How do you apply the wig?
Wigs can be secured on your head, or “applied,” in several ways, depending on how the cap is designed and whether you are attaching it to a fully shaved or bald head or if you are using it to cover natural hair. Women with textured or curly hair often use different techniques than women with smooth hair.
- Clips, combs and pins: If you have enough surrounding hair on your head, you can use small alligator clips, hair combs or wig pins to secure the wig to your hair. In fact, many wigs on the market come with attached clips or pins for convenience.
- Adhesive glue or tape: We recommend removing your wig or hairpiece on a daily basis and applying fresh tape or adhesive after ever wear. Always use an adhesive remover, such as Jon Renau’s Lace Let Go, to ensure safe and complete removal of the adhesive from your scalp and the wig or hairpiece. For semi-permanent attachment with hair you would like to sleep and shower in, we recommend consulting with a hair replacement center because the wig or hairpiece will need to be bonded with adhesive by a professional.
- Sewing to tracks or cornrows: Many women who wear wigs, hairpieces or hair extensions have them professionally sewn into their natural hair or sew them in themselves. Often, women will braid their hair into cornrows or tracks, then have the wig sewn along the hairline to cover their natural hair. It can be left in place for a week or longer.
- Wig caps, liners and grips: Another option to secure your wig is to first put a wig cap or grip on your head (smoothing down or braiding any hair you have first). The caps and grips are made of a non-slip material that prevents the wig from slipping off. Wigs with silicon on the inside of the cap provide grip, preventing them from sliding off a bald head. A wig liner has the added benefit of absorbing sweat.