many standard mousse offerings will damage your synthetic hair, resulting in a shapeless, dull wig or weave. 

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Purchasing hair care and styling products designed specifically for synthetic hair can erase any doubt you may have about the safety of a product on your wig or weave and will leave your synthetic locks looking luscious and shiny for a long time.

Be sure to follow our care tips too. Wishing you a happy (synthetic) hair day!

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).