Looking to remove shine from a wig? Sometimes synthetic wigs and toppers come with an unnatural shine…shine that looks a little, well, too shiny and fake.
(Not all wigs come shiny–Ellen Wille hair fibers are incredibly realistic right from the start as are a few Raquel Welch colors I’ve seen.)
If your wig or topper is too shiny and you want to make a wig less shiny, then you MUST invest in dry shampoo.
But not just any dry shampoo–I’ve tested a few of them and I’ll let you in on my “dry shampoo” secret. Not all of them are created equal!
From left to right, we have Bumble & Bumble Dry Shampoo (which you’ve mostly heard me talk about as a scalp concealer for bald spots, Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo, Pantene Pro-V Blowout Extend Dry Shampoo, Batiste Dry Shampoo, and Klorane Dry Shampoo (with Oat Milk).
Quite the roundup, eh?
Before we get into the results, I wanted to check: have you grabbed my guide which details how to make your synthetic hair last damn near forever? If not, make sure you get it!
Ok, on to the results!
How to Make a Wig Less Shiny: Battle of the Dry Shampoos
The first one I tried to lessen the shine from my wigs and toppers was the Tresemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo.
I could immediately see how this product might help to decrease the shine in synthetic wigs and toppers…just a quick spritz and it was dulled. However, the product itself is white (almost like you are spraying baby powder).
This might not be bad if I had blond hair, however, it looked chalky on my medium brown pieces. Even after brushing through, the color of my hair was changed too much for my liking.
It does wash right out, however.
I will note that this product had a really nice scent to it, though. It may be overpowering to sensitive noses, but it died down over the course of the day.
I knew I was on to something with these dry shampoos; I just had to find the right one. So, one by one I went, testing away, until I found two that worked for me.
First, let me show you the difference between a piece that is right out of the box, versus one that has been sprayed with my dry shampoo “winner” to help reduce the shine.
Both toppers in the above pic are Milan by Noriko. Can you guess which one has been treated with the dry shampoo to help remove the shine?
If you guessed the hair on the right, you’d be correct.
Same two pieces, just a slightly different angle. Again, the topper on the right (note: since these are upside down…the one visually on the left!) has been sprayed with dry shampoo to help remove the shine.
See the difference?
This last photo is similar to the very first one I showed you, but again, a slightly different perspective. The piece that has had shine removed is on the bottom.
So, what do you think?
How to Make a Wig Less Shiny (or Topper!): The Winners
I love, love, love these two dry shampoos for removing shine from wigs and toppers, for two different reasons.
Winner 1 for removing shine from wigs:
The Klorane Dry Shampoo is a bit on the pricey side, but I consider this to be the Cadillac of dry shampoos.
Its spritz is SO fine that it doesn’t leave a white, powdery residue like some of the other, less expensive brands do. It sprays nice and evenly and doesn’t leave my hair with a “coated” feeling.
It also smells SO good.
I’m not sure if it’s the oat milk in it, or what, but it just smells…normal.
I can’t quite put my finger on it, but some of the other options I tried smelled very perfume-y. I just want my hair to smell like hair, and not like I dipped my head in a dang field full of sunflowers.
Winner 2 for removing shine from wigs:
The other option I like is Batiste Dry Shampoo. The pricing of this is at drugstore levels, which is nice, and the smell isn’t too overpowering (but it’s definitely there).
This is a tinted dry shampoo – it’s similar to my Bumble & Bumble (which is what I used to use to cover my bald spots prior to wearing fake hair) in that it sprays out with a color. In my case, it’s a brown color, however it does come in blond and maybe even black.
My “problem” with this is that UNLIKE using it to cover bald spots and thinning hair (which you CAN do), you want to spray this much more diffusely throughout your synthetic hair.
Meaning, when you are focusing on covering, you are looking to spray a specific area.
If you are looking to remove shine from a wig or topper, you want to kind of spray it all over. This makes this product a wee bit messy.
As in, my counters were covered in a fine, brown film (and I should’ve taken a photo!).
Much like anything in life, nothing is 100% perfect, and both of these dry shampoos are good…they just have trade-offs.
If you want something that is very fine, smells nice, doesn’t leave a mess, but is a bit pricier? Go with the Klorane Dry Shampoo.
If you want something that is very budget-friendly but you can live with constant clean up? Consider Batiste Dry Shampoo.
Note: I did not experience any color run-off onto my clothes with this, even though it was messy in my bathroom!
In all of my photos above, I’ve actually used BOTH of these products. I like using the Batiste first as a light base coat. Then the Klorane on top of it to finish the job – the more-natural smell of the Klorane stands out then (the scent of the Batiste isn’t bad, I just much prefer the Klorane), and I use less of the more-expensive Klorane that way.
What do you use to help remove annoying shine from your wigs and toppers?
UPDATE: I recently found what I now consider to be the best dry hair shampoo (it’s super-cheap and it smells like heaven).
Check it out!