‘ How do I apply my wig? ‘
Probably one of our most frequently asked questions; How do I apply my wig?
Wigs can transform your style in an instant, they can be fun and bright or natural and beautiful. Whether you need a wig or you just want a complete new look, the application of the wig can be tricky. This post hopes to help anyone looking for some helpful advice and a few tips and tricks for applying their wigs to make them comfortable and look as natural as possible.
There are two types of wigs: Human hair and Synthetic, each wig type has its its key benefits, so knowing what you want out of a wig first is key to making the correct decision. There are also three types of wig cap construction: Full lace, Front lace & Capless.
The Full lace wig is constructed from a full lace cap and the hair sewn individually throughout. This gives a fully natural hairline that mimics your natural hairline throughout, meaning it’s easier to style as it can be freely parted and is easier to style. The full lace also allows for much more comfort than the other two, it breathes more as it is full lace.
The Front lace wig is made with only a lace front instead of a full lace design. It gives that natural looking hairline against the forehead but the cap is made from a stronger, more durable material across the whole head.
The Capless wig is constructed with rows of weft hair that have been sewn together to form a cap but do not have an actual underlying cap, they do not blend to the hairline as naturally as the others but are less expensive.
Prepare your hair
This is probably the most important stage to ensure you have the most comfortable and secure fit to your wig. Your hair needs to be styled so there are no bumps, lumps or uneven places once you’ve secured your wig in place. All your natural hair , whether it be long or short needs to be secured correctly so that it’s not visible through/under your wig. Wig caps are
Short hair; comb back from the hairline and fix flat to the head, fix with bobby pins.
Long hair; Section the hair down the part and separate into two. Twist each side, cross behind your head and pin flat against your head with bobby pins. If the hair is very thick and full it can be braided down or you can use 1 inch pieces , twist and fix with bobby pins flat to different areas of the head. The flatter the hair to the head, the smoother surface to apply your wig and the more natural the final look and feel.
Now it’s time to apply the wig cap, this can be a net cap or any coloured nylon cap. A net cap is a slightly more breathable option but a nylon cap works just as well at keeping that hair flat. Stretch the cap over your head an line it up perfectly with your natural hairline, making sure any stray hairs are concealed beneath the cap. Secure the cap in place with additional bobby pins.
It is optional to use an adhesive wig/ toupee glue or tape to fix the lace front or full lace wigs to your head. Using adhesive may take some extra care and attention but if done correctly can ensure your wig is strongly secured.
Preparing and placing the wig
If you are working with a full or half lace wig, cut the lace to match your hairline. Make sure you don’t cut too much off and disrupt the natural hairline of the wig. Leave a little bit on the edge so it can be placed/glued/taped to your head in a natural looking way. Place you wig over your head and gently lay it down on the scalp, making sure the wig is centred. If an adhesive is being used make sure the sides are kept away from this until you are ready to stick down.
Securing the wig
Your new wig needs to be secured even if you haven’t used an adhesive. Once the wig is placed where you feel it fits/looks best. If adhesive is used, Once you have your wig where you want it, use a fine toothed comb to gently press down the front edges of the wig. If you’re using a lace wig, make sure the lace areas are smooth against your head, making a natural hairline. Once the front half of your wig is secure, wait 15 minutes for it to set.
If you are not using an adhesive and your wig cap is fitted with grips, use these to slide into your hair tightly to hold the wig in place. You can also use bobby pins wherever you feel needs extra hold, just make sure when placing these grips they are not visible for the most natural look.
Style and go!
Once your wig is fitted correctly , it’s time to style. Cutting your wig before you apply it can make the wig look even more natural as it frames the face.
Human hair wigs can be straightened, curled and even dyed by a hair professional as they are 100% human hair and behave just like it. If you have a synthetic wig, you can use a low heat setting hot tool but frequent use of tools and styling products on synthetic pieces will cause the wig to lose its lustre quicker.
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