Wigs are fun and sometimes necessary accessories. Whether you need a wig or just need a fresh style, putting on a wig can be difficult and tricky. Here are a few easy steps to follow to make sure your wig looks as natural and realistic as possible.
Part 1 of 2: Preparing your hair and head
Step 1. Choose a wig type
There are three main types of wigs: the full, partial or frontal lace wig, and wigs without lace. There are also three different materials that a wig is usually made from: human hair, animal hair, and synthetic hair. Each type of wig has advantages and disadvantages, so make sure you buy a wig that is best for you.
- The full lace wig is made with a lace headnet into which the hair is completely woven. It gives you a natural looking hairline, is more commonly made with human or animal hair, and is easier to style as it can be parted anywhere in the wig. It also offers more comfort when you wear it because it breathes more. The downside is that these wigs are often much more expensive than other types of wigs. They are also more easily damaged as they are not made of durable materials.
- The frontal or partial wig is made with a lace hairnet in the front instead of all the way around. This gives a more natural hairline along your forehead, and is made from more durable materials around most of your head. These wigs can be made of any material and are cheaper than full lace wigs. The downside is that these wigs don't look as natural as full lace wigs and are more difficult to shape due to the way the wig is made.
- Laceless wigs are made on materials such as nylon mesh. These wigs can be made from any hair material, are more durable and much less expensive than other wigs. The downside is that these wigs don't look nearly as realistic as other wigs, and don't blend into the natural hairline as easily as lace wigs.
Step 2. Prepare your hair
You should prepare your hair so that there are no bumps or uneven spots when you put the wig on. Whether you have long hair or short hair, you need to make sure that all of your natural hair is pulled back, away from your hairline, so that it is not visible under the wig.
- If you have long hair, you can divide the hair into two sections and twist them around each other, crossing the two sections at the back of your head, and secure them with bobby pins.
- If you have long and thick hair, you can create small, two-inch curls and pin them all the way around your hair. Take a strand of hair one inch wide and twist it, wrapping the end around your index finger. Curl the strand towards your head so that you make a circle with your hair one inch wide. Once all the hair is in the curl, secure the hair with two bobby pins, forming an X across the curl. Do this with all your hair. This creates a smooth surface to which you can attach the wig.
- Shorter hair can simply be combed from the hairline and pinned. You can also use an elastic headband or similar object to push your hair away from your hairline.
Step 3. Prepare your skin
Wipe the skin around your hairline with a cotton ball dipped in an alcohol solution. This removes skin fat and impurities from the skin, so that the line or the adhesive tape sticks better to your skin. Then you apply a protective layer (such as a spray, gel or cream) to various places around your head. This protects sensitive skin from irritation and damage from the glue or adhesive tape.
Even if you don't have hair and skipped the previous step, you still need to protect your skin this way
Step 4. Put on a wig cap
You can use a hairnet for the wig, or a skin-colored nylon wig cap. The net breathes a little more while the skin-colored hood imitates the color of your scalp under the wig. To do this, gently stretch the cap over your head and make sure it's perfectly aligned with your hairline, making sure all your hair is tucked underneath. Secure the cap with a few bobby pins along the outer edge.
Whether you have long or short hair, you need a cap under your wig. If you don't have hair, this step is optional. It can prevent the wig from shifting, but it is not necessary to help smooth the surface of the hair
Step 5. Apply the glue or tape
Using your wig glue, dip a small makeup brush into the glue and apply a thin layer around your hairline. Let it dry. This may take several minutes. You know it's dry when the glue is no longer thin and wet, rather than tacky and tacky. Using masking tape, carefully place strips of double-sided tape along your hairline so that it sticks to your skin. This ensures that moisture cannot escape when you start to sweat, and that a piece of the tape is not visible. You don't have to let the tape dry.
- Also, to make sure the wig and cap don't slide, apply glue or tape to the edges of the cap. This will stick the wig, hood and skin together for a more secure hold.
- You can use a combination of these two methods. That's up to you.
- You don't have to apply glue or tape around your entire head, but you do have to apply it to your forehead and around your temples. These are necessary spots for a wig to look natural. Then you can choose other places where you think it is necessary to apply the adhesive.
Part 2 of 2: Putting on the wig
Step 1. Prepare the wig
Before you can put on the wig, make sure that the hairs of the wig do not stick to the glue or tape. Make sure to gather all the hair from the wig into a ponytail. Or, if it's a wig with short hair, pin the hair up closest to the brim.
- If you are working with a full or half lace wig, cut the lace to match your hairline. Be careful not to cut off too much and disturb the natural hairline of the wig. Leave a little bit around the edge so that it can naturally stick to your head.
- For now, don't worry about styling your wig. It will get messy by applying the wig to your head. You can style the wig after you put it on.
Step 2. Place the wig on your head
Keep your finger on the area of the wig that is in the center of your forehead. Hold the wig over your head and place it gently on your scalp, finger on the center of your forehead. After this, carefully pull the rest of the wig over your head. Make sure to keep the sides away from the glue as much as possible so it doesn't stick before you're done.
- Don't bend over to put on your wig while hanging upside down. This will give your wig a crooked look, and parts of the hair may stick to the adhesive before it is intended.
- If this is your first time putting on a wig, give yourself plenty of time to adjust your wig before going outside. It often takes a little practice to make sure it's perfect.
Step 3. Fasten the wig
Regardless of the type of adhesive you use, you should secure the wig to your head. Once you have the wig where it needs to go, use a fine-tooth comb to gently press the front edges of the wig. If you are using a lace wig, make sure the lace sections fit snugly on your head, forming a natural hairline. If the front part of the wig is firmly attached, wait 15 to let it stabilize. For the back, follow the same steps as for the front. Wait an extra 15 minutes before styling the wig to make sure the wig is secure.
- You can also use hairpins to make the wig more secure. Insert hairpins through the top of the wig and hook them into your wig cap and the hair below. Do this more in the middle to make sure they aren't visible.
- If the wig is in place, check whether there are still glue residues visible under the wig. If so, remove it by gently rubbing the area with a cotton ball dipped in an alcohol solution.
- If you are not able to place the wig correctly at first, gently go around the area with a cotton swab dipped in alcohol solution to loosen it from the skin. Slide the wig until it fits and glue it back on.
Step 4. Style the wig and use accessories
If your wig is completely attached, you can style it as you wish. You can do all kinds of adventurous things with it. Wigs can be braided, curled or accessoryed to your heart's content. If you have a synthetic wig, do not heat the strands of hair, as they can melt or become damaged.
- You can have your wig cut in a style that suits your face before putting it on. This will make the wig look more like yours, and more natural on your head.
- Remember that less is always more. Whether your wig is made of natural hair or synthetic materials, don't use too much of any product as this will leave residue on your wig.