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A Complete Guide: How To Put On A Wig?

A Complete Guide: How To Put On A Wig?

William Brown

William Brown


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

Tue Aug 25 2020

If you are just getting started with wigs and are concerned about the difficulty involved in wearing one, you should stop worrying. This is because putting on a wig is pretty easy. When you receive a wig, it is already pre-styled and ready to wear instantly.

It just takes a little effort and a few minutes to put your new wig on, step out and nobody would ever know you just put it on.

There are a few methods you can use when it comes to wearing a wig. It can be a little tricky to find out which method works best for you. In this guide, we discuss various methods that suit different hair lengths to help you choose the most suitable one for you.

This is a comprehensive guide with step-by-step application instructions to help you get a natural look effortlessly.

Putting On A Wig With Short Hair

When you have short hair, it can take a little more preparation as compared to longer natural hair. Wearing a wig cap is a good option for someone with short hair, as it helps secure the wig. Before putting on a wig on short hair, you can prepare the head by brushing the hair back away from the face.

This would prevent your hair from showing near the wig’s hairline. You can also consider pinning the hair in place and adding some hair spray to secure it. However, you should ensure that you don’t spray anything on the wig.

>>> Read more: 4 Simple And Efficient Steps On How To Wear A Wig With Long Hair <<<

Preparing Your Natural Hair

It’s very important to make your natural hair lay flat on the scalp before putting on a wig. It not only helps you get a natural appearance but also helps you secure the wig with your natural hair firmly.
If you have long hair, you can flatten your hair on the scalp by braiding it into cornrows. This technique is widely used when a woman wants to wear a lace front wig. After washing and drying, you should separate your hair into small sections and braid them into cornrows backward. Then secure the end with an elastic band or bobby pins.

braid hair into cornrows

>>> Read more: How To Braid Cornrows And Keep The Style All Day Long? <<<

If your hair is short, it is quite simple. Take a small amount of hair wax on your palm and rub your hands together. Then apply it on your hair and comb your hair backward. You can use a strong-hold hair styling spray to secure the slick back.

comb your hair backward

How To Put On A Wig At Home

Step 1: Place the wig on your head

Before placing the wig on your head, you can wear a wig cap to make it blend seamlessly with your skin color. Make sure you start with the front of the wig.

Step 2: Parting the wig

If you buy a lace front wig at Michair, you can easily part the hair as you desired. I highly recommend using a rattail comb to part your hair because it makes the part sharp and clean. You may need to cover the hair part with concealer to make it look more natural.

Step 3: Secure the wig

After adjusting your wig and getting your desired hair, you can secure the wig with clarifying glue and lay it down with frozen spray. Make sure you do patch tests before to avoid irritation.

Step 4: Style the baby hair

Styling baby hair not only helps you hide the lace, it also helps you get a realistic look. However, do not overdone your baby hair. Using a small portion of styling gel at the front of your hairline is enough.

How To Put On A Wig Without Glue?

Securing wigs with glue is one of the most common methods as glue can secure the wig in such a way that it hardly gets noticed. However, there are alternatives to glue for those who want other methods to put on a wig. Here are some of them. 

Bobby Pins

Bobby pins can be used instead of a glue to secure the wig from morning till night. They are affordable and easily found. They are also easy to work with. 


Wig clips offer a long-term solution to making your wig operation easy. Plastic or metal clips can be added to the wig by sewing at different places as you prefer. Clips slide directly into the natural hair and secure the wig for a long time without being visible. 

Elastic Band

An elastic band can be attached to a wig for a quick way to secure it. You can sew any elastic band on the inside of the wig from ear to ear. Elastic is quite simple for beginners and provides a quick way to secure a wig without glue. 

Wig Grip

Wig grips need no natural hair and they are quite easy. They feature velvet for a soft grip on the sides while the gripping material sticks to the scalp and the wig for a secure grip. 

When you use this method, you can quickly remove the wig whenever you want. Grips don’t tug at your natural hair and reduce any chances of discomfort. 

>>> Read more: Guide To Putting On African American Wigs For Small Heads <<<

Wig Packaging Methods

When you get a new wig and haven’t yet opened the package, it is important to know that wigs come in special packages designed to preserve and protect them. You should be careful while opening the packaging so as to avoid ruining the product itself. Depending on the style of the wig, the wig makers use different methods to pack the products to preserve the style. 

As an example, you can find that your wig is packaged inside out. Wigs are often packaged inside out to make sure the integrity of the wig is preserved. This type of packaging helps the wig maintain the airy and open design of the wig. You can also notice other types of packaging methods like upside down, tucked and folded. 

Wig Packaging Methods

>>> Read more: Top 5 Best Wig Storage Ideas That Rocks <<<

Final Thoughts

Putting on a wig may appear difficult at first, but with experience and patience, you can master the art of wig application. Following these step-by-step guidelines and correctly preparing your hair and scalp will result in a flawless and natural-looking finish every time. With practice and patience, you can achieve a seamless and natural look with your wig. Remember to take care of your wig properly by storing it correctly and cleaning it regularly to maintain its quality and longevity.



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