How to put on a wig: 9 steps (with pictures)

How to put on a wig: 9 steps (with pictures)
How to put on a wig: 9 steps (with pictures)

Wigs are fun and even necessary beauty accessories at certain times. If you just want to enhance your style or need to put on a wig, it is important to know that using this accessory can be tricky and difficult. Above all, you should try to make your wig look as realistic and natural as possible.


Part 1 of 2: Prepare your head and hair

Apply a Wig Step 1

Step 1. Choose a specific type of wig

There are three main types of wigs namely full lace, frontal lace and non-lace wigs. There are also three main materials that can be used to make wigs, including human hair, synthetic hair, and animal hair. In fact, each category of wig has its drawbacks and advantages, which is why you need to make sure you buy what's best for you.

  • The full lace wig is made with a lace mesh cap and the hair is sewn through it. It gives hair that looks natural and is most often designed with animal hair or human hair. This type of wig is also easy to comb because it is possible to form stripes anywhere. It also provides excellent comfort when you put it on, because air enters it more easily. The downside with full lace wigs is that they can often be more expensive than other types of wigs. They can also get damaged easily, as they are not made from very durable materials.
  • The frontal or partial lace wig is made with a lace net located at the front of the head and not all around. It makes it possible to have hair which presents a natural aspect at the level of the forehead, but which is made up of more resistant materials at the level of the other areas of the head. This type of wig can be made with any material and costs less than full lace wigs. The main downside is that they don't look as natural as their counterparts and can be more difficult to comb due to their manufacturing process.
  • Wigs made without lace are installed on materials such as nylon threads. They can be designed using any hair piece and besides being very durable, they are much cheaper than other types of wigs. The downside with this kind of accessory is that it doesn't look as realistic as other wigs. Also, non-lace wigs do not blend as well with the wearer's hair as they do with lace wigs.
Apply a Wig Step 2

Step 2. Prepare her hair

You must arrange your hair in such a way that it does not form bumps or irregularities in places when you put on your wig. It doesn't matter if you have short or long hair, you need to make sure that all of your natural hair is pulled back to the back of your scalp, so that it is not visible under the wig.

  • If you have long hair, you can part it into two parts, twist it, and then tie it at the back of your head. Tie them at the bottom and top using bobby pins.
  • If your hair is thick and long, you can form curls of 3 centimeters and secure them. Identify a 3-inch portion of your hair, then twist it, wrapping the end around your index finger. Then wrap this formed loop around your head so that it creates a large 3-centimeter circle with the hair. Once the loop is formed, secure it with two bobby pins, forming an X on it. Do the same for all of your hair to free up a smooth surface for you to put the wig on.
  • In case you have shorter hair, you can simply comb it and flatten it on the scalp. You can also use an elastic fabric headband or similar object to flatten your hair on your scalp.

Step 3. Prepare your skin properly

You should wipe the skin around your scalp with a cotton towel soaked in an alcohol solution. This will remove all the oils as well as the impurities present on your skin and thanks to this, the adhesive tape or glue will adhere better to your skin. You will then need to apply a scalp protector (a gel, a spray or a cream) around your scalp. This will protect the skin from injury and irritation that the tape or glue might cause.

Even if you don't have hair and skipped the previous step, still make sure you prep your skin well

Apply a Wig Step 4

Step 4. Put on a wig cap

You can use either a mesh wig cap or a skin-colored nylon pattern. The first facilitates air circulation a little more, while the second reproduces the color of the scalp under your wig. To put on a wig cap, you need to carefully stretch it over your head and adjust it snugly to your scalp, while making sure that all of your hair is on the underside. Secure it by putting a few bobby pins on the outer edges.

Whether you have short or long hair, you are required to place a cap under your wig. However, if you have no hair at all, this step is optional. It might prevent the wig from slipping, but it is not necessary for straightening the hair

Step 5. Apply tape or glue

For wig glue, dip a small makeup brush into the glue and apply a thin layer of it around your scalp. Then let it dry, which could take a few minutes. You will know the diaper has dried by the time the glue is no longer wet and thin, but rather tacky. On the other hand, when using the adhesive strip, make sure to carefully place the ultrathin strips along your scalp while securing them to your skin. Leave a small space between each strip to counter moisture when you sweat, which will not destroy much of the strip. Also, keep in mind that you don't have to let the tape dry out.

  • To be sure that the cap and wig will not slip off, you need to apply tape or glue to the edges of the cap. This can fix these two accessories and your skin together, making the wig more stable.
  • You can also do a combination of these two methods, it's all up to you.
  • It is not mandatory to apply the tape or glue all over your scalp, but you should make sure to put it on the forehead and at the temples. These are the places where the wig will need to be completely stable if you want to achieve a natural look. You can then choose other parts that you find useful to address.

Part 2 of 2: put on the wig

Apply a Wig Step 6

Step 1. Prepare the wig

Before putting on the wig, you need to make sure that its hair is not caught by the tape or glue. You need to bring all the hair of the wig together and form a ponytail. In case the hair of said wig is short, tie it towards the back while making sure that it is closer to the edge.

  • If you are using a full lace or semi lace wig, you can adjust the lace to make the wig match your haircut. Make sure not to cut too much of it either, so as not to disrupt the natural hairline of the wig. Leave a small portion on the border so that it can be stuck to your head in a natural way.
  • At this point, don't worry about combing your wig yet, because it will get tangled when you want to put it on anyway. You can comb your wig after wearing it.

Step 2. Put the wig on your head

Put your fingers on the part of the wig that will be in the center of your forehead. Lay the wig on your head and gently adjust it over your scalp while focusing your fingers on your forehead. Next, lay the rest of the wig on your head and make sure you pull its edges as far as possible from the glue so they don't stick together until you're ready.

  • Do not bend over to put your wig upside down. This will give the impression that your wig has been mis-centered and it may partially stick to the adhesive material before you are ready.
  • If this is your first time using a wig, take the time to adjust it before you leave your home. It may take a while for you to exercise before you get a perfect result.

Step 3. Secure the wig

No matter what kind of adhesive material you use, you need to secure the wig to your head. Once you have laid the wig as desired, use a fine comb to compress down the front edges. If you are using a lace wig, make the parts of the lace smooth over your head to form a natural scalp. After the first half of the wig is attached, wait 15 minutes. Then follow the same process for the back part. After that, you will wait another 15 minutes before combing your wig, just to be sure that it is secure.

  • You also have the option of using hair clips to better secure your wig. Place these at the top of the wig while hooking them under the hair and on the cap of the wig. It is best to do this towards the middle of the head to make sure that the clamps are not visible.
  • Once everything is in place, check to see if there is any glue residue visible under the wig. If there is, remove it by rubbing the affected parts carefully with a cotton towel dipped in an alcohol solution.
  • If you can't find the perfect spot for your wig on the first try, carefully rub a cotton swab dipped in an alcohol solution on the affected part to loosen it from your skin. Then reposition your wig and put it down gently.
Apply a Wig Step 9

Step 4. Paint and put on the various accessories

As long as your wig is fully attached, you can freely comb your hair as you see fit. You can shape them at will and try out the most daring or fun styles. In fact, the hair of the wigs can be braided, curled, or accessorized to your liking. On the other hand, if you have synthetic wigs, you must avoid heating the strands, because they could melt or be damaged.

  • You can tailor your wig and style it to suit your face before wearing it. This will make the wig more suitable for your physiognomy and make it look more natural on your head.
  • Keep in mind that the less you do, the better. Whether your wig is made from human hair, animal hair, or synthetic materials, refrain from using too many products because it will leave residue on your wig.

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