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5 Steps to Pluck A Wig You Can Do At Home

5 Steps to Pluck A Wig You Can Do At Home

William Brown

William Brown

Hairstylist

William is a professional hair stylist with over 10 years of experience. He is passionate about creating personalized, trendy looks for his clients and specializes in hair treatments and updos. He is now a certified hair adviser for Mic Hair Company. His articles are always filled with advice, pro tips, and latest hair research results.

Fashion Blog

Fri May 13 2022

Hair is essential for a person's confidence. Thus, we style our hair to complete our "dress-to-kill" look of the day. Wigs are artificial hair that we can use to pull off various looks effortlessly without damaging our original hair. However, wigs, especially on the hairline, can look bulky and thick, which may appear unnatural and unrealistic. Unless you are wearing a wig for a white-lady costume, you would love it if you could make your wig look sleek, realistic, and seamless. The best way to do that is by plucking your wig. Thus, we will provide you with simple yet effective steps on how to pluck a wig so that you can slay your natural-looking wig that will complete your OOTD look.

Why Should We Pluck Our Wigs?

Plucking a wig is a step that uses a pair of tweezers to remove the strands around the hairline to create a natural-looking hairline. After plucking, you will have very impressive baby hair. Although many wig makers have their wigs pre-plucked before selling, you should do it yourself one more time to get your desired hairline. Let’s dive into a complete guide on how to pluck a wig.

Why Should We Pluck Our Wigs?

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Simple Steps On How To Pluck A Wig

Plucking a wig doesn't require much time or tools. It only takes about less than 20 minutes if you have experience and about 30 minutes if you don’t. That’s the reason why I said you could do it yourself at home. You only need a lace front wig, a wig stand, some pins, a rattail comb, and a pair of tweezers to start plucking.


Step 1 - Put your wig on the wig stand

Using a wig stand is recommended to secure your wig with pins while plucking out hairs so that it will not move or slide. However, if you don't have a wig stand or a mannequin, you may put your wig on your lap or directly pluck your wig on your head.

Some of you might think it's hard, but it's not. Many people prefer that way because they can easily trace the direction of their hairline with a wig on their head. If you want to do this as an alternative, you have to hold your wig tightly while plucking out hairs.

Step 1 - Put your wig on the wig stand

Step 2 - Comb your wig

After securing your wig on the wig stand, you should comb the hair backward to reveal the hairline. You can use styling moose to comb the hair back easier. If your wig is tangled, you may need to detangle it right after that. A rattail comb will work very effectively when you sort the baby hair.

Step 2 - Comb your wig

Step 3 - Choose your desired hairline

Remember that the goal of plucking your wig is to fix the hairline. Nobody has a very straight, thick, and bulky hairline. As hairs grow all the time, they are naturally not of the same length. So, you will customize and remove the excess hair to make it look natural.

Some hair enthusiasts recommend taking photos of your hairline or finding inspiration pictures before plucking to know how to get yours done.

Stylists said that you could pluck your wig wet or dry. For instance, if you bleached the knots, your wig could still be wet after rinsing it out.

You may start plucking hair while it is still wet, but you may end up over-plucking or under-plucking it as you still have to wait for the wig to dry before seeing the results. That's why it is often recommended to pluck your wig dry. You can see exactly how it will come out and immediately see the results.

Step 3 - Choose your desired hairline

Step 4 - Gently pluck the wig

Now, comb the hair back first to have a good foundation before plucking. Get yourself a tweezer and part the hair, depending on how you want to style your wig.

You should grab the strands near the root and start plucking at the hairline, then move above your ear to the middle.

Using your non-dominant hand, pull back the hair away from the hairline. Start plucking with your dominant hand. Do not directly pluck at the part you made; make sure to go a little bit behind. Pluck hair with consistent, quick strokes at every other hair strand. Make sure you do not pluck into the lace, since you may damage it.

Step 4 - Gently pluck the wig

Step 5 - Cut and style baby hair

When you finish the plucking, you should style your baby hair by cutting and forming it. Lay your baby hair down and use a trimmer to cut the baby hair to the length you want.

Step 5 - Cut and style baby hair

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Things You Need To Remember

Do not focus on one area so that you don't overpluck. Remember that under-plucking is better than over-plucking because you can always return to that area and re-pluck. However, when over-plucking, you cannot add more hair, resulting in bald spots.

Also, don't forget to pluck other areas that seem bulkier to make the frontal look more realistic and natural-looking.

How to Pluck Wig: Things You Need to Remember

When Should You Stop Plucking Your Wig?

You may have asked: When should you stop plucking? Stop plucking once you get the desired look that you're aiming for. Take note that not all wigs are the same. Some are bulkier or thicker than others, which requires more time for extra plucking to achieve the look you want.

Once you're done plucking, you can style your wig to your liking. You can cut some strands from the hair and make baby hair from natural hair. When you are satisfied with your creation, you are ready to install and sport your natural-looking wig.

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Conclusion

The whole process may seem tedious, but customizing your wig for a perfect fit on your head will be worth your time. All you need is tons of patience and experience. In no time, you will be plucking your wigs like a piece of cake and pulling off different looks that will help you radiate that confidence.


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